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Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium

Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium

By Michael Tours
per group (up to 4)
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-120
Duration: 7–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
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  • Local guide driver
  • Private tour
  • Pickup from Checkpoint 300 or your hotel if in Bethlehem only
  • Drop-off at Checkpoint 300 or your hotel if in Bethlehem only
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transfer from your location to meeting point on arrival
  • Transfer from meeting point to your hotel by the end of the tour
  • National Park fees

Departure details
  • Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, Jerusalem Take bus 234 from Damascus Gate in Jerusalem to the last stop Bethlehem 300 Checkpoint, once you get off the bus, follow everything to cross to Bethlehem side where your guide will be waiting to meet you once you cross.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8676P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.

How much is Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium?
Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium price starts from $500.00. Discover and book Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium cancellation policy?
Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium?
Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium is hosted by Michael Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Michael Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium?
On average, this experience will take approximately 7h. Discover and book Private Tour: Old City of Bethlehem and Herodium on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8676P8

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Michael Tours
Palestinian Territories
Joined in May 2016

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    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!!
  • Curiosity59143954792
    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!
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    Michael's Tour was awesome!
    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.
  • Mark71111
    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!
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    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!
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    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
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    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.
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    Micheal was amazing his knowledge was fantastic his manner kind and generous the experience was truly incredibly unforgettable.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • oldbeauh
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Anya V
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Mar 2023 • Friends
To simply say I’d book with Michael again and again. Michael went above and beyond to make sure we have the best experience. He is very knowledgeable and his love for his country real shines through when he talks about it which is very beautiful.

Where ever we went we were welcomed warmly and did not have to queue which helped us to save a lot of time and Michael even managed to take us to one more place that was not in our schedule but he knew we wanted to see it.

Michael was very caring and made our tour truly the one to remember forever.
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Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience. I'm thrilled to hear that I went above and beyond to ensure that you had the best experience possible.
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