Excursion «Jerusalem and Bethlehem»

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Class Big bus
Type Group tour
Language French

This tour will take you to the most sacred Christian sites in the world: Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
We'll start with the Mount of Olives with its panoramic view of Jerusalem.
Then we pass the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and the Kedron Valley to reach the Old City. 
In the Jewish Quarter we will visit the Byzantine Kardo and the Wailing Wall.
Following the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus walked with his cross, we will come to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This 12th-century church houses the site of the crucifixion on Golgotha and the site of Christ's tomb.
Leaving Jerusalem, we will head to Bethlehem. We will arrive at Manger Square and visit the Basilica of the Nativity, which houses the Grotto of the Nativity, where Jesus was born, and see the original mosaic excavated in the 4th century , when Saint Helena built the first church. If possible, we will visit the cave chapel under the Church of St. Catherine. 

Departure days

Departure days depend on your departure city

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Conditions for order cancellation:
If a tourist cancels an excursion in less than 3 days – penalty 100%, if "No Departure Insurance" is purchased.
Money is returned only if "No Departure Insurance" is available.

Important:

  • People who are late and do not go on the excursion will not receive a refund.
  • The company is not responsible for lost items.
  • Requests for excursions for children under 5 years old are not accepted
  • Responsibility for having an individual insurance policy falls on the tourist.
  • Tourists may wait up to 30 minutes for the bus.
  • Minor changes to the route are possible.
  • The company reserves the right to change the departure time, which is communicated to the tourist the day before.
  • There is no indication of seats on the bus. Boarding and disembarking  carried out only in designated places.
  • Visiting holy places is permitted only in modest clothing (shoulders and knees are covered). Visiting the Edicule is not guaranteed.
  • Attention! Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering the territory of Bethlehem (Palestinian Authority). NOT an Israeli passport is required.
  • Part of the tour of Bethlehem may be conducted by another guide, who meets the group directly on the territory of the Palestinian Authority
  • The excursion begins after a sanitary stop, and before that there is a transfer before the start of the excursion.
  • The tour can be conducted in multilingual groups.
  • Physical activity level: 3/5.

We recommend: take drinking water, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes with you on the excursion.
The price of the trip does not include and is payable on the spot: food, unless purchased additionally. Lunch can be purchased in advance or on site, but you cannot bring your own food.

Attractions

Old town in Jerusalem

At this part of the city located  its main attractions are concentrated. In the Old City are the main shrines of three religions: Muslim, Jewish and Christian. There are also several quarters in which Jews, Arabs, Christians and Armenians live. Despite the fact that Armenians also are Christians, separate services are held for them in temples, and they live separately. In the Armenian quarter there are practically no tourist excursions. Everyone can see the stunning monuments of ancient architecture, just a walk through the Old Town. The Tower of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the preserved Roman shopping street, the Wailing Wall and many other sights of Jerusalem are open for tourists.

Mount of Olives

There are  a lot of biblical events associated with this place. Jesus Christ preached on Mount of Olives.  Moreover, at that place he foresaw the future of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, prayed in the olive grove of Gethsemane, was arrested due to the betrayal of one of his apostles - Judah. Also, in ancient times, the prophet Zechariah made a prediction about the end of the world. According to that predicition, Mount of Olives will split into two parts, and then the resurrection of the dead will begin. On the western slope of the mountain is a Jewish cemetery, where the son of King David Absalom was once buried, and now prominent statesmen of Israel are buried there.

Way of the Cross. Via Dolorosa

On the way from the Roman praetorium to Calvary passed the mournful path of Jesus Christ.  Fourteen forced stops were made along the way, due to circumstances stopping the sad procession, now called stations. Small churches or chapels were built on the site of the first ten stations. The remaining four can be seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Having walked along the Way of the Cross, you can see and feel what Jesus had to endure.(In the excursion you will visit the last 5 points)

Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane is well knowen from biblical stories.  At that place  Jesus Christ prayed before one of his apostles, Judas, betrayed him.  It is a small fenced garden with olive trees, which, suggested to be dumb as a  witnesses of events unfolding on the night after the Last Supper. On the territory of the garden was built the Church of All Nations at the beginning of the 20th century.  When it began to be erected, the ruins of the Byzantine church and the chapel of the crusaders were found in that place. The church got its name for the reason that 12 Catholic communities from around the world donated money for its construction. His main shrine is the stone on which Jesus prayed that terrible night. There are no statues in the church, no daylight. But there are mosaics that depict the prayer of Christ, the kiss of Judas and the subsequent capture of Jesus.

Bethlehem

Modern Bethlehem is located on the territory of the Palestinian Authority. The main population is Muslim Arabs and a small part of Christian Arabs. The main income of Bethlehem is the flow of tourists. Christian pilgrims from all over the world come to this city, the place where Jesus Christ was born. Every Christmas in Bethlehem Christmas masses are held snd the masses are broadcast around the world. The main shrine of the city is a silver star in the cave of the Church of the Nativity of Christ, which marks the place where Jesus was born. In this temple there is a miraculous icon of the smiling Mother of God, the cave of the Beaten Babies.

Wailing Wal

The Western Wall or the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is the wall preserved after the destruction of the First and Second Temples of the Jews. The Arabs, who saw how the Jews grieve over the destruction of the temple, called this place the Wailing Wall. Currently, there is a tradition: when you standing at the front of  Wailing Wall you can  make the most secret dreams. You can also put a note between the stones of the Wall with a cherished desire, which will certainly come true. When you are planning to visit the Wailing Wall, it should be remembered that this is possible only in modest clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Church of the Resurrection) - the main shrine and place of pilgrimage for all Christians around the world.  It is the place of the convergence of the Holy Fire, were Jesus Christ was crucified,  buried and resurrected. 

Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity of Christ was erected in Bethlehem above the cave where Jesus was born. Divine services at the Nativity Church have not practically interrupted since the Early Byzantine era. The modern building of the Church of the Nativity is the only Christian temple in Palestine, preserved from the pre-Muslim period.

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