3.5 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Very good. Just don't forget to take your passport. Ossy is a great guide.
Don't miss the chance to buy olive wood stuff - difficult to find it in other cities.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Interesting place, but I missed a feeling of authenthicity there, with that church full of icons, decorations and crowds of people. I did appreciate, the fact, that we were transported in private cars, which brought us close to all places. Nice too, that our group was so small, we were allowed to ignore the big queue of people and could squeeze in between. I do have to doubt, if the people in the queue appreciated it too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Best trip that we took in Israel. Guide was terrific.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

The half day tour was exciting and the tour guides, especialy the Palestinian guides were excellent. To be commened. The only issues were it was running very late and they forced a certain gift shop and restaurant upon the group. It was as if they were getting a cut of the service. They should have put a time limit on the gift shop and ended the tour immediately after, not forced the restaurant. Not many wanted to go.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2011

This was a great tour. The Palentian guide was excellent and we had a really nice time.

Angela B
Bulgaria

4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

Very quick get in, see the sites and get out again trip. Was a great trip though.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2010

A well-organised and enjoyable trip with helpful, friendly and informative tour guides. We had no hold-ups going through the checkpoint as other travellers have reported. Unfortunately I did not read the small print that said the tour started in Tel Aviv but ended, somewhat inconveniently, in Jerusalem. The tour company were going to charge 140 NIS to travel back to Tel Aviv. Luckily we were able to make alternative arrangements.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

This tour is unusual in starting in Tel Aviv and ending in Jerusalem. This is not stated in the initial information and was the reason I booked. Another member of our party, an Australian who had also booked through Viator was given a taxi back. I think the itinerary should be clarified as a taxi trip costs 320 shekels.

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Tour code: 5209BETHALF

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