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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

View the Church of St Catherine and Nativity sites of Bethlehem on your tour

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

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!!!!

Kipp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent guides and beautiful place to see, very
Well informed on this tour, will use viatour
Again for sure.

Gregory B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

Laurie B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

The tour and tour guides were excellent! The only issue were the pick up times and drop off as it wasn't clear when booking. We understood we would be picked up at 8:30 at hotel, but a car came to get us at 9:15 and then took us to the tour bus transfer location and didn't actually leave for tour until after 10:00. We were dropped off on a street about a 15-20minute walk from hotel which was Ok but not understood when booking that it would be the case.

rmezzara

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

Wonderful trip. Etima or Noah's uncle as he was referred to was very knowledgeable and provided additional insight on the current political situation in Israel. The trip to the West Bank and into Jericho and Bethlehem was seamless. The guide from Palestine was also very knowledgeable and provided additional information on the Church of the Nativity. Recommend this tour but would have like to take a look at the small shops that sold olive tree products on the way to the Church.

Randy D

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

10-12-16 My wife and I went in a small group tour in July 2016. Both Bethlehem and Jericho were interesting and well worth seeing. In Bethlehem, we bought an Alexandrite pendant necklace. Though probably lab created, her Alexandrite pendant changes colors in different light similar to natural Alexandrite. She is very happy with the necklace. Jericho was hot. As a tip, take one of the cool cloths that are advertised to wear around your neck. The cool cloths work very well and it is amazing how pouring air temperature water on the cloth makes the cloth cold.

G Jack M

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Wonderful Trip out tour Guide was very informative and totally had a wonderful Day
G Jack

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