Spend a half day to visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the city of Bethlehem, and trace the events of the Nativity. Visit Church of Nativity, the Greek and the Catholic Church, and enter the Church of St. Catherine. We leave Bethlehem passing Shepherds Field and the Biblical Field of Ruth before returning to Jerusalem.  

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 Bethlehem half day tour Includes


  • Pickup from your hotel lobby or any other location upon request
  •  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
Tour Starts fromTel AvivJerusalem
Pick up time at 06:40-07:10 07:50-08:20

Bethlehem Half Day Tour

Detailed itinerary:

Bethlehem Half Day Tour from Tel AvivWe will drive to Bethlehem via the Nativity Circle, to the city of birthplace of Jesus Christ. 

Walk through Manger Square to visit the Church of Nativity, the oldest Church in the Holy Land.

Admire the ancient limestone columns and remains of mosaic floors;

Descend to the Grotto of Nativity, where a Silver Star in the floor marks the spot where Christ is believed to have been born.

From here the tour continues to the Church of St. Catherine. The tour goes beneath the church into ancient grottoes to see altars, tombs and where St Jerome translated the Hebrew Bible to Latin.

Next, passing Shepherds’ field. Stop at a local souvenir store and return transfer to Jerusalem. Return transfer to pickup point not included, the tour ends in Jerusalem, near Old city Jaffa Gate.  Important information: The tour is subject to Palestinian authority regulations. Passports are required. 

  Sites you will see


  • Bethlehem
  • Manger Square
  • Church of Nativity
  • Grotto of Nativity
  • Church of St. Catherine
  • Shepherds’ field

  You should know  


  • Tour duration is up to 6 hours
  • Estimated return time to Jerusalem at 13:30 am, near to Jaffa Gate
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements. Dress code is smart casual.
  • Recommended for this tour: Comfortable walking shoes, hats, sun screen and drinking water.
  • Free of charge reschedule 24 before the tour day. Covered by Compass Risk Free policy.
  • You can start the tour from Tel Aviv and finish in Jerusalem
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Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 248 reviews.

BEST GUIDE AND SERVICE

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It was an amazing experience, Enrique our guide was the best! I wen’t with my 4 and 6 year old kids and my wife. It was a great time in holy Land!
- CECILIO YAMIL O

Ask for Enrique for your trips in Israel when booking with Compass Travel!

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We booked a private tour with Compass Travels for a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Easy booking process and communication was spot on. But the star of the show was our guide Enrique! It was my best ever guided tour in any country. Enrique was super informative (both for Christians and Non-Christians alike) and extremely entertaining at the same time. His mix of humour and knowledge about the land, the history and just the world in general kept us engaged throughout our 12-hour long tour! I would highly recommend Enrique for any of your trip in Israel and ask Compass travel for Enrique when booking with them.
- Dhiren J

Amazing Experience!

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Excellent! Our guide Enrique was knowledgeable and professional! Also Benjamin to assisted in organizing the tour for my large group was very professional and organized. Highly recommended!
- Marlon D

Lo mejor de Israel!

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Puntuales, atentos, desde días antes están pendientes de ti y de los horarios. Saúl nos enseñó Jerusalén y nos ayudaba a evitar las colas con picardía y conociendo el recorrido habitual de todos los guías, él sabía como ganar tiempo ordenado la visita a su manera. Nos explicaba con paciencia y conocimiento todo lo que visitábamos. La excursión que realizamos el día 9 de agosto, fue maravillosa, toda ella.
- San H

Breathtaking Jerusalem and Bethlehem done with a 5 star ++ tour

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This is 100% hands down the best tour I have ever been on. Travelling all the way from Australia this was literally the highlight of our trip. Avi our tour guide was amazing, welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and showed us all the secret spots on the tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem that you just wouldn't get on a large bus tour. He treated us to some delicious traditional sesame bread and coffee, which as lovely experience. The vechile was beautiful, luxurious, new, clean with a fantastic A/C. We wanted a tour that delivered all the highlights of Jerusalem plus Bethlehem and this tour delivered that and more. The sights are breathtaking and definitely ticket all the boxes and more. If I could put down more stars I would. You cannot go past this tour, if you want to do the Jerusalem and Bethlehem right.
- Leonie B

The Perfect One Day Tour

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Yaniv our guide was wonderful. He was waiting for us to disembark which meant we could start the tour immediately. Yaniv was very thorough with all his knowledge and we really enjoyed learning things we had no knowledge of prior. We like to tour fast and Yaniv adapted the tour to take this into account by showing us places that were not necessarily on the tour booked but ensured we got to experience a full 10 hours of touring. Thank you Yaniv for a fantastic day - it was extremely enjoyable.
- Michelle W

Fantastic Tour with Excellent Guides — Highly Recommend!

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This tour was incredible. Spending only one day in Bethlehem and Jerusalem is daunting because there are so many places to see, but, when you have a guide like Yaniv, it’s not only possible, but it’s so enjoyable. Yaniv was a phenomenal guide—personable, knowledgeable, hilarious, and kind. He truly went above and beyond, letting our group stop at (far too many) local shops along our routes and taking us on local short cuts that allowed us to skip lines and see more things in less time. Make sure you’re well-rested before going on this tour, because it’s a long one, but it’s so worth it. Our driver, Abu Isa, was also amazing. The Mercedes shuttle was spacious, air conditioned, and very clean, and Abu Isa was always ready for our group whenever we would leave a spot to head on to the next. We never had to wait for our ride a single time the whole tour because Abu Isa was always ready for us. On the whole, this tour is amazing, perfect for those who have a full day to spend and want to see the highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem while also having time to get a taste for the local culture. Make sure to ask for Yaniv and Abu Isa!
- David J

Highly Recommended

★★★★★
Rafi won us over quickly with his humor, knowledge, reverence and concern for the good of the group. Exceeded expectations!
- Jeff N

Trip of a lifetime!!!

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Our tour guide Enrique was so knowledgeable with history, he literally brought the Bible to life for us! We saw the Bible with our own eyes (and a little imagination). This trip was the trip of a lifetime and I would recommend this to anyone who loves Jesus and some hidden gems! I can’t say enough about our tour…It was AMAZING!! A HUGE thanks to Benjamin with Compass Travel, who helped me navigate some of the process and he was always in communication! These two are lovely! Couldn’t ask for better!
- Michele U

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