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Half Day Private Tour in Bethlehem: Visit the birthplace of Jesus and Shepherd's Field

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    Stop At: Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, Bethlehem 90907 Palestinian Territories

    Meet at 300 checkpoint and drive through the old city of Bethlehem through the old entrance of the city towards Manger Square and the Nativity Church. Visit the Nativity Church that was built by Justinian in 530 AD, and you will enter the Byzantine basilica through the main entrance, also known as 'The Door of Humility' and see the original floor of the first church of Constantine from 326 AD. You will take the steps to get down to the grotto, the spot where Jesus was born from Virgin Mary. Then you will continue to Saint Catherine Church and visit Saint Jerome’s Caves to see the place where he translated the bible in the fifth century.
    Walk to the Church of Milk Grotto. It is believed that while Virgin Mary was feeding baby Jesus, a drop of milk hit the ground and turned all of the stones white. You will then take a taxi to Beit Sahour. This is a historic town, whose name means 'Place of the Night Watch', in reference to the Shepherds who keep watch over their flock by night. In the past, the Canaanites inhabited its numerous caves, and today it is the home of many churches and convents. Churches now mark the sites of Shepherds Field, the Field of Ruth, and the Well of the Lady. After the tour, you will be drive back to 300 checkpoint for departure.

    Duration: 4 hours
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    Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

    An absolute must. We did the day tour in Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Michael was very responsive since the day we booked the tour online. Very likeable, energetic, well-organized, well-connected and knowledgeable. Highly recommended for anyone interested in having a glimpse of how life in the...More

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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

    Thanks Rebeccah for the nice review, you are always welcome again.

    Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

    Michael was an excellent guide. We visited Bethlehem for half a day, and wanted to see some of the historical and religious sites, but also to see life on the other side of the wall and to hear about it from a Palestinian perspective. Michael...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

    Thanks Robert for the nice review and the recommendation. Glad to hear from you. All the best

    Reviewed March 26, 2019

    I was allowed to go with guide Michael for a whole day. First to a Greek Orthodox Monastery from the 5th century. Where only men are allowed inside. Very beautiful was the chapel where the founder and saint Abas the Great is laid out. Which...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Willy J
    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

    My friend Willy, thanks for this beautiful review. You are always welcome here :)

    Reviewed October 27, 2018

    My daughter and I were visiting Bethlehem for the first time and booked the tour with Michael based on the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. From the very first contact with Michael he exceeded all expectations. He sent us clear directions about how to travel to...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2018

    Thanks for the wonderfull review. Much appreciated and you are always welcome.

    Reviewed September 28, 2018

    Our half day tour which was customized to exactly what we wanted to see and do exceeded our expectations. He was kind, thoughtful, patient, extremely knowledgeable and spoke English fluently. He helped us to know more than the ancient history of the area and was...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Tours by Michael Jackaman, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2018

    Thanks for your review. I am happy you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you once again.

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