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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv

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Beit She'an, Israel
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered 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 Scopus, 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 en 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Western (wailing) wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Walk in the Old city of Jerusalem
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
Overview on Mt. Scopus
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
View the Garden of Gethsemane
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Visit the Jewish Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Visit the Christian Quarter
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of Nativity
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Fantastic Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour
Kenneth_D
, Mar 2020
This was my first visit to Israel. I was in Tel Aviv for work and took an extra day and went on the Jerusalem and Bethlehem 10 hour tour. It was fantastic. A great way to explore these areas in comfort and safety. The tour guide and driver has a wealth of knowledge about the sights to share. I recommend this tour.
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Interesting and well planned and scheduled trip
Homer
, Feb 2020
I found the trip informative and very well organized. I used other companies during my week in Israel with big disappointment. I was therefore very pleased with this trip. The only thing I didn't like is the way we spend time in markets and restaurants.
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GOOD Tour
Trefor_W
, Feb 2020
Very good tour. Itamar was an excellent guide and driver. He was friendly and very professional and certainly was extremely knowledgeable. The amount of time spent in the gift shop on arrival in Bethlehem was far too much. This meant that when we arrived at the Church of the Nativity we had to wait far too long to get in because it was midday when one of the religious groups had preferential access. No mention had been made when booking that we would be taken to a restaurant for lunch. No alternative was on offer.
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Jerusalem Old City
Ruth_L
, Feb 2020
The tour was very well organized. We all departed on time in a very comfortable bus. The tour guide was extremely courteous and the information he provided was excellent. He even brought pictures and publications to share with us.
star-4
An mazing experience
Dj19
, Feb 2020
Thsi day trip is a must!Cigal was an amazing guide! She was so informative and made the whole trip very enjoyable. I enjoyed less Betlehem as they changed guide and as he was switching from spanish and english he was talking so fast that I could not understand half of it but this is a short part of the trip only.
star-5
Great trip
Sebastian_C
, Feb 2020
We had a great tour led by Omri. The hotel pick up was a few minutes behind though very organized. They picked us up from the hotel. We went to a central location to load up for the tour. The bus was completely full but still decently comfortable with air conditioning. We first went to Jerusalem then Bethlehem. The ride was very smooth with some good narration along the way with good explanations. Omri was also very good at explaining all sides of any kind of issue so it is easier to understand why certain situations are the way they are today. There were times where he had trouble keeping everyone together as it was crowded even during the off-season. We saw many sights. The tour was a bit pricey compared to other listings on Viator (nearly double) though I do not know how could those tours are. Overall, an excellent tour.
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Better to explore on your own
mjcook419
, Feb 2020
I expected this tour to have much more time in Jerusalem- you whiz through the old city with zero time to enjoy the sites and smells - I opted to get back to Tel Aviv on my own and broke off from the tour to do some of my own touring (which was the best part of my day). Bethlehem was cool to see and you have to do a tour to see it, but it’s quite annoying that an hour of our tour was spent at a cheap souvenir shop full of Made in China crap - but when we got to the Old City in Jerusalem we weren’t allowed to stop at any of the authentic stores there along the way. The tour is also very focused on Jesus and the Christian points of interest so if you do not have an interest in that I would skip Bethlehem and do Jerusalem on your own.
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OUTSTANDING tour!
anilkarmel
, Jan 2020
This was an OUTSTANDING tour! Fantastic way to quickly see the key spots in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
star-5
Great tour to see more during your stay
ninafrankbooth
, Jan 2020
This is a great tour to see more during your stay. It’s really well organised, so you get picked up fro your hotel in the morning, transfer to another coach with the rest of your tour group and dropped back at your hotel at the end. Our guide, Heva, was really knowledgable and extremely engaging. Our day was a little disrupted because it was raining so much, which is very unusual for Israel, and also because dignitaries we’re visiting the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, so it was closed, but Heva was so positive throughout and did an amazing job of making sure we still got to see a lot.
star-4
Very good! Highly recommended!
Sherpa527023
, Jan 2020
Well managed and delivered beautifully by the guide (Vic) and driver (Oleg). Good detail and amazed at how each person in the group was looked after! Well done!

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