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Step back to biblical times on this full-day tour to Jericho and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv. With an expert guide to provide informative commentary throughout, travel to ancient Jericho, dubbed the ‘City of Palm Trees’ down the ages. Gaze at Mt Temptation and see some of Jericho’s biblical sites, including Zacchaeus’ tree and Elijah’s Spring. In Bethlehem, explore the spellbinding Church of the Nativity and Milk Grotto, and stop at Shepherds’ Field, identified with one of the bible’s most important tales — the shepherds who saw the Star of the Nativity.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv, with an expert guide
  • Travel through the Judean desert and pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • See Jericho’s fabled biblical sites, including Mt Temptation and Zacchaeus' tree
  • Visit Bethlehem’s Church and Grotto of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born
  • View Shepherds’ Field and the Milk Grotto, where Mary is said to have nursed Jesus
  • Learn the biblical narratives and history behind each site from your guide
  • Travel by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Tel Aviv

See the hallowed sites of Bethlehem, including St Catherine Church, on your full-day tour

Board an air-conditioned coach at your central Tel Aviv hotel and set out on your day trip to Bethlehem and Jericho.
Travel through the Judean Desert to your first stop, the ancient city of Jericho. On route, pass the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the location linked to the biblical parable.
Admire views of the Jordan Valley, and as you near Jericho, hear the Old Testament story of how the trumpets of the Israelite army brought down its city walls. Hear, too, how Jericho was described in the Hebrew bible as the ‘City of Palm Trees,’ for its lush palm groves and oases.
Stop for photos of the rocky cliffs of nearby Mt Temptation, and then head into the palm-filled city to explore some of its ancient and biblical sites.
Visit the Tell es-Sultan mound, home to the remains of the earliest city settlements; see Elisha’s Spring, an ancient water source mentioned in the bible; and gaze at the sycamore tree from where, according to the bible, the tax collector Zacchaeus gained a better view of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. 
Back aboard your coach, continue to Bethlehem, the holy city traditionally held to be Jesus’ birthplace. Walk around Manger Square, the hub of religious activity in the city. Head inside the revered Church of the Nativity on the square and visit the Grotto of the Nativity, where a star marks the place of Jesus' birth.
Then, view the Church of St Catherine and Milk Grotto, the latter thought to have turned white by Mary’s milk as she nursed baby Jesus. Finally, see Shepherds’ Field, where a church marks the place fabled as where shepherds saw the Star of the Nativity.
Your trip concludes with drop-off at your Tel Aviv hotel.

Customer Reviews

Alexis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip! Tour guides were really informative.

Leona R Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing knowledgeable and highly entertains guide, safe bus driver and punctual.
An unforgettable mother and son Christmas plus 1 adventure! Go!

jcsluis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is an awesome day trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The guide also added a wonderful stop to the Israeli side of the Jordan River at the baptismal sight! Would highly recommend this trip.

Vincent F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Unbelievable tour!!! Day is spent with Palestinian Catholics which could not be any nicer. Great tour guide and drivers!!!

Luisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent guides!

Adrea G

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

The tour guides were friendly and knowledgable and it was a good first trip to the West Bank. I appreciated that we had a local Palestinian guide in Bethlehem.

Chuck

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable. However he was a smoker and every chance he got to light up he did. Never showed any consideration for the non-smokers. I have asthma so I kept my distance from him.

Ashley Y

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

worth doing. very hot while we were there and the guide was considerate of that. walked out and saw what we needed with explanation and then in the shade and on the bus got a further explanation of things. bethlehem was crowded but the guide kept us on track because there are certain times things close and he wanted to make sure we saw it all.

David M

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

Please don't worry if your pick up coach is delayed upto 45 mins .. as they have to stop pick up many others. Long long queues at Bethlehem to get anywhere. Our guide to Jericó was amazing but the palastinian guide was well something else!
A very well organized trip.

Martin W

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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