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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint (Crossing point between Bethlehem and Jerusalem)
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
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 "Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint" and cross the checkpoint to the Bethlehem side where I'll meet you or you can take public transportation from Damascus Gate bus number 234 to the meeting point.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 USD - You might need cash for transportation, food and personal expenses where needed.
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We had a wonderful day with Michael in Bethlehem. He arranged for a driver to pick us up in Tel Aviv and take us to Bethlehem. He took us to all the important spots and educated us on each. We also visited an Olive Press museum, mosaic workshop, and an icon art school! As a Christian, being able to visit the site where Jesus was born was very special but VERY crowded! Michael guided us through it very well. We enjoyed eating lunch with him and would recommend him to anyone!