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- Tour number: 2023
The tour starts in the hillside village of Ein Kerem on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Stop at the Ein Kerem Church of John the Baptist, built on the site of John the Baptist’s family home. See the Ein Kerem Spring (Mary’s Spring) where Mary met John the Baptist’s mother Elizabeth, as she collected water. On a hill overlooking Ein Kerem is the Church of the Visitation where Mary visited Elizabeth at her summer home. Next, visit the Israel Museum for a short guided tour and the Shrine of the Book where you can see the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The tour continues to a lookout point above the Valley of the Cross and the Monastery of the Cross. Take a driving tour through new Jerusalem past famous locations such as Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Mount Herzl, and Kyriat HaMemshela (the government precinct). Leaving Jerusalem travel to Bethlehem and visit the 4th century Nativity Church. Here you can see where the nativity took place. Near Bethlehem see Shepherds’ Field and stop at the Shepherds’ Field Chapel of the Angels built to commemorate the site where an angel announced the birth of Christ to shepherds on the first Christmas eve.
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This fascinating tour of Jerusalem’s new city and Bethlehem focuses on Christian sites. Visit Ein Kerem, a village-within-a-city with quaint stone houses, and vibrant gardens. Ein Kerem is best known as the birthplace of John the Baptist. Stop at the Church of John the Baptist which was built where John the Baptist’s parents, Elizabeth and Zachariah had their home. The family also had a summer house on a hill overlooking Ein Kerem where the Church of the Visitation now stands. It was here that Mary visited Elizabeth before John the Baptist’s birth (Luke 1:24). Also, see Mary’s Spring where Mary met Elizabeth as she collected water.
Leaving Ein Kerem, the tour takes you to Israel’s most important museum, the Israel Museum for a brief guided tour. Visit the adjacent Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls; ancient religious manuscripts dating back to c.408BC. The tour continues to an observation point overlooking the Valley of the Cross in Western Jerusalem. Tradition holds that Christ’s cross was made from a tree that grew in this valley. In the valley stands the 11th century Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Cross. Next, take a drive through the streets of new Jerusalem past iconic locations such as Yad VaShem, Mount Herzl, Kyriat HaMemshela (the government precinct), and picturesque neighborhoods.
Leave Jerusalem and drive towards Bethlehem, the town of Christ’s birth. In Bethlehem visit the Nativity Church, built in the 4th century around the Holy Grotto where the nativity took place. Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem see the fields where shepherds watched their flocks on the eve of Christ’s birth. Stop at the Shepherds’ Field Chapel of the Angels. This tent-shaped chapel was designed by Antonio Barluzzi and features beautiful paintings depicting scenes from the night of the nativity.
Additional Options in the Area:
1. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
2. Mount Zion: King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper
3. Garden Tomb, site of Jesus’ burial according to Baptist tradition
4. Lookout point Armon HaNatziv (Haas Promenade)
5. New neighborhoods of Jerusalem
6. Mar Saba Monastery (Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas)
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Our private tours are the most exclusive way to travel in Israel. You get a private car and a tour guide that will customize the tour to your interest and your schedule.
The price includes a private car and the tour guide who will pick you up from your accommodation (hotel or apartment) and return you to the same location. The trip is limited to 10 hours ($40 for every extra hour). Find full information under the "Additional Information" of each tour.
The price of a Private Tour does not include entrance fees, food, drinks, parking, and toll roads. Find full information under the "Additional Information" of each tour.
Yes, the mentioned itinerary is a proposal only; we can customize private trips within the designated region and based on logistics. Please note that if the tour duration exceeds 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour (up to extra 2 hours possible).
The tours are available in the most widespread languages. On our website, you can book the tours in English, Spanish, Russian, German, or French guidance (except for English, tours in these languages have an additional fee of 75 USD).
However, if you book a different language, a supplement of approximately 100-150 USD will be applied depending on the language and the tour.
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As this is tailor-made for you only, we can pick you up from any point in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv district, Netanya and Herzliya.
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