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Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv

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Overview

If you’re short on time, tick off four of Israel’s top attractions with ease and efficiency on an 11-hour sightseeing tour from Tel Aviv. Avoid crowds by arriving early at the Church of the Nativity, believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and then explore Jericho, an ancient city in the shadow of the Mount of Temptation. Visit the archeological site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and float in the salt-saturated waters of the Dead Sea.
  • A comprehensive tour ideal for travelers short on time
  • Explore the ancient city of Jericho, located in the Judaen Desert
  • Visit the archeological site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on planet earth
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Guided tours of Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr al Yahud
Lunch
Jericho cable car (approx $16)
Kaufmann St 2 , Kaufmann St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Pick up is from Israeli Textile Center, Kaufman Street 2 (Corner of Shenkar & Kaufman St)

6:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Following pickup from the Grand Beach Hotel Tel Aviv at 6:30am, you’ll head straight to Bethlehem before the pilgrimage site fills with tourist crowds. Visit the Church of the Nativity, believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, before you continue to Jericho by descending into the Judean Desert.

On arrival at the lowest city on earth, you’ll visit 9,000-year-old ruins dating back to the Neolithic period. See, too, the archeological site of Qumran, in whose sandstone caves the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest scriptures of the Hebrew bible, were discovered in 1956. 

Your tour culminates with a visit to the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, in which you can float and flounder until you’re dropped back in Tel Aviv at around 5:30pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Church of the Nativity
Visit the Church of Nativity and, time permitting, enter the Milk Grotto. Explore the streets of the Old City. Tea/Coffee break at local artisanal shop.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount of Temptation Monastery
Ascend the Mount of Temptation by cable car (entrance ticket to cable car not included, $16 per person) and enjoy a guided tour of the monastery
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site
Explore Qasr al Yahud Baptismal Site where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tourist Israel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv.
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What is the social distancing policy during Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bethlehem, Jericho & Jordan River Tour from Tel Aviv.

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star-5
A fun day
Janis S
, Oct 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this full day tour. Our Palestinian guide, George, was great and the day was well organised.
star-5
Dead sea as the highlight of the tour
anapiola
, Jul 2019
I really enjoyed the whole tour. The transportation was confortable and safe. The driver and the tourist guide are well prepared and kind. If I could change something, I would skip the shopping experience (wooden shop at Bethlehem) so I could gain 30 minutes on Dead Sea visit- which I found very short to live the whole experience without the rush of getting back to the bus on time.
star-5
The trip started off with a little...
Andrew V
, Jan 2018
The trip started off with a little snag the bus didnt pick up 6 of us who were at the hotel before the departure time. Fortunately, the bus came back and we were on our way. This tour offers covers a lot in a day. Some reviews note that there are different guides for each stop on the tour. I found this to be a good feature. Our guide in Bethlehem was a local resident who knew a great deal about the history and culture and Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity where he appeared to know, and was on good terms with, the clergy of all of the denominations non small feat. Our guide in Jericho was also a local resident who was very knowledgeable concerning the pre-historic, Biblical, and modern history of the area. Qumran was a self-guided tour. My recommendation is to skip the movie, grab a map at the entrance, and see as much as you can because time is limited. The Dead Sea was great, and we had plenty of time to enjoy the experience. Over-all, this tour was an excellent value.
star-4
This tour was a great day trip - and...
David F
, Jan 2018
This tour was a great day trip - and although the driver was a little on the quiet side - the other travellers on the tour melded well and enjoyed the tour together.
star-4
Really good: 1 Jericho was...
Pawel J
, Sep 2017
Really good: 1 Jericho was brilliantly delivered by a very knowledgeable tour guide who knew a great deal of historical facts 2 Qumran was informative, but could do with a better tourist facilities i.e. open the restaurant a bit earlier in a day 3 Dead Sea was OK but could do with a bit of cleaning - the beach was filthy 4 Bethlehem was lovely despite the Church of Nativity being in the middle of restoration. I'd happily do this tour again.
star-3
This tour seemed very unorganized...
Janet P
, Jul 2017
This tour seemed very unorganized. We had to meet at another hotel-- we had to pay for a cab there and then again at the end of the tour. There were several guides, not all were great. There was a bit of confusion at the end of the tour with who was going in what bus. In Qumran there was NO tour-- we were on our own.
star-1
The tour description states we would...
Richard J
, Jun 2017
The tour description states we would be picked up at 6:30 in Tel Aviv and driven directly to Bethlehem. This was not the case. The driver was 20 minutes late and we then drove to Jerusalem to pick up more people. After wasting time in Jerusalem traffic, we then drove to the other 3 sites before visiting Bethlehem late in the afternoon. First stop was a wasted 25 minutes or so in a tourist souvenir shop, and then on to the Church of the Nativity by which time was very crowded. The tour guide rushed us through in less than 15 minutes, which left no time to sit and reflect for a few moments or light a candle. Then more time wasted dropping off people at their hotels in Jerusalem before heading back to Tel Aviv. About half way to Tel Aviv, the drive decided he was tired, so we pulled off at a gas station to wait for another bus to come from Tel Aviv to take us the rest of the way to our hotel. The tour operator did not at all describe this tour accurately and we wasted about 2-3 hours in total with all the driving in and out of the Jerusalem traffic. The 11 hour tour turned into a more than 13 hours, which made for a very long day on a crowded mini bus.
star-3
We were only four people on this...
Brunilda P
, Feb 2017
We were only four people on this tour from which 3 were from our group. This was convenient because it was like a private tour. there is not a proper guide for all the tour. We had only the driver who served also as a guide during the trip while we had two local guides in Bethlehem and Jericho. The driver/guide was really nice and willing to explain things while the van was in not a very good shape. we had to stop during our way back because it had some problems. While concerning the two guides the one in Jericho was well prepared while the one in Bethlehem was not so good. Overall I would say that this tour needs some improvements.
star-5
One of the greatest organized trips...
Éva L
, Jan 2017
One of the greatest organized trips I ever had. Beside the fantastic places we saw, I am very satisfied with the organization of the tour and the comfort. I have to say that it was more than they promised, since our driver and guide, Rocky during the trip shared information not just about the common history, but insider tips and knowledge as well, plus showed us even more things, that was described. He was really flexible and willing to fulfill our little wishes as well. On the sites the local guides were great, their stories were interesting and I was never bored, there were no unanswered questions. In the Dead Sea they took us to private beach, as they promised - it was amazing. I highly recommend this tour, especially if your driver and guide is going to be the same person we had. Unforgettable experience!

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