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2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour

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icon2 days  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Religious treasures and natural wonders take center stage on this 2-day Israel highlight trip from Tel Aviv. Witness top Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem sites including the Via Dolorosa and Manger Square, and the next day, visit age-old, rocktop Masada; pass by Qumran's Dead Sea Scroll caves, and ‘swim’ in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Your tour includes overnight hotel accommodation in Jerusalem, breakfast, and round-trip coach transport.
  • 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv
  • Professionally guided tours of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock—an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • See the Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall
  • Cable-car ride to Masada
  • Overnight accommodation, breakfast, and hotel pick-up and drop-off included
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Breakfast
Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Overnight accommodation
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:15 AM
Discover some of Israel’s best-known religious, historical, and natural splendors on this 2-day tour. Leave the bustle of Tel Aviv behind and take in some of the holiest sites of Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem with a guide before staying overnight in Jerusalem. The next day, drive through the Judean Desert and ride the cable car up to the ancient mountaintop ruins of Masada. Then, pass the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and enjoy free time to relax and float in the waters of the Dead Sea before your return to Tel Aviv.

Your tour includes round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach; guided tours in Old Jerusalem and Bethlehem; overnight accommodation in Jerusalem, and breakfast on the second day.
Itinerary
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Garden of Gethsemane
View the Garden of Gethsemane
Admission Ticket Free
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
See the Church of All Nations
Admission Ticket Free
Kidron Valley
Pass through the Kidron Valley
Admission Ticket Free
Old City of Jerusalem
Walk through the streets of the Old City
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Jewish Quarter
Visit the Jewish Quarter and the Byzantine Cardo
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Western Wall
Visit the Western (wailing) wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Christian Quarter
Visit the Christian Quarter
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Bethlehem
Visit Bethlehem - the birthplace of Christ
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of Nativity
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The Church of St. Catherine
If possible, visit the Church of St. Catherine
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight stay at Jerusalem
Meals:
  Not Included
The Good Samaritan Museum
Pass by the Good Samaritan Inn
Admission Ticket Free
Masada
Ascend to Masada and explore the National Park
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Herod's Western Palace
Tour the remains of Herod’s palace
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
En Gedi Nature Reserve
See Ein Gedi natural reserve
Admission Ticket Free
Dead Sea
Float and mud yourself at the Dead sea
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required for a visit in 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
  • Recommended to bring hats, bathing suit, towels and sun protection when visiting the Dead Sea
  • Tour itinerary order may change according to your day of departure
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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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 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour?
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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What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour?
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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What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour?
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 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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star-3
Good tour , really bad hotel making overall value low
LuchinoAmsterdam
, Dec 2019
Tour was ok and tour guides were good but not worth buying a 2 days trip - better to choose two separate daily trips and choose your hotel as the hotel they sent me was really bad .
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Good second day at sea but crowded tour and bad hotel
tristinbrisbois
, Sep 2019
Great 2nd day at Dead Sea and tour guide was great. Tour group was too big for Jerusalem and had to repeat everything in 2 languages which took a lot of time. The hotel was not good, not clean and not worth the money
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star-5
Great 2 days tour of Israel on a 2 days vacation.
Trip04862328463
, Apr 2019
Great tour guides specially Amir who assisted us to catch up on our flight. We learned a lot of the diversity of Jerusalem. Appreciated the tour schedules adjustment.
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The tour was not what it claimed to...
Marcia S
, Nov 2017
The tour was not what it claimed to be and I was the only person among hundreds of other tourists visiting the same sites to have my itinerary. I had to switch buses several times to be taken to designated locations. They switched my schedule to going to Masada the first day and then Jerusalem the second day. The first day I was with one group, but then put on bus with strangers to go to spend the night in Jerusalem. The hotel charged me for my accommodations when my overnight hotel was to be included in my tour fare. Then on the second day I spend only a half day with the same people and then was switched again to be with a different group in the afternoon. Again, I was the ONLY person that had my itinerary, though i was traveling with large groups of people.
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star-5
Stories from the Bible came alive as...
John M
, Sep 2017
Stories from the Bible came alive as our awesome guide, Ami, shared the history of his country as we drove to Jerusalem. We were spoiled from pickup at our hotel in the morning to drop off later that day at our beautiful, boutique hotel in Jerusalem, organised by Viator. Our first day was full of information, amazing sights and fabulous stories. Our second day in Masada and the Dead Sea was full-on and apart from the hot hot weather, which one should've expected in the desert ? the sights/sites seen and visited brought history to life. Thanks Viator and Ben Harim.
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star-4
The actual tour guides were really...
David S
, Jun 2016
The actual tour guides were really great especially day two guide -- not sure of his name but he had long hair -- he was awesome. But Viator itself was disappointing - they just offloaded us to another tour agency Bein Harim who did all the actual work, but they Viator did very little communicating. We had to follow up multiple times to get our pickup times/locations set up and Viator just treated it like a hand-off i.e. they just get leads and then move on. So, I won't use Viator going forward -- instead, I think you can do better by just going to the local guides themselves. In this case I WOULD recommend Bein Harim, and you can find them and book them directly and likely save money without having Viator in the middle, adding no value.
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star-5
This has to be the best tour of our...
Grant R
, Apr 2016
This has to be the best tour of our trip. Eli and Eyal our guides on the 2 days where superb and very knowledgeable. Our hotel in Jerusalem booked by the tour was very central to many great restaurants. Highly recommended!!!!
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Loved the dead sea floating...
fuchchi
, Feb 2016
Loved the dead sea floating experience! I tried really hard to drown but I just couldn't. Lol! Wasn't a huge fan of Masada but I guess that's personal preference. Jerusalem and Bethlehem were super cool. Our guide was very informative and funny.
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star-5
Very interesting place and the guide...
OMAR Z
, Jul 2015
Very interesting place and the guide was well informed and always taking good care of the group. Highly recommended
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Fun and knowledgable guides. It felt...
Charles N
, Jul 2015
Fun and knowledgable guides. It felt like traveling back in time. Thanks!
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