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Star of Bethlehem: Nativity, Secret Gardens and Solomon’s Pools

280 NIS
Per person
280 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:7:00

Completion Time: 19:00

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Trip Type:Urban


Join Finjan for a unique excursion into the heart of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus and a city full of secrets beyond what the eye can see. More than just the city of Nativity, Bethlehem is a bustling, historical center that has played a major role shaping civilization throughout the ages in this region.

* Israelis and holder’s of Israeli citizenship (dual citizens included) are permitted to join the excursion after submitting to Finjan the necessary paperwork that we will send you. Contact us immediately upon registering for the trip so we can send you everything required for special permission that Finjan is coordinating with the local, administrative authorities. 

Final permits will be issued 24-72 hours prior tot he trip – only then will the trip be guaranteed for those holding Israeli citizenship

Please note this is located in Area A of the Palestinian Authority. All security is in accordance with local law of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Civil Administration. 

The trip will include visits to the classic, historical sites in Bethlehem but will also give a special look at what has made the city a cultural crossroads today while finding a way to preserve its unique place across antiquity and the ancient world. Our outing will be guided Dr. Moish Maoz, one of Israel’s foremost experts on Christendom and the development of Christianity today and the many different Christian groups inhabiting this small space that means so much to so many across the world.

Our itinerary includes the following sites of interest:

  • Checkpoint 300 into Bethlehem
  • Look at the ‘Security/Separation Wall’, local graffiti and the Banksy Hotel (from the outside)
  • In depth tour of the Church of Nativity – beyond the classic tourist path
  • Bethlehem’s primary souq (market)
  • Milk Grotto (dependent on crowds)
  • Beit Sahour and Shepherd’s Field (Orthodox and Catholic)
  • Beit Jala and lookout point
  • Monastery of Our Lady of the Locked Garden in the village of Artas
  • Solomon’s Pools


Whats Included

Full transport with pickup points en route

Paperwork and logistic for Israeli passport holders (Civil Administrative Authority)

Israeli tour guide

Expert guide on Christianity and Bethlehem

All entrance fees to local sites

Whats Not Included

Personal traveler’s insurance (make sure you are covered according to your personal insurance plan)

  • Check to see if your insurance covers Area A of the Palestinian Authority.

Food for the day



Anything not listed above

Whats Not Included

Personal traveler’s insurance (make sure you are covered according to your personal insurance plan)

  • Check to see if your insurance covers Area A of the Palestinian Authority.

Food for the day



Anything not listed above


Departure from Tel Aviv Central Train Station (Savidor) – 07:00

Pickup at Ramla South Junction (431/40) – 07:20 eastbound down ramp

Breakfast stop en route

Pickup at Jerusalem Convention Center  – 08:30 (after breakfast)

Return to Tel Aviv with drop off points en route

What To Bring

Food for the day


Cash for lunch (optional)



Good vibes

Terms And Conditions

  • Finjan is not responsible for the personal safety of its travellers
  • Finjan does not provide insurance to its travellers
  • All participants are responsible for their own health and safety
  • All participants must have ID cards or passports with them (foreigners are required to have passports)
  • This trip is in Area A of the Palestinian Authority/Palestinian Territories and is coordinated with the IDF and Civil Administration. All participants are responsible for themselves according to the laws within this realm


*** Included in the price of the ticket is a non-refundable deposit  fee. This fee is 50 NIS

*** Full refund including deposit fee will be issued upon request no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled start time.

*** Partial refunds will be issued no later than 3 days prior to the trip (50 NIS fee not refunded)

*** No refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the scheduled trip

*** Should a participant request a refund within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, a full refund can be specially issued if that ticket will be purchased by another participant or someone on the Finjan waiting list.

*** Full refund will be issued should the trip be cancelled or postponed for any reason at the discretion of the trek leader(s).

*** The trek leader(s) have full discretion in not allowing a participant to fulfil the trek based on certain health considerations and or lack of proper footwear/water.

*** Price includes two fully licensed guides and outdoor specialists, transportation to and from Tel Aviv ***

Departure time is at 07:00 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 19:00. The bus will leave promptly and on time!

This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community.