Your private guide to Nativity Church and Shepherd's Field
I will meet you in Bethlehem and we will drive to Manger Square.
We will visit to the Nativity Church that was build by Justinian in 530 AD entering the Byzantine basilica through the main entrance" The door of humility" and see the original floor of the first church of Constantine from 326 AD. We will take the steps to get down to the grotto, the spot where Jesus was born from Virgin Mary and then continue to Saint Catherine Church and visit Saint Jerome's Caves to see the place where he translated the bible in the fifth century.
A visit to Milk Grotto where it's traditionally believed that Virgin Mary was feeding baby Jesus and a drop of milk felt on the ground and turned the stones all into white.
Visit the Shepherd's Field in the town of Beit Sahour, this is the site where the angel of the Lord is said to have appeared before shepherds bringing them good tidings of the birth of Jesus. Joined with a multitude of heavenly hosts, the angel sang "Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth, Peace among men".
Half day tour, you can choose to start in the morning or afternoon.
Once we meet we will drive to visit the following:
- The Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born
- Saint Jerome's Courtyard and Saint Catherine Church
- Saint Jerome's Caves
- Church of Milk Grotto
- Panoramic view of the Old City of Bethlehem
- Local olive wood workshop
- The Shepherd's Field in Beit Sahour
End of the tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: 300 Checkpoint 300 (Crossing point between Bethlehem and Jerusalem)
Location on Google Map: https://goo.gl/oL8jJx
If you require a different start location this can be arranged and additional transportation fees might apply depending on the requested location.
End location: The tour will end in the same starting location unless you asked for a different end location and depending on that location a transportation fees might apply.
Duration: 4 hours
The tour might take more or less than 4 hours depending on the prayers hours in the church as well as if there is long queue.
If you will come from Jerusalem or any other place you can either book a private transfer to "300 Checkpoint" and cross the checkpoint to the other side where I'll meet you or you can take public transportation from Damascus Gate bus number 234.
1. Guiding fees for 4 hours as per the itinerary.
2. Transportation in my private car to move from the meeting point to the sites then back to the same meeting point of 300 Checkpoint. (Unless other location is agreed upon.)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
300 USD - You might need cash for transportation, food and personal expenses where needed.
1. Transportation from your location to the starting point of the tour.
2. Any additional food or personal expenses.
3. Additional guiding hours for more sites if the customers wish to extend the tour.
4. Water or any other drinks.
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While visiting family in Israel, my husband and I wanted to spend a few hours touring Bethlehem. We decided this at the very last minute and I was lucky to find Michael and that he was available. From the initial communication all the way through the end of the tour, Michael was professional and wonderful to work with. He gave us a private tour and we felt like locals walking through the attractions and the city. He is also very educated about the city and Israeli/Palestinian history as a whole. It was