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From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

1. From Tel Aviv: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Tel Aviv to the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea by bus. Visit the ancient palace of Masada, ride a cable car, and admire the Qumran caves on your drive back. Perched on a high plateau, the ancient fortified palace of Masada became a refuge for Zealots who took a stand against the Romans, until the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. The ruins sit precariously on a plateau some 1,300 feet above sea level and measure 2,000-foot long by 1,000-foot wide. They boast extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is an exhausting climb, but we will ascend by cable car to make life easier. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in around 37 BC. Visit the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors, Roman baths, and other findings. Masada was also home to the oldest synagogue in Israel, but one of the most remarkable features is the 12 water cisterns, each with a capacity of up to 140,000 cubic feet. Following the tour of Masada, you will drive to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach located in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank. It is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Take a mud bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will then drive back to Tel Aviv, with an on-route view of the Qumran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

From Jerusalem: Tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River

2. From Jerusalem: Tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River

After being picked up from Jerusalem, travel to Bethlehem where you will meet your guide before heading into the old city of Bethlehem. Enjoy a guided visit to the Church of the Nativity.  Continue your tour with a visit to the Milk Grotto Church before riding to the city of the shepherds, Bayt Sahur where you will visit the Chapel of the Shepherds Field before getting to visit an olive wood factory where you will see artisans crafting wooden sculptures.  Then journey through the wonderful Judean Desert to the lowest point on earth. Have chances to stop and take pictures at the sea level point in the desert overlooking the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Jericho.  Stop and have lunch then pass the Mount of Temptation and drive into Jericho where you will see some of the famed sights in the city including Zaccheus's Tree which is mentioned in the bible.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

3. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. See the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

4. From Jerusalem: Masada & Dead Sea Full Day Tour with Pick Up

Enjoy a full-day bus tour from Jerusalem to ancient ruins in the Judean Hills and the shores of the Dead Sea. See the archeological site of Masada and a fortress built by King Herod. Go for a dip at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach and uncover the cave where the dead sea scrolls were found. Visit the Masada National Park ruins which are perched on a high plateau. View the ancient fortified palace of Masada which became a refuge for zealots who took a stand against the Romans, which ended in the mass suicide of the zealots in 73 AD. Follow your guide and ride up on a cable car to 1,300 feet above sea level to the plateau where the immense Masada ruins rest precariously. Look out at extraordinary views of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. Explore the fortress built by King Herod in Masada in around 37 BC. Stroll through the remains of the palaces and see mosaic floors and Roman baths. Uncover the oldest synagogue in Israel and admire remarkable features like the 12 water cisterns that each had a capacity of 140,000 cubic feet. Drive to the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea Mineral Beach which is located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Experience the high density of the salt in the water as you float with ease on the surface of the aquamarine water. Take a mud-bath and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud before heading to the Qumeran cave, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Return to your accommodation in Jerusalem at the end of your tour.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

5. 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.

From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour

6. 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: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

7. From Jerusalem: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

Discover the famous old city of Bethlemen and the Dead Sea on a guided day trip from Jerusalem. Swim in the Dead Sea, visit an olive wood factory and see the famous Church of the Nativity. Following pickup in Jerusalem, ride to Bethlehem to meet your guide before heading to the Old City of Bethlehem. Begin with a guided visit to the Church of the Nativity. Next, if availability allows, visit the Nativity Star and the Cave of St. Jerome. From there, head to the Milk Grotto Church, where it is believed that the Holy Family found refuge from the Massacre of the Innocents before they could flee into Egypt. Next, drive to the City of the Shepherd's, Bayt Sahur. In Bayt Sahurt, enjoy a guided visit to the Chapel of The Shepherd's Field, the church where the angels first appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Continue your trip with a visit to an olive wood factory and watch the artisans crafting wooden sculptures. Continue through the Judean Desert to reach the lowest point on Earth. Hop out and take pictures at sea-level in the desert . Continue to the Dead Sea to enjoy the rest of the day, either floating in the rich water or relaxing at the beach.

Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

8. 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 Jerusalem: Christmas Eve in Bethlehem & Jerusalem Tour

9. From Jerusalem: Christmas Eve in Bethlehem & Jerusalem Tour

Spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve in Bethlehem on a guided tour. See all the key sites and attend Midnight Mass. Depart Jerusalem on December 24. Start with a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, winding through the curved alleyways. Explore the highlights, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa. Then head to the historic town of Bethlehem, passing Bethlehem Road and the Valley of the Cross on the way. Once in Bethlehem, experience the magic of Christmas, with the city decorated for the festivities with lights and banners. Tuck into a festive holiday meal for dinner and enjoy a guided tour of Bethlehem with a local guide. Visit highlights like the Chapel of the Shepherds’ Field and the Chapel of the Milk Grotto. Finally, the holiday spirit will really come to life during the last part of the tour. Enjoy free time in Manger Square and attend Midnight Mass. Return to Jerusalem after the mass has concluded.

From Tel Aviv: Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour

Embark on a comprehensive full-day tour of the West Bank of the Jordan River to discover the rich history behind the region. Depart Tel Aviv at 6:30 AM and then arrive on the West Bank after one hour and meet your guide.  Beginning with the ancient baptism site of Qasr el Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River at around 8:00 AM, you'll be able to visit the marble steps leading into the river, said to be the very place where Jesus was baptized. At 8:45 AM, move on to the city of Jericho itself, the oldest city in the world, where you will visit the ruins of ancient Jericho and view the nearby Mount of Temptation in the adjacent hills. Then continue to Ramallah at 10:15 AM and walk the streets of this modern city and see life in the big city on the West Bank. The tour will head to Manara Square, the thriving commercial district, and visit Yasser Arafat's tomb.  Stop for lunch at around 1:00 PM before continuing onto a tour of Bethlehem at around 2:30 PM. In Bethlehem visit the Nativity Church, and end with a visit to the Separation Wall. Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv at around 6:00 PM.

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A very busy morning involved a lot of walking with huge crowds, but if you wanted to visit the sites of Bethlehem, you should have expected that. And every part of the tour was superb. Even the lunch stop at a local olive tree wood factory was interesting. Everyone was given some free fridge magnets and crosses and a falafel cost just $5. Then to the Dead Sea, and the chance to reflect on everything you’ve seen in the morning whilst floating. One word of caution - buying food and drink is very expensive, albeit the view whilst consuming your purchase is great.

This tour allowed a comprehensive understanding of Palestine but historically, culturally and politically. It was fast paced with a lot to see (in three desperate cities). The rides between cities was also interesting as you learned a lot about the conflict. The restaurant for lunch was good (as opposed to awful with all the others I did). Guide was knowledgeable and patient. The best part was walking the wall… riveting

Very nice experience, amazing trip. The staff was excellent, best driver Sami and best guide Yossi and Suleyma. I would recommend to everyone to choose them. Also the booking was comfortable and fast.

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.

Great guide, which makes the experiences more special, interesting tour, good organization, would recommend to the others