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Jericho and Bethlehem - Day tour

  • An unforgettable day viewing the backdrop to Jesus' life
  • Tour the Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Visit the Church of Nativity
  • Shop at Manger Square
  • Zacchaeus Sycamore
You'll leave Jerusalem and pass by (no stop) the Rachel's Tomb, where Scripture relates that Rachel the matriarch died and was buried after giving birth to her son Benjamin (Genesis 35:19-20). After a short ride, you will arrive at Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. The Church of the Nativity is actually two churches with additional chapels and sites within the church compound. Enter through the lowered Door of Humility to the Basilica of the Nativity , and down to the Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave which contains the site where Jesus is said to have been born. 

See the silver star marking the exact spot. See also the Church of St. Catherine , the Chapel of Saint Joseph (commemorating the appearance of the angel to Joseph and commanding him to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13)), the Chapel of Saint Jerome , where according to tradition he translated the Bible into Latin, and the Chapel of the Innocents which commemorates the children who were killed by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18). 

Spend some time in the bustle of Manger Square and then head to the Milk Grotto , where the Holy Family found refuge before their flight into Egypt and where according to tradition, the white color of the walls was caused by a drop of milk that fell when Mary was nursing the baby Jesus.

Please note that you will be taken to a souvenir shop as part of the tour where you can (but are in no manner required to) purchase souvenirs and locally produced goods. 

Before heading off to Jericho (via Jerusalem ), see the Shepherds Fields where the 'shepherds kept watch of their flocks by night' and 'an angel of the Lord appeared to them' (Luke 2:8-10).

Once you have arrived in Jericho , the lowest and quite possibly the oldest city on earth, your first stop will be at Zacchaeus Sycamore . According to tradition, this is the place where Zacchaeus, a short-statured tax collector, climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus and where Jesus spoke with him (Luke c.19). In the distance, you can see Mount Temptation , where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). On top of the mount is the Monastery of the Temptation which is located above the cave where Jesus is said to have fasted and meditated for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2). 

*Your final destination is the Mount of Ancient Jericho (*cable car not included), where around 25 ancient cities were unearthed over centuries of excavations. The oldest city discovered dates back to 9000 BCE.
* The visit is depending on the time schedule of the specific date and is not guaranteed!
Weekly Availability
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  • Transportation to and from your hotel.
  • You will be accompanied at all times by official tour guides.
  • All entrance fees are included.
Not included
  • Meals
Meeting Point
Tour departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Pick up from the lobby of your hotel as follows:

6:30am Netanya hotels
7:00am Herzliya hotels
7:20am Tel Aviv hotels
9:00am Jerusalem hotels

Choose your starting point city and your drop-off city - these can be different from one another. For instance you can start the tour in Tel Aviv and end it in Jerusalem, or the other way round. Some combinations might add an extra fee. Please check the booking process under "Options".
Dropoff Point
Return between 5:00pm - 6:30pm at your hotel pick-up.
Additional Info
Passports are required.

The tour is subject to Palestinian authority regulations.

A Palestinian tour guide will meet the tour at the border.

Change of vehicle may be required upon entering Palestinian authority territory.

Available languages English only.
* Please note that in Bethlehem, sometimes the tours are bilingual, meaning English and a second language.

Choose between a tourist or business class tour:
A business class tour guarantees that you will be in a small group of no more than 19 participants.
Choose this for a more intimate and personal experience.

The tour is conducted bilingual - please see guaranteed language options at "Weekly Availability" overview.

Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours advance of departure will incur a fee of USD8$ for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 - 24 hours advance of departure = 25% of the total sum.
No refund for cancellation upon 24 hours advance of departure.

10% discount on daily tours granted to children under 12 years old and students with a valid international student card
25% discount on daily tours for children under 7 years old
Children under 2 - free of charge (Please state in the comment box, during the booking process.)