A special way to experience the city of the birth of Jesus, as you venture into the West Bank, our Bethlehem tour provides a great opportunity to explore this city on a guided tour. Your first stop is one of the oldest churches in the world, where it all began; The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. A huge church with a long history of religious significance, you will be able to see the various chapels of the Catholic, Armenian and Greek Orthodox Christians.
Next, you will visit the Franciscan Grotto of Lady Mary and learn how the ‘Milk Grotto’ got its name. A large underground cave with a Franciscan chapel built directly on top. This is the site where it is believed that Mary and Joseph took Jesus for refuge from King Herod, before fleeing across the holy land to Egypt.
Our final visit for the day in this ancient city is to Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of the city. Believed to be the location where the Shepherds sited the Star of Nativity before venturing to visit Jesus, these fields hold a number of stunning shrines and a beautiful chapel, drawing pilgrims from around the world.
This tour will provide you with the best opportunity to spend a day focused on the sacred city of Bethlehem, with all the logistics looked after, leaving you to absorb the amazing spiritual sites, whilst hearing the historical and biblical background to each site.
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Christmas Eve & Midnight Mass Tours
- Visit the city where Jesus was born, Bethlehem
- Enter one of the oldest churches in the world, the Church of Nativity
- Discover the Milk Grotto and learn of its history and origins
- Stroll through the Shepherd's fields
- Walk through the old city of Bethlehem
- Half Day Tour
Tuesday and Friday
08:15 – Pick-up at Abraham Hostel, Davidka Square
08:30 – (Upon Request Only) – Pickup from Carta Parking Lot (Jaffa Gate)
09:30 – Arrive Church of Nativity, then tour Bethlehem
11:45 – Depart Bethlehem
12:30 – Arrive back in Jerusalem
NB: All times are approximate and highly dependent on traffic conditions.
*Please note that sites may vary depending on crowds and/or religious holidays.
*Drop-off at the end of the tour is either near the Damascus Gate to the Old City or Abraham Hostel-Davidka Square
Good to Know
- Passports are required, and it is unlawful for Israeli passport holders to join.
- Pickup points: Carta Parking Lot (near Jaffa Gate ), Jerusalem Abraham Hostel Lobby (Davidka Square).
- Things to bring: passport, snacks & water, hat & sunscreen, camera.
- Modest dress required for entering the holy sites.
- Transport to all sites from Jerusalem
- Entrance to all sites
- Lunch & drinks
Will we have a chance to see the Banksy art/hotel?
No, this tour will focus on the religious and historical sites in Bethlehem, and the Banksy artwork will not be included.
What should I wear for modest dress?
It is required for both men and women to cover their knees and their shoulders on this tour.
Do I need my passport for these tours and will it get stamped?
You do need your passport, and it does not get stamped because you are not crossing an international border.