Bethlehem Private Tour plus City of David Group Tour
- Ride the express train along Highway 1 and pass the morning traffic jam
- Private Tour of Bethlehem the Birthplace of Jesus
- Visit the Church of Nativity
- Stoll through Manger Square
- The Gihon Spring, giving life to Jerusalem and fiercely protected
- Silwan Necropolis, holding the Tomb oft he Pharaoh’s Daughter and the Tomb of the Royal Steward
- Hezekiah’s Tunnel carved out underneath the City of David
Mysterious references in the Old Testament uncovered
For centuries, historians could not understand King David’s mysterious reference in the Old Testament to Jerusalem being captured. However, in the past 150 years, intense research has been focused on the underground tunnels visited on this tour, and historians now believe it’s here, in the part of the tunnels known as Warren’s Shaft, that David’s capture of Jerusalem took place. As these historic waterways provided water from the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s only water supply, the tunnels were fiercely protected.
Some of Israel’s most important ancient sites
On this three-hour tour, you’ll discover some of Jerusalem’s most important ancient sites, such as the Silwan Necropolis, holding the tomb of the Pharaoh’s daughter, Jerusalem’s early water system, and also its first palace; we ask, did King David himself live here?
Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Jerusalem
The IsraelRail Rav Kav Card is valid for local buses, trains and the Light Rail in Jerusalem
Bethlehem Private Tour
4-hour tour of Bethlehem with your local private tour guide
Guided Group Tour
City of David 3-hour guided group tour
Map of Jerusalem
Meet a local IsraelRail representative at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana train station in order to receive your travel itinerary packet
Lunch – if you would like to have lunch in Bethlehem, speak with your guide or if you prefer to eat in Jerusalem, there will be enough time before your City of David tour. There are many restaurants near the Jaffa Gate and Mamilla Mall.
For Bethlehem – Take the train from the Hahagana train station and meet your private driver at the Jerusalem Gold Hotel. (3-minute walk for the train station)
For City of David – Aim to arrive at Jaffa Gate at 13:50 PM. Your Sandemans tour guide will be holding a red umbrella and the tour will begin at 14:00 PM.
The tour finishes within a 10 minutes walk from the Jaffa Gate at the Dung gate.
Meet a local representative of IsraelRail and collect your travel itinerary packet which includes your itinerary, the IsraelRail card and a map
Arrive at the Jerusalem Itzhak Navon station after a short 34 minute ride. Exit the station and walk to the Jerusalem Gold Hotel.
Meet your private taxi driver in front of the Jerusalem Gold Hotel. (3-minute walk for the train station)
Visit the Church of Nativity, Manger Square, the Milk Grotto and more! Your Private Bethlehem Tour lasts for 4 hours and can be customized to your interests.
After Bethlehem, your driver will bring you within a 10 minute walk to the Jaffa gate. Here you will meet your Sandemans tour guide – who will be holding a red umbrella, at 14:00 PM. Your Jerusalem City of David Tour lasts for 3 hours
The Gihon Spring
Jerusalem’s first palace
The Canaanite period and water system
After the guided tour feel free to discover more of the Old City or other parts of Jerusalem
The last train leaves from Jerusalem Itzhak Navon Station at 21:30. We recommend leaving arriving 20 minutes early, not to miss the last train!
Arriving back in Tel-Aviv you can exit any station
We suggest taking the 08:01 AM train arriving in Jerusalem Itzhak Navon train station at about 08:55 AM
Exit the train station and meet your private driver at the Jerusalem Gold Hotel at 9:00 AM. (3-minute walk for the train station)
If you prefer you can also take an earlier train, starting from 06:01 AM. Trains leave the Hahagana train station every 30 minutes. Check the updated train schedule here!
What to Bring
Please bring your Passport with you! You will need your passport to enter Bethlehem.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a hat to protect against the sun & drink lots of water in the summer months. When visiting holy sites you will be asked to cover your shoulders and knees.
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours advance of travel date will incur a fee of $10 USD for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 hours advance of departure – the trip is non-refundable!
Unfortunately, these tours are not wheelchair accessible.
Train Station Security Checks
Entry to all train stations is subject to a personal baggage check.
Every station entrance is manned by security guards who operate in accordance with Israel Police guidelines and are committed to upholding your dignity and safety during the security check.
Please be aware that lines may develop at the security check stations during peak hours in the morning and afternoon/evening (6:00am-9:00am and 15:00-19:00), so it is important that you arrive sometime prior to your train’s departure.
In cooperation with:
Israel Railways and SANDEMANs NEW Europe