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Milk Grotto Tours

Milk Grotto
A short stroll from Manger Square in Bethlehem lies another sacred site – the Milk Grotto, so called as it was allegedly used by Mary to nurse the baby Jesus. Legend has it that the Holy Family hid out in the grotto during the Massacre of the Innocents, before fleeing to Egypt, and that while nursing, a drop of Mary’s milk hit the ground, turning the cave white. 

A church has stood on the spot since the 5th century and today, a small Franciscan chapel stands watch over the entrance to the Milk grotto, now a shrine to the Virgin Mary. The cave itself, sculpted from white chalk rock, has become a magnet for women looking to conceive, with many believing that drinking the powdered rock (on sale at the grotto) will enhance their fertility. The display of notes and baby photos sent to the grotto from around the world seem to testify to its powers.

Practical Info

The Milk Grotto is located about 5 minutes' walk from Manger Square in Bethlehem and is open daily (Summer: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-6pm; Winter: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-5pm).
Address: Milk Grotto Street, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Hours: Summer: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-6pm; Winter: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-5pm
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Full-Day Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Tour

Full-Day Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Tour

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First we will visit The City of Kind David. The City where Jesus Christ was born. Containing one of the most famous churches in The Holy Lands,The Nativity Church along with The Shepherd’s Field Church, The Milk Grotto and The Old City of Bethlehem. During our trip we will have the opportunity to have a guided visit to all three major churches. Beit Sahour is one of the two highest cities in christian population, We will take a closer look on the lives of the local people and get to see the amazing hand crafted souvenirs they are responsible to make and sell all around the world. Lastly we will visit one of the most unique in history and geography cities in the world, Jericho. We will visit the biblical and historical sites in the City Such as The Mount of Temptation and the biblical tree of Sycamore. *Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes. * If you want to be picked up from Tel Aviv please message us in advance.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
From
$56.42

Bethlehem Half Day Private Tour

Bethlehem Half Day Private Tour

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We will start our tour driving through the Judean hills to Bethlehem, The city of King David. Upon arrival, we will ride through the city and sight see the historic and important attractions before arriving to Manger Square. There we will have a guided visit to Church of The Nativity where Jesus was born in an underground cave that the church was built on. Then we will take a short walk with the guide to the Church of Milk Grotto. After we finish we will ride to the town of Beit Sahour, the city of the Shepherd’s. There we will have a guided visit to the Chapel of the Shepherd’s field where the angels appeared to the Shepherd’s to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. then we will have a 20 minute visit to a local olive wood factory and have an insight on the local crafts of the Christian families in Bethlehem. *Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes. *Please message us in advance for the best organizing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.06
Price varies by group size
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$122.06
Price varies by group size

Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full Day Private Tour

Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full Day Private Tour

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This tour is designed so you don't lose any time waiting for a big group to finish and move around. All Private tours are operated with the newest cars. First we will have a guided tour to one of the oldest churches in the world, the Church of Nativity. As well as Milk Grotto Church and St. Catherine church.Then we continue our trip to Beit Sahour the city of The Shepherd's. We will have a visit to the Chapel of the Shepherd’s field where the angels appeared to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Then we will visit a local olive wood workshop and gain an insight on the crafts of the locals. Lastly we will treat ourselves to a relaxing and refreshing visit to one of the most unique seas in the world, The Dead Sea, its rich and healthy water makes it a special experience to have. * Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes when passing the checkpoints. * If you want to be picked up from Tel Aviv please message us in advance.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.83
Price varies by group size
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$152.83
Price varies by group size

Half day trip in Bethlehem

Half day trip in Bethlehem

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You will explore the city with a local Bethlehemite, who knows the treasures of the city. You will have the time to ask questions and go deep in the culture and traditions. Check the video for a brief overview of the trip
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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From
$200.00
per group

Bethlehem Full Day Tour

Bethlehem Full Day Tour

We will start our tour driving through the Judean hills to Bethlehem. Upon arrival, we will ride through the city and see the important attractions before arriving to Manger Square. There we will have a guided visit to Church of The Nativity where Jesus was born in an underground cave that the church was built on. Then we will take a short walk with the guide to the Church of Milk Grotto. After we finish we will ride to the town of Beit Sahour, the city of the Shepherd’s. There we will have a guided visit to the Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field where the angels appeared to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Continuing our tour we will have a 20 minute visit to a local olive wood factory and have an insight on the local crafts of the Christian families in Bethlehem. Lastly we will visit Mar Saba monestary and King Herod's Palace. * Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes. * If you want to be picked up from Tel Aviv please message in advance.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.54
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$101.54

Bethlehem & Jericho Full Day Private Tour

Bethlehem & Jericho Full Day Private Tour

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We will start our tour driving through the Judean hills to Bethlehem. Upon arrival, we will ride through the city and see the important attractions before arriving to Manger Square. There we will have a guided visit to Church of The Nativity where Jesus was born. Then we will take a short walk with the guide to the Church of Milk Grotto. After we finish we will ride to the town of Beit Sahour, the city of the Shepherd’s. There we will have a guided visit to the Chapel of the Shepherd’s Field. Continuing our tour we will have a 20 minute visit to a local olive wood factory and have an insight on the local crafts of the Christian families in Bethlehem. Lastly we will visit one of the most unique in history and geography cities in the world, Jericho. We will visit the most important biblical and historical sites in the city. * Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes * Please message us in advance for the best organizing.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.80
Price varies by group size
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$111.80
Price varies by group size

Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem

Private Day Tour: St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem

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Visit some of the world’s most holiest grounds without worrying about a big group holding you back and interrupting your experience during this St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt, Mar Saba, and Bethlehem private tour. See the Church of the Nativity, Chapel of the Milk Grotto, Cave of St. Jerome, and Mar Saba Monastery. Plus, you’ll ride comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a provided falafel lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$500.00
per group
From
$500.00
per group
Taking safety measures

Bethlehem Full Day Private Tour

Bethlehem Full Day Private Tour

Explore the most important christian sites in the holy lands with this tour. This private tour is designed so you don't waste any time waiting for a big group to finish and move around. So you get to have a comprehensive tour. All Private tours are operated with the newest cars and the most comfortable. Bethlehem is one of the important christian sites in the holy lands as it contains one of the oldest churches in the world The church of Nativity. A guided tour of the church is provided as well as Saint Catherine's church and The Church of Milk Grotto.  Then we continue our trip to Beit Sahour the city of The Shepherd's. Beit sahour is one of the highest cities in christian population. We will explore the daily lives of the locals and visit The Chapel of The Shepherd's where the angles first announced the birth of Jesus. *Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes. * If you want to be picked up from Tel Aviv please message us in advance for the best organizing.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.11
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$204.11

Bethlehem, Mar Saba, Mount of Temptation and Saint George Monastery Private Tour

Bethlehem, Mar Saba, Mount of Temptation and Saint George Monastery Private Tour

A guided tour of the oldest church in the world is provided as well as Saint Catherine's church and The Church of Milk Grotto.  Then we continue our trip to Beit Sahour the city of The Shepherd's. Beit sahour is one of the highest cities in christian population. We will explore the daily lives of the locals and visit The Chapel of The Shepherd's where the angles first announced the birth of Jesus. Mar Saba Monastery dates back to the fifth century. Founded by Saint Sabas, it's been extensively expanded and fortified over the years. Lastly we will go to The Mount of Temptation & Saint George Monastery. As mentioned in the gospels the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert.s. The summit of the mount, about 360 meters above sea level, offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the mountains of Moab and Gilead. * Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required sometimes. * Please message us before booking for the best organizing of the tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.59
Price varies by group size
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$183.59
Price varies by group size

Bethelehm Walking Private Tour

Bethelehm Walking Private Tour

Explore the best of Bethlehem with this tour. Not only you will get to see the most important sites in Bethlehem but you will get the chance to walk through the old city of Bethlehem and explore the rich in cultural and colors markets of the city and the famous attractions of the city. Like the Assyrian and the Armenian quarter in the city, as well as the Museum of Bethlehem for the local crafts. After Pick Up the tour starts in The Church of Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world where Jesus was born. Then we will have a guided walk to the old city of Bethlehem. After we finish we will visit the church of Milk Grotto in Bethlehem. And then we will take the car to the city of Beit Sahour. First we take a visit to The Chapel of The Shepherd's Field and then visit a local Olive Wood Factory and have an insight of the local crafts. *Make Sure to bring your passport as it is required when passing the checkpoint sometimes. *Please message us in advance for the best organizing.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.44
Price varies by group size
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$97.44
Price varies by group size

Bethlehem and Mar Saba Monastery Private Day Tour

Bethlehem and Mar Saba Monastery Private Day Tour

Enjoy Bethlehem and the amazing Monastery of Mar Saba, one of the oldest continuously active Christian monasteries in the world located in the middle of nowhere, in the Judean Desert facing the Kidron Valley. Explore a city of biblical history from Kind Davids’ time to today’s life. Walk in the city’s quarters, learn about local olive oil production and handicrafts, visit the Church of Nativity, Shepherd’s Field, visit Aida refugee camp and see Banksy Graffiti’s.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.00
per group
From
$400.00
per group
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are Milk Grotto hours of operation?
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Milk Grotto hours of operation: Summer: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-6pm; Winter: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8-11.45am, 2-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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