Nativity Tour

Following the trail of Christians
Special Pilgrimage Tour
The Holy Land

Special Tour 7 Days - 6 Nights
Tel Aviv Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Explore the Biblical Sites on a seven-day spiritual journey focusing on the life and times of Jesus, walking where Jesus walked. The Bible comes alive for pilgrims in the Holy Land. Explore historical Christian sites and learn more about Church history. Journey into the past and relive the moments when the saints stood up for their faith

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Highlights
  • The old city of Jerusalem
  • Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Wailing Wall and Al-Aqsa.
  • Mount of Olives and its panoramic view and Gethsemane.
  • Bethlehem, Nativity Church and Milk Grotto church.
  • Jericho; Hisham Palace and Mt of temptation
  • Dead Sea Swimming time
  • Baha’i Gardens in Haifa and its terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • The fortifications of Acre.
  • Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation.
  • Lake Tiberias and the Mount of Beatitudes.
Itinerary

Day 1: Tel-Aviv – Jerusalem
Arrival at Tel-Aviv airport. Welcome and reception by a member of our team, transfer to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Jerusalem
After breakfast, start in the Old City of Jerusalem, the holy city of the three monotheistic religions. Follow the last steps of Christ along the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion until the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which according to Christian tradition, includes Golgotha, place of crucifixion of Christ, as well as the cave where the body of Jesus was laid after having been taken down from the cross. It was built from the year 326 CE by the emperor Constantine, after the official recognition of the Christian religion. Continuation the visit by taking the ancient Roman road, the Cardo, the ancient mercantile district located in the heart of the Old City, up to Mount Sion, where we will discover the Dormition Abbey, place where the Virgin Mary would have left this world. then the cave of the Last Supper where was commemorate the last meal of Christ and the tomb of King David, located below the Cenacle. We visit Saint-Peter-in-Gallicantu Church, also known as the “Church of the Rooster”, where Peter’s denial of Christ was marked by the crowing of a rooster. We end the day with a stroll through the Armenian Quarter to Jaffa Gate. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Jerusalem

Day 3: Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, we start our visit by the Wailing Wall, the holy place of Judaism, then the esplanade of the mosques, the third holiest religious site in Islam, which contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, known for its golden dome shining brilliantly on the Jerusalem skyline. Visit the Mount of Olives, which at 827m above sea level offers a wonderful panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Visit the chapel of Dominus Flevit, which recalls the Gospel incident in which Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Descent from the Mount to the Garden of Olive Trees with the Church of All Nations, Gethsemane, the place where Jesus prayed before his arrest. Departure for Bethlehem located 10 km from Jerusalem to discover the Basilica of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in the world, built above the cave where Jesus was born. We will take narrow stairs to the cave, under the basilica, to discover the altar and the fourteen-pointed star marking the place of the nativity. Visit Milk Grotto and the historic center, walk through the old quarters and market. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 4: Bethlehem – Jericho – Dead Sea
In the morning, depart for a green oasis near the Dead Sea: Jericho, which was made famous by the discovery of one of the oldest cities of the Levant dating from the eighth millennium BC. Cross the canyon of Wadi Qelt to admire the monastery of St. George, situated on the ochre-colored cliffs of the mountain. Continue to Jericho to see the Monastery of the Temptation. It was built on the slopes of the Mount of Temptation 350 meters above sea level, situated along a cliff overlooking the city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley. Visit Tell Al Sultan, the archaeological site of the first settlement of Jericho dating from the 10th millennium BCE. Then visit Hisham Palace, built in the 8th century, which holds the pride of Jericho, an 850 square meter floor mosaic from the Umayyad Era, the largest and best-preserved mosaic floor in the Middle East.  Head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400m below sea level, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the indescribable feeling of floating on its exceptionally dense water.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 5: Jaffa – Haifa – Acre – Nazareth
Drive along the Mediterranean coast for the legendary Jaffa, southern and ancient part of Tel Aviv, dating back over 5000 years. Then head north towards Haifa, a port city located at the top of Mount Carmel, a coastal mountain overlooking the Mediterranean coast. The Baha'i Gardens are one of the emblematic sites of Haifa with its hanging terraces, sculpted in the mountain, connected by a series of stairs, with, in its centre, the golden dome mausoleum of the Báb, the spiritual centre of the Baha'i religion. Continue to Acre, the ancient town of St. John of Acre. The Crusaders made the city an important base and its final seat of government in the Holy Land. Its high, fortified walls overlooking the sea, the El Jazzar Mosque, the caravanserai and oriental bazaar dating back to the nineteenth century CE are some of the highlights of the visit.  If schedules and conditions permit, free time and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Galilee.

Day 6: Nazareth – Lake of Tiberias – Bethlehem
After breakfast, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, established at the site believed to be where the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. You will move onto Lake Tiberias, around the lake you will visit the Mount of Beatitudes for gorgeous views of the Sea of Galilee and visit the church that was built atop this hill, where Jesus is believed to have delivered his “Sermon on the Mount” speech. Continue to the ruins of Capernaum, where Jesus lived and preached, and where many apostles, including Peter, also lived. Visit to the Church of Tabgha which is remembered because of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, and see the magnificent mosaic commemorating the miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves. Drive through the Jordan Valley to Bethlehem. Diner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Bethlehem – Tel-Aviv
After breakfast. Transfer to Tel-Aviv airport for departure.

 

Practical Info
1- Guaranteed departure
2- Budget
3- When you arrive at the airport
4- Cancellation fees
5- Visa – Passport
6- Transport and transfer
7- Accommodation
8- Child conditions
9- Flight and insurance
10- Tours – Guide – Tips
11- Languages - Currency
12- Level – Health
13- Weather
14- Time - Customs
15- Telecommunications
16- Electricity

1- Guaranteed Departures: Many of our tours are guaranteed departure with a minimum of 4 paying customers.  All tours offered with a guaranteed departure and insured will have the minimum numbers clearly indicated on each tour costing that we provide. If a departure is not marked as guaranteed, we invite you to register with the free and non-binding option. Once the number of participants on an offered program reaches the minimum number, you will receive an email inviting you to validate your registration. In this case, only then will your credit card will be charged. However, if you book a confirmed tour with a guaranteed departure your reservation and payment will be automatically approved. Our guaranteed departure tours are not private; we bring travellers together from different backgrounds and nationalities on the same tour.

Travel Agencies & Independent Groups: Travel agencies & tour operators may contact us for your unique website access code and special conditions. Independent groups may be offered discounts on posted rates depending on their numbers, tour itineraries and requested services.

2- Budget

Our quoted price for any tour includes the following:

  • Reception and transfer: airport / hotel / airport.
  • Transfers according to the program, such as private tourist transportation in an AC-equipped van or bus.
  • Accommodation in 4 Star or 4 Star + hotels with half board, breakfast and dinner included. From dinner on the first day served until 9:00 p.m. to breakfast on the last day.
  • Professional guides for visits as per program.
  • Entrance to all the sites listed in the program.

Our quoted price for any tour does not include the following:

  • All personal expenses such as drinks, etc.
  • Optional excursions or meals not specified in the program.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Flights & accident, health, luggage or repatriation insurance.
    Unless otherwise noted, our packages concern only land arrangement: hotels, transfers, and visits.

3- Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport: After customs and passport procedures, you will be greeted by one of our staff holding a Travel Jerusalem sign, waiting for you in the reception hall after you have collected your luggage. Your group will be then transferred to your hotel.  Ben Gurion International Airport has free wifi; program tour leaders will be put into contact with our staff contact stay in touch via WhatsApp prior to departure.

Customs: In most cases with both arrivals and departures, tour participants will proceed through customs and security inspections as they do in any other international airport without significant delay.  On occasion, however, Ben Gurion Airport security may select program participants for questioning or luggage inspection.  This is a common occurrence at Ben Gurion security and is no cause for alarm. For more information please click here.

4- Cancellation Fees
If you choose or are obliged to cancel your trip before it begins (as determined by your arrival date on your program itinerary), you must inform us as soon as possible.

Cancellation fees will apply as follows:

  • Cancellation fee of 30% charged for notification up to 30 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 50% charged for notification from 29 to 7 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 75% charged for notification less than 7 days up to 24h in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification of less than 24h in advance
  • Cancellation on any day tour will result in no refund.
  • No-show for any tour will result in no refund.

Cancellation fees during high season: The months of March, April, May, October and November, as well as Christmas and New Year, are designated as high season periods. During these periods, the following cancellation fees are applied: 

  • Cancellation fee of 50% charged for notification up to 30 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 70% charged for notification up to 7 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 80% charged for notification up to 3 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification less than 3 days.

The above conditions do not apply in case of natural disaster, pandemic, and the outbreak of war. For geopolitical or logistical reasons, the tour operator has the right to cancel a departure or propose alternative date. In this case, full amount paid to the trip organizer will be refunded
If a specific day tour is canceled due to security reasons or natural disaster, it is replaced with an alternate tour for the day, and no refund would be offered.

 5- Visa & Passport
Passport: To receive an on-arrival visa, your passport must be valid up to 6 months after your return date. An on-arrival visa at Ben Gurion International Airport covering both Israel and Palestine: will be issued for passport holders of the European Union, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as dozens of other nations.  The visa is given in the form of a slip of paper rather than a passport stamp. You must keep this paper within your passport for the duration of your stay.  For other nations outside the European Union, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, check the visa information and requirements. For more information please click here. 

For extension tours with Jordan: additional visa and borders taxes will apply. For more information please click here.

For extension tours with Egypt: additional visa and border taxes will apply. For more information please click here

6- Transport and transfer
as well as additional transport and transfer services.  These services will be offered by van or bus, depending on the number of participants, and offered through a vetted and trusted third party transport provider.

Transfers, arrival and departure from the airport: Regarding the organization of transfer on arrival and departure: For more information please click here.

7- Accommodation
The level and standard of accommodations offered in each tour always will be upheld, the categories indicated by local standards. These include double/twin/triple/family rooms, or in a single room with single supplement. All rooms will include private bathrooms.
Standard times for hotels check-in are at 14:00, with check out at 11:00. Breakfast is served usually between 06:30 until 09:00, and dinner from 06:30 until 09:00: For more infromation please click here

8- Child conditions
Babies under 2 years of age travel free of charge, sharing their parents' room without an extra bed.
Children from 3 to 5 years old pay 50% of the adult price, sharing their parents' room with an extra bed.  
Children from 6 to 12 years old pay 70% of the adult rate, sharing parents' room with an extra bed.

9- Flight and insurance
Travel Jerusalem is a reception-only tour operator. We do not organize flight bookings. The customer is responsible to book the appropriate flights, and bear in mind that our prices include only land services of their trip. For accident, health, luggage or repatriation insurance; the customer should locate and pro the insurance in his /her country.

10- Tours – Guide – Tips
Our tours and visits: The tour operator may modify your itinerary where reasonably required at their discretion; for example, a tour may be done in reverse to adjust to sudden, unforeseen circumstances. For reasons of weather or other factors, a tour may be modified or even replaced to a large extent. Please be aware that certain sites can sometimes be cancelled at the last moment. Indeed, some sites are managed by military authorities, free to block access to the sites. In such circumstances we will ensure that your value for cost of the program will be honored. 
Follow the guide: Our local guides are professionals and knowledgeable of the culture and history of the land that you are touring. Generally, a single guide accompanies the group for the duration of the tour. However, for logistical reasons, unavailability and due to the local situation, two or three guides may be used during your program. Our local guides are chosen for their knowledge base, professionalism, ethical standards and willingness to communicate with their tour groups and are always ready to answer questions!
Tips: We recommend a tip of $6 -10 per participant per day, to be shared between the guide 60% and the driver 40%.  Tips are not included in your program costing, and while not compulsory, we do ask that you strongly consider setting aside the suggested amount

11- Languages - Currency
Currency: In both Palestine - Israel, the currency is the shekel. Please check for daily exchange rate: www.x-rates.com. US Dollars and Euros can also be used for all major payments. There are automated teller machine throughout the country, and credit cards are accepted in many places.
Languages: The official language in Palestine is Arabic, while the official and language of Israel is Hebrew. The unofficial second language of the Holy Land is English, with French and Russian spoken in much of Israel as well.

12- Level – Health
Level: Our cultural and religious tours; including transfers by bus, walks and cultural visits are considered to require basic health and stamina.  For extension tours including Egypt, a good physical condition is required for the hiking up Mount Sinai/Saint Catherine’s monastery. For hiking and mountain biking programs, see the program description and information regarding physical difficulty requirements.

Health and vaccines: No vaccines are required

13- Weather
Palestine & Israel: Summer is long (from April to October), hot (25° to 35°) and with no rain or overcast skies. Winter (from November to March) is moderate (5° to 18°), but it can be cold, especially at nights. On occasion, snow falls in Jerusalem during December and January in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other high-altitude parts of the Holy Land. Protection from the sun is important. Remember to cover yourself with long, light, loose-fitting clothing, and to wear a hat. Use pharmacy-purchased sunscreen to protect your body, especially if you wish to swim in the Dead Sea.

14- Time - Customs
Time: Jerusalem is GMT +2/+3, depending on time zone changes per year.
Customs: Israel and Palestine are multi-faith lands. In Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Hebron, which are considered the centers of pilgrimage for the region, an attitude respectful of local customs is required. In particular, during visits to religious attractions, proper clothing is required. Avoid high-cut clothing and short shorts

15- Telecommunications
Israel and Palestine have modern and functional mobile phone networks. Similarly, accessibility to the Internet is available almost everywhere, notably via WIFI in hotels.

16- Electricity
The electric current is generally 220V, utilizing European-regional sockets (round plugs). An adapter is required for UK-regional appliances.

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