Bethlehem Half Day Tour

Half Day
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Tour Itinerary

  • 06:40 - Pick up from Tel Aviv
  • 07:50 - Pick up from Jerusalem

We start our half-day Bethlehem tour as we travel through the Judean Hills towards Bethlehem. This is the route Mary and Joseph would have taken when they traveled to Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. As the hometown of King David’s father Bethlehem is also known as the City of David. On arrival in Bethlehem, we stop in Manger Square. Here Christians gather from across the globe each Christmas Eve to celebrate the nativity. The square is bordered by the Palestinian Peace Center, the Mosque of Omar, and the Church of the Nativity.

The Bethlehem tour takes us inside the Church of the Nativity built in the 4th century around the site of Christ’s birth. The church was expanded in the 6th century but part of the original floor mosaic can still be seen. In the Grotto of the Nativity a silver star on the floor marks where Christ came into this world. From the basilica, the Bethlehem tour continues to the Church of St. Catherine that was constructed in 1882. The tour takes you beneath the church to ancient chambers hewn out of the rock. Here we see the Chapel of the Innocent; St. Joseph’s Chapel and the cave where St. Jerome translated the Bible from Hebrew to Latin.

The tour to Bethlehem makes its return journey toward Jerusalem and passes Shepherds Field. On the first, Christmas Eve shepherds watched their flocks in this field. Today this site is marked by the Church of All Angels designed by Barluzzi. Finally, we drive past the Field of Ruth where Ruth met her future husband Boaz.

Essential Information

  • The daily tour schedule is subject to change in accordance with government guidelines for travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The tour ends approx.13:00 in Jerusalem, at the David Citadel Hotel or at HaGiva'a HaTsarfatit light rail station.
  • Passport compulsory for visit to Bethlehem
  • Due to visitors overload a visit down to Nativity cave is not always possible
  • Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
  • Visit to Bethlehem may require a change of vehicle as well as a local Palestinian guide

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees

The tour does not include:

  • Food and drinks
  • Drop off at your hotel


  • Visit the Church of the Nativity which is the birthplace of Jesus Christ
  • Walk through the Manger Square
  • Visit the Shepherds fields
  • At the Church of Nativity, we cannot guarantee descending to the grotto of the nativity, due to the high number of visitor


This half-day Bethlehem tour sets off through the Judean Hills to Bethlehem. On arrival, we stop in Manger Square and go into the historic Church of the Nativity. This church was built around the Holy Grotto where Jesus was born on the first Christmas Eve. The silver star on the grotto floor marks the site of the nativity. Enjoy the architectural features of the church, the many works of art and see part of the original mosaic floor. From here the tour continues to the Church of St. Catherine. The tour goes beneath the church into ancient grottoes to see altars, tombs and where St Jerome translated the Hebrew Bible to Latin. We leave Bethlehem passing Shepherds Field and the Biblical Field of Ruth before returning to Jerusalem. End the tour approx. 13:00 at David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel.

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