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This half-day Bethlehem tour sets off through the Judean Hills to Bethlehem. On arrival, we stop in Manger Square and go into the historic Church of the Nativity. This church was built around the Holy Grotto where Jesus was born on the first Christmas Eve. The silver star on the grotto floor marks the site of the nativity. Enjoy the architectural features of the church, the many works of art and see part of the original mosaic floor. From here the tour continues to the Church of St. Catherine. The tour goes beneath the church into ancient grottoes to see altars, tombs and where St Jerome translated the Hebrew Bible to Latin. We leave Bethlehem passing Shepherds Field and the Biblical Field of Ruth before returning to Jerusalem. End the tour approx. 13:00 at David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel.
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We start our half-day Bethlehem tour as we travel through the Judean Hills towards Bethlehem. This is the route Mary and Joseph would have taken when they traveled to Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. As the hometown of King David’s father Bethlehem is also known as the City of David. On arrival in Bethlehem, we stop in Manger Square. Here Christians gather from across the globe each Christmas Eve to celebrate the nativity. The square is bordered by the Palestinian Peace Center, the Mosque of Omar, and the Church of the Nativity.
The Bethlehem tour takes us inside the Church of the Nativity built in the 4th century around the site of Christ’s birth. The church was expanded in the 6th century but part of the original floor mosaic can still be seen. In the Grotto of the Nativity a silver star on the floor marks where Christ came into this world. From the basilica, the Bethlehem tour continues to the Church of St. Catherine that was constructed in 1882. The tour takes you beneath the church to ancient chambers hewn out of the rock. Here we see the Chapel of the Innocent; St. Joseph’s Chapel and the cave where St. Jerome translated the Bible from Hebrew to Latin.
The tour to Bethlehem makes its return journey toward Jerusalem and passes Shepherds Field. On the first, Christmas Eve shepherds watched their flocks in this field. Today this site is marked by the Church of All Angels designed by Barluzzi. Finally, we drive past the Field of Ruth where Ruth met her future husband Boaz.
A day tour is a regular tour that we operate on specific weekdays. Tours depart from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Herzliya and Netanya. You have the option to upgrade your tour and ensure for yourself a place in a small group (up to 19 people). The tour duration from pickup time is approximately 10 hours. You will be picked up from your hotel, and after the tour, you will be returned to your hotel.
Almost all of our daily tours are operated primarily in English, in addition to a second language: Or Spanish, or Russian, or German and or French. You can choose the preferred language of the tour when booking. You can view the tour schedule, as well as the second language schedule in order to make your best suited choice.
When booking your tour, you will need to mark which language you’d like the tour to be in. Note that for certain tours in certain languages, the price may be higher.
A regular group travels in a coach that comfortably transports up to 45 people. A small group travels in a minivan that seats 22 people. Other than that, the tours are identical.
Our tours leave from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Herzliya. We pick up our travelers from most of the hotels in these cities. If you are staying at a private residence address, please choose the closest pick up hotel to your apartment or contact our office to be advised where to wait.
Children under 12 and students (with a valid student card) receive a 10% discount.
You can bring your luggage with you and we’ll store it in the trunk of the vehicle during the tour. However, please be aware that we don’t take any responsibility for any damage or loss. Recommended to advise us that you are travelling with luggage.
Yes, but not too much. We definitely recommend bringing some local currency with you to pay for lunch and anything you may wish to; purchase along the way.
We, at Bein Harim Tourism, understand that plans can change, so you can change dates, cancel, or change your pickup point. Please note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to the cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation email.
Since packages depend on hotel availability and updated rates, changes may imply an extra fee. For any changes or updates, you are welcome to contact our Operations team at:
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Make sure that you have received confirmation for your change or update request.
It is possible to have pick ups/ drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations. The expenses to get from the drop off location to your final destination won't be covered by Bein Harim.