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  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Take a half day tour from Tel Aviv to Bethlehem, and discover the town famed as the birthplace of Jesus. Tracing the events of the Nativity, this comprehensive tour uncovers the highlights of this holy city for worshippers of all religions!

Highlights

  • Half day trip from Tel Aviv to Bethlehem
  • Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity - including the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherd Fields
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up

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What You Can Expect

Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, Israel

Your day tour begins with an air-conditioned drive south-east from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Bethlehem. Focusing on the Nativity, your visit begins at the Church of the Nativity - widely cited as the birthplace of Christ, and one of the oldest surviving Christian churches in the world.

The hub of religious activity in Bethlehem is Manger Square which is flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oman - a site of importance for the many Muslims who live in the city.

At the Manger Square you can walk on the ground where Jesus was laid down after his birth, and go on to explore the Milk Grotto. Here you will notice the white color of the chalk walls, which tradition states was caused by a drop of milk that fell while Mary was feeding the baby Jesus.

Visit the Greek and Catholic churches, before moving onto the Shepherd Fields where the 'shepherds watched their flocks by night'. Your half-day tour finishes in central Jerusalem, where you can continue sightseeing independently or take directions from your guide to travel back to Tel Aviv.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Dont forgot you passport, you definitely need it as you are entering an Arab city. This was another excellent trip with "Isaac" (Zahi Shaked), and a Palestinian guide, both were very knowledgable and friendly. They took us around Bethlehem, including the lactation grotto church and church of the nativity. They provided local food at a reasonable cost, which we ate nearby and had a chance to buy the locally crafted figures made from the olive trees growing in the picturesque hilly landscape around Bethlehem. This gives you an idea of how the shepherds lived during Jesus's birth and the part they played in communicating the news of the birth of Jesus. As this is a half day tour, you will be dropped off in Jerusalem, so you have to make your own way back to you accomodation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

I have been to Jerusalem five times . This by far is the best tour I have taken. The small bus was clean modern and very comfortable . I will return and use this tour again and again

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