Bethlehem Tours
Half Day Private Tour of Bethlehem
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Half Day Private Tour of Bethlehem

By Michael Tours
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • Local guide driver
  • Pickup from Checkpoint 300 or Bethlehem hotel
  • Drop-off at Checkpoint 300 or Bethlehem hotel
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Public transportation to the meeting point and back to your hotel


Start:
  • Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, Jerusalem
    Starting Point: Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint. Tour starts from Bethlehem side of Checkpoint. Take bus 234 from Damascus Gate, it costs 5 NIS and runs directly to the Bethlehem Checkpoint and back. Walk through the checkpoint as you enter and exit Bethlehem. Make sure to bring your passport.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8676P5

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Starting Point: Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint. Tour starts from Bethlehem side of Checkpoint. Take bus 234 from Damascus Gate, it costs 5 NIS and runs directly to the Bethlehem Checkpoint and back. Walk through the checkpoint as you enter and exit Bethlehem. Make sure to bring your passport.
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    About the operator
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    • Michael Tours
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      Palestinian Territories
      Joined in May 2016
    • RobinCressage
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A delightful and insightful tour
      Georgette looked after us for the day on what was quite a full agenda (proposed by us!). She and the amazing driver (in a spotless car) drove us to each location, allowed us plenty of time to look at everything whilst providing really usefully information. Just as importantly she gave us an insight into the culture and people of the West Bank. We topped off the day with a delightful meal with a local family which gave us even more of an insight.
      Written October 6, 2023
    • G375ACmarkr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Michael Tours - Exceptional Knowledge & Service
      My wife and I had the pleasure of spending 4 full days with Michael & Georgette on various tours, they were the perfect choice for getting acclimated during our first week in Palestine & Israel. Preferring to go with Private Guides on most of our vacations, the husband-and-wife team were some of the best guides we have ever used, anywhere! Whether its Culture, Religion, History, Food, Local Day to Day Life…they have got you covered. They are true professionals and all-around wonderful people…their knowledge, kindness and flexibility was something that started with our initial planning and continued once we were on the ground in Bethlehem (their specifics on what time to leave our hotel to cross the checkpoint / border was spot on and made the logistics very easy). Our first tour was the full day Bethlehem Tour, with Georgette as our guide and her Dad as our driver we were able to cover all the main sights including the Nativity Church grotto and meet some wonderful people along the way. Also, as part of that tour we opted to have lunch with a local Palestinian family and how great that it was her own!!! Got to meet her Mom, Aunt and new baby boy...and of course the food was DELICIOUS. Our next day tour was with Michael and we hit Jericho, Jordan River and the Dead Sea, all the while Michael had such great historic insights and details that made it all come to life. The next day we had our full day Jerusalem City Tour and once again their knowledge allowed us to see and experience all the highlights in each of the respective Quarters, while also making the walk down Via Dolorosa very special. Finally, Michael customized a St George Monastery and Masada trip for us which was also executed perfectly…our driver for that day even pulled over at a scenic overlook by the Dead Sea and whipped up some Arabic coffee for us from his portable stove in the van. If you are planning a trip to this part of the world you will definitely see higher prices in Israel proper for Hotels, Tours, Food, etc. once you start doing your research … but with Michael & Georgette as our Palestine based guides their prices were extremely fair & competitive…You get what you pay for…and in this case Michael Tours is worth every penny! While we started our tour(s) as clients, we left Michael, Georgette and their families as true friends. Thank You both once again for making our visit to the Holy Land so special. M&M
      Written September 28, 2023
    • AlfredoI290
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Extraordinary tour in the Judean Desert
      Michael is an excellent guide, fully knowledgeable on the history and geography of the Judean Desert and the West Bank in general. He has carefully chosen the places to visit, to stop, etc. He gives very useful information, but to the point, without excesive chatter. The whole trip was an extremely enjoyable experience. I emphatically recommend him.
      Written September 27, 2023
    • 801blj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommended!!
      Thank you for the interesting and well-tailored tour. Also the kids enjoyed + we took very nice pics
      Written September 23, 2023
    • Navigator755231
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Personal Tour of Bethlehem
      My husband and I found Michael Tours through TripAdvisor and we spent the Day with Georgette and her Father Isa (spelling?). Isa is my husband’s age and Georgette our 2 daughter’s age. Georgette and Isa are natives to Bethlehem and born there. The personal touches and stories they provided of life in Bethlehem was so warm and friendly and loving, We were interested in seeing the important Christian sites, most importantly, the Church of the Nativity. Georgette was married there!!, here brother-in-law, is the pastor and she and. Isa even invited us to Georgette’s first son’s christening the following day!. As we toured the country-side on the way to the Jordon River where Jesus was baptized by St. John, they told us of local life and customs and recent joys and challenges as Palestinians. We saw Mary’s Church of the milk dedicated to new mothers (* Georgette is one! ). Which was really special to her and to us. We had lunch in a local cafe and met some of her friends and colleagues. She ordered for us so that we’d enjoy local food favorites (*which were awesome!). They drove us to the Dead Sea and waited for us after they advised us how to best enjoy the lowest point on earth!!. We shared stories of our families and our respective lives. They asked us questions about our culture and recent political events and we did the same. We learned so much from each other in a spirit of global humanity and love. We hugged and cried and learned things about Bethlehem and Palestinian culture we would never had learned had we not spent the day making father to father and mother to daughter connections. It was a day to remember for a lifetime. Not just sites of Christian and historical significance did we see. We made heart to heart connections with Georgette and her Dad Isa. In my opinion, this is why we travel, and so should you. To learn more, and to love more. Georgette and Isa showed us both. They will warm your hearts and make your trip!! Thank You Georgette and Isa!!
      Written September 9, 2023
    • Curiosity59143954792
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simply the best!
      Michael is an absolutely fantastic guide - one of the best we've had throughout our travels - and we would gladly hire him again. From the outset, Michael took time to help customize our tour so that we could fit everything we wanted to see into our trip. He also did a great job coordinating before the tour and, during the tour, ensured we were comfortable and that we stayed on schedule, without making things feel rushed. We met Michael near Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem and from there, after stopping for some roadside coffee, went onward to see religious and historic sights in Jericho and surrounds, stopped for a dip in the Dead Sea, and then ended the day seeing sights in Bethlehem. Throughout, Michael made us feel welcome and shared his knowledge of the area's history, religious sites, and daily life. Michael is truly a first-class guide with unmatched hospitality, expertise, and openness. Thank you, Michael!
      Written September 8, 2023
    • Mark71111
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The Best, Will not disappoint!
      This was our second time with Michael. We had booked a day tour of Bethlehem and the Desert Monasteries back in September 2019 and enjoyed our time with him. We had the opportunity to return to Jerusalem this August 2023 and Michael was our first choice as a guide. We booked 2 separate tours with him, both private. First was a walking tour of Jerusalem. We walked the walls and streets of Jerusalem, saw many churches and other sites. And walked the Via Dolorosa. Our second tour was a 2-day tour of Bethlehem, Hebron, Herodion, St George Monastery and Jericho. The first day was all the sites outside of Bethlehem: the monasteries, Herodion and the Monastery of Temptation in Jericho. The second day was filled with the sites of Bethlehem, from the Church of the Nativity to the Sheperd’s Field. All this while Michael described the history of what we were seeing and letting the stories from the Bible come to life. As he would say the Fifth Gospel is the Holy Land itself. We even asked to spend an evening with a local family in Bethlehem for dinner. We spent a wonderful evening with his parents and family. The food was delicious and the company even better. Thank you and your family for your hospitality. I highly recommend Michael. You will not be dissatisfied. Thanks again Michael!
      Written August 27, 2023
    • T2404YUseanm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour and great guide!
      Michael did a great job from pick up to drop off. He was very informative throughout the tour about Israel, Palestine, the history and importance of the places we saw. He never rushed us, took us for a great meal, his English is excellent, and he really knew the details of the holy sites. Thank you Michael for a great tour!
      Written August 11, 2023
    • Culture38354896346
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice tour with a good guide!
      We where blessed to have Michael as our guide for a full-day-tour to Jericho, Bethany and Bethlehem. A good guy with lots of knowledge and flexibility. All was arranged with professionality and to the best for our 12 pax family-tour. Hans Markhus, Norway
      Written July 30, 2023
    • williameugenef
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour and tour guide. The best.
      Fantastic tour. The best. I would highly recommend taking this tour with Michael Tours. The sights you see are incredible. The information that Michael provides is extensive. He is one of the best tour guides I have experienced in my life. And super nice person. Everything about the tour is completely professional, safe, and comfortable.
      Written July 27, 2023
    • Z6228GNwendyg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An Israel experience
      Micheal was amazing his knowledge was fantastic his manner kind and generous the experience was truly incredibly unforgettable.
      Written July 22, 2023
    • ku971
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The perfect guide and tour
      Michael is the perfect guide: he is highly knowledgeable, professional, helpful and covered everything that I wished to see. My tour with him was excellent.
      Written July 16, 2023
    • Happiness162535
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Bethlehem and Hebron tour
      Michael is a knowledgeable tour guide. He showed us a lot of places on the Hebron and Bethlehem tour. He provided bottled water and ensured that we were comfortable on the tour.
      Written June 29, 2023
    • Dianne C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Biblical Adventure
      We are a pastor and wife from Grand Rapids Michigan. We hired Michael for the day and had a wonderful time with him. He is warm, personable, and very wonderful. His knowledge and understanding of the Bible and history helped our ministry in great ways. We highly recommend him.
      Written June 21, 2023
    • elliottl144
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Michael's Tours delivers a full and humanistic experience of this part of the ancient world.
      Michael was both a terrific guide and an engaging person. He gave us exactly what we wanted, which was an in-depth exploration of the history and ethnology of this ancient hub of religions and civilizations. He also adapted the tour to us specifically: We had no desire to float in the Dead Sea, so he showed us St. Gerassimus' Monastery instead. He skillfully worked around the tour groups (which tend to obstruct individual visitors because of their numbers), giving us a full and intimate experience of each site. We recommend Michael's Tours without hesitation!
      Written June 6, 2023
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    Expedition442087
    Fresno, CA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    We booked our tour based on other reviews of Michael Tours and the tour was well worth it. The communication was excellent between Michael and me and we ended up having the tour by his wife. She was excellent! I highly recommend this tour with this company.
    Written October 10, 2022
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    Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. I am always happy to hear how much people enjoy their time on my tours. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Written October 23, 2022
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    Jose W
    Brisbane, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    Our tour with Michael went at my pace, which was fairly slow as I was riding a hired mobility scooter. Regardless that parts of the tour had to be trimmed because of physical barriers, it was still an excellent tour that included the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds Field. We made our own way to the border by taxi, then crossed on foot and were met by Michael on the other side. We had a great day and would love to visit again and take an extended tour with Michael. Hopefully our chance will come.
    Written June 1, 2020
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    Thank you Joss for all your support and your wonderful review... I hope you are doing well. It was pleasure meeting you and Nick.
    Written August 2, 2020
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    Dream626416
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    This was the best tour we have ever had. Fadi was an outstanding guide in every way possible. He communicated exceptionally well and made us feel comfortable the whole time we were there. It was so interesting to see the sights: from the wall, Banksy art, "stars and bucks" coffee shop, to the place of the birth of Christ and places where the angels kept watch, it was all fascinating. We were immersed in the warmth and hospitality of the Palestinian people. My daughter left her phone in Fadi's car and he crossed the checkpoint to return it to us the next day. This is a can't miss tour and our guide was truly the best.
    Written February 19, 2020
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    Thanks for your trust and your wonderful review. I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with my colleague Fadi. Wish you all the best.
    Written August 2, 2020
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    Bob D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022
    We had a fantastic 1/2 day tour with Michael. Even though I have been to Bethlehem multiple times, I learned substantially more on this tour. My favorite part was how thoughtful and insightful. Michael was in his explanations/interpretations, whether that was around biblical, historical, or cultural matters. The excellent content of the tour was matched by Michael's warmth, graciousness, and care for our group of four. He went the "extra mile" for us in several ways.
    Written November 19, 2022
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    All the best for you and thanks for the nice words and I am glad you enjoyed my tour that much.
    Written January 9, 2023
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    1330ag
    Connecticut217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    This was our first stop on our first trip to Israel. We wanted to learn as much as we could and see everything with our own eyes. Michael was an excellent guide. He met us on time took us around in his car to see the Bansky's which I had seen before but never really knew about. Fascinating. We went to the wall and Bansky's hotel and had tea with a charming local man and the best Falafel ever. I highly recommend this tour.
    Written March 2, 2020
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    I am happy to hear your review and to know how much you enjoyed it. Thank you for your review and wish you all the best.
    Written August 2, 2020
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    Diane D
    Georgia.155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023
    So thankful to been able to work with Michael. He arranged for a van to pick us up in Tel Aviv and bring us to Bethlehem for his tour, which is not easily done, and then take us to our hotel in Jerusalem. Very special! Book with him. Excellent communication. Excellent guide.
    Written August 27, 2023
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    AnnD
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    Wow! This tour was phenomenal. Michael is a professional, friendly, knowledgeable guide. We loved learning from him and he planned the day perfectly so we never felt rushed and even the kids found the day fascinating. Drinking tea and chatting was perhaps our favorite part even though the visits to the sites exceeded our expectations. You will not regret booking with Michael.
    Written March 29, 2023
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    I'm glad to hear that you had a fantastic time on your tour. It's also great to hear that the day was well-planned and that even the kids found it fascinating. Thanks for sharing your positive experience, and I hope you have many more memorable experiences in the future!
    Written April 16, 2023
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    jeni s
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2018 • Family
    My daughter and I were visiting Bethlehem for the first time and booked the tour with Michael based on the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. From the very first contact with Michael he exceeded all expectations. He sent us clear directions about how to travel to Bethlehem from Jerusalem and contacted us on my mobile to confirm arrangements the day before. We arrived 15 minutes early at the border but Michael came straight away to meet us.
    The tour was fascinating. Michael has an impressive knowledge of history. We learnt so much about ancient history but also about more recent events. It was very thought provoking to hear the perspective of Palestine in the current situation although Michael's description was not political or uncomfortable. It was very emotional seeing the wall dividing Israel and Palestine and to realise that events are not always reported in our media without bias.
    Michael was also very knowledgeable about the architecture and art in the churches. It was fascinating to see the restoration processes that are taking place.
    Bethlehem was a very peaceful and friendly place. Everyone was welcoming and there was a great sense of community.
    It was great to be in a small group as we could ask Michael lots of questions. He was also able to access some of the busier sites much more quickly than the large groups. Michael was kind, gentle and generous with his time. We had been slightly anxious about going to Bethlehem based on concerns from family members (based on erroneous media reports) but we needn't have been. We felt completely safe and wouldn't hesitate to go again.
    This was a visit that will stay in our memories for a very long time.
    Thank you Michael for a wonderful day.
    Written October 28, 2018
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    Thanks for the wonderfull review. Much appreciated and you are always welcome.
    Written December 16, 2018
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    Ellen L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2018 • Couples
    While visiting family in Israel, my husband and I wanted to spend a few hours touring Bethlehem. We decided this at the very last minute and I was lucky to find Michael and that he was available.

    From the initial communication all the way through the end of the tour, Michael was professional and wonderful to work with. He gave us a private tour and we felt like locals walking through the attractions and the city. He is also very educated about the city and Israeli/Palestinian history as a whole. It was really amazing to speak with him about what it's like to live here.

    I would recommend Michael to any person, family, or small group who wants a private tour!
    Written March 30, 2018
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    Ellen, thanks for your visit and it I enjoyed talking to you both and sharing experiences. Whenever you wish to visit again please don't hesitate to contact me. You are always welcome.
    Written April 28, 2018
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    Jessica F
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    Michael is a true local and fantastic guide. We met him in Bethlehem and he took us to the Church of the Nativity, Saint Jerome's Courtyard and Caves, Saint Catherine Church, and the Church of Milk Grotto.
    His car was super clean and comfortable and had a couple bottles of water stocked for us (he pays attention to the details).
    His pace was perfect for us as we worked our way through the tour. There was a good mix of walking, resting, and talking that made this one of the more relaxing tours we took in Israel. Would definitely hire Michael as a guide again.
    Written July 19, 2023
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