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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.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River

2. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River

Explore Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Jordan River in one comprehensive day tour that visits each historic location with a guide. Starting in Bethlehem, visit the Church of Nativity, which houses the grotto (the birthplace of Jesus). While in Bethlehem, stop in front of the famous Banksy hotel for a quick photo op. Purchase souvenirs from a local artisan shop before enjoying a short presentation about craftsmanship and arts in the area. During the presentation, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Depart from Bethlehem and travel down towards the city of Jericho, located in the Jordan Valley. In Jericho, enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the valley from a cable car as well as a guided tour of the Mount of Temptation. While in the area, you’ll take a quick stop at the Gallery of Temptations, with the chance to sample halva, local dates, and other sweets before heading east towards the Jordan River. Stop at Qasr el Yahud baptismal site overlooking the Jordan River, the site where it is believed Jesus was baptized.  

Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

3. Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

After your 6:30 AM pick-up from Tel Aviv, head to Bethlehem to explore the city before it becomes bustling with other groups. Discover the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity. Descending through the Judean Desert, reach Jericho, the lowest city on Earth, and explore the Mount of Temptation.  Explore the Mount of Temptation, ascending by cable car. The cable car ticket is not included and costs approximatel $16. Stop at the Jordan River, Qasr al Yahud Baptismal Site, where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  Return to Tel Aviv at around 6:30 PM. Note that the order of sites is subject to change.

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

4. 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 Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

5. From Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

Even the most independent travelers can benefit from some help when it comes to fully exploring Jerusalem and beyond. This private custom tour will help you to see the best of this region as you go at your own pace and choose what most interests you. Travel in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle and get off the beaten path in search of authentic experiences. You're sure to find the best hidden spots as well as the must-see attractions thanks to the knowledge of your guide. Where can you go on your full-day tour? That's up to you. Some suggested itineraries to consider: • Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea If you want to take in the views from atop Masada, bathe under waterfalls at Ein Gedi, and float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, this itinerary is for you. • Jerusalem full-day tour Spend an entire day immersed in this holy city. Explore the ancient highlights, including the Old City, the Western Wall, and Mount Zion. Also discover newer attractions such as the First Train Station, the Israeli Parliament, the Jerusalem Rose Garden, and the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. • Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem One of the most popular itineraries, discover two of the world’s holiest cities, then head to the lowest point on earth to paint yourself with mineral-rich mud and bob in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea. • Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Journey to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Drive to Jericho and ascend via cable car to the Mount of Temptations and tour the monastery. Then visit the sacred Qasr Al Yahud Jordan River baptism site to experience it for yourself. • Galilee, Nazareth, and more Visit the ancient city of Nazareth and its breathtaking Basilica of the Annunciation. Discover the exquisite Mosaics of Madonna and Child that adorn the basilica, then visit the Wedding Church of Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, and the Yardenit Baptism Site.

From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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

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.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & River Jordan Tour

9. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & River Jordan Tour

After pick–up from Jerusalem at 7:45 AM, head to Bethlehem to explore the city before it becomes bustling with other groups. Discover the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity, and the streets of the Old City with a knowledgeable guide. Descending through the Judean Desert, arrive into Jericho and ascend the Mount of Temptation via cable car ($16 entrance fees not included). Finally, enjoy a guided tour at the monastery.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

10. 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.

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3.9 / 5

based on 107 reviews

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.

Had a fantastic time with our guide Yonathan. Visited the main sites in Jerusalem and received interesting insights and very detailed explanations about them all. We are a group of mixed nationalities and one of my friends is mobility impaired. Yonathan organized the tour so that no one was left behind. We really had a wonderful time with him. Highly recommended!

Brilliant service, tour guide Itimaar was great through out and very knowledgeable and made us all feel welcome, tour guide in Bethlehem was great too. Well worth booking with this company. We even rebooked a Jerusalem tour with this company.

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!!

Great compact trip with the most important places and sights.