Christmas in Bethlehem

And she brought forth her first­born Son, and wrap­ped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a man­ger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Lk 2,7)

Cele­brate the birth of Christ in the very place the bible tells us about and join Chris­ti­ans from all over the world for the Mid­night Mass on Decem­ber, 24th.

Note: This tour is offe­red every year for the respec­tive dates. The announ­ced times of the pro­ces­sion and mass pro­gramm may change. Please inquire for details and indi­vi­dua­li­zed iti­ne­ra­ries. We also have tour for Cop­tic Christ­mas in Egypt!

Day 1: 21st of Decem­ber
Arri­val Day

Upon arri­val and after com­ple­ting for­ma­li­ties (lug­gage, pas­sport con­trol and cust­oms) you will be met by your dri­ver and trans­fer­red to your hotel in the Old City of Jeru­sa­lem for din­ner & overnight.

Day 2: 22nd of Decem­ber
Jerusalem

After bre­ak­fast, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an intro­duc­tion. The day starts with a wal­king tour of the Old City of Jeru­sa­lem star­ting with the Palace of Anto­nia & the Roman Soldier’s Camp. Also, visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, walk along the Via Dolo­rosa, the Sta­ti­ons of the Cross and finish the tour at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Gol­go­tha Stone.

After­wards, pro­ceed to the Temple Mount area with the Wai­ling Wall and al-Aqsa Mos­que. Con­ti­nue to Mt. Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gali­cantu and head back to your hotel in Jeru­sa­lem for din­ner & overnight.

Day 3: 23rd of Decem­ber
Mt. of Oli­ves & Ein Kerem

After bre­ak­fast, board your coach to the Mt. of Oli­ves for a pan­o­ra­mic view of the Old City of Jeru­sa­lem. Visit the Churches of Ascen­sion and Pater Nos­ter (the Lord’s Prayer) and con­ti­nue wal­king down to the Gar­den and Church of Geth­se­mane with a stop on the way at the Church of Domi­nus Fle­vit. Con­ti­nue to visit Ein Karem the home of John the Bab­tist before reaching Beth­le­hem for din­ner and over­night at your hotel.

Day 4: 24th of Decem­ber
Pro­ces­sion and Mass program

  • 1.00 pm at the Tomb of Rachel: His Bea­ti­tude, the Latin Patri­arch of Jeru­sa­lem, Fouad Twal, is wel­co­med by, Latin Parish Priest of Beth­le­hem and rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves of Beth­le­hem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
  • 2.30 pm at the Man­ger Square: Solemn Entry of His Bea­ti­tude into the Basi­lica of the Nati­vity and St. Cathe­rine Church fol­lo­wed by Pon­ti­fi­cal Vespers.
  • 4.00 pm at St. Cathe­rine: Daily Pro­ces­sion to the Nati­vity Grotto.
  • 9.00 pm at St. Cathe­rine: The Church opens (Tickets required).
  • 11.15 pm at St. Cathe­rine: Solem "Office of Readings"

You may choose to par­ti­ci­pate only in the Mid­night Mass on this day, which gives you more time to visit the Churches of Nati­vity & St. Cathe­rine and the Shepherd’s Field. Return to your hotel in Beth­le­hem for din­ner. After Mid­night Mass return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 5: 25th of Decem­ber
Merry Christmas!

A free day in Beth­le­hem. A Christ­mas lunch or din­ner can be arran­ged for your group as per your wis­hes. Over­night in Bethlehem.

Day 6: 26th of Decem­ber
Jeri­cho & The Dead Sea

After bre­ak­fast visit the Old City of Jeri­cho and Elija’s Foun­tain. Also, visit the Mt. of Temp­ta­tion. Head on to the Dead Sea & Qum­ran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. On your return, drive to the Good Sama­ri­tan Inn and return to your hotel in Jeri­cho for din­ner and overnight.

Day 7: 27th of Decem­ber
Naza­reth and its Vicinity

An early morning start. After bre­ak­fast board your coach to Cana where Jesus per­for­med his first mira­cle, turning water into wine at Cana’s wed­ding. Then move on to Naza­reth to visit the Church of Annun­cia­tion, the Car­pen­try, Mary’s Well, the House of Joseph and the Syn­ago­gue. Optio­nal: Pay a visit to Mt. Tabor. Din­ner and over­night at your hotel in Nazareth.

Day 8: 28th of Decem­ber
Sea of Gali­lee & Tiberias:

After bre­ak­fast, enjoy a full day jour­ney on the foots­teps of Jesus: Start with a visit to the River Jor­dan, where Jesus was bap­ti­zed and con­ti­nue to Tab­gha, the site of the Loaves & Fish Mira­cle. Head on to Capernaum & the Mt. of Bea­ti­tu­des. After­wards, return to the hotel in Naza­reth for din­ner and overnight.

Day 9: 29th of Decem­ber
Naza­reth to Ben Gurion Airport

Trans­fer to Ben Gurion air­port for return flight back home or extensions.

Tour Details

Inclu­ding

All our tours are pri­vate tours inclu­ding pri­vate trans­por­ta­tion and pri­vate guiding.

  • Meet & Assist at Tel Aviv Airport.
  • 8 nights stay in men­tio­ned pla­ces in good middle class hotels or church guest­hou­ses (please tell us about your pre­fe­ren­ces), all over­night stays incl. breakfast.
  • All men­tio­ned sight­see­ing tours, inclu­ding trans­por­ta­tion by pri­vate modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehi­cles (accor­ding to group size).
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal gui­ding by a qua­li­fied & tourism-licensed guide, spi­ri­tual and faith ori­en­ted gui­ding available.
  • Extra time for pray­ers and medi­ta­tion throug­hout the tour.
  • Chan­ces to meet local con­gre­ga­ti­ons and attend local ser­vices (please let us know about your inte­rests at the time of booking).
  • Half board (bre­ak­fast + din­ner, excl. beverages).
  • Recom­men­ded gratuities.
  • Tra­vel Secu­rity Con­sul­ta­tion prior to and throug­hout your tour.
  • Spe­cial ser­vices for church groups and study groups.

Optio­nal

We pro­vide a num­ber of optio­nal ser­vices for pil­grims, such like spi­ri­tual gui­ding, ser­vices, or spi­ri­tual exer­ci­ses. Please inquire for details and pro­vide us with your interests.

Pri­ces

All pri­ces are inclu­sive of all men­tio­ned ser­vices and valid throug­hout the year except major holi­days during the high sea­son. Please inquire for details.

  • Pri­vate tour, 1 to 4 people: Please inquire for indi­vi­dual pricing.
  • Pri­vate tour, 5 to 9 people: 1575 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 10 to 17 people: 1285 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 18 to 26 people: 1175 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 27 to 36 people: 985 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 37 and more: Please inquire for indi­vi­dual pricing.

Cust­o­mize Your Tour

Please feel free to pro­vide us with your own ideas and pre­fe­ren­ces about your tour. Our tra­vel pro­fes­sio­nals will be happy to tailor your per­so­na­li­zed tour exactly as you want it to be!

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