For most Christian tourists in Israel, a visit to Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus is on the top of their must-see list.
Although the border crossing is relatively easy, we recommend booking a Bethlehem tour - either a private or group excursion. It makes getting there much easier and its the best way to avoid the typically long lines in the Nativity Church and at other sites.
You can choose between private and group Bethlehem tours. See the different Bethelehem tour options below and pick your favorite!
Touring in Bethlehem with your own private guide is the most comfortable and convenient way to sightsee. You get to see exactly what you want based on your preferences and your schedule. If you are traveling with a group of family or friends, then your private tour might even be cheaper than joining a group tour.
For your greatest comfort, book one of our Bethlehem private day tours with our house guide Levi who specializes in Christian Holy Land tours:
Here are your private Bethlehem tour choices:
Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour. Visit the two holiest places in Christianity in a day. Discover Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born and nearby Jerusalem where he was crucified and resurrected.
Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea Tour. This is the perfect tour if you have only a single day to sightsee in Israel. This tour includes the two holiest sites for Christians and Israel's incredible Dead Sea.
Bethlehem and Ein Kerem Tour. Discover two important birthplaces of Chrisitianity, Bethlehem where Jesus was born, and the ancient village of Ein Kerem where John the Baptist was born in the hills near Jerusalem.
Bethlehem & Judean Desert Monastery Tour. Visit Bethlehem where Jesus was born and see the stark beauty and oldest monastery of the Judean Desert.
The group tours to Bethlehem depart daily, unless specified otherwise. You will be picked up from your hotel in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Herzliya or Netanya.
Tours are available in English, French, Spanish and German.
Book a daily, half-day Bethlehem Tour. Tour highlights include the Church of the Nativity and the grotto where Jesus was born, theChurch of St. Catherine and Shepherds Field Church.
Book a Jerusalem and Bethlehem Christmas Eve Tour. Highlights include sacred Chrisitian sites in Jersualem, Christmas Eve dinner and midnight mass at either the Church of the Nativity or in Manger Square.
Book a daily Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Tour. Tour highlights include the Church of the Nativity, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter.
Book a Bethlehem and Jericho Day Tour. Tour highlights include Church of the Nativity, Church of St. Catherine, remains of the ancient walls of Jericho, the modern town and Elisha's Spring.
We'll start this private tour in Bethlehem, just a fifteen minute drive from the center of Jerusalem, across the border to Palestine.
We'll explore Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. While there, we'll see the original mosaic from the original church built here in the 4th century. The highlight is of course the Grotto of the Nativity with the altar and Star of Bethlehem marking the spot where Jesus was born.
We'll stop at the nearby St. Catherine's Church where we can visit the chapel caves, view the stained glass window commemorating the birth of Christ and see the bas-relief Tree of Jesse, a present to the church from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.
After a breathtaking drive through the forests of the Judean Hills, we'll reach the town of Ein Kerem, the birth place of John the Baptist. We'll walk along its winding streets and alleys soaking in the unique atmosphere. We'll visittwo of Ein Kerem's wonderful churches: the Church of St. John the Baptist where he was born, and Visitation Church where Mother Mary visited John's mother Elizabeth when they were both pregnant.
If you wish, you can stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Finally, we'll drive you back to your hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.
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