Haifa (Tel Aviv), Israel
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Approximately 10¾ Hours
Head to Jerusalem to explore the magnificent Golden City, beginning with a view over the Old Town from atop the Mount of Olives. You’ll pause in the Valley of Kidron to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with a walk through the Garden of Gethsemane. It was here among the olive trees that Jesus spent the last moments praying before his arrest. In keeping with this tradition, early Christians held gatherings here long before a church was built in AD 380.
Re-board your coach and drive to your lunch venue.
After lunch, you’ll drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is not at odds with the story of the manger.
Return to Haifa and your ship at the end of an interesting and informative day.
Travel time to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way. This tour will not visit the Old City; you will only step inside the Dung Gate to view the Wailing Wall. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. This tour may also begin Bethlehem and visit Jerusalem after lunch.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.