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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.
This was a great day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I was a little disappointed that our tour did not go directly to the Dome on the Rock but we could certainly see it from many of our vantage points.
Word of advice, we were taken to a shop in both Jerusalem and Bethlehem. If you do not want to be sold to simply leave the store. Sometimes that is far easier than saying "no" multiple times or giving in and buying something you don't really want.
All places are great heritage of thousands years.I just sighed the atmosphere.
There are so many to see with limited time. I wish I could spend longer time in the church where there was a long queue to look certain thing which I gave up.
The Jerusalem part was excellent with a great guide and a lot to learn. The Bethlehem part was a failure. This part of the tour is in Palestinean territory so remember to bring your passport. Our Palestinean guide was the worst guide. He was sneaky and freaky and we felt we couldnt trust him.
Guide Very Good on first part of tour our guide was Knowlegable and helpful.
Guide on second leg of trip only interested in rushing us to get fast tracked past the long lines of people
waiting to enter The Crypt for Money.
We travelled a long way for our first visit to Bethlehem and this spoilt it
WOW! What a trip. Was picked up from my hotel in central Tel Aviv, taken to the bus station, where everyone on the pick-up bus was then re-distributed to your particular tour. I was on the English/Spanish language tour1. We set off towards Jerusalem. The guide was excellent with his languages and very informative to the passing views. We stopped off for local facilities (toilets and refreshments) just inside Jerusalem, and then we started..... We went to Mount Scopus instead of the Mount of Olives, we had our panoramic view of the city, plenty explaining of everything, then we drove past the Mount of Olives and into the car park and left the bus, this is where we started the 3.5hrs YES 3.5hrs walking tour of old Jerusalem. I enjoy walking, and I am over weight, but heart sank when the guide said "3.5hrs walk " no one had mentioned this in any other review, otherwise I would have gone else where, it was a very hot day, which didn't help but none-the-less off we trotted thru the Jaffa Gate, the Armenian Qtr, The Jewish Qtr, the Muslim Qtr and The Christian Qtr, some steps, some slippy marble sections, and all very interesting, but all that was going thru my mind was 3.5hrs..... We did stop once for twice for fresh fruit drinks, which was nice. At lunchtime, we had a kebab! I travelled 2000 km for a kebab... there was a choice, chicken or lamb and a cold drink of your choice (water, coke sprite or orange Fanta). Just before lunch, we were taken to the obligatory souvenir shop, where, just by chance, the was a 50% reduction on everything (oh how lucky were we, 50% reduction on TAT) Everything was billed in US$, Why?, the Israeli currency is Shequels! The man in the shop, did say, you could pay in any currency, what they didn't tell you, it was their own exchange rate!!! After lunch, our party split, I went to Bethlehem with 1 other chap from America, were we taken to "The Wall" See Part 2,
The tour of Jerusalem was 5 star. An excellent, knowledgeable and friendly driver who talked us through the journey to and from Jerusalem and guided us through the city itself. Immensely enjoyable and rich experience.
I wish I could say the same for Bethlehem. The guide there couldn't get us round quick enough and was so disinterested he could have been talking about fish and chips rather than Christ's birthplace. The entrance and exit from Bethlehem through the ghastly passport control cages was distasteful, if not actually quite frightening. And the whole experience felt like an engineered tourist trap. Don't go, is my advice. Stay in Jerusalem for the whole day or go to the Dead Sea instead.