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From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

1. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

Descend to the Judean desert, and see the Inn of the Good Samaritan on route. Look out over the remarkable moonscape of the breathtaking Judean desert. Continue on to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacchaeus' Sycamore to see one of the oldest Sycamore trees, which Zacchaeus climbed in order to spot Jesus. Visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho, where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Enter Jericho, which was founded in 8,000 BC, and is the oldest Jewish settlement, captured by Joshua and Israel in 1,200 BC. Stop for an overview of Mt. Temptation, where Satan endeavored to tempt Jesus, and see of the oasis of Jericho and Elisha's Spring. Depart Jericho to travel to the Judean mountains and the city of Bethlehem. Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, whose name literally translates as “City of Bread,” due to the wheat crop that grew in the region, the city where according to Christian tradition, it is the birthplace of Jesus, and undoubtedly one of the most biblical sites on earth. Discover the Church of the Nativity, and the cave where Jesus was born. See Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Explore the Greek and the Catholic Church before continuing with an overview of Shepherd's Fields.  Enjoy round-trip transfers from Jerusalem and the services of an English-speaking guide, on this essential tour of biblical sites and fantastic panoramic views.

Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

2. Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

Take a full-day tour to explore Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, and the most contested. See the sites and meet people from both sides of the Old City, Israeli and Palestinian, both within "H2", the Israeli controlled side of Hebron. Starts with a guided tour of the Jewish "settler" neighborhoods of Hebron, beginning at the hilltop Tel Rumeida, with a Bronze Age archeological site, army base, and tomb of the Biblical Ruth and Jesse. From there we will visit the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron until the riots of 1929, the "Shavei Hevron Yeshiva" in Beit Romano and the Avraham Avinu quarter and restored synagogue. Visit the Israeli/Jewish side of the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Maarat (the Cave of) HaMachpela with the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob and Leah, all said to be buried in the cave beneath. Crossing over into the Palestinian side, start at the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Ibrahimi (Abraham's) mosque, led by a Palestinian guide. Inside, discover the Mameluke era mosque and minbar- raised wood platform, and tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca. Then, walk through the colorful Old City "Casbah" market and have a home-cooked lunch with a Palestinian family. Climbing on top of a family home for a rooftop view, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements. Going through the busy city center, cross a checkpoint and end the tour back at the top of the closed "Shuhada" street. This is a unique tour: it will present two very different narratives of one ancient, very contested city, Hebron. This is the only tour with two guides, Israeli and Palestinian, each showing half of the divided old city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

Explore the holiest cities on earth on a guided tour from Tel Aviv. Travel to three of Israel's highlights, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem's Old City, and the Dead sea. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and swim. Start your guided tour in the "City of Gold." Visit Jerusalem's Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Sepulchre. Explore local Markets, Byzantine Cardo, and the Western Wall.  Next, embark on a tour of Bethlehem and witness the Church of the Nativity, the city where Jesus Christ was born. Those who are not interested in Bethlehem can instead opt to enjoy free time in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, journey east through the Judean Desert and head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Bathe in the therapeutic waters before your return to Tel Aviv in the late evening.

From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

4. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is unique in the way it combines many highlights in one day . Start the day in Jerusalem, the holiest city, for to Jews, to Christians, and to Muslims. Our expert guide will take you through the four quarters and tell you about this fascinating city. Then, we will visit Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born. You will visit the Church of the Nativity. You will later continue to the Dead Sea for time to relax in the muds and float in these special waters which have baffled mankind for thousands of years. This tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is available with guaranteed departures. Here you can see the Itinerary of this interesting tour:- 06:30 - Pick up from Tel Aviv (Textile Building 2 Kaufmann Street). 07:45 - Pick up from Jerusalem (David Citadel Hotel) 08:00 - A Guided tour in Jerusalem 11:30 - Depart to Bethlehem 12:00 - Tour in Bethlehem City & Church of Nativity 15:30 - Free time relaxing in the Dead Sea - (Please bring your sunscreen, hat, Walking shoes, Bathing suit and towel). 16:30 - Depart from the Dead Sea 18:00 - Drop off in Jerusalem 19:00 - Drop off in Tel Aviv NB - all timings on Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem Tour are approximate

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

Your private tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem starts at the Mount of Olives and descends to the garden of Gethsemane, the Church of all Nations, then onto the Kidron Valley. Visit the Dormition Church on Mount Zion and the Coenaculum. Enter the Old City through the Zion gate walking through the Armenian Quarter to the Byzantine Cardo and then onto the Kotel or Western Wall. Next, follow the stations of the cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher before enjoying the markets in the old city. Upon arrival in Bethlehem, switch to a local guide and walk throughout Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity with its grotto and altar dedicated to the three wise men. Pass the small Armenian Chapel of Kings and head to the Crusader Church. Finally, stop at the Shepherds field to see the tent-shaped chapel and its panels depicting Jesus’ life.

From Tel Aviv: Jericho, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea

6. From Tel Aviv: Jericho, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea

Visit the city of Jericho, the most ancient city in the world, the city in the Bible where Joshua and his troops caused the city walls to fall in the Battle of Jericho. See the ancient sycamore tree that features in the Biblical story in the Book of Luke, where Zacchaeus climbs a sycamore tree to see Jesus over the crowds that had come out to greet him as he entered Jericho. Tour Elisha’s Spring, which supplied the city with fresh water over the course of thousands of years. Marvel at the spring, without which people would not have been able to survive in this harsh environment. Travel 2 km from Jericho to the archaeological mound of Tel Jericho, the site of the original Jericho settlement, where archaeologists have uncovered 23 layers from previous settlements in Jericho dating back to 9000 BC. See one of the most fascinating finds, a Neolithic watchtower dated c. 8000 BC. Continue the tour to the Mount of Temptation, where the devil tried to tempt Jesus to forsake God. Go up to the top of the mount by cable car and take in the stunning views, and see the Greek Orthodox Monastery seeming to defy gravity by clinging to the cliffs. Make a stop at Qasr el Yahud, a site on the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus, where the Jordan River has been made accessible to visitors who want to be baptized here., and which may also be where the Israelites crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. End off a perfect day with a stop to the Dead Sea, to float in the water that is 8.5 times saltier than the ocean; lather skin with mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, and soak up the sun on the beach.

Jerusalem: Half-Day Biblical Bethlehem Tour

7. Jerusalem: Half-Day Biblical Bethlehem Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will leave Jerusalem and travel south to nearby Bethlehem, the City of David. This was the home town of King David's father, and the place where Christ was born to Mary and Joseph. You will cross Manger Square surrounded by the Mosque of Omar, the Palestinian Peace Center, and perhaps the oldest functioning church in the world, the Church of the Nativity. The Byzantine church was originally constructed in the 4th century and later expanded during the 6th century. You can still see part of the original mosaic floor through an opening in the present basilica floor. You will enter the Basilica of the Nativity through a low doorway, the "Door of Humility". On the walls there are faint golden mosaics, and 30 of the 44 pink limestone columns in the nave of the church are adorned with decorations from the Crusader Period. Beneath the church is the Grotto of the Nativity, where it is believed that Jesus was born. A silver star in the grotto is engraved with the Latin phrase "Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary". Also in the church are the Chapel of the Manger and the Alter of the Adoration of the Magi (the three wise men). You will exit the basilica passing the Armenian Chapel of the Kings and continue on to the adjacent Church of Saint Catherine. From the Church of St. Catherine you will descend to the grottoes which are connected to those beneath the Church of the Nativity. These ancient caves hold several tombs and chapels, including the Chapel of the Innocent (dedicated to the babies killed under Herod (Matt. 2:16)); the Chapel of Joseph, and the Tomb of Jerome. There is also the grotto where Jerome worked for many years translating the Hebrew Bible to Latin. Your final stop is to see Shepherds Field. Here the Bible states that an angel appeared to shepherds tending their sheep by night, and the angel told them that a savior had been born in nearby Bethlehem. Today, a tent-shaped chapel stands here, which was designed by renowned architect Antonio Berluzzi and is decorated with scenes from the life of Christ.

Half-Day Tour of Bethlehem from Jerusalem

8. Half-Day Tour of Bethlehem from Jerusalem

Explore the sacred town of Bethlehem and travel to the heart of the West Bank on this half-day tour from Jerusalem. Your first stop is one of the oldest churches in the world, where it all began: The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. From there, you will visit the Franciscan Grotto of the Lady Mary and learn how the "Milk Grotto" got its name. After spending a morning in the serene fields near Bethlehem where the shepherds saw the guiding star of the Nativity, we will venture back to Jerusalem. Give Christmas and religious history a whole new perspective on this amazing tour from Jerusalem!

Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Christmas in Bethlehem and Jerusalem

9. Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Christmas in Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Following your pickup, you will begin with great views from the Mount of Olives. It is a high summit which connects the old city of Jerusalem to the east, separating it from the Judaean Desert. Due to its proximity to the city and its soft and comfortable rock quarrying, this place was used for burial in the Canaanite days. From there you will be able to tour Jerusalem, the “City of David”. The most striking structure that emerges from the observation is the rock dome structure built by Abd al-Malek in 691 A.D. Entering the Old City, you will pass through the Old Market until you arrive to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the heart of the Christian Quarter is considered the most sacred place in the world for most Christians. You will pass through Via Dolorosa on the way back to the bus, before then heading to Bethlehem if time permits. Entering Bethlehem you will feel the Christmas spirit with the entire city decorated with banners, bells, and lights. You will continue on to Manger Square where the decorated Christmas tree is located, before enjoying a holiday dinner near Manager Square while waiting for Midnight Mass. It may be possible to enter the Church of Nativity for Mass, but if not, you will watch Midnight Mass in Manger Square on one of the large outdoor screens. Following the Mass, you will be dropped off to your starting point (Tel Aviv or Jerusalem).

Half-Day Nativity Church and Bethlehem Tour

10. Half-Day Nativity Church and Bethlehem Tour

Most travelers come away from Bethlehem saying that they did not get to spend enough time in the Nativity Church—this tour was created specifically with this in mind. This tour is an excellent choice for those staying in Tel Aviv who want to explore Bethlehem, but particularly want to explore the Nativity Church as much as possible, along with an expert guide.   The Nativity Church was built in the 4th century in the place where Jesus was born, and is the oldest complete church in the Christian religion. It was built over the cave venerated as Christ’s birthplace, and was spared by the Persians when they saw a mosaic on an interior wall depicting the Three Wise Men in Persian dress. Today’s Church of the Nativity is cool and dark, its interior bare, with no pews. It’s cloaked in wall mosaics from the 12th century depicting saints, angels and Church Councils, which have had their sheen restored. Restoration even uncovered a 2-meter mosaic of an angel that had been lost for centuries. Trapdoors in the floor also allow glimpses of the mosaic floor of Constantine’s basilica.   After an in-depth visit of the Nativity Church, your guide will explore with you the rest of Bethlehem, starting with the Church of the Shepherd’s field, where the angels announced the birth of Christ. Then, visit an olive wood factory, as well as Manger Square, and some of Banksy’s art on the Wall of Bethlehem.

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3.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Can recommend the trip. You see both sides of Hebron and have the opportunity to speak to Jews as well as to Palestinians. The Jewish guide was very competent and had a wide knowledge. Not everything was accurate with the Palestinian guide and a Palestinian who told something during the welcome round. On the one hand, the massacres of 1929 affected by the Jews were presented as newly emigrated people who had been provocative with their way of life. This is wrong; the 67 victims were almost exclusively the "old Yishuf", i.e. Jews who had lived side by side with the Arabs for centuries. Also, the Hebron Supplementary Protocol was not some sort of backdoor invention by the Israelis, but a joint understanding - also jointly signed - with the PLO. If you have no prior knowledge of the subject and believe everything - difficult! Other than that, I didn't see anything wrong with the Palestinian narrative.

This was a great tour. They picked us up in an tour bus with A/C and usb ports to charge your phone on the bus. We had lunch at a buffet place which was nice and they give you plenty of time to buy souvenirs when you are in Bethlehem. My tour guide, Jano Gleizer, is the best! Very informative and has a very outgoing positive attitude that made the tour that much better.

Saúl was an excellent guide, pleasant, funny, who with an engaging charisma was telling us the stories of each site that he took us. It was worth 100 what we paid. Thank you Saul!!

it was a great trip, with a fantastic , energetic & very enthusiastic Guide.

Great compact trip with the most important places and sights.