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    Walk towards the Catholic Action Circle and start the day walking through the Old City of Bethlehem and its quarters known as 'Star Street'. You will visit Bethlehem Icon Center which is located in Hosh Abu Jarour, one of the old Hoshies of Bethlehem. Then you will stop at the old entrance of Bethlehem City and visit another type of Hosh called the Syrian Quarter. Later on, you will visit Al Badd Museum for Olive Oil Production also called 'Badd Jackaman'. It is situated in the Old City of Bethlehem. 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.

    Afterwards, you will continue to Manger Square where you will stop to have coffee before entering the Nativity Church. The Nativity Church was built by Justinian in 530 AD, and you will enter the Byzantine basilica through the main entrance, also known as 'The Door of Humility' and see the original floor of the first church of Constantine from 326 AD. You will take the steps to get down to the grotto, the spot where Jesus was born from Virgin Mary. Then you will continue to Saint Catherine Church and visit Saint Jerome’s Caves to see the place where he translated the bible in the fifth century.

    You will have a nice lunch break at Afteem Restaurant of Falafel, Hummus and typical Salad.

    After lunch, you will walk to the Church of Milk Grotto. It is believed that while Virgin Mary was feeding baby Jesus, a drop of milk hit the ground and turned all of the stones white. You will then take a taxi to Beit Sahour. This is a historic town, whose name means 'Place of the Night Watch', in reference to the Shepherds who keep watch over their flock by night. In the past, the Canaanites inhabited its numerous caves, and today it is the home of many churches and convents. Churches now mark the sites of Shepherds Field, the Field of Ruth, and the Well of the Lady. After the tour, you will be drive back to Bethlehem-Jerusalem check-point for departure.
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    Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

    I spent a day with Michael walking around the old city of Bethlehem. Not only is Michael a very personable young man but is very very knowledgeable about the city. The walk included a tour of the flea market and fruit and veg market (really...More

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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2019

    Thanks for your review. Happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tour. All the best.

    Reviewed November 2, 2018

    I did half day private tour with Hazem. It was fantastic. His knowledge of the history of the land and people was so insightful. I receommend this tour highly.

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2018

    I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Looking forward to have you here again .

    Reviewed August 4, 2018

    I cannot recommend Michael's tour enough... just spent the day in Bethlehem with him walking through Bethlehem. Michael is extremely knowledgeable and low key. I managed to tag this tour in to a business trip, so with not much time, so didn't want to attempt...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank clareinaus2018
    Michael J, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

    Thank you for this wonderful review and I am happy to hear from you and how satisfied you were with my tour. I wish you the best. You and your family are always welcome.

    Reviewed July 31, 2018

    michael was a great tour guide and explained in perfect english.He skipped The Long queue at the church ,took us to see panoramic view of bethlehem ,and milk grotto church.i highly recommend him and easy to talk too.

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank james b
    Michael J, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2018

    Thank you and hope to see you once again.

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