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2 Days Bethlehem, Judean Desert Monasteries and the Dead Sea Private Tour

Enjoy a 2 days private tour and explore Bethlehem, Jericho and Hebron including Saint George’s Monastery, the Church of the Nativity, the Church of St. Catherine, the Milk Grotto Shrine, the Cave of St. Jerome, and Shepherd’s Field, Jericho, Hisham’s Palace, Herodion, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and see Banksy’s graffiti art.

Saint George Monastery
Shepherds Field
Bethlehem Nativity Tour
Nativity Church Birthplace of Jesus
Viw of the steps of Mount of Temptation Monastery in Jericho
Jericho Tour
Saint Catherine Church in Bethlehem
Dead Sea
Jordan River Baptimal Site
St. George’s Monastery
Mar Saba Monastery Trip
Saint Catherine Church in Bethlehem
Saint George Monastery
Shepherds Field
Bethlehem Nativity Tour
Nativity Church Birthplace of Jesus
Viw of the steps of Mount of Temptation Monastery in Jericho
Jericho Tour
Saint Catherine Church in Bethlehem
Dead Sea
Jordan River Baptimal Site
St. George’s Monastery
Mar Saba Monastery Trip

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From: $800.00

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Pay a 30% deposit per item

Price

From: $800.00

Select Date and Travelers

Pay a 30% deposit per item

Duration: 2 Days / 8 hours (Approx.)     |     Offered in: English

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: Saint Saba Monastery, Saint Theodosius Monastery and Bethlehem

We meet at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint if you are coming from Jerusalem: Checkpoint 300 is about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate by bus.

Start the day with a short drive to the Judean desert to visit Saint Saba Monastery and a possible visit to Saint Theodosius Monastery if they are open. (Saint Theodosius Monastery is not always open for visitors). St. Theodosius’ Monastery, where some believe the wise men hid from Herod the Great after they visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Please note that women are not allowed to enter the monastery. Everyone will enjoy a panoramic view of the site, but only men will be allowed to go inside and tour the monastery.

Afterward, drive back to visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, Saint Jerome cave, Saint Catherine Church, the Milk Grotto, and the Shepherd’s field.

Finish the tour at Bethlehem checkpoint or your hotel if you are staying in Bethlehem.

 

DAY 2: Saint George Monastery, Jericho, Jordan River and the Dead Sea

Relax in air-conditioned comfort as you drive for around 45 minutes to St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt.

Stroll a short way down Qelt Valley to reach the monastery, which dates back to the fourth century, when monks first settled in the desert. They believed the site was where the Prophet Elijah was fed by ravens.

Women should dress modestly and bring a scarf to ensure admission to St. George’s Monastery.

Continue driving to visit Jericho, the lowest and one of the oldest cities on earth, your first stop will be taking the cable car up to Mount of Temptation, to the Monastery of the Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The cave inside the monastery is where Jesus has fasted and meditated for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2). From the cable car, you will be able to see the ancient Jericho archaeological site.

Visit Zacchaeus Sycamore, where according to tradition, it’s the place where Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus and where Jesus spoke with him (Luke c.19).

A short drive to the Jordan River (Also known as Qasr al-Yahud) the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist then a visit to Saint Gerasimon Monastery in the Jordan Rift Valley before we continue to the Dead Sea to enjoy floating at the lowest and saltiest sea on earth.

 

Finish the tour at Bethlehem checkpoint or your hotel if you are staying in Bethlehem.

What's Included

Private driver-guide

Private tour

2 Days Private tour

Pickup and drop off from Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint or from your hotel if you are staying in the city of Bethlehem

Hotel pick up and drop off outside of Bethlehem City

Entrance fees and cable car

Accommodation

Gratuities (optional)

Lunch

 

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • If you are coming from Jerusalem, you will meet your guide at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint (known also a Rachels’ Tomb Crossing). It’s about 30 minutes drive from Damascus Gate by bus.
  • Your guide will meet you after you cross to Bethlehem side.
  • If you are staying in Bethlehem then a hotel pick-up is available.

Check How to get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem
(Click here to look up the location on google maps)

 

 

Departure Time

8:30 am

 

Return Details

Returns to the original departure point.

 

Additional Info

  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
  • Saint Saba Monastery closed on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Women are not allowed inside Saint Saba Monastery
  • Modest clothing is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your tour within (10 days) prior to the date of the tour, the deposit amount is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel your tour before (11 days or more) prior to the date of the tour, a full refund of the deposit will apply.
  • If you cancel a requested multi-day tour at any time, the deposit amount will be non-refundable.
  • If you cancel a requested customized tour that requires arranging/booking any non-recoverable out-of-pocket costs incurred on your behalf such as booking a separate driver, car rentals, admissions, hotel reservations, tickets etc. in less than (10 days) prior to the date of the tour, the amount for any non-recoverable out-of-pocket costs will be non-refundable in addition to the deposit amount.

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