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 Qasr-el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. 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 the Palestinian town of Ramallah, considered as the unofficial capital of the West Bank. Walk around the busy streets and visit the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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.
On the way out of Bethlehem, visit the Aida Refugee Camp to learn about the activities it provides for the camp’s women and children before returning to Jerusalem.