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: Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint (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 "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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My son and I had a wonderful tour of Bethlehem last week with Michael who is a very safe driver. He is a cultured, warm young man with a vast knowledge of the holy sites he took us to. Adept at avoiding large tour groups, he ensured we saw everything in peace that allowed us to experience the calm ambience of Bethlehem. It's a very safe place to visit. Everyone we met was welcoming. Don't miss the "Christmas House" gift store with the beautiful wood carvings. Highly recommended tour. Thank you Michael!