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Completing the HOLY LAND tours was a goal...leading to Bethlehem....all I will say, if you need to reconnect to your spiritual roots...do this!
Dont forgot you passport, you definitely need it as you are entering an Arab city. This was another excellent trip with "Isaac" (Zahi Shaked), and a Palestinian guide, both were very knowledgable and friendly. They took us around Bethlehem, including the lactation grotto church and church of the nativity. They provided local food at a reasonable cost, which we ate nearby and had a chance to buy the locally crafted figures made from the olive trees growing in the picturesque hilly landscape around Bethlehem. This gives you an idea of how the shepherds lived during Jesus's birth and the part they played in communicating the news of the birth of Jesus. As this is a half day tour, you will be dropped off in Jerusalem, so you have to make your own way back to you accomodation.
I have been to Jerusalem five times . This by far is the best tour I have taken. The small bus was clean modern and very comfortable . I will return and use this tour again and again
Very good. Just don't forget to take your passport. Ossy is a great guide.
Don't miss the chance to buy olive wood stuff - difficult to find it in other cities.
Interesting place, but I missed a feeling of authenthicity there, with that church full of icons, decorations and crowds of people. I did appreciate, the fact, that we were transported in private cars, which brought us close to all places. Nice too, that our group was so small, we were allowed to ignore the big queue of people and could squeeze in between. I do have to doubt, if the people in the queue appreciated it too.
Everything was done smoothly, with no issues.
Excellent exploration of three main sites in Bethlehem and usefully dropped off in Jerusalem to make your own way back I recommend the train as it goes through some epic countryside.
The half day tour was exciting and the tour guides, especialy the Palestinian guides were excellent. To be commened. The only issues were it was running very late and they forced a certain gift shop and restaurant upon the group. It was as if they were getting a cut of the service. They should have put a time limit on the gift shop and ended the tour immediately after, not forced the restaurant. Not many wanted to go.
This was a great tour. The Palentian guide was excellent and we had a really nice time.
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