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. We see the silver star on the grotto floor marking 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. Then visit the Milk Grotto where Mary nursed baby Jesus. We leave Bethlehem stopping at Shepherds Field and passing by 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. The highlight of our visit is undoubtedly the Grotto of the Nativity was 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 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. From the Church of St Catherine our Bethlehem tour takes us to the Shrine of the Milk Grotto. This sacred site is where Mary nursed baby Jesus. A drop of Mary’s milk fell on the stone turning the cave surfaces white. The Milk Grotto is often visited by new mothers and women who want to conceive. The tour to Bethlehem makes its return journey towards Jerusalem and stops at 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 Berluzzi. Finally we drive past the Field of Ruth where Ruth met her future husband Boaz. End the tour approx. 13:00 at David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel
The tour includes:
A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
The tour does not include:
Food and drinks
Drop off at your hotel
Tour ends approx. 13:00 at David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel
Passport compulsory for visit to Bethlehem
Due to the high number of visitors, entrance to the Nativity Cave may be limited
Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance.
Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour.
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.
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.
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.
We, at Bein Harim Tourism, understand that plans can change, so you can change dates, cancel, or change your pick up point at any time. Please make note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation email.