This tour takes you to the most sacred Christian destinations in the world – Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We start on Mount Scopus with a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then we pass the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations and Kidron Valley to reach the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter, we visit the Byzantine Cardo and the Western Wall. Following the Via Dolorosa where Jesus walked bearing his cross, we reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This 12th-century church holds the site of the crucifixion at Calvary and the place of Christ’s burial tomb. Leaving Jerusalem we make our way to Bethlehem. We arrive at Manger Square and visit the Basilica of the Nativity that holds the Grotto of the Nativity where Jesus was born and see the original excavated mosaic from the 4th century when St’ Helen built the first church. If possible, we will visit chapel caves beneath the Church of Saint Catherine. As we leave Bethlehem we drive back to the hotels.
Bethlehem is a sacred city for Christians, second in importance to Jerusalem, where, according to the Gospels, Jesus Christ was born. In Bethlehem David was born and anointed for kingship.
Church of Nativity
Along with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Nativity is one of the two main Christian churches in the Holy Land.
The greatest Christian shrine, the cave in the rock where Jesus Christ was born from the Virgin Mary.