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Fantastic tour of the safe areas in Jerusalem including walking the last half of the Via Dolorosa to Holy Sepulchre Church. Great guide who gave us all time to absorb the atmosphere. The Wailing Wall and the walk through the old city was fascinating. NB There are many steps and slippery marble pavements to negotiate as well as lots of standing in queues to see things more closely. The trip to Bethlehem meant crossing into the Palestinian Territories (remember your passport) and winding our way alone through the wall which divides the 2 states.The Jewish guide stayed in Israel and we met our Palestinian guide on the other side. No queues and no problems. The Church of the Nativity had the longest queues but our guide helped the time pass with lots of information and humour. Went up to the Shepherds Field and there were sheep and modern shepherds in the valley opposite. A long but very rewarding day.
A very good tour. I will say you get to see the main sites most people want to see when coming to this part of the world. If you expect a lot of free time to just roam around, this isn't the tour for you. If you want to get in and see the main sites (burial cave, stations of Jesus's final walk, etc) then you'll enjoy it!!! You'll especially love the trip to Bethlehem when you cross over what looks like a war border..lol
I wrote a review of this for tripadvisor, so you could look there under heading of 'excellent tour ... worked like clockwork'. I particularly praised the guide for his enthusiasm, expert knowledge and helpfulness. A very good value tour and hugely enjoyed by our group. Much recommended.
I took this tour last week with 9 co-workers. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and gave great descriptions of the historical and cultural significance of the sites without adding any cultural or political bias. The cross over to Bethlehem was very interesting, as I expected it to be. The crossing into and out of the Palestinian Territory was definitely memorable. It was an interesting mix of "recent" politics with Biblical times. We did some touring on our own to different parts of the country after this tour and I really missed having the guide to ask questions.
The guides (one for Jerusalem, one for Bethlehem) were really good and gave us a good perspective on history and the different points of view in the region. Also on the Jerusalem tour, we went down streets you'd never have known about, and got stories that you won't get from guidebooks or research. Our Jerusalem guide made sure we were getting what we wanted out of the tour while we were there, so we could ask for more or less, which was great.
This was a lovely trip and all the tour guides were very informative and answered any questions that the group had to ask. I would definately reccomend this trip! I traveled alone and felt very safe.
Jerusalem is a marvelous and controversial place with lots of history. It is impossible to grab it in one day, but this tour will show you the essentials. Even though the visit to Bethlehem is just to the Church of the Nativity, it has enormous meaning for Christians. Plus the experience of crossing the border to Palestina is... "unique".
This tour was exceptional, our tour guides were amazing Haya was excellent; I would definitely recommend this tour to those who wish to get an overview and see the sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They do take you to souvenir shops but you are not required to buy anything. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the old city.
Great opportunity to see the holy sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tour Guides are very friendly, knowledgeable and respectful of your time. Crossing into and out of Bethlehem was a breeze with the assistance of the guide!
An outstanding tour through Jerusalem and also over to Bethlehem. Definitely a must.
Fantastically full day trip with so much to see and take in. Visitors should definitely include Bethlehem on their trip to Jerusalem. The Palestinians were incredibly welcoming and really need tourists to boost their economy. They were so grateful we had taken the trouble to go there. Crossing the border was no problem and there was no delay. I am not sure why previous reviewers have had a problem here but, on the day we went, it was very smooth and easy and security was relatively low key. So please do include Bethlehem in your trip - you will not regret it!
Ossie Kaufmann was an exemplary guide who gave us a phenomenal experience in one day! His knowledge greatly enhanced each moment as he explained history, geography, and other key points about each place of interest. The vehicle was comfortable, and Ossie was courteously presnt and available throughout the day to maximize everyone's experience. From country to country, Viator has never disappointed us! Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.The driver/guide (menachem) was a true professional, knowledgable, friendly and very helpful.The sights were very impressive and brought to life by the guide.
A good tour with an excellent guide. Only criticism is almost immediately after the guide stated this is not a shopping trip we then wasted 30 minutes in a shop in Jerusalem and again in Bethlehem while some idiot bought a chess set which took 4 people 20 minutes to wrap up!
Tour was amazing. Guide very knowledgeable. Only problem was the driver we had in Bethlehem scared me very much. Glad we only had to ride with him a short distance
Guides were very good and we were able to see the highlights and learn a lot about the sites. However, only half a day in Jerusalem is very little. If you have the time, I would suggest a full day tour of Jerusalem, and then do Bethlehem on another day perhaps combined with Jericho or another place, since a half day is fine for Bethlehem.
due to a traffic jam from tel aviv to jerusalem our tour guide was a bit in a hurry to keep the time schedule. Jerusalem was very intersting, the tour is too short to explore the whole city.
Bethlehem was also very intersting too, and also too short to explore everything.
Better to book the tour and add another day to explore both cities on your own.
Well organised tour with minibus. Our guide Haya was good but palestinian guide was amasing.
The trip was very OK! Nice guide and the bus was also OK. As a negative aspect .. it was a little bit in a hurry everything...but we saw a lot
This was a very enjoyable tour. The tour guide was knowledgable and energetic. For someone unfamilair with Jerusalem, as I was, the pace and the information communicated were just about right. A good introduction in a day, and certainly stoking the desire to come back and take in more of the city and its extraordinary history. I also looked at some other one-day tours, incidentally, that were far more expensive. Given all that we did on this our, I doubt the higher priced ones would have been better.