Journey to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and see the birthplace of Jesus. A scenic drive takes you to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Considered to be the oldest, continuously operating Christian church in the world, the Church of the Nativity was originally commissioned in 327 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. It was built to commemorate the cave that is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Your guide will lead you through this world-renowned church and explain the history behind it. The highlight of your tour though is a visit to the holy site, the ‘Grotto of the Nativity'. Narrow stairs take you to underground cave under the church, which according to tradition enshrines the birthplace of Jesus. The very spot is marked by a 14-point silver star set into the marble floor. Your return journey takes you via Armon Hanatziv, which overlooks Jerusalem and provides a wonderful photo opportunity.
The church can be crowded. There are about 20 narrow steps to access the Grotto. The queue to enter the Grotto may involve standing for a long period of time. If the queues are too long, the visit to the Grotto may be suspended. Your guide for the Jerusalem part of the tour is not permitted to accompany you through to Bethlehem. Therefore, your new guide will meet you once you pass through the border. Due to the Jewish celebration of Passover, you’ll find tourist attractions and traffic in and around Jerusalem busier than normal on the 14th and 15th April.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.