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Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, the holy lands of the Jerusalem region are the spiritual centers of the world. On this full-day guided tour, discover the history of the different religions that make up these regions and witness the mix of cultures currently living here. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, important in Jewish and Muslim history, and many more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full day trip of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • See popular Holy Land places such as the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity in Bethlehem
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
This full-day tour begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

Begin at the Mount Scopus for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers. From here, see the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade. It has been said that this is where heaven meets earth.

Continue past the Garden of Gethsemane, where it is believed that Jesus prayed on the night he was arrested by Roman soldiers. Continue to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and see the famous Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, one of the holiest of Jewish sites. Then in the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus traveled on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 stations of the cross while retracing Jesus’ steps to the Hill of Calvary, now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Continue onto Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem where the coach will provide transportation for the short trip to Bethlehem.

Explore the Church of the Nativity, where the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is said to have occurred. Manger Square is where the majority of religious activity in Bethlehem takes place, with the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar, the oldest and only mosque in the old city of Bethlehem. See where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth.

Stop by the Greek and Catholic churches here, then board the coach for a return trip to the Jerusalem hotels.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
See Garden of Gethsemane
Pass By:  
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
See the Church of All Nations
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
Pass through the Kidron Valley
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Walk in the Old city of Jerusalem
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Byzantine Cardo
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Western (wailing) Wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Visit the Christian Quarter
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the Stations of the Cross ( Via Dolorosa)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bethlehem
Visit Bethlehem - the birthplace of Christ
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Church of St. Catherine
If possible, visit the Church of St. Catherine
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required for visit Bethlehem
  • A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • The tour includes a reasonable amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to visitors overload a visit down to Nativity cave is not always possible
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Bad experiance on one of life time trip
andynlinda2
, Jul 2019
This tour was one of the worst experience we have had. The tour started on the wrong food. We would be pick up from our hotel at 7:30 AM. We made the effort to be up and ready at the from of the hotel on time. The tour company did not show up until shortly after 9:30 AM. This delay led the tour guide to rush through everything we were taking to, including Jesus's grave. There was a line where everyone had to stand, and our tour guide stated that she does not have the time to wait in line and we had to skip that part of the tour. Then she spent most of the time talking about Israeli's history, and a very short time about Christianity. The one statement she made during her coverage about Christianity that was extremely offensive and insulting to our faith was while explaining the history about Jesus Crist she simply concluded with " Basically Jesus was a trouble maker". This woman was an insulting EVIL that don't belong of being a tour guide. Stay away from this tour company and safe your money. You can take the tour your self, everything is available to you without having to spend your money only to have to faith insulted.
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If you are looking to book a tour of...
Harvey D
, Jul 2018
If you are looking to book a tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem I recommend that you request Yuval Bigio as your tour guide. He is multilingual and very knowledgeable about the sites that we toured and has a very good sense of humor.
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This was supposed to be an English...
Arlene S
, May 2018
This was supposed to be an English speaking tour but was actually a combination English and Spanish tour which made every explanation take longer. Our guide in Jerusalem was knowledgeable but not sympatico. Nevertheless, we saw all the Jerusalem sites in a very large group of more than 40. The Bethlehem part was very disappointing since it was Sunday and the church was busy so that we could not go into the caverns below. I do not think this tour should be scheduled on Sunday. The problems were that the tour group was too large and that the scheduling on Sunday was poor for the Bethlehem part.
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The tour is so fast and running out of...
Maria Norma T
, Feb 2018
The tour is so fast and running out of time. The driver didnt bring us back to the hotel.
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star-5
We had an amazing experience on this...
Bessie K
, Feb 2018
We had an amazing experience on this day tour. Our tour guide Norbert was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The bus was very clean and comfortable. I would definitely use Viator for any future tours and highly recommend!
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star-5
Amir was the best guide ever...
Ramon V
, Jan 2018
Amir was the best guide ever !!! Excellent tour ! He was well knowledge funny and friendly. Highly recommend this tour !!
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Our tour guide was horrible. she was...
scarlett v
, Dec 2017
Our tour guide was horrible. she was scattered and rushed us through everything. One of the people in the group had been to Israel before and he was extremely unhappy with the information she gave us. there were about twelve people on the tour altogether and no happy faces. do not recommend.
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Tour was exactly as advertised...
Lane K
, Dec 2017
Tour was exactly as advertised. Guide was great and knowledgeable Would recommend this tour
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I wouldn't wish this trip on my...
Jena R
, Nov 2017
I wouldn't wish this trip on my worst enemy. From the beginning, I knew it wasn't going to be great. We got picked up promptly at 8:30am, as promised. However, it took AN HOUR to get everyone in the correct vans and the tour to start. From there it felt very rushed. The guide was giving us information about things very obvious to anybody who knew anything religious I grew up going to church every week but would not say I know much about the bible. However, I pretty much knew most of what she went into detail about - and the things she did not explain when asked about I know the story, but we don't have time. We also back tracked a lot which she explained was for good reason but to me it was more of an annoyance. Lunch was not explained well so us when we got there and were rushed around trying to eat quickly to go. Our guide explained the entire menu to us - but the workers told us we had only 3 options to choose from. We went to 2 different gift shops and many of the people on the tour thought we HAD to purchase something from these stores. Not many people actually wanted to buy anything and I am very upset we spent about 30-45 minutes in the 2 gift shops but only had 15 minutes to tour a church. We also lost 3 of the people from our tour so that look a lot of time to find them. And then it was never explained well but 4 people in the tour just left after lunch and didn't go to Bethlehem with us. Not sure why?? THEN, as if it could get any better, we went to Bethlehem. When we arrived, we were told we were going in different vans than the one we had used all day? Our tour guide didn't go with us - but we got a new tour guide? We also all couldn't fit in one van so we went in two? With two new drivers? None of this was explained why. We went to the oldest church in the world but again - rushed through. He said he wanted to show us other things but it was closed so no. And we didn't even get to see where Jesus was born because it would take to long. By the end of the tour most all seemed annoyed. I am very confused about it still. It was not organized at all and a waste of my day. And money. DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR.
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Jerusalem tour difficult due to...
Barbara W
, Nov 2017
Jerusalem tour difficult due to crowd sizes. No headsets, guide hard to hear. Bethlehem bad because we were held at a gift shop for at least 30 min. Finally went to manger site, had to look at it through a pinhole because it was too busy, we were rushed through that. Awkward situation. Guide there very difficult to hear. Had a good time just walking around on our own today, saw lots more on our own.
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