• Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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See the birthplace of Jesus on this guided half-day tour from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Visit Greek and Catholic churches and trace the events of the Nativity of Jesus. From Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and Shepherds’ Field, follow the timeline to Jesus’ birth. Uncover the highlights of this holy city, a major Christian pilgrimage site. Hotel pickup only included.


  • Half-day trip from Jerusalem to Bethlehem
  • Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity
  • See the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and Shepherds' Field
  • Enjoy transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup included

What You Can Expect

Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem

Little town of Bethlehem Half Day Tour from Jerusalem

This half-day tour of Bethlehem begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach, followed by a 5-mile drive to the biblical birthplace of Jesus. This tour focuses on the Nativity of Jesus, the accounts of the birth of Jesus in the gospels.

Explore the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto, the cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is believed 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 the Muslims who live in the city.

See where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth and visit the Milk Grotto, where Jesus, Mary and Joseph took refuge before they fled to Egypt following Jesus’ birth. It is said that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white.

Stop by local Greek and Catholic churches before going to Shepherds’ Field — an angel is said to have announced the birth of Jesus here.

The tour concludes at David Citadel hotel, next to Jaffa Gate (Old City of Jerusalem).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent tour with a lot of knowledge for Bethlehem. Recommend strongly if you only have a 1/2 day.

Helen A Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We were able to enter the grotto where the inlaid silver star marked the point of Jeus birth in the Church of the Nativity. This tour also took us to the Chapel of the Milk Grotto and the Chapel of the Shepherd's Field. It was a wonderful experience made more memorable since we went 4 days before Christmas. There were not a lot of tourist which was unfortunate since the city depends on tourism. We were treated very well despite the frightening historic news of what can happen in Palestine to tourist. My family and I are catholics and I appreciate being given the opportunity of this once in a life time experience.

Judith G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide in Bethlehem was knowledgable and polite. We were nervous about this excursion because we had heard that there were protests against Americans. Our guide assured us that all was well and we felt totally safe. He was knowledgeable, friendly and covered all of the sites we wanted to see. Overall, a really nice tour.

Patricia D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Wonderful and the only way to go without stress. Great tour guide. She really cared that we saw everything and great explanations.

Claire B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Lovely trip. Amazing to see the actual birthplace of Jesus, as well as the field where the shepherds were. We were lucky and didn't have to queue for too long 45 minutes to get into the Church, but be prepared for longer waiting times. Our guide was very informative. Lots of changing of coaches but still very enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was an incredible experience, particularly with the transition from the Israeli controlled side of Jerusalem through security to Bethlehem. I can not imagine visiting Bethlehem unguided. It is worth it simply for the access and time saving.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was our first trip of the holiday and it was excellent. Our guide gave us a first class account of everything. Booked a number of trips with Viator and all were very good. Would definitely recommend.

Kristen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a great short trip to Bethlehem. We saw all the important sites. Our guides, Itamar and Nabil, were excellent!

Henry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Very well organized, love it .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Amazing tour and guide. Had great fun. On time drop off and pick up. Thanks for world class service

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