Begin your Jerusalem and Bethlehem
private tour atop the Mount of Olives, an ancient Jewish cemetery with views
across the Old City and Temple Mount. Continue to visit the gardens of
Gethsemane alongside the Church of All Nations. In the Kidron Valley you will
see the tombs of Ben Hazir, Yad Avshalom and the presumed tomb of Zechariah. Next,
visit Mount Zion and the Dormition Church. The Coenaculum or the Upper Room is
believed to be where the last supper took place. Discover the Tomb of David,
which is covered in a drape and embroidered with his various attributes.
Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate and
walk through the Armenian quarter. Continue along the Byzantine Cardo, the main
thoroughfare in biblical times, which today houses modern shops selling
Judaica. Take some time to soak in the atmosphere at the Kotel, the Western
Wall and then walk along the Via Dolorosa, following the Stations of the Cross
and finish up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of
Jesus’s crucifixion and home of his tomb. Enjoy the markets and alleys before
driving to Bethlehem where you will transfer from your personal guide to a
After a short walk across Manger Square,
stop at the Church of the Nativity and see the original Byzantine mosaic floor.
Nearby is the grotto of the nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and an alter
dedicated to the three wise men. Adjoining, but separated to the Grotto of the
Nativity is the grotto attached to the Crusader Church dedicated to St.
Catherine and the small Armenian chapel of the Kings (Magi). The final stop on
your private tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem is to enjoy the colorful panels on
the walls of the tent shaped chapel depicting the early life of Jesus in the