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1 The church of Nativity The Church is in the center of the modern city of Bethlehem and is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The Nativity complex is built over the birthplace of Jesus.
2The church of the Milk Grottoy The holy family hid at this site during the slaughter of the innocents and Mary let a drop of her milk fall, which turned the rock from red into white according to local tradition.
3 Old City
The old city is embossed by wonderful rehabilitated narrow streets containing markets, workshops, souvenir shops, exhibitions and museums.
4Solomon’s Pools and Artas
Local tradition attributes the three great pools to King Solomon, while they actually date
back to the Herodian era. The pools supplied water to the cities of Bethlehem and
Jerusalem as well as for Herod`s fortress and palaces down the valley.
5Shepherds Fields
Is believed to be the place where the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, and the shepherds hared the Angels sing.
 

Church of Nativity, Milk Grotto, Old City of Bethlehem, Solomon Pools, Artas, Shepherds Fields.

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1 Mar Saba Monastery
The Monastery was founded by St. Saba of Cappadocia in the 5th century. It is a complex with 110 rooms and living quarters for the monks. The monastery used to have around 5000 monks, but today it is tended by only a few. Only men are permitted to visit the monastery.
Woman and even female animals are forbidden to enter. Woman can however have a look at the monastery from a special tower to the south of the building.
2 The Fraidees Mountain - Herodion
Herodion is a unique archeological site and one of the greatest architectural achievements of king Herod. It was used at a summer palace and a shelter in times of danger and as a regional capital and a burial place for Herod the Great.
3 Shepherds Fields
This is the place where the angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the birth of
Jesus, and where the shepherds hared the Angels sing. The Franciscan Church of the Angels is built over a cave in which the shepherds are supposed to have lived.

Mar Saba Monastery, The Fraidees Mountain- Herodion, Shepherds Fields.

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1 Hiking part: tour starts at Solomon’s Pools and end in Artas (2,5 hours)
Highlights on the Way:

-Soloman’s Pools, Mourad’s Castle, Artas Village and its monastery.
- Solomon’s Pools
Local traditions attributes the three great pools to King Solomon.The pools however date to the first century B.C. They supplied water to the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem as well as for Herod`s fortress and palace at Herodion.
- Mourad’s Castle
On the opposite of the pools are the remains of the Ottoman fortress Qal’ at al-Burak (Castle of the Pools). It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Murad in the 17th century to defend this important water source.
- Artas Village and its Monastery
The convent and church of the Sisters of Notre Dame du Jardin are in the picturesque village of Artas.
2Church of Saint Georg – al-Khader Church
This beautiful small church is a popular center for pilgrimage.
3 Mar Theodosius - (Dair Ibn U’baid)
Theodosius was a monk form Cappadocia who was staying in Jerusalem when he was
divinely directed t seek out a café where the three Wise Men from the east had rested
after paying homage to Jesus in Bethlehem. Inside the Monastery there are still remains
of the earlier church and the cave of the monastery.
 

Hiking Tour from Solomon’s Pool to Artas, Visit of al-Khaddar Church and the Monastery of Mar Theodosius.

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One Day Tour: Bethlehem and Jericho (1)

TimeActivities
9:00 – 10:00Tour Church of Nativity
The Church is in the center of the modern city of Bethlehem and is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The Nativity complex is built over the birthplace of Jesus.
10:00 – 11:00Bethlehem Old City
The old city is embossed by wonderful rehabilitated narrow streets containing markets, workshops, souvenir shops, exhibitions and museums.
11:00 – 12:00 Visit Thalita Qumi School in Beit Jala.
12:00 – 13:00Drive to Jericho with brief stops at the Good Samaritan Inn, Sea Level, Wadi Quilt and Saint George's Monastery.
13:00 – 14:00Jericho City Center (Light Lunch)
The city center is dominated by the main square, which has its own special charm, surrounded by all kinds of shops and restaurants. Highlights: City Hall, vegetable market.
14:00 – 14:15Tree of Zachaeus
The large sycamore tree is the site of Zachaeus the tax collector's encounter with Jesus Christ.
14:15 – 15:00Tel Jericho & Ain al-Sultan Spring (Elisha's Well)
This site dates back to 9000 B.C. and in it Jericho’s ancient history is visible through the famous Jericho tower and mud brick city walls.
15:00 – 16:00Mount and Monastery of Temptation & Sugar Mills
This is where Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting and meditating, managing to resist as Satan sought to tempt him. The Jericho mills were built by the Crusaders to expand sugar production in the region for export to Europe.
16:00 – 17:00Hisham Palace & Jericho's Mosaic School within the Palace.
The desert palace of the great Umayad caliph Hisham Bin Abd Al-Malik, who favored desert life to that of his capital Damascus. The mosaic of the tree of life is probably fineisedt and the most beautiful of its kind in the country, if not the world.
17:00 – 18:00Drive back.
19:00 – 21:00Dinner.
 

Church of Nativity,  Bethlehem Old City, Thalita Qumi School. Drive to Jericho, the Good Samaritan Inn, Sea Level, Wadi Quilt, Saint Georges Monastery, Jericho City Center, Tree of Zachaeus , Tel Jericho,  Ain al-Sultan Spring , Mount and Monastery of Temptation Sugar Mills, Hisham Palace.

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One Day Tour: Bethlehem and Jericho (2)

TimeActivity
9:00-10:00Tour Church of Nativity
The Church is in the center of the modern city of Bethlehem and is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The Nativity complex is built over the birthplace of Jesus.
10:00-11:00Bethlehem Old City
The old city is embossed by wonderful rehabilitated narrow streets containing markets, workshops, souvenir shops, exhibitions and museums.
11:00-12:00Visit Thalita Qumi School in Beit Jala. Or Shepherd's Fields in Beit Sahur.
12:00-13:00Drive to Jericho with brief stops at the Good Samaritan Inn, Sea Level, Wadi Quilt and Saint George and Saint George's Monastery.
13:00-14:00Jericho City Center Light Lunch)
The city center is dominated by the main square, which has its own special charm, surrounded by all kinds of shops and restaurants. Highlights: City Hall, vegetable market.
14:00-14:15Tree of Zachaeus
The large sycamore tree is the site of Zachaeus the tax collector's encounter with Jesus Christ.
14:15- 15:00This site dates back to 9000 B.C. and in it Jericho’s ancient history is visible through the famous Jericho tower and mud brick city walls.
15:00-16:00This is where Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting and meditating, managing to resist as Satan sought to tempt him. The Jericho mills were built by the Crusaders to expand sugar production in the region for export to Europe.
16:00-17:00Drive back to Jerusalem.
 

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem Old City, Thalita Qumi School, Shepherd's Fields. Drive to Jericho, Good Samaritan Inn, Sea Level, Wadi Quilt and Saint George's Monastery. Jericho City Center , Tree of Zachaeus, Tel Jericho, Ain al-Sultan Spring, Mount and Monastery of Temptation, Sugar Mills.

 

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