Bethlehem And Jericho Day Trip From Jerusalem

Overview

Experience the ancient and biblical treasures of Bethlehem and Jericho on this thought-provoking full-day trip from Jerusalem. Discover fascinating religious history from your guide as you travel to Jericho, the scene of many biblical stories. View Mt Temptation and the tree said to have been climbed by Zacchaeus for a better view of Jesus. Then, head to Bethlehem, to witness its most beloved Nativity sites. Visit the Church and Grotto of the Nativity, and view the Shepherds Field, where shepherds reputedly saw the Star of Bethlehem.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Details about this tour

Leave your central Jerusalem hotel in an air-conditioned coach and head east toward Jericho. As you travel through the Judean desert, pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the site linked to the Bibles famous parable.
Stop at the sign marking sea level and enjoy views over the Jordan Valley, the place where Jesus is said to have been baptized; and Jerichos oasis, as you descend to the worlds oldest continuously populated city. Mentioned in the Old and New Testament, Jericho is perhaps best known for the biblical story of its walls crumbling to the trumpet sounds of the Israelite army, and as the place where Jesus is said to have returned after 40 days in the wilderness.
Get views of Mt Temptation, the craggy hill that towers over the city, and see the Tel mound and Elishas Spring, the natural spring mentioned in the Bible. Also, take a look at the sycamore tree that, according to the Bible, was climbed by Zacchaeus so he could see Jesus more clearly as he entered the city.
Either stop for lunch (own expense) in a restaurant in Jericho or later, when you visit Bethlehem, depending on timings.
Having explored Jericho, relax on your coach ride to Bethlehem, Jesus believed birthplace. On arrival, walk around Manger Square and enter the Church of the Nativity to see the Grotto of the Nativity, where a star marks the spot of Jesus birth. Then, visit the Church of St Catherine where Saint Jerome translated the Bible from Hebrew to Latin.
Leave Bethlehem and view Shepherds Field, where the bible says the angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds to tell them of Jesus birth. See the modern, tent-shaped church built on the site, and then return to Jerusalem, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Please note: you will be met by a Palestinan guide at the boarder

The order of activities as described in What You Can Expect is subject to change on the day of your tour

Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • SHAUNDA C
    03-Jul-2019

    The tour was spectacular thanks to Dan Porges... He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Took care of all requests !!!

  • BGP623
    11-Sep-2018

    We had the opportunity to spend time in Bethlehem and in Jericho. In Bethlehem we had ample time to go through the Church of the Nativity even though it was extremely crowded. We visited the Shepherds Field Church with excellent explanation by the Guide and time to enjoy the beauty and for pictures. Then on to Jericho, the oldest City in the World, and viewed ruins dating back 10,000 years. Lunch is on your own and the place we stopped was lovely but not impressed with the food. As with most restaurants, a bit pricey for lunch. I would certainly recommend this tour if you have a few days in Israel.

  • Marianna H
    04-Sep-2018

    Both Bethlehem and Jericho are worthwhile seeing. The day trip started by visiting Bethlehem first. We saw the field where the shepherds heard the news of Jesus birth from the angels, and then went to the grotto where Jesus is meant to be born. To see the actual place with the marble slab and star, was impossible as there were very long lines waiting, so our lovely guide George he's awesome and so passionate about the bible explained that Jesus could have been born anywhere in this grotto, not just that particular spot. I was happy with just being here and not having to wait in line for 3 hours. The church was nice too. I recommend George to be your guide. The only thing I was a wee bit disappointed in is that they went first to a gift shop, then to the grotto. Had they got us into the grotto first we might have had more chances to see the actual place, and then go to the gift shop after that. But overall, this was still a great day. Jericho was fantastic, and left me a good impression. Even though I nearly fainted from the heat, 38 but felt like 42 C the excavation sites were very interesting, and we had a fabulous buffet lunch and very friendly hosts in the temptation restaurant. I even got to ride a camel and ate their delicious dates. They have a very nice shop downstairs with skin care products, shampoo etc from dead sea minerals.

  • Maurice V
    07-Apr-2018

    Very good tour, amazing sights, very powerful

  • Tricia H
    01-Apr-2018

    I have already reported this to Viator and I am waiting a response. The company was over an hour late picking us up to start the trip and by the time everyone else was gathered, we left almost 2 hours late. Our guide in Bethlehem was wonderful. When we went to Jericho, we didnt visit the all of the places including the monastery even though we were told we would drive up to the Mount of Temptation. Even though we left two hours late, we were still driven back to Jerusalem by 5:30 so the guide and 2 others could be transported to Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, the bus driver wasnt very fluid in English and he failed to take us back to our pickup point. When I asked him, he told us we could take a taxi and we got off the bus. Not a good way to spend my wifes birthday. This was such a bad experience, we called Viator as we didnt want to go the next day with this same company to Nazareth. I was told i would hear something within 24 hours but it has been a few days.

  • Ken H
    09-Mar-2018

    This was an exceptional tour not because of the sites scene but because of the tour guide. His years of experience provided a valuable historical foundation for the tours. He was culturally skilled and presented the information eloquently and in a manner that left you wanting to know more. He was open to questions and responded well. I've been on several Viator tours, in several countries, and we older travelers can be dismissed by the younger tour guides. This tour guide welcomes travelers of all ages and wants you to become part of his tour guide team. It was because of his service that I booked a day long trip in Tel Aviv though Viator. Kudos to this tour guide !

  • Gustavo M
    16-Feb-2018

    Fantastic tour!

  • Evelinsalgadomejia
    17-Jan-2018

    Belén en sí tiene un encanto muy especial y más allá de la religión el lugar es hermoso.
    Hicimos 4 tours con esta compañía 3 muy bien y uno si fue un desastre total!!
    Las sugerencias son:
    1.- No pasen por cada persona a los hoteles es una pérdida de tiempo y nos hacen esperar mucho tiempo por que no te recogen exactamente en el hotel no a todos si no en algún cercano y en nuestro caso tuvimos espera de casi una hora.
    2.- Nos han tocado varios tours en los cuales el guía lleva un micrófono inalámbrico y cada uno de nosotros tenemos audifonos. En estos 4 tours el guía tenía que gritar para que escucharamos y eramos grupos de al menos 35 personas lo cual hacia bastante difícil lograrlo.
    Los lugares visitados son hermosos y el conocimiento y preparación de cada guía de lo mejor.

  • maharajanuradha27
    09-Jan-2018

    Another excellent trip....didn't get enough time to go into the grotto at the Church of Nativity..because the lines were so long....however the rest was enjoyable.

  • Joann K
    06-Jan-2018

    I take many tours but this one was by far the worst ever! The pick up is awful. We are transferred from bus to bus and waiting for people from other buses. We went to Bethlehem, saw Nativity Church but never saw Manager Square which was in the brochure. But the guide made sure to take us to a souvenir shop rather than take the time to see the sights. Then we went to Jericho, literally viewed an old Sycamore tree, boarded the bus again and walked on a pile of dirt that was being excavated. The guide left us at a gift shop again and disappeared. He wouldn't let us take the cable car for which we all would have paid. There was a movie about the excavation but we never saw it. He deserted us when we returned to Jerasulem and left us to the bus driver. Again we had to transfer people from one bus to another and wait for people from other buses. It was a total waste of a day basically sitting on a bus.

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