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Bethlehem

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The Basics

Many visitors to Bethlehem come to experience the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square, thought to be the place where Jesus was born. The ancient structure and adjoining Franciscan Church of St. Catherine are incredible to walk through. Other sights like Rachel's tomb, the Mosque of Omar, and the Milk Grotto Chapel are fascinating to explore and Bethlehem's Old City is fun to wander through with shops, open markets, and beautiful architecture. Many guided tours include a visit to Bethlehem on their itineraries

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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
star-4.5
$121.00 per adult
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Jerusalem & Bethlehem in one day
Both your guides in Jerusalem and Bethlehem were very knowledgeable in explaining both tours. The tour left Tel Aviv on time at around 645am for a one hour trip to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem we covered everything that was described on the tour the same for Bethlehem. I highly recommend this tour.
Paulo_p, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

star-5
A wonderful tour with amazing guides!
Kerstin_G, Jun 2021
Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
The half-day tour was the best investmest I made during my trip to Jerusalem! The tour covered the most essential places in Bethlehem and the tour guides as well as the driver did their best to offer an unforgettable experience. It needs to be said that due to Covid and a lack of other tourists, I received a very personalized tour, but I am sure that bigger groups get just as much out of it. Especially the Church of Nativity was an impressive place, for religious and non-religious people alike.
star-5
Really good and...
Jason_R, Nov 2021
Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
Really good and informative tour. A great way to experience Palestine. Free felafal snack provided and coffee.
star-5
Awesome tour guide!
Leonel_R, Nov 2021
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
Our guide was awesome! He was very well documented, and had material to show us the history. He made it very entertaining and made a very good connection with the group.
star-5
Fantastic Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour
Kenneth_D, Mar 2020
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
This was my first visit to Israel. I was in Tel Aviv for work and took an extra day and went on the Jerusalem and Bethlehem 10 hour tour. It was fantastic. A great way to explore these areas in comfort and safety. The tour guide and driver has a wealth of knowledge about the sights to share. I recommend this tour.
star-5
A warm welcome to Palestine
Gordon_W, Mar 2020
Mount of Temptation, Saint George Monestary, Saint Saba & Bethlehem One Day Tour
A well organized tour with outstanding Guides. Bethlehem is a lovely ancient city and the countryside around Saint George Monestary beautiful. We were warmly welcomed at the West Bank check point by our Palestinian Guides. A change of vehicle is required - Israeli vehicles can go into the West Bank but West Bank/Palestinian vehicles/guides cannot travel into Israel. A full day of sightseeing but do not expect to get into the Church of the Navity as the line ups are hours long.
star-5
Excellent Bethlehem tour, detailed and smooth
Bonifacius_P, Feb 2020
Half Day Travel to Bethlehem & Grotto Visit - Trip from Jerusalem
Excellent tour of Bethlehem, offered to taste various Bethlehem breads along the way. Very clear explanation and some extra stuff in the Nativity church
star-5
Recommended
Consuelo_Z, Feb 2020
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour
The tour guides from Judah’s Tours provided us with an amazing trip to Bethlehem and Dead Sea, crew was very organized and very attentive to our requests.
star-5
Jerusalem and Bethlehem day trip
Susan_M, Feb 2020
Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv
Our guide was very friendly at all times. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Jerusalem and how the old city is divided up and run. This relatively short tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem highlights has made me want to spend a longer time exploring these cities.
star-5
Excellent Tour and Sights
Alexandra_K, Nov 2021
Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
I had an excellent tour with Zuluf. Due to tourism being low during COVID-19, Bethlehem just opened back up. I was extremely fortunate that I booked on a Thursday because no one else was on my tour but myself. I got to see so much and had the experience of being able to walk right in to some sights that typically take hours to see or limited times on how long you can spend there. Zuluf was extremely knowledgeable and filled me in on a lot of history. He also asked what I wanted him to focus on and I said whatever he could tell me. He also sent me photos from all the sights were taken. I highly recommend visiting Bethlehem with Elijah Tours.
star-5
Awesome
Nidhi_S, Dec 2020
Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Tel Aviv
It was memorial day to visit this place. Felt so great visiting church .tour guide was very nice humble and good care taker.
star-5
Lovely Jeruzalem
Wilhelmina_A, Mar 2020
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour
We were guided by friendly people who picked us up on time. They even waited for people who were late. The excursion was lovely. The sights great and the guides told us alot of information.
star-4
Holy land
rodrigue_b, Feb 2020
Full-Day Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Tour
It was just amazing! We had lunch for free. I wasn't expecting this. We had 3 guides 2 in Bethlehem and o e for Jericho and Jordan river. Thanks for every thing

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Always carry your passport with you while traveling to the West Bank, as you’ll be asked to show it at Israeli checkpoints

  • Be aware that you will be crossing borders from Israel into the Occupied Palestinian Territories; you’ll need to plan transportation ahead of time as Israeli taxis do not cross the border

  • The Church of the Nativity is a religious site and visitors are expected to dress appropriately with covered arms and legs.

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How to Get There

Although Bethlehem is only located only 6 miles (9 kilometers) from Jerusalem, it can be difficult to reach. The No. 21 public bus runs from Lions Gate in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City to Bethlehem frequently throughout the day. Visitors can also drive if they reserve a car from a Palestinian rental service (Israeli car companies do not insure cars that go to the West Bank). There are also private shuttles, private taxi services, and guided tours which include trips to Bethlehem.

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When to Get There

Bethlehem is a popular destination year round, but many pilgrims and visitors like to visit Bethlehem around Christmas when Manger Square is beautifully strung with lights.

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Soloman’s Pools

Soloman’s Pools are legendary reservoirs located in southern Bethlehem on the road to Hebron. The three pools are said to have been built by King Solomon in the 1st or 2nd century to provide water to Jerusalem. In the 17th century a castle called Qal’at al Burak or citadel of the pools was built to protect the pools and today the castle is home to what is possibly the world’s largest collection of Palestinian culture and history.

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