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From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Bethlehem Biblical Half-Day Tour

Product ID: 235817
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Make the most of a trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a half-day stop at Bethlehem's Christian sites. Enjoy a guided tour of Bethlehem churches, Manger Square, and the Shepherds’ Field for a fascinating glimpse of Jesus’ Biblical birthplace.
About this activity
Duration 5 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German

Pickup included

At main hotels in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Jerusalem, and Netanya or a close location if you are staying elsewhere. From Netanya at 6:30 AM, Herzliya at 7:00 AM, and Tel Aviv at 7:15 AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity
  • Learn about historical and contemporary Bethlehem from your tour guide
  • Take in the gorgeous scenery of the Judean Hills on your way to Bethlehem
Full description
After early-morning pickup from hotels in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Netanya, head south to nearby Bethlehem, the City of David. This was the home town of King David's father, and the place where Christ was born to Mary and Joseph. The first stop is the Church of the Nativity, perhaps the oldest functioning church in the world, constructed in the 4th century and expanded in the 6th century. Gaze upon faint golden mosaics and pink limestone columns, which bear inscriptions dating back to the Crusades. 

Beneath the church is the Grotto of the Nativity where it is believed that Jesus was born. After touring the grotto, the Chapel of the Manger, and the Alter of the Adoration of the Magi, you’ll head to the adjacent Church of Saint Catherine. Descend into the grottos of the church, which hold tombs, connections to the grottos of the Church of the Nativity, and chapels. The tour concludes with a walk through Shepherds' Field, where an angel appeared to a group of shepherds to tell that that a savior had been born in Babylon. Today a tent-shaped chapel stands in the field designed by renowned architect Antonio Berluzzi.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Insurance
  • Hotel drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• In Bethlehem, a valid passport is required on the day of travel
• This tour is subject to Palestinian authority regulations
• Change of vehicle is required for entry to Palestinian Authority territory
• The tour ends at 13:30 (approximately) at David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem
Organized by

Israel Click Tours

Product ID: 235817