Duration: 8 hours (Approx.) | Offered in: English
- Mar Saba Monastery
- Saint George Monastery
- Mount of Temptation Monastery
- Saint Gerasimos Monastery (Dier Hajla)
- Church of the Nativity
We will meet at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint if you are coming from Jerusalem. Checkpoint 300 is about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate by bus.
Mar Saba Monastery
Relax in air-conditioned comfort as you drive to the largest monastery in the Jerusalem Wilderness, Mar Saba Monastery, which 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 can go inside and tour the monastery. (Closed on Wednesdays and Fridays)
St. George Monastery
Explore the amazing 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 ravens fed the Prophet Elijah. We will explore the complex before driving a few minutes towards Bethlehem to Mar Saba.
Women should dress modestly and must be wearing long skirt or bring a scarf to ensure admission to St. George’s Monastery.
Mount of Temptation Monastery
Drive to visit Jericho, the lowest and the oldest city on earth. In Jericho, we will take the cable car to reach Mount of Temptation and then walk the monastery.
After taking the cable car up to Mount of Temptation, you will walk to the Monastery of the Temptation, 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.
Saint Gerasimos Monastery (Dier Hajla)
The Monastery of St. Gerasimos is one of the earliest 70-plus monasteries in the Judaean desert. It is named in honour of a pioneering monk, usually depicted with a pet lion. The monastery was built in 455 by Saint Gerasimos himself, who came from the town Myra of Lycia. His presence was fundamental in the monasticism of Palestine.
Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
We will end our day with an additional visit to the famous Church of the Nativity, a UNESCO World Heritage site built on the spot where many believe Jesus was born. It’s the world’s oldest church in regular daily use.
Drive back to Checkpoint 300 or your Bethlehem hotel.
The tour will end at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint.
✓ Private driver-guide
✓ 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 (Where applicable)
✗ 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.
- Saint Saba Monastery closed on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Women are not allowed inside Saint Saba Monastery
- Modest clothing is required
- 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.