Bethlehem Guided tours

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From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour

1. From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour

After meeting at the David Citadel Hotel, you will begin your 4 to 5-hour tour, depending on the season. You will explore some of the religious highlights of Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity, St. Catherine, and the Shepherds' Fields. You will begin with the chance to visit the 1,500-year-old Church of Nativity where Jesus was born. From there you will enjoy beautiful views of the Old City of Bethlehem complete with the Manger Square. You will then take a ride through the city of Bethlehem and Beit Sahour passing by the main sites. A special visit to the Milk Grotto is also available, as well as a tour to the Shepherd’s Field where the Angels first announced the birth of Jesus Christ.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem Half-Day Tour

2. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem Half-Day Tour

This half-day excursion takes you to the heart of the biblical story of the Nativity. Drive to Bethlehem to get an overview of the Shepherds' Field and to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank, the city is heavily dependent on tourism and thousands come every year to worship or just watch at Manger's Square where Jesus is said to have been born. The city is the birthplace of King David, and means “City of Bread,” as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. According to Christian tradition, it is the site of the birth of Jesus. You will visit the Church of Nativity and the cave where Jesus was born. Continue to Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Today it is also home to the Mosque of Omar, an important site for the many Muslims who live in the city. Explore the Greek and the Catholic Church. You will get an overview of Shepherd's Fields and visit the church, before your return to Jerusalem. The tour ends at approximately 13:30 at David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

3. 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: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

4. From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

Travel to the heart of the biblical story of the nativity on this guided half-day excursion from Tel Aviv. Drive to Bethlehem to gain an insight into Shepherds' Field and visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank, the city is the birthplace of King David and means “City of Bread” as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. Pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity and the cave where, according to Christian tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Continue to Manger Square, home to the Mosque of Omar, an important site for the many Muslims who live in the city. Explore Shepherds' Field by seeing the lesser-known Greek Orthodox monastery. Then, visit the Roman Catholic Shepherds' Field chapel where angels first announced the birth of Christ. After getting an overview of the pilgrimage center, conclude the tour in Jerusalem.

Half-Day Tour of Bethlehem from Jerusalem

5. 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!

Jerusalem: Half-Day Biblical Bethlehem Tour

6. 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.

Full-Day Tour of Jerusalem with Bethlehem or Dead Sea Option

7. Full-Day Tour of Jerusalem with Bethlehem or Dead Sea Option

This tour of the old city of Jerusalem is completely flexible and can include all the places that you want to see. If you’d like to visit sites of particular interest to Christianity, you'll be accompanied by a guide expert in all the relevant sites. On this full-day excursion you’ll discover the church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Garden of Gethsemane, Room of the Last Supper, and much more. If you prefer a Jewish-focused tour your guide will be expert on sites such as the Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Jewish Quarters, the synagogues, and others. You can also visit Bethlehem and the church of the nativity, make a visit to the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem, or spend more time in Jerusalem's new city. You might prefer to include a short visit to the Dead Sea for an afternoon float at the lowest place on earth! Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have a full day of travel and sightseeing through the Holy Land, customized to meet your preferences.

Bethlehem Sightseeing Tour From Jerusalem

8. Bethlehem Sightseeing Tour From Jerusalem

Visit one of the most important sites from both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on this tour of Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Identified as the city of David in Jewish texts, and the birthplace of Jesus in the New Testament, the Palestinian city in the West Bank is an essential site of pilgrimage. You will visit the Church of the Nativity, considered to be the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. Commissioned by Constantine in 327 AD, a new basilica was built in 565 AD after a fire destroyed the original church. The site is of prominent religious significance to the Christian and Muslim faiths and attracts sacred tourists year round. Feel the spiritual atmosphere of this holy site, including the large paved area of Manger Square. Rest on benches and by fountains made of Naqab marble. You will also get views of the Shepherds’ Fields, identified as the site where the biblical shepherds first saw the Star of Nativity. Your licensed guide will be on hand at all times to tell the story of these fertile fields of Beit Sahour, site of a Greek Orthodox church and Roman Catholic chapel.

Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

9. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

Visit the most important Christian sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem accompanied by a private guide. After being picked up at your accommodation, travel back in time and discover the sites of Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection. Learn from your expert guide, who will be there to answer your questions and give you local recommendations. Start your trip with a visit to Bethlehem and learn about its importance in Christianity. Walk through colorful Bethlehem and see the Nativity Church and St. Catherine Church. Marvel at the Nativity Grotto, the place where Jesus was born, and Manger Grotto. Continue to Jerusalem and enjoy panoramic views of the Old City and Mount of Olives on the way. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and admire several sites of religious importance, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Christian quarter. At the end of the day, get dropped off at your accommodation.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea Private Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea Private Tour

Meet your private guide at your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Then, drive across the Palestinian border to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the ancient Nativity Church and explore the Nativity and Manger grottoes. Make your way to the Old City of Jerusalem. Enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate and enjoy the views of King David's Citadel. Walk through the colorful Christian Quarter of the Old City. Visit the Holy Sepulcher Church to see the Golgotha and Jesus' Tomb. Enjoy some time for lunch at one of the local restaurants in the Old City. Then, continue the tour by a scenic drive across the Judea Desert to the Dead Sea. Visit the famous Dead Sea Resort at Kalia to enjoy a swim in the salty Dead Sea. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv

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Our guides were amazing, everything was well organized, we felt really safe the whole time and we found out a lot of fascinating information. Highly recommended! Thank you so much for the great experience.

Booking was very fast and convenient. The tour guide speaks english fluently and very informative and able to answer questions asked. They were also friendly and kind.

Everything was perfect. It was nice to have comfortable transportation, friendly drivers and a guide with historical expertise to explain everything to us.

Awesome way to see the town of Bethlehem. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and brought the story of the Nativity to life!

It exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed it very much.