After pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned coach with your expert guide. Then, set out on your 5-hour tour as you travel toward the holy city of Bethlehem.
Soak in the scenery on route and hear about Bethlehem’s central role in Christianity believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.
On arrival, hop out of your coach and start your visit at the revered UNESCO-listed Church of the Nativity, thought to stand on the site of the holy birth and one of the world’s oldest surviving Christian churches.See where Jesus was laid down after his birth and take a stroll around Manger Square, the center of religious activity in the city.
See the Mosque of Oman as your guide explains its importance to the many Muslims who live in Bethlehem, and explore the chambers of the Milk Grotto, the cavern where it’s said that Mary nursed the baby Jesus. Walk over the white-colored floor and hear how tradition holds its color comes from a drop of Mary’s milk that fell to the ground.
Finally, drive to the Shepherd Fields, the pastures forever identified with the shepherds who gazed up at the star of the Nativity while watching their flocks.
After visiting this biblical site, drive on to Jerusalem. Your tour finishes here, leaving you free to explore the ancient city independently or get directions from your guide to travel back to Tel Aviv on your own.