Christmas in the Holy Land Tour
Tour duration: 1 evening to Midnight Mass
Tour operates: Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve tour to Jerusalem & Midnight Mass in Bethlehem.Itinerary
After picking-up from hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, stop at Mount of Scopus for a magnificent and breathtaking view of the Old and New cities illuminated. Drive through the New City passing by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament house and the Israel museum. Enter Old City through Jaffa Gate and the local bazaar for brief visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. At around 8:00 pm, proceed to the city of Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. After a short stop in a souvenir store for tea, coffee and shopping, continue to the Shepherds' field. Walk through Manger's square enjoying the Christmas decorations illuminating the city’s main square and the remarkable Church of the Nativity. Stop at a local restaurant specially decorated for the holidays and enjoy a festive Christmas dinner (wine & soft drinks included); watch the Midnight Mass broadcasted live on TV; if mass is broadcasted on screens at Manger Square (subject to Palestinian authority’s approval) proceed to Manger Square. After Mass return to the meeting point with our representative and drive back to Jerusalem, Herzliya and Tel Aviv hotels.
- Pick up from Tel-Aviv Hotels (Grand Beach, Renaissance, Metropolitan, Royal Beach, David Intercontinental) is approximately at 2:00 pm
- Pick up from Jerusalem Hotels (Jerusalem Gold, Grand Court, King David, Mount Zion, Dan Panorama, Dan jerusalem) is approximately at 3:30 pm
- We recommend comfortable walking shoes & warm clothes.
- As per any travel destination-never leave your valuable belongings unattended in tour vehicles or during your tour.
- Modest dress attire (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) for holy places – head covering is required, hats for men and shoulder covering for women.
- Tour for Bethlehem portion passport are required.
Per person from Jerusalem.
Per person from Tel Aviv.
Prices advertised are land package prices and are per person in U.S. dollars and inclusive of taxes.Included
1. Meet & assistance at your hotel for pick-up
2. Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach bus/van.
3. Professional government certified English speaking Tour Guide.
4. Entrance fees as per Christmas Tour itinerary.
5. One day sightseeing as per program.
6. No added fees for credit card payment.
- Jerusalem the city chosen by God. As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, Jerusalem is is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ's tomb.
- Mount Scopus Jerusalem, is a city built on seven hills, and the most impressive of these, commanding the impressive view of the Old City is Mount Scopus.
- Knesset, (Saturday only) Israel’s government parliament building, and see the Menorah with the biblical emblems.
- The Old City of Jerusalem a UNESCO World Heritage site is the part of Jerusalem surrounded by the impressive 16th century Ottoman city walls and representing the heart of the city both historically and spiritually. In a city already divided, the Old City is further divided culturally and historically into four Quarters: the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Christian Quarter.
- Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matthew 27, Matthew 33:57, Matthew 28:10) where you'll find the last Station 14 of the cross, and where pilgrims celebrate and mark the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
- Bethlehem where Joseph traveled there (Luke 2:1-7) with Mary whom was pregnant, and where Jesus was born (Matthew 2:1-5).
- Shepherds' field - traditionally believed to be the area of the fields of the shepherds. Several churches have been built to commemorate this event. Today you'll find local shepherds still tending their flocks as they did during the days of Jesus birth.
- Manger's square is an important city square in the center of Bethlehem. It takes its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born which, the Church of the Nativity, which surrounds the square.
- Church of Nativity a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the Grotto, that the Church of the Nativity sits atop, is today associated with the cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is said to have occurred (Matthew 2:1-5).
Not included services in our tour rates:
1. Tips to guide/driver and hotel/restaurant staff.
2. Personal extras or meals not mentioned above.