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Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea

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What to Expect
Greet your private guide-driver at 8am at your Bethlehem hotel or the Bethlehem side of Checkpoint 300 if coming from Jerusalem: Checkpoint 300 is about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate by bus.

Start at the famous Church of the Nativity,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's built on the spot where many believe Jesus was born: it's the world's oldest church in regular daily use. You'll also visit the Cave of St. Jerome, below the church, where many believe he translated the bible. You'll visit the Church of St. Catherine and the Milk Grotto shrine, then to Beit Sahour, considered the city of the shepherds. Visit the Shepherd's Field, where the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them about Jesus' birth.

Relax in air-conditioned comfort as you drive towards Jordan River. Along the way, you'll pass by various religious sites: St. Theodosius' Monastery, where some believe the wise men hid from Herod the Great after they visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, and al-Eizariya, which many believe to be Lazarus' Bethany village.

Visit Qasr el Yahud, the baptismal site in Jordan River and a chance to renew your baptism if you wish. After that continue to Dead Sea where you will get the chance to float in the lowest and saltiest sea in the world. Dead Sea is full of minerals and its mud is very good for the skin.

Drive back either to Checkpoint 300 or your Bethlehem hotel, where your tour will finish at 4pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Checkpoint 300/Bethlehem Road, West Bank, Jerusalem
  • Driver/guide
  • Private tour
  • Pickup from Checkpoint 300 or Bethlehem hotel
  • Drop-off at Checkpoint 300 or Bethlehem hotel
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Walking is involved
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Another fantastic tour with Michael. This time I took my family to Israel and introduced Michael to them. They all appreciated him, all they can say about Michael is...he is really good, really honest, and really cares about his clients. Not only does he know what he does, he
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea
Responded 11 Nov 2019
Thanks a lot my friend. We will meet again and I am happy to hear your nice feedback. Greetings to all
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Admittedly, my knowledge of the Palestinian territories was limited prior to arriving in Jerusalem - that changed after our day tour with Michael. His breadth of knowledge and passion about distant and recent history, from the ancient history of Jericho to the current cultural
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea
Responded 2 Sep 2019
Thanks Janna for choosing my tour and I am happy to hear that you all enjoyed it. Any time you are back, you are always welcome. Greetings to all.
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We had an excellent day with Michael not only seeing the important heritage sites on the trip but learning much more about the “Wall”, the ongoing conflict with Israeli governance in the West Bank, meeting local people and getting a glimpse behind the scenes in Palestine. Thank
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea
Responded 2 Sep 2019
Glad to hear from you Keith. Glad you enjoyed my tour and hope to see you again.
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We enjoyed an excellent tour with Michael. The whole family were kept entertained by Michael who was well informed, flexible and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. We left feeling we had a great insight into the region. A really marvellous tour.
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea
Responded 25 Jul 2019
Thanks Justine for your review. Glad to know how much you enjoyed the day. Hope to see you again.
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My father and I had an all day private tour with Michael on May 11th and it was one of the highlights of our trip to the region! Michael is a fantastic and knowledgeable guide who not only showed us the sites but gave us a great historical, geographical, and political
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Response from michaeljackaman, Owner at Private Day Tour: Bethlehem, Jordan River and Dead Sea
Responded 23 May 2019
Thanks John for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and it was nice meeting you and your father.
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By: Private Tours by Michael Jackaman
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This was the best tour we have ever had. Fadi was an outstanding guide in every way possible. He communicated
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The Best Holiday
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Life Changing - MUST DO
This is a MUST DO tour for anyone traveling to Israel and please do NOT be intimidated by the headlines (I’m
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Excellent Tour and Guide
Michael is great and we had a wonderful time seeing the sights we wanted to see and more. I am usually a bit wary
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Toulouse, France
Excellent private tour
Excellent private tour with an exceptional guide. The program was easily adapted to suit our wishes. Michael is a
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Singapore, Singapore
Most authentic tour of Bethlehem you could ever have
As a local-born Palestinian Christian Michael is the best candidate for a private guide for Bethlehem and he is
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Porto, Portugal
Amazing sites and excellent information!
Michael met us at the Palestinian gate with a big smile and it lasted until the end of the tour. We are a family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
The best guide to Bethlehem (you don't have to look at any other guides)
Headline: if you are organizing an "independent" tour to Bethlehem (between 1 to 6 people), Michael is your guide.
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Meilen, Switzerland
Very good tour
Michael did a very good tour with us and explained a lot about the culture and history of Palestine. He is very
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