Jerusalem and Bethlehem Walking Tours & Sightseeing Drive
- Church of the Nativity: Built in the first half of the 4th century, the church is said to stand over the cave where Jesus was born, and includes trapdoors revealing some of the original floor mosaics.
- The Grotto: Accessible via a stairway near the church altar, this rectangular cave features a 14-pointed silver star set into the marble floor indicating the spot of Jesus' birth.
- Via Dolorosa: Follow the route that Jesus traveled while carrying his cross on the way to his crucifixion, culminating in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Calvary Hill.
- Western Wall: One of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Wall is all that remains of the Second Temple, and is a shrine where Jews from all over the world come to pray.
- View from the top: Your guide will take you to the top of one of Jerusalem's hills, where you'll have spectacular views of the Mount of Olives and the surrounding countryside.
About this Ashdod Tour
The Church of the Nativity has been called holy, special, divine, blessed, humbling, inspiring, stirring, and joyous. But the more you learn about this holy site, the more another word comes to mind: fortunate.
Since it was dedicated on May 31, 339, the Church of the Nativity has faced obliteration on more than a few occasions. It has survived fires, earthquakes, religious wars, apathy, even looting. (Much of the church's marble was taken by the Ottomans to be used at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.)
But the church's most intriguing twist of fate came in the year 614, when the Persians were expanding their kingdom and leaving rubble in their wake. That year, they conquered Jerusalem, destroying the city, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. But a curious thing took place in Bethlehem.
The Gospel of Matthew includes the story of the Magi: the Three Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem from the east and brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newly born Jesus.
According to legend, the Magi were gloriously represented on the walls of the Church of the Nativity in what the conquering general saw as Persian clothing, and was so moved that he ordered the church spared.
Today, the mosaics on the walls and columns of the church are faded and barely visible. But if you believe the legend, the faded Wise Men sacrificed themselves to preserve this sacred place in all its glory.
No room for pride
The Church of the Nativity is entered by the Door of Humility, a small rectangular entrance created during Ottoman times with two purposes in mind. The first was to impede looters from carting out priceless religious treasures. The second was to force even the most important visitor to "get off his high horse" before entering.
On a cruise ship? Meet your guide on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Inside the gates of the Old City the stone paths/steps have been polished after centuries of foot traffic. Rubber soled shoes are the suggested to avoid a slip or fall. Lunch is on your own. Bring local currency for any meal or beverage purchases.
You will be walking for about a mile and getting on and off the coach. Some paths are up inclines and over cobblestones. If you have troubles walking you may find this tour is too challenging. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
46-seat Air-conditioned Motorcoach
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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