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Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Overview

Step back to biblical times on this full-day tour to Jericho and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv. With an expert guide to provide informative commentary throughout, travel to ancient Jericho, dubbed the ‘City of Palm Trees’ down the ages. Gaze at Mt. Temptation and see some of Jericho’s biblical sites, including Zacchaeus’ tree and Elijah’s Spring. In Bethlehem, explore the spellbinding Church of the Nativity, and stop at Shepherds’ Field, identified with one of the Bible's most important tales—the shepherds who saw the Star of the Nativity.
  • Full-day trip to Bethlehem and Jericho from Tel Aviv, with an expert guide
  • Travel through the Judean desert and pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan
  • See Jericho’s fabled biblical sites, including Mt. Temptation and Zacchaeus' tree
  • Visit Bethlehem’s Church and Grotto of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born
  • View Shepherds’ Field
  • Learn the biblical narratives and history behind each site from your guide
  • Travel by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
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Food and drinks, unless specified
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6:40 AM
Board an air-conditioned coach at your central Tel Aviv hotel and set out on your day trip to Bethlehem and Jericho.

Travel through the Judean Desert to your first stop, the ancient city of Jericho. On route, pass the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the location linked to the biblical parable.

Admire views of the Jordan Valley, and as you near Jericho, hear the Old Testament story of how the trumpets of the Israelite army brought down its city walls. Hear, too, how Jericho was described in the Hebrew Bible as the ‘City of Palm Trees,’ for its lush palm groves and oases.

Stop for photos of the rocky cliffs of nearby Mt. Temptation, and then head into the palm-filled city to explore some of its ancient and biblical sites.

Visit the Tell es-Sultan mound, home to the remains of the earliest city settlements; see Elisha’s Spring, an ancient water source mentioned in the Bible; and gaze at the sycamore tree from where, according to the Bible, the tax collector Zacchaeus gained a better view of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago. 

Back aboard your coach, continue to Bethlehem, the holy city traditionally held to be Jesus’ birthplace. Walk around Manger Square, the hub of religious activity in the city. Head inside the revered Church of the Nativity on the square and visit the Grotto of the Nativity, where a star marks the place of Jesus' birth.

Then, view the Church of St. Catherine. Finally, see Shepherds’ Field, where a church marks the place fabled as where shepherds saw the Star of the Nativity.

Your trip concludes with drop-off at your Tel Aviv hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Judaean Desert
Pass through the Judean Desert
Stop At:  
Jericho
Visit the ancient city of Jericho
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zaccheus' Tree
Visit the Zaccheus' Tree in Jericho
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mount of Temptation Monastery
Spot the Mount of Temptation
Stop At:  
Bethlehem
Visit Bethlehem
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of Nativity
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Church of St. Catherine
Pass by the Church of St. Catherine
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site
Qasr al-Yehud (Castle of the Jews) is a baptismal location on the Jordan River. The site is in the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank 15 km from the northern end of the Dead Sea and southeast of Jericho. Qasr Al-Yehud is believed to be the Biblical site where John baptized Jesus; this symbolized his spiritual birth.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • When visiting Bethlehem, you will be met by a Palestinan guide at the boarder and may require a change of vehicle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
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
See all safety measures taken by Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
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 Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
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 Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
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
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  • "You do have to walk for about 5 mins or so up the side of a hill which can be difficult for those with mobility problems but for me it was worth it for the views and the archaeological sights." See review

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star-1
Cancel all my trips,I am catching coronavirus now
casey_a
, Jun 2022
I am catching a corona virus now. I want to cancel all my day trips after Bethlehem Jericho day trips . Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Casey, We are sorry to hear you have fallen ill with Covid. Could you please contact the Viator Operations team directly to cancel the tours? This is a review area and Viator's Operations team does not read it. We wish you the soonest recovery. Sincerely, Bein Harim's team
star-3
Ho hum experience
Diane_S
, May 2022
The Palestinian guide was good. The Israel guides not so good. Because the Israel guide was so slow along with several on the tour, we missed entrance to a cave. Also not happy the 1/2 Tel Aviv not available as advertised. Full day tour very expensive and not worth additional cost over 1/2 day.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Diane, we are happy that you were satisfied with the tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud. Find it hard to understand that the guide was slow, or rather the group's management required this. Regarding your complaint about the half-day tour of Tel Aviv which is obviously not a part of Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Tel Aviv. Some of our Tel Aviv tours run with a minimum amount of registrations. Clearly, if the Tel Aviv tour you were trying to book was not available, this was the case, not enough travellers registered in order to operate it. We have no control on this! Our prices are completely the market going rate. Sincerely, Bein Harim team
star-5
Awesome
Nidhi_S
, Dec 2020
It was memorial day to visit this place. Felt so great visiting church .tour guide was very nice humble and good care taker.
star-2
Nice idea but the reality was disappointing
Jacqueline_V
, Feb 2020
Really disappointing but this was more to do with the coach and organisation of the company than the things you will see. Firstly we were picked up from Tel Aviv assuming that we would head straight for Bethlehem but this was not to be. We had to go to Jerusalem (1 hour away) to drop off some people for other trips and pick up some people. We actually didn't get going to Bethlehem 2 1/2 hours after we were picked up (pick up time 7.30am, set off for Bethlehem 10 am). The guide although very good, spoke too close to the microphone and because the coach was old the sound system had seen better days. Consequently we could only catch some of the explanation which was a shame because the guide was obviously very knowledgeable. We got to Bethlehem but the queue to the tomb was so long that we just looked around the church itself, which to me was fine but to others it might be a problem. There were several stops on the journey to Bethlehem itself but we didn't have lunch until 2.30 and this was at a place in Jericho which served a set buffet for either 39 shekels or 49 shekels. There was no choice for anything cheaper and frankly it was really substandard food. Put it this way they made a quick buck out of us. The area of Jericho is actually a mount right outside the restaurant where the guide explained about the area, our main problem was that it was hazy and we didn't see that much. I did complain about this trip straight after I returned but so far have received no reply.
star-5
Religion and Archaeology
Ophelia1616
, Oct 2019
I have always wanted to go to Bethlehem and this didn’t disappoint. The actual cave where Jesus was born has a real impact but there are two sides to it (Catholic and Orthodox) and whilst we got into the Catholic side ok, that is apparently only possible when services are not going on in the church. However the Orthodox side is where they have a manger and star - both are replacements according to our guide. The original manger is in Rome and the original star was stolen. For that side, the queue was stretching right round the church and would have taken several hours so sadly wasn’t possible in the time we had. I found the Orthodox and Armenian sides of the church did not really feel like churches or prayerful at all; they are not set up as churches and feel like only tourist attractions with hundreds of people milling around. It didn’t help that there was construction work going on while we were there so it was noisy too. The Catholic side is clearly a working church and I would have loved more time to look round that and spend some time there but due to the tour timetable we didn’t get time. I really loved this experience though. For those wanting to shop, there is a stop along the way in a lovely shop which has amongst other things olive wood items and Bethlehem stars. You do have to walk down a lot of steps to get to the smaller minibuses which take you there though. The second part of the trip was in Jericho which from both an archeological and religious perspective is fascinating. The bus does go past the site of the Good Samaritan on the way but it’s blink and you’ll miss it. If you want a photo, maybe ask the tour guide to tell you in advance as by the time they mentioned it, it had flashed past. We did see the site of Zacchaeus’ tree though and had time to stop for photos there - they believe it’s the right tree because it’s the only sycamore tree in Jericho! It was very hot when we got to Jericho and there isn’t much shade. You do have to walk for about 5 mins or so up the side of a hill which can be difficult for those with mobility problems but for me it was worth it for the views and the archaeological sights. Our guide for this tour was Daniel and he was excellent, he gave us some interesting information and he made sure he could be heard by everyone throughout. Altogether definitely worth doing this trip and for me it was very special to see Bethlehem.
star-2
Long day
ManfredPaul_R
, Oct 2019
Tour was advertised as English but ended up being bilingual English/Spanish. Of the 11 hours only about 2-3 hours at sites Church of Nativity, Shepard’s Valley, Jericho ruins. The rest of the time was at lunch, a gift shop, on a bus or waiting. The tour guides Itamar and Meriam and the driver Abraham were all very good.
star-5
Thank you so much for a wonderful...
Linda M
, Mar 2018
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Picked up at my hotel exactly on time. Very comfortable Mercedes Vans. Tour guide was fabulous. We were lucky to get a 2nd tour guide in Bethlehem who was very knowledgeable in holy sites. I was in awe and highly recommend this company!
star-5
I love this tour! Bethlehem and Jericho...
Rosa N
, Feb 2018
I love this tour! Bethlehem and Jericho were incredible beautiful!Very well organized.
star-1
The morning started out with the...
Guy W
, Jan 2018
The morning started out with the company leaving 7 people stranded in a park with no tour bus after picking us up at our hotel. After calling into the office the company sent taxi's for us to catch up to the tour bus. They did not convey ,in any way, that they were sorry. They made me feel like it was my fault.
star-4
The tour was good overall with good...
ceri H
, Jan 2018
The tour was good overall with good guide and timing. But be prepared to be underwhelmed by both places unless you are a religious nut or history enthusiast.
star-5
Fantastic tour and fantastic guides...
Elisabeth G
, Sep 2017
Fantastic tour and fantastic guides. Miriam were lovely and very professionell and our main guide forgot his namn Itz... was very good. He kept the group together and made the day great for all of us. We recommend this tour to all people who wants to have a historical and fantastic tour and learn a lot.
star-4
First of all, I felt very safe going...
charvey
, Jul 2017
First of all, I felt very safe going into Palestine it was no big deal. Tour leader was polite and knowledgeable. Wish there had been some shopping time though.
star-5
Very secure trip, Listen to all...
Rafael_A
, Apr 2017
Very secure trip, Listen to all instructions before entering Palestinian territories. Always stay together.
star-2
If I would chose again, I wouldn't...
Alina B
, Mar 2017
If I would chose again, I wouldn't have chosen it. I would have taken half day trip to Bethlehem only. The reason is that after Bethlehem they take you back to Jerusalem, and after that you go to Jericho. They do this because they need to drop off people from Jerusalem who have half day tour. And then they do the same way back to Jericho. It's exhausting and too long. And we did that on minibus, which is not comfortable at all. Bethlehem part of the trip was good. Then you arrive to Jericho at about 3pm, only there you have lunch. And this lunch is not good at all. It's not included and you have no choice to have lunch at another place. Jericho itself is interesting place, but you'll just see a couple of ancient pieces of construction, that is 5 of the time you spend in Jericho. 95 of the time they give you information about the place. So total time in Jericho is around 2 hours including lunch. Then this terrible long way back to Tel Aviv. Guide was good. But in the end I don't recommend this trip. Price and quality do not match.
star-1
unorganised, missed out on sites...
sarah n
, Dec 2016
unorganised, missed out on sites, lost tourists waiting for them, up at 7am didn't have lunch stop till 4pm. Not to mention paying 200. groups of 50, too big.
star-4
The tour guides were friendly and...
Adrea G
, May 2016
The tour guides were friendly and knowledgable and it was a good first trip to the West Bank. I appreciated that we had a local Palestinian guide in Bethlehem.
star-5
Amazing knowledgeable and highly...
Leona R
, Mar 2016
Amazing knowledgeable and highly entertains guide, safe bus driver and punctual. An unforgettable mother and son Christmas plus 1 adventure! Go!
star-3
Please don't worry if your pick up...
David M
, Oct 2015
Please don't worry if your pick up coach is delayed upto 45 mins .. as they have to stop pick up many others. Long long queues at Bethlehem to get anywhere. Our guide to Jericó was amazing but the palastinian guide was well something else! A very well organized trip.
star-1
This is the worst trip i have ever...
Zichen X
, Jul 2015
This is the worst trip i have ever had here in Israel. the guide just showed us alittle bit of all the sight seeing places and brought us from shop to shop, we spent 2hs pick up everyone in the morning, and finished around 3ish, the whole trip is only about 5hs and almost half of the time doing shopping...I talked to my friend who went to the same tour with another agency, they went up to monastery by cable car, while we just walked about 15min near the entrance and went to the shop instead. My friend also visited the border of Israel and Palestine territory, we didn't. They went directly from tel aviv with only 5 person group, while we spent 2 hours picking up everyone and had a 30 person group. They also had a much longer trip from 9am-5pm with no shopping. I'm ok with a bigger group but we paid the same with less hours and less places!! It's my first time using Viator and this is a terrible experience
star-5
This is an awesome day trip. Our...
jcsluis
, Jul 2015
This is an awesome day trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The guide also added a wonderful stop to the Israeli side of the Jordan River at the baptismal sight! Would highly recommend this trip.

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