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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Witness some of Israel’s holiest and oldest sites on this day trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Travel the distance from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by air-conditioned coach, and enter Old Jerusalem to see the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Via Dolorosa and other age-old religious and historical sights. See the Garden of Gethsemane, stop for photos at the Mount of Olives, and then drive to Bethlehem to explore Manger Square, including the Church of the Nativity, as your guide shares the secrets and stories behind each landmark.
  • Full day trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock - an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • See popular Holy Land places such as the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity in Bethlehem
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This fast-paced tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem is one of the few to depart from Tel Aviv.
Leave your central Tel Aviv hotel by air-conditioned coach and travel to Jerusalem to start your full-day tour. Enjoy the views on route and hear fascinating facts from your guide about Jerusalem’s tumultuous history.
On arrival, visit the Mount of Olives to admire the beautiful views over Old Jerusalem. Identify key landmarks, such as the Dome of the Rock at Temple Mount with pointers from your guide.

Pass the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion, and continue through the Old City walls into the colorful Armenian Quarter.
Trace the winding lanes to the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where thousands of Jewish pilgrims gather to pray, and then enter the Christian Quarter to step out along part of the sacred Via Dolorosa.
See some of the Stations of the Cross as you follow the steps of Jesus, who carried his cross along the route to his crucifixion at Calvary, where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is sited. Stroll along part of the Cardo, Byzantine Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare, and finish your explorations of Jerusalem with a walk through the Jewish Quarter.
Continue with a short drive to Bethlehem, the holy city that was the birthplace of Jesus.
Leave your coach and wander around the hub of religious activity, Manger Square. Visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the site of Jesus’ birthplace, and see the Mosque of Oman and other landmarks, as well as some famous sites from the Nativity.
Afterward, return to Tel Aviv, where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.

Reviews

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S
, Jan 2019

I looked into trips to Jerusalem very carefully and picked this trip on the basis that it would be more of an in-depth exploration of the city but I ended up feeling that this was a very standard trip round the tourist highlights which could have been achieved in very much less time.It is probably not the trip for you if you are not religious as it focuses very heavily on religion (bible stories) and does not really ‘explore’ the old city or cover aspects of culture or history in the way I would have enjoyed. Firstly the pick up was 30 mins late which is forgivable given the traffic in Tel Aviv, however we were then offloaded in a carpark outside Tel Aviv and split up onto different tour coaches which is not what I was led to believe would happen. It took over 3 hours in total to get from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with a stop off in a pointless Elvis themed petrol station café on the way.We were taken to an area outside Jerusalem to take pictures over the city and then driven around to look at the mount of olives, the cemetary and various other sites. The tour of Jerusalem focused on visiting the church of the dome of the rock, Via Dolorosa and the western wall, with a stop off in a souvenir shop. We were scheduled to have lunch in Bethlehem, by the time we arrived there it was after 2pm and we were taken to a truly awful buffet restaurant which was freezing and had all the atmosphere of a 1970’s motorway service station, the food was dreadful and overpriced. We did not have much time left to explore Bethlehem only to visit the church of the holy family which had a 45 minute wait to get into the nave and then the obligatory stop and a souvenir shop.Given that the tour was pretty much 12 hours in duration from pick up to drop off, I feel the time management was poor, given that ‘seeing’ some of the sights consisted of looking out of the coach window as we drove past them.In retrospect I wish I had done a tour that included the dead sea as it might have been a better use of my limited time in the area and I would have given an average rating if the lunch had been decent local food in a pleasant restaurant.

J
, Dec 2018

This tour is one of the best that a person can go on. The tour guide was simple " The Best" I wish all tour guides were this great!I recommend this tour to everyone.

U
, Oct 2018

This trip was a great tour and our guide Itimar Buk did a fantastic job. He is quite passionate about his work and ensured he provided as much detail about the history and culture of Israel. This was our first trip in Israel so to start with Jerusalem and Bethlehem was quite exciting. The trip was well organized and we were briefed at the start of the tour as to what to expect and how to best prepare for the day. The trip was well paced and not rushed and the group size appeared to be appropriate as well. Some of the highlights included following the Via Dolorosa through the stations cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, walking through the markets in the Muslim quarter and crossing over to Bethlehem. The only opportunity to improve is the actual pick up from the designated hotels. Our voucher indicated pickup for 7:15am and we were picked up at 8am. During this time we were worried that perhaps we were at the wrong location or missed. A bit more clarity on the vouchers would reduce this concern and calls to the tour company. Regardless everything worked out perfectly and we understand earlier times are listed to ensure travellers are on time and there are no delays. Overall this was a great trip with a very knowledgeable guide Itimar who was quite chilled out and with effort even funny at times . Highly recommended.

v
, Sep 2018

from start to finish, everything was great. we booked the night before, loved that the website let you know if they had availability even with less than 8 hrs. before the tour started. and that they had hotel pick up/drop off. and it was just the right size under 20 people so you could hear/see what the guide was pointing out. very informative and a full day. would use them again

V
, Aug 2018

Amazing Trip and beautiful day. Mount of olives, Jerusalem - Old city with Via dolorosa, Cardo, Church of the holy sepulchre, as well as Bethlehem are definitely the places to be in Israel. Ayel our Guide has fantastic voice- like an actress in theater. Many thanks!!!

C
, Aug 2018

Great tour. Would love to do it again.

j
, Jul 2018

wonderful

j
, Jun 2018

I loved this tour. It was a little difficult on me because of my bad knees and there is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces. I would caution you if you have bad knees or mobility. Otherwise it was awesome. Jerusalem old and new is beautiful and so rich with history. Israel is all around great.

K
, Apr 2018

This tour gives a great overview of the Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We got to see the most important sites and learn the histories behind them. Our tour guide, Itamar, the Best!

t
, Apr 2018

We learned and saw so much on this tour! Our guide, Ossie Kaufman, knew everyone wherever we went. Very long day but well worth it!

D
, Mar 2018

This is a great introductory tour of these 2 Holy Sites. Bus pick up at the hotel was on time and comfortable. The drive to Jerusalem was relaxing and the driver pointed out several things along the way. We stopped at the University to pick up other tourists and then went to lookout point to see the city and prominent land marks. I was mildly disappointed as I thought that we were going to the Mt of Olives, but we just looked at it from the distance. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept the group on schedule. Watch out for the street vendor selling cinnamon rolls. If you buy one, be sure to try it there as he sold some to our group that were old as Jerusalem. Jerusalem was crowded and hot, be sure to wear sunscreen. You will hit the main sites and get a feel for the area. Be sure to bring pen and paper to leave your plea at the Wailing Wall. You only see 3 stations of the cross. Lunch was ok, nice roof top terrace. I recommend going back to Jerusalem on your own to explore at your leisure. Bethlehem Church of the Nativity was interesting, the manger area was dark and a little confusing. Probably no need to see this twice. My recommendation is to stay in Jerusalem if you have the time and do more exploring on your own time.

S
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

C
, Mar 2018

Most wonderful experience during our 2 week stay

S
, Mar 2018

Jerusalem and Bethlehem are definitely worth a visit. Our guide, Ozzy Kaufman, was very knowledgeable. The downside of thuis tour was that we wasted so much time (hours!), picking up people, people had to change van for a different tour etc. Time actually spent in both cities was very limited...

S
, Feb 2018

Getting together 41 people including 3 kids from different parts of Tel Av-iv, move them throughthe Old City in Jerusalem, take them to Bethlehem and finally bring back to the starting point in 10 hours seems to be challenging enough that there is not much time left for sightseeing. Four lengthy stops: for coffee, buying souvenirs no 1, lunch and buying souvenirs no 2 made time for sightseeing significantly shorter. The guide Jouvel - I'm sorry if i got his name wrong was very good but next time I would arrange such a trip by myself.


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