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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Visit the holy city of Bethlehem
  • Visit Jericho, the oldest city in the world
  • See famous biblical sites
  • Transportation included
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. 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.

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B
, Sep 2018

We had the opportunity to spend time in Bethlehem and in Jericho. In Bethlehem we had ample time to go through the Church of the Nativity even though it was extremely crowded. We visited the Shepherds Field Church with excellent explanation by the Guide and time to enjoy the beauty and for pictures. Then on to Jericho, the oldest City in the World, and viewed ruins dating back 10,000 years. Lunch is on your own and the place we stopped was lovely but not impressed with the food. As with most restaurants, a bit pricey for lunch. I would certainly recommend this tour if you have a few days in Israel.

M
, Sep 2018

Both Bethlehem and Jericho are worthwhile seeing. The day trip started by visiting Bethlehem first. We saw the field where the shepherds heard the news of Jesus birth from the angels, and then went to the grotto where Jesus is meant to be born. To see the actual place with the marble slab and star, was impossible as there were very long lines waiting, so our lovely guide George he's awesome and so passionate about the bible explained that Jesus could have been born anywhere in this grotto, not just that particular spot. I was happy with just being here and not having to wait in line for 3 hours. The church was nice too. I recommend George to be your guide. The only thing I was a wee bit disappointed in is that they went first to a gift shop, then to the grotto. Had they got us into the grotto first we might have had more chances to see the actual place, and then go to the gift shop after that. But overall, this was still a great day. Jericho was fantastic, and left me a good impression. Even though I nearly fainted from the heat, 38 but felt like 42 C the excavation sites were very interesting, and we had a fabulous buffet lunch and very friendly hosts in the temptation restaurant. I even got to ride a camel and ate their delicious dates. They have a very nice shop downstairs with skin care products, shampoo etc from dead sea minerals.

M
, Apr 2018

Very good tour, amazing sights, very powerful

T
, Apr 2018

I have already reported this to Viator and I am waiting a response. The company was over an hour late picking us up to start the trip and by the time everyone else was gathered, we left almost 2 hours late. Our guide in Bethlehem was wonderful. When we went to Jericho, we didnt visit the all of the places including the monastery even though we were told we would drive up to the Mount of Temptation. Even though we left two hours late, we were still driven back to Jerusalem by 5:30 so the guide and 2 others could be transported to Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, the bus driver wasnt very fluid in English and he failed to take us back to our pickup point. When I asked him, he told us we could take a taxi and we got off the bus. Not a good way to spend my wifes birthday. This was such a bad experience, we called Viator as we didnt want to go the next day with this same company to Nazareth. I was told i would hear something within 24 hours but it has been a few days.

K
, Mar 2018

This was an exceptional tour not because of the sites scene but because of the tour guide. His years of experience provided a valuable historical foundation for the tours. He was culturally skilled and presented the information eloquently and in a manner that left you wanting to know more. He was open to questions and responded well. I've been on several Viator tours, in several countries, and we older travelers can be dismissed by the younger tour guides. This tour guide welcomes travelers of all ages and wants you to become part of his tour guide team. It was because of his service that I booked a day long trip in Tel Aviv though Viator. Kudos to this tour guide !

G
, Feb 2018

Fantastic tour!

E
, Jan 2018

Belén en sí tiene un encanto muy especial y más allá de la religión el lugar es hermoso.
Hicimos 4 tours con esta compañía 3 muy bien y uno si fue un desastre total!!
Las sugerencias son:
1.- No pasen por cada persona a los hoteles es una pérdida de tiempo y nos hacen esperar mucho tiempo por que no te recogen exactamente en el hotel no a todos si no en algún cercano y en nuestro caso tuvimos espera de casi una hora.
2.- Nos han tocado varios tours en los cuales el guía lleva un micrófono inalámbrico y cada uno de nosotros tenemos audifonos. En estos 4 tours el guía tenía que gritar para que escucharamos y eramos grupos de al menos 35 personas lo cual hacia bastante difícil lograrlo.
Los lugares visitados son hermosos y el conocimiento y preparación de cada guía de lo mejor.

m
, Jan 2018

Another excellent trip....didn't get enough time to go into the grotto at the Church of Nativity..because the lines were so long....however the rest was enjoyable.

J
, Jan 2018

I take many tours but this one was by far the worst ever! The pick up is awful. We are transferred from bus to bus and waiting for people from other buses. We went to Bethlehem, saw Nativity Church but never saw Manager Square which was in the brochure. But the guide made sure to take us to a souvenir shop rather than take the time to see the sights. Then we went to Jericho, literally viewed an old Sycamore tree, boarded the bus again and walked on a pile of dirt that was being excavated. The guide left us at a gift shop again and disappeared. He wouldn't let us take the cable car for which we all would have paid. There was a movie about the excavation but we never saw it. He deserted us when we returned to Jerasulem and left us to the bus driver. Again we had to transfer people from one bus to another and wait for people from other buses. It was a total waste of a day basically sitting on a bus.

M
, Dec 2017

This is an excellent tour. Bethlehem was fantastic and I thought Jericho was as well. Others have seen it as ho hum.


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