Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem
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 Jericho’s oasis, as you descend to the world’s 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 Elisha’s 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.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Food and drinks
- 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
The tour was spectacular thanks to Dan Porges... He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Took care of all requests !!!
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.
Very good tour, amazing sights, very powerful
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.