JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM TOUR

 JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM TOUR

The land of Israel is the cradle of three monotheistic world religions, this Jerusalem and Bethlehem private tour concentrating in Christian traditions and locations 

The land of Israel is the cradle of three monotheistic world religions and it is not surprising that a Jerusalem and Bethlehem private tour is a mandatory visit in the tourist program of visiting Israel of all Christians regardless of their confessional affiliation.
I am your tour guide in Israel and I want to offer you a fascinating journey through holy places for every Christian in the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

JERUSALEM AND BETHLEHEM PRIVATE TOUR

My day tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv include a mandatory visit to the birthplace of Jesus Christ, which, along with the place of his burial and resurrection in Jerusalem, is considered one of the main shrines in Christianity.
Today, on the site of the cave in Bethlehem, where the Savior was born, the Monumental Church of the Nativity of the Lord is erected. It is the oldest continuously operating temple in the world, in which worship services have been conducted since the IV century, but the modern basilica was built in the VI century.

 

The Nativity Church which preserves  the birthplace of Jesus, the grotto is the oldest site which is still used to worship by Christians and the church is probably the oldest in the holy land, the church was constructed by Constantine the Great and his mother Helena, During the same time they constructed the church of the holy sepulcher in Jerusalem during the fourth century,
The church remains in the original formation since the Byzantine period with slight changes from the crusade period, for example,2 bell towers were added and different paintings and mosaics.  the church has three major Streams such as the Armenian, catholic, and the greek orthodox.
 
The "crown" of the church is the silver star in the central altar marking the spot where Jesus was born. In the middle of the 19th century, this Silverstar was stolen by Greek monks who wished to remove the Catholics from the church And this event probably contributed to the great Crimean War against the Russian Empire.
 
Today the church is a world heritage site listed and protected by the UNESCO organization, in the past 200 years there is a status quo and nobody attempted to make any changes without an agreement with the other streams.
 

 PRIVATE TO TO BETHLEHEM
A logical continuation of a day tour to Bethlehem and Jerusalem of the city in which Jesus was born will be a visit to the Christian quarter of Jerusalem. We will walk along the Way of the Cross(Via Dolorosa), learn mysterious legends and mystical beliefs associated with each of the 14 stations of the cross on the way to Calvary, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where he spent the last night before the Savior's arrest, and visit the main shrine - the church of the Holy Sepulcher.

PRIVATE TOUR TO JERUSALEM FROM TEL AVIV

I also recommend during the private guided tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem not skipping the Jewish quarter although it is a Christian tour, since the holiest Jewish place the western wall is also mentioned in the gospels and connected directly to Jesus, the distance is very short and this is a great chance to expand your knowledge about Jerusalem, Judaism, and Jesus.

If you looking for comfort and quality a private guided Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour is the perfect option without tourist fuss, rush, and template encyclopedic information, my day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv will be the best solution for you.

Private guided tours in Jerusalem and Bethlehem - Western Wall

The final location and the most exciting one, the top of the Mount of olives, this is the highest point of the city and the panorama is just breathtaking.

The observation point provides us a chance for a  360 panoramic view over the Judean desert and sometimes during a very bright day you can even see the Dead Sea, the bottom part of the mountain is the Gethsemane garden together with the thumb of the virgin Mary and the Russian church of Mary Magdalena with its beautiful golden domes.
 
Looking over the old city you will be able to see the magnificent walls which were built by the great Sultan Sulieman the magnificent during the 16th century, the Golden Gate threw witch Jesus entered to Jerusalem for the last time, the golden dome, the church of the holy sepulcher, Mount Zion and outside the walls the modern city of Jerusalem.
it is probably the best place to make your photos especially during sunset, the light and the color of the old city becoming gold...that's why one of the names given to Jerusalem is "Jerusalem of gold"
 
I like to bring a bottle of wine and to make a toast with you my guests, and like we say in Israel “next year in Jerusalem” 

guided tours to Jerusalem from Jerusalem

My private guided Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour in Israel from Haifa and Ashdod ports for tourists arriving in Israel by ship, start directly from the port terminal. In addition, as a licensed tour guide in Israel, I will be able to provide you:


1.The closest parking places (unlike a taxi)
2.Comfortable transport;
3.Individual approach to program planning.

4.Insurance for the duration of the excursion to Bethlehem


I will do everything to make your journey, not a hasty review of cities and temples but a truly deep acquaintance with the ancient and holy for half of all mankind's land.

 

Optional sites to visit:

1. The dome of the ascension -this is the place where Jesus ascended to heaven.

2.Paternoster-this the location where Jesus taught our father prayer.

3. Dominus Flevit-where Jesus cried over Jerusalem.

4.Gethsemane garden-a beautiful garden where Jesus prayed for the last time and was arrested by the Romans.

5. Church of all nations, built by Antonio Bellucci one the greatest builders in Israel during the 20th century, inside the church, we will be able to touch and to pray at the same place where Jesus did it.

6.The Coenaculum – Room Of The Last Supper, Built Over The Site Where Jesus And The Disciples Celebrated The Pentecost.

7.Dormition Abbey – The Dormition Of Mary, Where Mary Was Taken To Heaven.

8. Petrus Igalicanto - according to the catholic tradition this is the location where Jesus for kept in prison before the trial.

9. The Israeli museum - this is the biggest and the best museum in Israel, our national museum presents a huge collection of pictures, paintings, and different exhibitions from all over the world! you can also see the shrine of the book in which we keep the scrolls of the dead sea.

10. The Mahane Yehuda market - enjoy the colors and the tastes of the biggest market in Israel.

 

Conclusion

 

The most interesting combination during your visit to Israel is definitely A private Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour, make the most of this special day by blending history, heritage, and outstanding views.