Duration: 8 hours (Approx.) | Offered in: English
- Mount of Temptations
- Tel es-Sultan (Ancient Jericho)
- Elisha Spring
- Sycamore Tree
- Hisham’s Palace
- Church of the Nativity
- Saint Catherine Church
- Saint Jerome Cave
- Milk Grotto Church
- Shepherd’s Field
- Olive Wood Workshop
Start your Bethlehem Jericho tour with a drive to Jericho, the lowest and the oldest city on earth, your first stop will be taking the cable car up to Mount of Temptation, to the Monastery of the Temptation (Closed on Fridays), where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The cave inside the monastery is where Jesus had 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 Hisham’s Palace, one of the main archaeological sites in Jericho. Built in the 8th century during the Umayyad period as a hunting lodge and winter resort, its name is associated with the Umayyad Caliph El Hisham Ibn Abd Al-Malik. The uncovered excavation shows the remains of the magnificent winter palace that was destroyed by an earthquake in 747 AD, shortly after construction. The site contains royal buildings, mosques, water fountains, and spectacular mosaic floors.
Visit Zacchaeus Sycamore, where according to tradition, Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus and where Jesus spoke with him (Luke c.19).
On the way back to Bethlehem, you will visit the Shepherds Field, where the ‘shepherds kept watch over their flocks by night, and the angel of the Lord appeared to them (Luke 2:8-10).
Arrive at Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Enter through the lowered Door of Humility to the Basilica of the Nativity and down to the Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave which is the site where Jesus was born, and a silver star is marking the exact spot. You will visit the Church of St. Catherine, the Chapel of Saint Joseph (Where the angel of God appeared to Joseph and commanded him to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13), visit the Cave of Saint Jerome, where he translated the Bible into Latin, and the Chapel of the Innocents which commemorates the children who were killed by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18).
A short walk to the Milk Grotto Church, where, according to tradition, a drop of milk fell on the ground while Mary was nursing the baby Jesus, and the grotto turned white.
You will be taken to the roof of an old building to see a panoramic view of the Old City of Bethlehem. You will visit a local olive wood workshop and have the opportunity to buy locally produced olive wood souvenirs from Bethlehem.
End your tour at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint.
✓ Private tour
✓ Pickup and drop off at Checkpoint 300 for less than 4 people
✓ Pickup and drop off from your hotel in Jerusalem for more than 5 people
✗ Entrance fees
✗ Cable Car to Mount of Temptation
✗ Gratuities (optional)
Departure & Return
- If you are coming from Jerusalem, you will meet your guide at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint (known also as Rachels’ Tomb Crossing). It’s about 30 minutes drive from Damascus Gate by bus.
- Your guide will meet you after you cross to Bethlehem’s side.
- If you are staying in Bethlehem then a hotel pick-up is available.
- If you are more than 5 people, pick up and drop off from your hotel in Jerusalem is included.
Returns to the original departure point.
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- 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.