From Jerusalem we take a nearby trip to Bethlehem, the place where Jesus Christ was born.
Our journey takes us to Manger Square which is surrounded by the Mosque of Omar, the Palestinian Peace center the church of Church of Nativity of which some may recognize as the oldest functioning church in the world. The Church of Nativity was built in the 4th century and was extended during 6th century. Some of the original mazaic flooring exists today.
Entering the Basilica of the Nativity we go creep through a low doorway called the “door of Humility”. On the walls we can see golden mosaics with 30 of the 44 pink limestone columns of the nave of the church which were embellished with decorations by the Crusaders. Below the church there is a grotto which has an engraving in latin stating “Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.” You will also find in the church a chapel of the manger and the altar of the Adoration of the Magi. (The three Wise men).
Leaving the church past the Armennian Chapel of the Kings we proceed towards the Church of St Catherine, and enter the Church of Nativity. Here, inside and down below are grottoes(caves), where we will observe several tombs and chapels in dedication to the babies killed under Herod. (Mathew. 2:16)
Finally we visit Shepherd’s Field, where according to the bible an angel appeared while the shepherd’s were tending their flock. The angel announced to them that a Jesus Christ the savior was born in Bethelehem. In Shepherd’s Field you will see a chapel decorated with scenes form the life of Christ. This chapel was designed by the architect Antonio Berluzzi.
• A change of vehicle required for transfers of pick up / drop off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay!
• Please be at your pick up point on time. There might be some delay (up to 20 minutes) due to traffic or other operational issues.
• This tour is subject to Palestinian Authority regulations.
• Tour ends approx. at 13:00 at David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.
• Passport compulsory.
• Modest dress: Covered shoulders/ no shorts required for the holy sites.
Pickup from your hotel lobby or any other location upon request
Return transfer to David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem
All transfers in A/C vehicles according to the tour itinerary
Government licensed tour guide in your chosen language
All entrance fees to all sites visited according to the tour itinerary