Little Town Of Bethlehem Half Day Trip From Tel Aviv

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:15 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Your centrally located hotel in Tel Aviv or our alternative pickup location is at the Grand Beach hotel Tel Aviv
  • Return Details :
    Concludes at David Citadel hotel, next to Jaffa Gate at approximately 1:00pm
  • 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.

Overview

Take a half day tour from Tel aviv 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 worshippers of all religions!

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Your day tour begins with an air-conditioned drive south-east from Tel Aviv 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'. Your half-day tour finishes in central Jerusalem, where you can continue sightseeing independently or take directions from your guide to travel back to Tel Aviv.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel drop-off

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 29-Jul-2019

    I would like to say thank you to the local guide, the lady from Bethlehem that spoke a lot of languages and translated every interesting details in English, Spanish and France and had a very accurate time management.
    I just have to share that I did’t appreciate that at the end of the tour every participant had to spent time in a partner shop where a lot of sellers tried to convince you to buy something to support the Palestinian people. Really embarrassing and time consuming situation that didn’t match with the purpose of our tour. If I want to support Palestinan people, I prefer to make a private donation, I don’t want to make it during a tour.
    But there’s something more that I really didn’t like. The behavior of the driver that brought the group through the boarder between Israel and Palestina: he was really sarcastic and stupid with the soldier during bus inspection and according to me this behavior could be really dangerous for our group.
    Additionally, I didn’t like that the driver tried to convince our group to change program at the end of the tour and suggested to go to a place for lunch (probably a friend of him) instead to the Jaffa gate (the place where the tour ended). A really not professional behavior. Please, pay attention about the service that the local agency provide to the customers.

  • 01-Apr-2018

    Everything was done smoothly, with no issues.

  • 11-Jan-2018

    READ THE FINE PRINT...sure they pick you up at your hotel in Tel Aviv and that is nice, but don't just assume that they will deliver you back there! Without a word, I was totally abandoned in front of a hotel in Jerusalem. I repeatedly asked the driver and the guide about transportation back to Tel Aviv and none had an answer beyond, I am just the driver and I don't know your arrangements... They knew full well that it was up to me to get myself back to Tel Aviv...fortunately, I am not thrown by adventure. I walked to the tram station. People were helpful and pointed me in the right direction. I took the tram to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem and there, for about 16 Shekels less than 5, I were driven to the bus terminal in Tel Aviv, where I were totally shellacked with a 50 Shekels cab ride to my hotel about 18 minutes away! The tour was very interesting although I was whisked through everything fairly quickly, similar to being on a conveyer belt. The guide was exceptional in Palestine. IF Viator had made it very clear that the trip was a one-way to Jerusalem, I would have probably not gone. Life is an adventure and I am up for all, but probably not when I have been in a foreign country for less than 24 hours. Again, READ THE FINE PRINT!

  • 24-Apr-2017

    Completing the HOLY LAND tours was a goal...leading to Bethlehem....all I will say, if you need to reconnect to your spiritual roots...do this!

  • 18-Jun-2016

    Excellent exploration of three main sites in Bethlehem and usefully dropped off in Jerusalem to make your own way back I recommend the train as it goes through some epic countryside.

  • 27-May-2015

    It was just ok. Nothing spectacular about the tour. Its just a pretty good way to get around places. Less time spent on each destination except the gift shops that they want you to spend your money on (typical tourist trap). I did three consecutive days with this company and its all the same.

  • 04-Jun-2014

    The half day tour was exciting and the tour guides, especialy the Palestinian guides were excellent. To be commened. The only issues were it was running very late and they forced a certain gift shop and restaurant upon the group. It was as if they were getting a cut of the service. They should have put a time limit on the gift shop and ended the tour immediately after, not forced the restaurant. Not many wanted to go.

  • 09-Apr-2014

    Dont forgot you passport, you definitely need it as you are entering an Arab city. This was another excellent trip with "Isaac" (Zahi Shaked), and a Palestinian guide, both were very knowledgable and friendly. They took us around Bethlehem, including the lactation grotto church and church of the nativity. They provided local food at a reasonable cost, which we ate nearby and had a chance to buy the locally crafted figures made from the olive trees growing in the picturesque hilly landscape around Bethlehem. This gives you an idea of how the shepherds lived during Jesus's birth and the part they played in communicating the news of the birth of Jesus. As this is a half day tour, you will be dropped off in Jerusalem, so you have to make your own way back to you accomodation.

  • 12-Jan-2014

    This tour is unusual in starting in Tel Aviv and ending in Jerusalem. This is not stated in the initial information and was the reason I booked. Another member of our party, an Australian who had also booked through Viator was given a taxi back. I think the itinerary should be clarified as a taxi trip costs 320 shekels.

  • 25-Dec-2013

    1. The whole scheduling seemed to be chaotic and not well planned.
    2. The best part of the tour was the tour guide in Bethlehem, Ishem (spelling). Ishem was very knowledgeable about the City of David and answered my questions.
    3. the taxi ride from the Mt. Scopus Hotel to the checkpoint at the entrance of Bethlehem was not in keeping with a quality tour service. The taxi was dirty and stunk of cigarette smoke. Additionally, the driver just dropped us off and told us to meet someone named Ishem and Irias (spelling) our guides who would be driving a black BMW. No security whatsoever was provided. Due to poor instructions from the taxi driver, we waited outside the checkpoint for 30 minutes before I called Shani to ask what was going on. Viator should provide an escort through the checkpoint instead of leaving your customers standing around trying to figure out what to do.
    4. the last stop on the tour was the gift shop that just so happened to be operated by Irias' family. There was a lot of pressure to buy souvenirs and overpriced jewelry. Bad move here.
    5. You should state in BOLD letters on the 1/2 Day Bethlehem tour that you do not take tourists back to Tel Aviv. I didn't learn this until the shuttle bus driver was taking us back to the Jaffa gate.
    6. The shuttle bus driver dropped me off at an intersection near one of the Share Taxi's and said "look for the yellow, white, and blue minibus" to take me to Tel Aviv and pointed up a hill. The driver should have taken me right to the drop off, a distance of about 150 meters.
    7. I expected the tour in Bethlehem to last about 4 hours based on what is stated in the description. We didn't get to through the checkpoint until 11:20am and the tour was done by 1:30 pm, so just about 2 hours in length.

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