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I went on this trip on Christmas Day - the morning started with stunning views from the mount of olives - there was still some snow on the ground from the previous week which made it more spectacular then it was down to the old city of Jerusalem visiting the Jewish and Christian quarters. As you can imagine it was very busy in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre but you did manage to see the stations of Christ and the holy stone. In the afternoon it was off to Bethlehem and a visit to the Church of the Nativity. Again it was very busy but you still saw the spot where Jesus was born. I felt the tour was a bit rushed but it was probably due to the amount of people visiting the church and the manger square but all in all it was a very good trip
Doing what: Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
This was a very good tour! I wanted to see more of Jerusalem and got exactly that! Much of the time is spent in the Jewish Quarter ie: the tour has a Jewish slant to it. There was ample time at the Western Wall and also the Holy Sepulchre - where the Jerusalem portion of the tour ends.
I do have issues with the 'authorized' souvenir and restaurant choices on these tours - but can't be avoided as I am sure the operator gets a cut! As the souvenir store is right in the middle of Old City - there are other shopping options. The restaurant for lunch is just okay - the views of the Temple Mount and Mount of Olives are amazing - too bad the food doesn't match. The 'deal' isn't that great and if budget is an issue - there are better and cheaper places to eat close by.
The Dead Sea was amazing! It was a quick drive and the scenery is stunning. The beach is nice and the facilities were reasonably clean. Bring your own towel and flip flops.
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