Witness the world of the West Bank and explore its history and culture on this full-day guided tour from Jerusalem. See where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and where he was baptized in the Jordan River. Visit the town of Ramallah and see the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Stop at Jericho to see the oldest city in the world.
Full-day tour of the West Bank, the region spread along the west of the Jordan River
See the ruins of ancient Jericho and the spot where Jesus is said to have been baptized
Explore vibrant Ramallah and view the tomb of Yasser Arafat
See the main religious sites of Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity
Enjoy a tasty Arabic-style lunch at a restaurant in Bethlehem
Learn about the rich history and culture of the West Bank from an expert guide
Make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in Jerusalem New City to join up with your guide and group. Then, hop inside an air-conditioned vehicle and travel through hills and desert landscape to the landlocked West Bank. Stop first at the Palestinian town of Ramallah, considered the unofficial capital of the West Bank. Walk around the busy streets and visit the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Explore some of the archaeological evidence that supports the historical accuracy of the Bible here. Next is Qasr-el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. In Bethlehem, enjoy an Arabic-style lunch at a local eatery before exploring this holy city. Explore the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto, a holy place with a 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 there. In Manger Square, see where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth and visit the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) took refuge before they fled to Egypt following Jesus’ birth. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white. See the separation wall that divides the city from Israel before returning to Jerusalem.
Reviews by Viator travellers
Outstanding tour of the West Bank
, Jul 2019
This was our first visit to Israel. We wanted to learn as much as possible about the country and history and about significant biblical sites. Our visit would not have accomplished this without our visit to the West Bank. The tour was incredible. Our guide, Kamal, was funny and extremely informative. He is highly interactive (and we were grateful for the other guests’ knowledge of the Bible so they could more intelligently guess answers to his questions - it got us off the hook :). Our guide was Palestinian and his insights and perspective regarding his and his family’s lives as Palestinians living in Palestine (West Bank) will open your eyes, as will the tour itself. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in better understanding the very complex situation between the Israelis and Palestinians and for anyone interested in seeing first hand what life is like in Palestine. Among other things, you’ll see the oldest city in the world (Jericho), dip your feet in the Jordan river, see the birthplace of Jesus, and see, first hand, Israeli settlements in Palestine as you drive through the West Bank. An amazing experience that I will never forget. Brush up on your biblical knowledge of significant places in the Bible and a bit of the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict before you go if you want to deepen your experience....or just show up (like we did) and you will learn a great deal. We had about 18 people on the tour in total and we were in a brand new vehicle, which was really nice, and our guide spoke excellent English. Thanks for the incredible tour.
We travelled on 8/1/19. We were made to feel safe, we were educated and looked after. The destinations were well selected, we enjoyed Ramallah and Arafat’s tomb. Our guide was very informative and the personal stories added to our learning. The guide made the tour! Thank you!
While the locations were interesting there was not enough background on history. too much present day politics and not enough on the history of the locations. Also spent 1.5 hours at the Wall which, in my opinion, only merits 10-15 minutes. The restaurant for lunch was very good with excellent service.
Our family took a vote and we are saying 3 stars because we wanted more history. The time spent at the Wall was not a good end to the tour either.
I would say beyond a shadow of doubt this is a MUST do!!! Make sure you don't sell yourself short by only staying in Israel. The sights and sounds of the West Bank were phenomenal!!! Palestine was awesome! The food on this trip was fantastic as well! It is a long day but the sights you get to see are once in a lifetime!!! We had a FANTASTIC tour guide and driver!!!
This was a great experience. Border crossing was fast and the Palestinian tour guide had a great sense of humor in explaining the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I was happy to visit the tomb of the late Palestine leader and talk to the solders guarding the tomb.
The trip was good. The bus needs to ensure the microphone works properly. Was hard to hear tour guide at times. Tour guide needs to stand and face passengers when talking. He had great stories. Oh and please dont rush passengers when visiting nativity in Bethlehem. The guide our tour guide used to lead nativity scene tried to discourage us from waiting in line. Said it would be 3 hours. The wait was less than an hour. Many of us wanted to see thane actual spot so please dont rush us. Thx
Overall good would have liked to have spent more time at wall and skip Ramallah area that was pointless to stand in middle of city and look at flag. Jericho was slightly disappointing not the archeological site I was expected so go without expecting much and you will be fine. Bethlehem was great church of nativity is crazy busy but worth it just be aware the many other tourists will push through you to get to where Jesus was born.