Tel Aviv, Israel

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Time5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Visit holy Bethlehem on this 5-hour 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. Explore Manger Square and visit the Milk Grotto, said to have been turned white by a drop of Mary’s milk while she nursed Jesus. 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
After pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned coach with your expert guide. Then, set out on your 5-hour tour as you travel toward the holy city of Bethlehem.
Soak in the scenery on 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, and explore the chambers of the Milk Grotto, the cavern where it’s said that Mary nursed the baby Jesus. Walk over the white-colored floor and hear how tradition holds its color comes from a drop of Mary’s milk that fell to the ground.
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.

Reviews

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J
, Apr 2018

Everything was done smoothly, with no issues.

S
, 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!

G
, 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!

P
, 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.

M
, 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.

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.

a
, 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.

G
, 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.

E
, Dec 2013
1. The whole scheduling seemed to be chaotic and not well planned.
2. The best part of the tour was the tour guide in Bethlehem, Ishem (spelling). Ishem was very knowledgeable about the City of David and answered my questions.
3. the taxi ride from the Mt. Scopus Hotel to the checkpoint at the entrance of Bethlehem was not in keeping with a quality tour service. The taxi was dirty and stunk of cigarette smoke. Additionally, the driver just dropped us off and told us to meet someone named Ishem and Irias (spelling) our guides who would be driving a black BMW. No security whatsoever was provided. Due to poor instructions from the taxi driver, we waited outside the checkpoint for 30 minutes before I called Shani to ask what was going on. Viator should provide an escort through the checkpoint instead of leaving your customers standing around trying to figure out what to do.
4. the last stop on the tour was the gift shop that just so happened to be operated by Irias' family. There was a lot of pressure to buy souvenirs and overpriced jewelry. Bad move here.
5. You should state in BOLD letters on the 1/2 Day Bethlehem tour that you do not take tourists back to Tel Aviv. I didn't learn this until the shuttle bus driver was taking us back to the Jaffa gate.
6. The shuttle bus driver dropped me off at an intersection near one of the Share Taxi's and said "look for the yellow, white, and blue minibus" to take me to Tel Aviv and pointed up a hill. The driver should have taken me right to the drop off, a distance of about 150 meters.
7. I expected the tour in Bethlehem to last about 4 hours based on what is stated in the description. We didn't get to through the checkpoint until 11:20am and the tour was done by 1:30 pm, so just about 2 hours in length.

J
, Dec 2013

It is ridiculous that they trip picks you up in Tel Aviv and ends in Bethlehem and then they have the nerve to tell you it will cost $140 each to get back to Tel Aviv. It is more problematic as Tel Aviv is in one country and Bethlehem in another (Palastine) with all the problems that implies. I would not recommend this trip to anybody! If you cannot do better than then JUST DROP THE TRIP.


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