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  • Location:Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem

Experience the biblical cities of Bethlehem and Jericho on this full-day guided trip from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean Desert to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. See the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil and the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed to get a better view of Jesus. In Bethlehem, see the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born, plus Manger Square, Shepherds' Field and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this tour.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Jericho and Bethlehem from Jerusalem, led by an expert guide
  • Travel through the Judean Desert past the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • See the biblical sites of Jericho, including Mt Temptation and Zacchaeus' tree
  • Visit the Nativity sites of Bethlehem, including the Church and Grotto of the Nativity
  • View the Shepherds’ Field and Milk Grotto, where Mary is said to have nursed Jesus
  • Discover the history and biblical stories behind each site from your guide
  • Travel by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem

View the Church of St Catherine and Nativity sites of Bethlehem on your tour

This full-day (9 hours) Jericho-and-Bethlehem tour begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

On the main highway between Jerusalem and Jericho, in the Judean Desert, pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, mentioned in the New Testament's parable of the Good Samaritan and the famous roadside sea level marker. From here, enjoy a view of the Jordan Valley where Jesus was baptized.

In Jericho, the oldest city in the world, look for the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed to get a better view of Jesus when he was there on his way to Jerusalem. Above Jericho is the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus, after praying and fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, was tempted by the devil.

At this halfway point of the tour, stop for lunch (own expense) in a restaurant in Jericho before making the trip to Bethlehem.

In Bethlehem, explore the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto, a holy place with the cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is said to have occurred. Manger Square is where the majority of religious activity in Bethlehem takes place, with the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar, the oldest and only mosque in the old city of Bethlehem and a site of great meaning for those Muslims who live in the city.

See where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth and visit the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) took refuge before they fled to Egypt following Jesus’ birth. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white.

Stop by the local Greek and Catholic churches before going to Shepherds' Field, where Luke 2:8 declares: 'Shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.' It is believed an angel announced the birth of Jesus here.

The tour concludes with a return trip to the Jerusalem hotels.

Customer Reviews

Attila M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I loved this tour mainly the Bethlehem part of it. The guide was perfect, and the tour was excellent! Jericho part wasn't such as excited... but it was ok. Strongly recommend!!!!

Kipp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent guides and beautiful place to see, very
Well informed on this tour, will use viatour
Again for sure.

Gregory B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

Portia S

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

It was a bit expensive, but it was overall a good day trip. The guide was knowledgeable. The restaurant they took us to was ok, a bit pricey for lunch.

Renee M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Tour was great! Tour guide was expert in subject matter, warm and friendly! Nice time!

Gizelle Lou T Y

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Very informative.

Jennifer H

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

The tour was very informative. the guides were great!

Arthur W

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

There was confusion coordinating the pick up at the hotel with the actual tour departure. Pick up at the hotel was 8:30 a.m. but the tour didn't actually depart from Tel Aviv University until 10:00 a..m. It was difficult to understand the guide who accompanied the group to Bethlehem. The guide who accompanied the group to Jericho was very good and informative.

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