Day trip

From Jerusalem: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

Activity provider: Elijah Tours & Travel
Day trip

From Jerusalem: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

Activity provider: Elijah Tours & Travel
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Take a great way to explore the history and religion of the Old City of Bethlehem, a city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following your guided tour of the most important sites in Bethlehem, you will visit the Dead Sea where you can swim or relax.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide


8 hours
  • Jerusalem

  • 35 minutes
  • Chapel of the Milk Grotto (guided tour)

  • Church of The Nativity (guided tour)

  • Chapel of the Shepherds' Field (guided tour)

  • 40 minutes
  • Dead Sea (photo stop, swimming)

  • 40 minutes
  • Jerusalem

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Feel the spirituality on a tour of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ
  • Visit the Shepherds Field, the Church of the Nativity, and the Milk Grotto
  • Drive east through the Judean Desert to reach the lowest point on Earth
  • Relax, swim, and float effortlessly in the salty waters of the Dead Sea
Full description

Discover the famous old city of Bethlemen and the Dead Sea on a guided day trip from Jerusalem. Swim in the Dead Sea, visit an olive wood factory and see the famous Church of the Nativity.

Following pickup in Jerusalem, ride to Bethlehem to meet your guide before heading to the Old City of Bethlehem. Begin with a guided visit to the Church of the Nativity. Next, if availability allows, visit the Nativity Star and the Cave of St. Jerome. From there, head to the Milk Grotto Church, where it is believed that the Holy Family found refuge from the Massacre of the Innocents before they could flee into Egypt. Next, drive to the City of the Shepherd's, Bayt Sahur.

In Bayt Sahurt, enjoy a guided visit to the Chapel of The Shepherd's Field, the church where the angels first appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Continue your trip with a visit to an olive wood factory and watch the artisans crafting wooden sculptures.

Continue through the Judean Desert to reach the lowest point on Earth. Hop out and take pictures at sea-level in the desert .

Continue to the Dead Sea to enjoy the rest of the day, either floating in the rich water or relaxing at the beach.

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry fees for the Dead Sea (45 NIS per person)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Pickup will be at 7:45 AM in front of the David Citadel Hotel - all our drivers have your main booking name on their phones, make sure to see your name on the phone before you go to the vehicle/bus. Add us on WhatsApp and we'll confirm your driver's name/vehicle type on the morning of the tour +972 59-398-3488.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a towel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 253 reviews

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Bethlehem portion is a 5 star. On schedule from leaving all the way to arriving and all the places in between but we don’t feel rush as we’re given enough time for each place. Elias is funny, entertaining always making sure everyone makes it back to the bus. The Dead Sea water was not as clear and good as in photos but still a 4 star for the rest. The ride home was hot cause the AC was turned off with only the driver’s side window open.

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March 11, 2023

If you want to see Bethlehem, this is by far the best way to do this. The tour lasts from 8 to 16, and you have plenty of time in both locations. Our guide and driver were very, very nice and helpful. The guide did a good job of organizing things and providing us with information. There was an opportunity to purchase falafel lunch for 20 ISL, but you can bring your own food. We also stopped at a shop in Bethlehem where they served us with free coffee, tea, and baklava. There were snacks that could be purchased at the shop and at the Sea as well. There is also a shop at the Sea for purchasing cosmetic products, and an opportunity to ride a camel for 20 ISL. You will want to wear an older bathing suit as it may fade. Some people may want to have water shoes as well, as there is a lot of thick mud and rocks in the water. There are shower stalls to wash off at the end, so bring what you need for that. A tip is not required at the end, but we chose to leave one--everything was really great!

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March 9, 2023

I felt like my guides knew exactly what they were doing. Elias was very informed and made sure everyone was comfortable at all times. At the Nativity Church, we had a very kind and knowledgeable man who brought us through the line and the cave! It was unforgettable! The food was great and the shop gave us all gifts and two free soft drinks! The Dead Sea was amazing and we got 2 full hours there even though we got tuck in traffic. Our guide there was very nice and knowledgeable! I would 100% recommend this tour!!!

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March 4, 2023

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