2 Days Bethlehem, Herodion, Judean Desert Monasteries and Jericho Private Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive overview of historic Bethlehem, Jericho and the Monasteries of the Judean Desert in 2 days private tour. You’ll visit St. George’s Monastery, Mar Saba Monastery, the Church of the Nativity, the Church of St. Catherine, the Milk Grotto Shrine, the Cave of St. Jerome, and Shepherd’s Field, Jericho, Hisham’s Palace, Herodion, and see Banksy’s graffiti art.

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Private Tour Guide
    • Private transportation
    • Pickup from Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint or your hotel inside Bethlehem
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Public transportation to the meeting point
    • Entry/Admission - Mount of Temptation Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Hisham's Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Afteem Restaurant اليافاوي افتيم
    • Entry/Admission - Herodion National Park
    • Entry/Admission - The Walled Off Hotel

  • Day 1: Judean Desert Monasteries and Jericho

    Pass By: Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, Jerusalem
    We meet at Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint if you are coming from Jerusalem: Checkpoint 300 is about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate by bus.

    Women should dress modestly and bring a scarf to ensure admission to St. George’s Monastery.

    Pass By: Monastery of Theodosius, Israel
    Relax in air-conditioned comfort as you drive for around 45 minutes to St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt. Along the way, you’ll pass by various religious sites: St. Theodosius’ Monastery, where some believe the wise men hid from Herod the Great after they visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, and al-Eizariya, which many believe to be Lazarus’ Bethany village.

    Stop At: Mar Jaris (St. George), Israel
    Visit Saint George Monastery, stroll a short way down Al Qelt Valley to reach the monastery, which dates back to the fourth century, when monks first settled in the desert. The site was where the Prophet Elijah was fed by ravens.
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Mount of Temptation Monastery, Mount of Temptation, Jericho Palestinian Territories
    Continue driving to visit Jericho, the lowest and the oldest city on earth, your first stop will be taking the cable car up to Mount of Temptation, to the Monastery of the Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8). The cave inside the monastery is where Jesus has fasted and meditated for forty days and nights (Matthew 4:2). From the cable car, you will be able to see the ancient Jericho archaeological site.
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hisham's Palace Road, Jericho Palestinian Territories
    Visit Hisham’s Palace, one of the main archeological sites in Jericho. Built-in the 8th century during the Umayyad period as a hunting lodge and winter resort, its name is associated with the Umayyad Caliph El Hisham Ibn Abd Al-Malik. The uncovered excavation shows the remains of the magnificent winter palace that was destroyed by an earthquake in 747 AD, shortly after construction. The site contains royal buildings, a mosque, water fountains, and spectacular mosaic floors.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Sykomora Zacheusza, أريحا
    Visit Zacchaeus Sycamore, where according to tradition, it’s the place where Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus and where Jesus spoke with him (Luke c.19).

    Stop At: St. Anthony's Monastery (Deir Mar Antonios), Red Sea Mountains Egypt
    Visit the largest monastery in the Jerusalem Wilderness, Mar Saba Monastery dates back to the fifth century AD and perches amid the southern cliffs of the Kidron Creek. Founded by Saint Sabas (Mar Saba in Arabic), it’s been extensively expanded and fortified over the years. Please note: women are not allowed to enter the monastery. Everyone will enjoy a panoramic view of the site, but only men will be allowed to go inside and tour the monastery.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Bethlehem and Herodion

    Stop At: Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank
    Vsiit the Old City of Bethlehem. Walk the narrow streets of the old city and enjoy the old architects of the buildings from the Ottoman period. Stop by Bethlehem Icon Center, which used to be a local house and today it’s a center teaching Byzantine Iconography. Walk the Star Street— the way that Joseph and Mary took when they came to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Walk onward through the old city and stop the main old entrance of the city then to Hosh Al Syrian Quarter, see the building from inside and stop for a cup of tea or Arabic coffee.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Al Bad Museum, Fawagreh Street, Bethlehem Palestinian Territories
    Visit an old Olive Press museum and learn about olive harvest and olive oil production, the building which houses the museum dates back as far as the 19th century. It houses many ethnographic and archaeological artifacts featuring the entire process of oil production. Furthermore, the exhibit also shows the many uses for oil such as lamps, medicine, food, soap, and even cosmetics.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Afteem Restaurant اليافاوي افتيم, ساحة المهد، بيت لحم
    You will have a nice lunch break at Afteem Restaurant for Falafel, Hummus and typical Salad lunch. (own expense)
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Church of the Nativity, Manger Square .15 minutes walking from bus 231.dont need a guide, Bethlehem Palestinian Territories
    Visit the Nativity Church, the birthplace of Jesus and the oldest church in the world and Saint Catherine Church including Saint Jerome Cave where the bible was translated.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Shepherd's Sanctuary, Siyar el-Ghanam, Beit Sahour Palestinian Territories
    Drive to the Shepherd’s Field where the angel Gabriel appeared to the shepherds, see the ruins that go back to the Byzantine time and the current church.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Herodion National Park, Israel
    Take a short drive to Herodion National Park, the palace of Herod the Great from the roman period 1st century BC. From the top of the mountain, enjoy a panorama view of the landscape of the area and from there you can see Jordan mountains and the Dead Sea.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Walled Off Hotel, Caritas Street 182, بيت لحم
    Finally, visit Banksy Graffiti arts in Bethlehem, The Walled Off Hotel of Banksy and the separation wall.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, Jerusalem
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Michael Tours

Activity ID: V-8676P17

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