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BATTIR HALF DAY HIKING TOUR (Every Monday)

$105.00 per person

When: Every Monday

Time: 9:00 am

Duration: Approximately 4.5 -5 hours        

Language: English (other languages available for private tours)

Starting Point: In front of Bank of Jordan at Bab Zukak Junction in Bethlehem

Location: Last bus stop for bus 231 from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

 

Product Description

BATTIR HALF DAY HIKING TOUR

Located around 6 km west of Bethlehem, in 2014, Battir became Palestine’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its tiered farm lands, stone-walled terraces that date back to the Roman era and a unique natural irrigation network that continues to distribute water from underground sources to the families of the village.

The hike will take you across one of Palestine’s natural treasures as you hike from the Makhrour Valley to the village of Battir.

Tour highlights:

Al Makhrour Valley with its amazing landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

Byzantine/Roman age tombs carved into the rocks of Wadi Maghrour.

Battir Spring – a source of fresh drinking water.

Ottoman oven for preparing stone for building.

The Ottoman railway line connecting Jerusalem to Jafa. Built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdel Hamid connecting Palestine and Saudi Arabic, today it is located on the Israeli side of the Green line.

Court of the Seven Widows, a historic buildings in the village’s center.

Battir ecomuseum housed in a small, 200-square-foot building offer visitors with detailed information on the surrounding area.

Plenty of crops as Battir is famous for its eggplants  The village is celebrating a Eggplant Festival in October.

Do you prefer a private tour?  The tour can be booked on request if there are at least 3 participants. For further information contact us at info@visitpalestine.ps For more details on this tour click here.

Group Size: min. 4 to max. 15 participants.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Weather Condition: (March – October)
Accessibility: (Not disabled friendly)
Transportation: To and from Starting point
Meals: Optional lunch at Battir community center (not included in price, Paid directly to center. Approx. $15 per person

Price Includes:
– Local trekking tour guide
– Entrance fees
– Transportation (as per above)
– 10% DISCOUNT at the Visit Palestine Center Gift Shop
– Children: up to 5 years (free), 5-12 (50%) , 12+ full price

Payment Options:
– Cash or credit card at the center (starting point)
– Online via secure checkout (credit card and PayPal)
– 5% discount for advanced payment

Refund Policy:
– Full refund if organizer cancels the tour
– Full refund if canceled by client more than 48 hours in advance
– 25% cancellation fee from 48 hours in advance
– 50% cancellation fee from 24 hours in advance
– No show: No refund

How to Book:
– Book your tour online at www.visitpalestine.ps/tours
– Email: info@visitpalestine.ps
– Tel # +972 2 2771992

Take note:
– If you do not have a confirmed booking, please contact us to ensure the tour is running.
– Passport: If you will be crossing any checkpoints to get to Bethlehem, please remember your passport.
– Bring lots of water .
– Wear comfortable walking shoes.
– Tipping: Not obligatory, but appreciated .

Getting to Bethlehem

Jerusalem to Bethlehem:

Option 1 – Bus no. 231: The bus departs from the Damascus Gate Bus Station in East Jerusalem (located on Sultan Suleiman Street) and travels via Beit Jala to Bethlehem. Tickets cost around 8 ILS. Duration: Approx. 30-40 minutes.
Note that this bus does not go through the main (checkpoint 300” (Rachel’s Tomb crossing). The bus will drop you off at the Bethlehem / Beit Jala intersection (“Bab el-Zqaq”) which is 1 km away from Manger Square. You can easily follow the Pope Paul VI Street to get to the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity in 15 minutes. You can also take a taxi to Manger Square. Price around 15-20 ILS per drive (not per person). A shared taxi is also available and cost around 3 ILS.

Option 2 – Bus no. 234: The bus leaves from the Damascus Gate Bus Station (located on Sultan Suleiman Street) and takes you directly to the Bethlehem Checkpoint – “checkpoint 300” (Rachel’s Tomb crossing) and back. Tickets cost around 5 ILS. Duration: Approx 20-30 minutes. You will have to walk through the checkpoint as you enter and exit Bethlehem. From the checkpoint, you can either walk half an hour or take a private taxi (15-20 ILS) to the center of Bethlehem (Manger Square), which is about 2.5 km away. A shared taxi is also available and cost around 3 ILS.

Option 3 – Private Taxi: A private taxi from Jerusalem to Bethlehem city center will cost around 150-180 ILS ($50) in each direction (up to 7 seats van). Duration: Approx. 20-30 minutes.

Option 4 – Private Taxi: A private taxi from Jerusalem to Bethlehem’s Rachel’s Tomb “checkpoint 300” will cost round 100-120 ILS ($30-35) and will drop you off outside of Bethlehem. You will then have to cross the checkpoint into Bethlehem on foot and continue from there (see option 1 or 2).

Ramallah to Bethlehem:

Option 1- Shared Taxi to Bethlehem: Take a shared taxi (servees) to Bethlehem from the Central Bus Station in Ramallah (located at Al-Nahda Street). The cost is around 21-25 ILS. The taxi will stop at the main bus station in Bethlehem (5 minutes walk from Manger Square). Duration: Approx. 45-60 minutes.

Option 2: Bus no. 218 to Jerusalem, then connect to Bethlehem: Departs from Al-Nahda Street in Ramallah. Tickets cost around 8 ILS. The bus will drop you off at the Damascus Gate bus station in East Jerusalem (located on Sultan Suleiman Street). From there, connect to Bethlehem (see getting from Jerusalem to Bethlehem). Duration: Approx. 45-60 minutes.

Option 3- Private Taxi -Via West Bank: A private taxi from Ramallah to Bethlehem (4 seats) costs around 150-170 ILS ($40-45).

Option 4: Private Taxi Via Jerusalem: A private taxi from Ramallah to Bethlehem will cost around 250 ILS ($70). Duration approx. 30-45 minutes.

Hebron to Bethlehem:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi to Bethlehem (Bab el-Zqaq Intersection): Take a shared taxi (servees) from the Hebron Central Bus Station (located on Wadi Al Tufah Street) to the Bab El-Zqaq intersection in Bethlehem. Price around 10 ILS. Duration: Approx. 30-45 minutes.

Option 2 – Shared Taxi to Bethlehem (central bus station): Take a shared taxi (servees) from the Central Bus Station in Hebron (located on Wadi Al Tufah Street) to the Bethlehem Central Bus Station (located on Manger Square Street). Price around 10 ILS. Duration: Approx.30-45 minutes.

Option 3 – Private Taxi : A private taxi from Hebron to Bethlehem cost around 250 ILS ($65. Duration: Approx 30-45 minutes. )

Jericho to Bethlehem:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi: Take a shared taxi (servees) from Jericho City Center to Bethlehem Central Bus Station (located on Manger Square Street). The price is around 20-25 ILS. Duration: Approx. 45-60 minutes.

Option 2 – Private Taxi – Via West Bank: A private taxi from Jericho to Bethlehem (4 seats) costs around 150 ILS ($40). Duration: Approx. 1 hour

Option 3: Private Taxi – Via Jerusalem: A Private Taxi from Jericho to Bethlehem (4 seats) costs around around 370 ILS ($100). Duration approx. 1 hour.

Nablus to Bethlehem:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi to Ramallah and connecting to Bethlehem: Take a shared taxi (servees) from Nablus Central Station (located on Rafidiya Street), to the Ramallah Central Bus Station (located on Al Nahda street). From there take another shared taxi to the Bethlehem Central Bus Station (located on Manger Street). Price from Nablus to Ramallah around 17-20 ILS. Price from Ramallah to Bethlehem around 21-25 ILS. Duration: Approx 2 hours and a half.

Option 2 – Private Taxi – Via West Bank: A private taxi from Nablus to Bethlehem (4 seats) costs around 250 ILS ($70). Duration approx 1 hour.

Option 3: Private Taxi – Via Jerusalem : A private taxi from Nablus to Bethlehem via Jerusalem will cost around 740 ILS ($200). Duration approx 2 hours.

Jenin to Bethlehem:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi to Ramallah and connect to Bethlehem: Take a shared taxi (servees) from Jenin Central Station (located on Jama’a Street of Cinema street) to Ramallah Central Station (on Al Nahda Street). From there take another shared taxi to the Bethlehem Central Bus Station. Price from Jenin to Ramallah around 35 ILS. Price from Ramallah to Bethlehem around 21-25 ILS. Duration approx 3 hours and half.

Option 2 – Private Taxi – Via West Bank: A Private Taxi from Jenin to Bethlehem (4 seats) costs around around 450 ILS ($125). Duration approx. 2 hours.

Leaving from Bethlehem

Bethlehem to Jerusalem:

Option 1 – From Checkpoint 300 (Rachel Tomb crossing): You will have to cross the checkpoint on foot and once outside, take bus no.324 to Jerusalem. The trip costs around 5 ILS and runs directly from the checkpoint to the Damascus Gate Station in East Jerusalem (Located on Sultan Suleiman Street).Duration Approx 30 minutes.

Option 2 – Bus no 231 From Bab el Zqaq intersection: The bus no.231 from Bab el –Zqaq (intersection Beit Jala and Hebron-Jerusalem road) to the Damascus Gate Bus Station in East Jerusalem (located on Sultan Suleiman Street). Cost around 7 ILS . Duration: Approx 45 minutes.

Option 3 – Private Taxi: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Jerusalem costs around 150 ILS ($40). Duration: Approx 30 minutes.

Bethlehem to Ramallah:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi from Central Bus Station: Take a shared taxi (servees) from the Central Bus Station in Bethlehem to Ramallah Central Station (located on Al Nahda Street). Cost around 21 ILS. Duration approx. 45-60 minutes.

Option 2 – Via Jerusalem to Ramallah
From Jerusalem, take bus # 218 from the Damascus Gate Bus station to the Ramallah Central Station (on Al Nahda Street). Cost around 8 ILS. Duration: Approx 30 minutes.

Option 3 – Private Taxi – Via West Bank: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Ramallah will cost around 160 ILS ($45).

Option 4 – Private Taxi – Via Jerusalem: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Ramallah will cost around 300 ILS ($80).

Bethlehem to Hebron:

Option 1- Shared taxi from Bab el-Zqaq Intersection: Take a shared taxi (servees) from the Bab elZqaq (intersection Beit Jala and Hebron-Jerusalem road) to the Hebron Central Bus Station (located on Wadi Al Tufah Street). Cost around 10 ILS. Duration: approx 45 minutes. .

Option 2 – Shared taxi from Central bus Station: Take a shared taxi (servees) to the Hebron Central Bus Station (located on Wadi Al Tufah Street). Cost around 10 ILS. Duration: Approx. 45 minutes.

Bethlehem to Jericho:

Option 1 – Shared Taxi from Central Bus Station: Take a shared taxi (servees) to Jericho City Center. Costs around 25 ILS. Duration: Approx. 80-90 minutes.

Option 2 – Private Taxi – Via West Bank: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Jericho will cost around 150 ILS (Appx $40). Duration: Approx. 60 minutes.

Option 3 – Private Taxi – via Jerusalem: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Jericho will cost around 320 ILS ($85). Duration: Approx. 45-60 minutes.

Bethlehem to Nablus (Via Ramallah):

Option 1 – Shared Taxi to Ramallah and connecting to Nablus: To get to Nablus from Bethlehem with public transportation you need to reach Ramallah first, and then take the shared taxi to Nablus. Cost of ticket to Ramallah is around 25 ILS. Duration Approx. 45-60 minutes.
From the Ramallah Central Station (located on Al Nahda Street), take shared taxi to Nablus Central Bus Station (located on located on Rafidiya Street. Cost around 20 ILS. Duration: Approx.

Option 2 – Private Taxi via West Bank: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Nablus will cost around 250 ILS ($70). Duration: Approx.

Bethlehem to Jenin (via Ramallah):

Option 1 – Shared Taxi to Ramallah and connect to Jenin: To get to Jenin from Bethlehem with public transportation you need to reach Ramallah first, and then take the collective taxi to Jenin. Take a shared taxi (servees) from the Jenin Central Station (located on Jama’a Street and Cinema street). Cost of ticket to Ramallah is around 21 ILS. Duration: Approx. 45-60 minutes.
From the Ramallah Central Station (Al Nahda Street), take shared taxi to Jenin Central Bus Station. Cost around 35 ILS. Duration: Approx. 3 hours and half.

Option 2 – Private Taxi via West Bank: A private taxi from Bethlehem to Jenin will cost around 450 ILS ( $120). Duration: Approx. 2 hours.

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