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5 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 3 more


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 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
  • Enjoy transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup included
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).

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, Dec 2018

If it had been any other day I am sure we would have been able to see the cave. The day we went, Christmas Eve, it was a zoo. I don't think Christmas Day is any better. There was a 3 hour line. We did see the church and the holiday parade.

, Jul 2018

Safe and interesting tour

, Jun 2018

OK tour but the transportation is not great. We were told that they would pick us up at 8:30 AM at our hotel. A Taxi pulls up late and tells us he is taking us to the tour start. We get to a location and the taxi drive tells us to get out and the tour will start here. There were lots of groups of people all going to tours in different parts of Israel, so we had to keep asking around for the Bethlehem tour. We found the right person and he put us in a van with a few others and drove us to a hotel in Jerusalem were we waited another half hour for a different van to come get. That van took us half way to Bethlehem where we met another van and a car. The van could only hold six so our group split up between the car and the van. We were wondering if we would ever make it to Bethlehem but we eventually did. We visited the Shepherds field and cave and the Mary's Milk Cave. The guide provided very little information about each of the sites but you did get to see them and walk around. We went to the Church of the Nativity which was in use because our tour was on Sunday. The guide took us in part of the church and initially said we couldn't see any more because the church was in use. We also wouldn't be able to see the birth cave of Jesus because the line was too long, our group of 8 was too big, and the tour of the birth cave wouldn't be able to start until after the church service was open. Our guide found another guide who could take part of our group and we eventually were able to see the cave but we had to tip the other guide at least 20 shekels per person.
We ended the tour at a store in Bethlehem were the put strong pressure on you to buy things that are expensive and then to eat at a restaurant. I wouldn't do a tour with this group again but we did get to see all the important sites.

, May 2018

The trip was good and the guide excellent. However, and this was mentioned by our guide, it is NOT recommended to do this trip on a Sunday as the Church of the Nativity is crowded and there are restrictions in place for seeing it all

, Mar 2018

There was a lot of chaos in the beginning. For a trip 5 miles away from Jerusalem, we walked 15 minutes to the meeting point and had to take three vans to get to the sights with little explanation.

, Mar 2018

Low cost. Shopping time in the store is too long.

, Feb 2018

Terrible. More interested in the souvenir shop. We waited an hour there. No one buying but still waited. The had to walk up to Church. Church under renovation. Can’t see much. Catholic Church closed until 2 pm so missed it. Guide no history at all. Said Jesus born lived and died.Well not good enough

, Feb 2018

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

, Dec 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.

, Dec 2017

Pick-up at hotel and drive to Bethelem went well, but the tour itself was not as we expected. The tour-guide was showing us the important places, but he was rushing us all the time telling us that we had to hurry back to the car/bus to go to the next location. He gave us the relevant information but we didn't see/feel any enthousiasme in his guidance. But at least we saw all the things we expected to see.

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