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Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Overview

Visit holy Bethlehem on this half-day tour from Tel Aviv, with an expert guide. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the hallowed city, and visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the site of Jesus’ birth, and explore Manger Square. Finally, see Shepherds Fields, where the bible says the shepherds saw the Nativity star, and finish with a drop-off in Jerusalem, leaving you free to explore this ancient city independently.
  • Half-day trip from Tel Aviv to Bethlehem
  • Guided tour of the scenes of the Nativity—including the Church of the Nativity, Manger Square, the Milk Grotto, and the Shepherd Fields
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up
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7:15 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

After pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned coach with your expert guide. Then, set out on your tour as you travel toward the holy city of Bethlehem.

Soak in the scenery en route and hear about Bethlehem’s central role in Christianity believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

On arrival, hop out of your coach and start your visit at the revered UNESCO-listed Church of the Nativity, thought to stand on the site of the holy birth and one of the world’s oldest surviving Christian churches. See where Jesus was laid down after his birth and take a stroll around Manger Square, the center of religious activity in the city.

See the Mosque of Oman as your guide explains its importance to the many Muslims who live in Bethlehem.

Finally, drive to the Shepherd Fields, the pastures forever identified with the shepherds who gazed up at the star of the Nativity while watching their flocks.

After visiting this biblical site, drive on to Jerusalem. Your tour finishes here, leaving you free to explore the ancient city independently or get directions from your guide to travel back to Tel Aviv on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Harei Yehuda
Travel through the Judean Hills
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bethlehem
Visit Bethlehem
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of the Nativity
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour ends approx. 13:00 at the David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel.
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Little Town of Bethlehem Half 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 Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Little Town of Bethlehem Half 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
See all safety measures taken by Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Little Town of Bethlehem Half 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
See all safety measures taken by Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Tel Aviv.

Reviews

3.0
star-3
28 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Worst tour guide ever!
debbiesA2928LW
, Oct 2019
Jacob was just awful. He had no problem giving his personal and political opinions on anything and everything. Apparently doesn't like Israel - made that very well know. Being Jewish most of what he said was offensive (people there make 500 while Israelis make 2000; Israel steal their water; thought the notes in the caves were too similar to those that you put in the Western Wall and was offended by it; told us Catholics not treated well and all leaving the area; can't wait for a wall to be built to separate the Palestinians from the Jews) Also, it took 4 buses to complete our trip (our first bus was late) Jacob also didn't want us to wait in line in the church and told us to skip it. Our last stop they dropped us off at a cheesy "Jonathan's Store" souvenir shop even though there were other stores in the area. Didn't find him or the tour inspiring at all. What a waste of time and money! Maybe the company should hire guides that aren't anti-semitic.
star-1
Not professional driver
Passenger40407075089
, Jul 2019
I would like to say thank you to the local guide, the lady from Bethlehem that spoke a lot of languages and translated every interesting details in English, Spanish and France and had a very accurate time management. I just have to share that I did’t appreciate that at the end of the tour every participant had to spent time in a partner shop where a lot of sellers tried to convince you to buy something to support the Palestinian people. Really embarrassing and time consuming situation that didn’t match with the purpose of our tour. If I want to support Palestinan people, I prefer to make a private donation, I don’t want to make it during a tour. But there’s something more that I really didn’t like. The behavior of the driver that brought the group through the boarder between Israel and Palestina: he was really sarcastic and stupid with the soldier during bus inspection and according to me this behavior could be really dangerous for our group. Additionally, I didn’t like that the driver tried to convince our group to change program at the end of the tour and suggested to go to a place for lunch (probably a friend of him) instead to the Jaffa gate (the place where the tour ended). A really not professional behavior. Please, pay attention about the service that the local agency provide to the customers.
star-3
READ THE FINE PRINT...sure they pick...
Susan L
, Jan 2018
READ THE FINE PRINT...sure they pick you up at your hotel in Tel Aviv and that is nice, but don't just assume that they will deliver you back there! Without a word, I was totally abandoned in front of a hotel in Jerusalem. I repeatedly asked the driver and the guide about transportation back to Tel Aviv and none had an answer beyond, I am just the driver and I don't know your arrangements... They knew full well that it was up to me to get myself back to Tel Aviv...fortunately, I am not thrown by adventure. I walked to the tram station. People were helpful and pointed me in the right direction. I took the tram to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem and there, for about 16 Shekels less than 5, I were driven to the bus terminal in Tel Aviv, where I were totally shellacked with a 50 Shekels cab ride to my hotel about 18 minutes away! The tour was very interesting although I was whisked through everything fairly quickly, similar to being on a conveyer belt. The guide was exceptional in Palestine. IF Viator had made it very clear that the trip was a one-way to Jerusalem, I would have probably not gone. Life is an adventure and I am up for all, but probably not when I have been in a foreign country for less than 24 hours. Again, READ THE FINE PRINT!
star-5
Completing the HOLY LAND tours was a...
Gregory B
, Apr 2017
Completing the HOLY LAND tours was a goal...leading to Bethlehem....all I will say, if you need to reconnect to your spiritual roots...do this!
star-5
Impressive and heart-wrenching at...
Malte D
, Dec 2016
Impressive and heart-wrenching at the same time, as the tour leads you through the border between Israel and Palestine. A shared history and a divided present time. The tour was very informative, even for me, being an atheist. Go and see it! Thanks to lovely Osama who picked us up behind the border and introduced us to Bethlehem and Palestine!
star-4
Excellent exploration of three main...
Pete
, Jun 2016
Excellent exploration of three main sites in Bethlehem and usefully dropped off in Jerusalem to make your own way back I recommend the train as it goes through some epic countryside.
star-2
It was just ok. Nothing spectacular...
Michael Y
, May 2015
It was just ok. Nothing spectacular about the tour. Its just a pretty good way to get around places. Less time spent on each destination except the gift shops that they want you to spend your money on (typical tourist trap). I did three consecutive days with this company and its all the same.
star-4
The half day tour was exciting and...
Stephen S
, Jun 2014
The half day tour was exciting and the tour guides, especialy the Palestinian guides were excellent. To be commened. The only issues were it was running very late and they forced a certain gift shop and restaurant upon the group. It was as if they were getting a cut of the service. They should have put a time limit on the gift shop and ended the tour immediately after, not forced the restaurant. Not many wanted to go.
star-5
Dont forgot you passport, you...
aharflett
, Apr 2014
Dont forgot you passport, you definitely need it as you are entering an Arab city. This was another excellent trip with "Isaac" (Zahi Shaked), and a Palestinian guide, both were very knowledgable and friendly. They took us around Bethlehem, including the lactation grotto church and church of the nativity. They provided local food at a reasonable cost, which we ate nearby and had a chance to buy the locally crafted figures made from the olive trees growing in the picturesque hilly landscape around Bethlehem. This gives you an idea of how the shepherds lived during Jesus's birth and the part they played in communicating the news of the birth of Jesus. As this is a half day tour, you will be dropped off in Jerusalem, so you have to make your own way back to you accomodation.
star-3
This tour is unusual in starting in...
Glen M
, Jan 2014
This tour is unusual in starting in Tel Aviv and ending in Jerusalem. This is not stated in the initial information and was the reason I booked. Another member of our party, an Australian who had also booked through Viator was given a taxi back. I think the itinerary should be clarified as a taxi trip costs 320 shekels.

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