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Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem

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    What to Expect
    This half-day tour of Bethlehem begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach, followed by a 5-mile drive to the biblical birthplace of Jesus. This tour focuses on the Nativity of Jesus, the accounts of the birth of Jesus in the gospels.

    Explore the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto, the cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is believed to have occurred. Manger Square is where the majority of religious activity in Bethlehem takes place, with the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar, the oldest and only mosque in the old city of Bethlehem and a site of great meaning for the Muslims who live in the city.

    See where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth and visit the Milk Grotto, where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph took refuge before they fled to Egypt following Jesus’ birth. It is said that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white.

    Stop by local Greek and Catholic churches before going to Shepherds’ Field—an angel is said to have announced the birth of Jesus here.

    The tour concludes at David Citadel hotel, next to Jaffa Gate (Old City of Jerusalem).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located hotel in Jerusalem or our alternative pickup location is at Dan Hotel in Jerusalem
    Departure Time
    Your location 8:30am
    Dan Hotel 08:45am
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to Jaffa Gate at 1pm
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup
    • Professional guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • 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.
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 20 July 2019 via mobile

    We were anxious about going to Bethlehem but the tour guide Yoav Malachi explained everything very well to keep the trip exciting without worrying. A great trip for all, highly recommended

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Ruchir V
    MariaM16620, Operational representative at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2019

    Dear Ruchir, Thanks so much for this 5 star review of your tour experience with Yoav. Your sincere recommendation of our services is much appreciated and hope to see you travelling with us again soon! Sincerely, Bein Harim Tourism Services team

    Reviewed 6 April 2019

    The Church of the Nativity is certainly worth a visit, and the tour guide was great in steering us through the mob, but still it was hard to enjoy the church given the crowds and the need to proceed relatively fast as we are pushed...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Aismyfirstname W
    BeinHarim-Israel, Media customer service at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2019

    Thanks so much for this accurate feedback.These are busy days there indeed (high season approaching)and major constraints in trying to get to the treausured location in the church.There are crowds of Pilgrim tours visiting, however our guides are doing their very best to enlighten their...More

    Reviewed 16 March 2019

    If you want a sampler tour of equal parts Shepherds Field, minimum time at the Church of the Nativity and a long stop at a local souvenir shop, this is your tour! Do NOT take this tour if you want a half day experience, you...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank pma03
    MariaM16620, Operational representative at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2019

    Dear pma03, Bein Harim is truly regretful that this was the nature of your experience in Bethlehem. It certainly should not be so. Not the kind of experience we want our travelers to come away with. The allocated pick up time 8.30 is not the...More

    Reviewed 27 January 2019

    We had a few problems as the start of our Bethlehem Half Day Tour with delays caused by other parties, so it was 9.45 before we finally started heading out of Jerusalem. We were then taken to the Shepherd's Field and met our local guide......More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank vickyvixvick
    MariaM16620, Operational representative at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2019

    Dear Vicky, We thank you for sharing this, and regrettably as you mention there are hitches, especially when caused by others, and that obviously affects the entire group. Despite the delay we are sure that you did not miss out on any itinerary locations. Regarding...More

    Reviewed 27 October 2018

    We used Viator to book a wonderful trip last year and were quite pleased. This time was a completely opposite experience. To start with, the bus trip was horrible. They picked us up then traveled to several other sites to pick up other people before...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    MariaM16620, Operational Representative at Bein Harim Tourism Services - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

    Dear Sandi, We’re very sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience on your tour to Bethlehem with us and that the pick-up service, the pace of the trip, the availability of sites and the tour guide didn’t match your expectations. That might have...More

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