Bethlehem Old Quarters Walking Tour
Follow Star Street, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a pilgrimage route in 2012 together with the Church of the Nativity.
Manger Square: Located in the heart of Bethlehem with the Church of Nativity standing opposite the Mosque of Omar, the Square is adorned by shops, restaurants and narrow alleyway leading to Bethlehem’s hidden quarters and markets.
The Seven Historical Quarters: Tucked away from the main streets, discover the charm of the oldest centers of Bethlehem’s different historic quarters. Learn about the traditional architecture, built by families and clans still remembered in the names of the houses and courtyards.
The Market: The Old Market of Bethlehem (Al Souq) is a typical Middle Eastern bazaar where a person can find fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and local sweets. The Souq extends almost the entire length of Fawagreh Street in the Old City of Bethlehem. Walking through the market offers a glimpse into the town’s daily life.
The Lutheran Compound and Dar Annadwa: Learn about the changes that have come to Bethlehem since the 19th century. Discover the contributions of the Lutheran Church to civil society, state building, and their efforts toward change.
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 email@example.com For more details on this tour click here.
Group Size: min. 3 to max. 12 participants.
Difficulty Level: Easy walking (however lots of stairs)
Weather Condition: The tour runs year-round
Accessibility: (Not disabled friendly)
Transportation: No transportation included (walking tour)
Meals: No meals included in this tour (Note: Tour ends at the Visit Palestine Center which houses the Dajo Restaurant and Cafe)
– Local tour guide
– Entrance fees (not applicable – no entrance fees required)
– Tourist map of Bethlehem
– 10% DISCOUNT at the Visit Palestine Center Gift Shop
– Children: up to 5 years (free), 5-12 (50%), 12+ full price
– Cash or credit card at the center (starting point)
– Online via secure checkout (credit card and PayPal)
– 5% discount for advanced payment
– 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Tel # +972 2 2771992
– We require a minimum of 3 participants to run this tour.
– If you do not have a confirmed booking, please contact us to ensure the tour is running.
– Passport: If your will be crossing any checkpoints to get to Bethlehem please remember your passport.
– Dress code: Some churches require modest dress code.
– Wear comfortable walking shoes.
– Tipping: Not obligatory but appreciated
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-Zkak”) 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).