Hebron and Bethlehem Private Day Tour

$350.00

Gain a better understanding of the conflict between Israel and Palestine on this tour, full-day tour of Hebron and Bethlehem in the West Bank. Hebron is divided into two areas: one is controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other by Israel. Explore Bethlehem and Hebron. Visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Old City of Hebron, pottery and glass local workshop, the Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherd's Field.

Pay a 30% deposit per item

Hebron and Bethlehem Private Tour

Meeting point at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint. Check How to get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem (Click here to look up the location on google maps) [caption id="attachment_205702" align="alignright" width="300"] Instructions before entering Saint George Monastery[/caption] We meet at 8 am your Bethlehem hotel or the Bethlehem side of Checkpoint 300 if coming from Jerusalem: Checkpoint 300 is about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate by bus. Women should dress modestly and bring a scarf to ensure admission to St. George's Monastery. Relax in air-conditioned comfort as you drive for around 45 minutes to St. George's Monastery in Wadi Qelt. Along the way, you'll pass by various religious sites: St. Theodosius' Monastery, where some believe the wise men hid from Herod the Great after they visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, and al-Eizariya, which many believe to be Lazarus' Bethany village. 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. We will explore the complex before driving a few minutes towards Bethlehem to Mar Saba. The largest monastery in the Jerusalem Wilderness, Mar Saba Monastery dates back to the fifth century AD and perches amid the southern cliffs of the Kidron Creek. Founded by Saint Sabas (Mar Saba in Arabic), it's been extensively expanded and fortified over the years. Please note: 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. Your next stop is Beit Sahour, considered the city of the shepherds. Visit the Shepherd's Field, where the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them about Jesus' birth, then drive to a local restaurant for a classic falafel lunch. From here it's not far to Bethlehem proper, where you'll start at the famous Church of the Nativity, a UNESCO world heritage site that was built on the spot where many believe Jesus was born: it's the world's oldest church in regular daily use. You'll also visit the Cave of St. Jerome, below the church, where many believe he translated the bible. Finally, you'll visit the Church of St. Catherine and the Milk Grotto shrine, and see Banksy's graffiti pieces, before you drive back either to Checkpoint 300 or your Bethlehem hotel, where your tour will finish around 4 or 5 pm. End of the day.

Important Details

Inclusions

  • Local guide driver
  • Entrance fees
  • Pick up and drop off in Bethlehem
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Falafel lunch and soft drink
  • Entrance fees for any extra sites not within the original program (Where applicable)

Departure point

300 Checkpoint from Bethlehem side (crossing point between Bethlehem and Jerusalem) Check here how to get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

Departure time

8 am

Duration

8 hrs

Return details

Return to the original departure point

Additional Info

  • Full Name, contact number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • 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

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

Tour Itinerary

Meet your guide at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint (Known also by Rachel’s Tomb Crossing).

Start the day by driving toward Hebron to gain a better understanding of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The city is divided into two sectors: one is controlled by the Palestinian National Authority and the other by Israel.

Center of Hebron Old City is a UNESCO site. On this tour, we will be visiting the Old City of Hebron (H1 & H2) and learn about the significance of the Tomb of the Patriarchs to the three Abrahamic religions. The tour includes a visit to the tomb (Known also as the Ibrahimi Mosque). You’ll also walk through the local souks and later visit a ceramic and glass factories to watch how they blow the glass to shape it and how they make the ceramic.

Your next stop is Beit Sahour, considered the city of the shepherds. Visit the Shepherd’s Field, where the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them about Jesus’ birth then continue to Bethlehem old city and enjoy a local meal in one of the oldest restaurants in the city.

Drive to visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, that was built on the spot where many believe Jesus was born: it’s the world’s oldest church in regular daily use. Visit Saint Catherine Church, Saint Jerome’s Caves, and Milk Grotto. later, stop by an olive wood workshop to learn about the local handicraft.

We will end our tour with a stop to see The Walled Off Hotel (Banksy Hotel) and see Banksy Graffiti around the city.

 

 

End of the tour.

 

What's Included

  • Private driver guide
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Pickup and drop off from Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint or from your hotel if you are staying in the city of Bethlehem.

What's Not Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off outside of Bethlehem City
  • Entrance fees (Where applicable)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • 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.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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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