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Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv

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With a local guide in the lead and coach transport provided from Old City Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you’re all set to explore Bethlehem. Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherds’ Field Chapel are among the many highlights on this half-day sightseeing itinerary. A walking tour is included.
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teddy1014 wrote a review Yesterday
Brooklyn, New York86 contributions28 helpful votes
Both the church and the tomb gets very crowded in mid-day, making it impossible to appreciate its history. Best to arrive early in the morning, as early as 5am on some days. The church is controlled by different Christian sects, and each part is decorated very differently. As a result, you can really spend 2-3 hours here, even though the square footage of the church itself is quite small.
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Date of experience: January 2020
worldnomad_01 wrote a review Jul 2020
Los Angeles, California854 contributions781 helpful votes
We stopped by the church three times, but continued our visit of the old city as the crowds were huge and the yard in front of the church was full of tourists waiting for the chance to visit it. It was in mid afternoon that we stopped again, this time the crowed seemed manageable and we got in. The place was still full of tourists, talking loud, waiting to kiss the stone Christ's body was supposed to have been laid on, or to squeeze into the small area believed to be His tomb. Under less crowded circumstances the church would be a much more interesting place to visit but, its architectural/aesthetic features are far exceeded by its religious importance to all Christians. It's one of those places that you would not like to miss when visiting Jerusalem for the first time. On our way out, somewhere in a small chapel, with no tourists in attendance (!), a group of Ethiopian monks were chanting and singing, and the tone of their songs, the dark tall walls around and the awareness that you are in what is perhaps the most important Christian church, a kind of take you somewhere, out of this world ...
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Date of experience: November 2019
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brit933 wrote a review Jun 2020
Solbjerg, Denmark194 contributions75 helpful votes
I must admit I had mixed feelings. On one hand, it was awesome to know that this was where Christ was buried. On the other hand, it was difficult to connect the very ornated grave church with a grave in a cave
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Date of experience: March 2020
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BillPNo1 wrote a review May 2020
Friendswood, Texas687 contributions145 helpful votes
Christ's Tomb is probably the most sacred and inspirational shrine in all of the world. Certainly it is the most important and holy place in Jerusalem. Even despite the sometimes very crowded conditions, Christ's Tomb cannot help but cause each Pilgrim to have an inspirational and reverential thoughts and frame of mind during a Pilgrimage visit. This is a must-see place; but let's face it, Christ's Tomb is the reason why you came to Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the first place. Do not forget to see the location of Christ's Crucifixion and the site and stone upon which His lifeless Body was laid after the Crucifixion.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ECLadines wrote a review Apr 2020
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions223 helpful votes
This is the longest queue in Holy Land pilgrimage, so you must be early or you miss the rest of your itinerary for the day. This Edicule of 'little house' is a living worship with daily fervent rounds of incensing and procession. Like in the Church of the Nativity, a very low doorway (as in approaching God in humility) leads you to the tomb chamber. Inside were 2 rooms, the Angel's Stone and the Tomb itself. Before you could even say a little prayer (no photos allowed inside), you'll be instructed to immediately leave - no worries for the sake of everybody behind.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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