• Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

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

What You Can Expect

Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem

Elisha spring,Jericho

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 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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Maurice V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very good tour, amazing sights, very powerful

Ken H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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 !

Gustavo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic tour!

Mich L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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

Suveda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our day trip to Bethlehem with Bein Harim Tours was one of the most memorable tours we've taken. It was very efficiently organized and we were able to visit all the important sites and venues in Bethlehem and had also enough time to shop. The guides for Bethlehem and the Jericho tours were super good and friendly and professional. The Jericho tour exceeded our expectations we were pleasantly surprised to see Elisha's spring and the commentaries by our guide at the Archeological digs in Jericho was very informative. We had a long day but every moment was special and most enjoyable. Thank you to Bein Harim and the wonderful guides.

Philip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide

Sandra X W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Bethlehem was very good, Jericho was not worth it.

Ivana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

MUST DO tour. Book it here as you completely safe leaving Jerusalem - Israel Fantastic Palestinian tour guard, amazing knowledge deep in full of stories. Thank you for caring service all the way, staff could not be more helpful. Fantastic tour well worth the money.

kk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Good tour. Bethlehem was clearly the highlight of the day. Jericho was just ok. Would recommend.

Attila M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I loved this tour mainly the Bethlehem part of it. The guide was perfect, and the tour was excellent! Jericho part wasn't such as excited... but it was ok. Strongly recommend!!!!

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