Little Town Of Bethlehem Half Day Trip From Jerusalem

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Take a half day tour from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, and discover the town famed as the birthplace of Jesus. Tracing the events of the Nativity, this comprehensive tour uncovers the highlights of this holy city for worshipers of all religions!

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Your day tour begins with an air-conditioned drive south-east from Jerusalem to the holy city of Bethlehem. Focusing on the Nativity, your visit begins at the Church of the Nativity - widely cited as the birthplace of Christ, and one of the oldest surviving Christian churches in the world.

The hub of religious activity in Bethlehem is Manger Square which is flanked by the Church of the Nativity and also the Mosque of Oman - a site of importance for the many Muslims who live in the city.

At the Manger Square you can walk on the ground where Jesus was laid down after his birth.

Visit the Greek and Catholic churches, before moving onto the Shepherd Fields where the 'shepherds watched their flocks by night'. Returning by air-conditioned coach to Jerusalem, you'll take home special memories of your visit to this must-see Holy Land city.

Inclusions for Little Town Of Bethlehem Half Day Trip From Jerusalem

  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

Exclusions for Little Town Of Bethlehem Half Day Trip From Jerusalem

  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

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 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

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Pick-up at hotel and drive to Bethelem went well, but the tour itself was not as we expected. The tour-guide was showing us the important places, but he was rushing us all the time telling us that we had to hurry back to the car/bus to go to the next location. He gave us the relevant information but we didn't see/feel any enthousiasme in his guidance. But at least we saw all the things we expected to see.

  • Our tour guide in Bethlehem was knowledgable and polite. We were nervous about this excursion because we had heard that there were protests against Americans. Our guide assured us that all was well and we felt totally safe. He was knowledgeable, friendly and covered all of the sites we wanted to see. Overall, a really nice tour.

  • Wonderful and the only way to go without stress. Great tour guide. She really cared that we saw everything and great explanations.

  • DO NOT use Bein Harim Tourism Service to book this tour!! My husband and I took the Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem with the Ben Harim Tourism Services 4 weeks ago. The day began with disorganization and poor time management, and ended with bad driving in a harrowing bus ride that resulted in passenger injuries, being dropped off and abandoned at a medical clinic, and total disregard, lack of responsibility and professionalism from anyone at Bein Harim!

    This is what happened: Our day began walking to a nearby hotel for an 8am bus pickup My husband's email confirmation of where we were supposed to meet the bus was different from the one I had received. We soon discovered the hotel named in my husband's email did not even exist so we took a chance with the one in mine since it was a large luxury hotel. After arriving earlier than our designated time we saw 2 buses, neither of which were from Bein Harim. The concierge had no idea of a tour bus coming to pick up people for a tour, so whenever a bus arrived the confusion grew as no one had any idea what was going on and more and more people were arriving for various tour pick-ups. Finally we were told to board a bus, but in overhearing conversations of other tourists many of us had different destinations for the day. None of us knew where we were heading when the bus took off but we all trusted we would somehow end up where we needed to be. We ended up at a road near a university where we disembarked and were met with bus drivers with clipboards. There were language problems as there were several nationalities among the tourists. We were told to get on 11 Bein Harim bus, then after a time told to leave the bus, and ultimately we ended up on that bus again. There was a crowd of people as several buses were all doing the same thing and everyone was confused. By the time the driver finally started the trip to Bethlehem, two hours had passed! There was no tour leader on the bus so no one could answer any questions, and the bus driver's only job was to drive. Which he did - too fast. Many times we hit bumps in the road which made for a rough ride, though these were well paved roads. Many people gasped audibly with the jolts of hitting bumps at too fast a speed.

    When we arrived in Bethlehem we met our tour guide and the bus driver left until it was time for pick-up. The tour itself was good. The objective of this review is not to critique the actual tour and guide. It is to make sure anyone thinking of booking anything through Bein Harim SERIOUSLY takes heed.

    After the tour our bus driver was late to return for the ride back to Jerusalem, so we all just waited on a street of a residential area. Finally on the return to Jerusalem the tour guide stayed behind at the souvenir shop we were brought to the driver continued to drive too fast, hitting bumps along the way that jolted the bus several times. I, and one other couple, were in the very back row, and each bump was like riding in the last car of a rollercoaster. And then the driver hit a very large speed bump without slowing down and the 3 of us in the back row were catapulted from our seats. When the back of the bus landed we were jolted with a violent blow as we were slammed back down into our seats. The other woman in my row hit the luggage rack so hard that she suffered a large gash in her head and was bleeding heavily. I was stunned from the violent impact and with a resulting back injury I could not move. People were screaming and realized we were hurt. When the driver stopped and came back to see what was happening, even upon seeing the severity of the head gash of the other woman he said, Oh, you'll be ok. He could not see my injuries but everyone on the bus could tell I was badly hurt. The driver was told very firmly by my husband and the woman's grown son that we had to be driven to a hospital.

    We were dropped off at a small medical clinic. The bus driver said he would return to check on us but he never did! Repeated calls to the company were unsuccessful in getting any help, each time they said someone would come, but no one came and they refused to take responsibility. No one from the company responded to our requests for language translation at the clinic, they refused to be responsible for medical costs - we had to pay cash upfront for evaluation, blood tests, xrays, and meds. We were told a company rep would come from Tel Aviv, but no one came. After more than 4hours at the clinic we paid for a taxi back to our hotel. The next day we were unsuccessful in contacting Bein Harim. My husband's visits to the police station and tourism office were, as well, not helpful. I am still in the care of doctors for a vertebral fracture and have had many medical expenses. We are pursuing a legal case against Bein Harim.

    In our experience, and that of others, you take a risk using a Bein Harim tour. This is your vacation, your health. Research companies, read reviews. Be safe.

  • I missed the trip and therefore cannot comment.

  • Lovely trip. Amazing to see the actual birthplace of Jesus, as well as the field where the shepherds were. We were lucky and didn't have to queue for too long 45 minutes to get into the Church, but be prepared for longer waiting times. Our guide was very informative. Lots of changing of coaches but still very enjoyable.

  • I enjoyed the tour of Bethlehem. I found the pick-ups with all Viator tours to be punctual and easy during the change over of vehicle. It was a fairly fast paced tour but enough time was spent at each site. As the half-day tour was combined with another full-day tour, I was expecting to be back in Jerusalem earlier than we arrived as we were not supposed to be stopping for lunch I thought but we did so because of the full-day tour group were with us sharing the coach. Therefore, I was not back to Jerusalem until about 1:00pm when I expected to arrive back at 1:00pm, to spend the afternoon at the Israel Museum.

  • This was an incredible experience, particularly with the transition from the Israeli controlled side of Jerusalem through security to Bethlehem. I can not imagine visiting Bethlehem unguided. It is worth it simply for the access and time saving.

  • For a half-day trip it felt rushed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I like the skip the line for the manger site.

  • The tour is interesting. The guide was helpful. But working with Viator is a nightmare. They're extraordinarily disorganized, e.g. regularly missing morning pick-ups. We booked five trips with Viator and each time we had a huge problem. They'd forget to pick us up, then send a frantic taxi to get us, as we went careening through the streets in the cab while other the other tourists already on the bus waited for us to arrive. Another day they told us the wrong start time so we missed the tour entirely!

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