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Private Bethlehem Tour plus Mount of Olives by Train

  • Ride the Israel Railway Train along Highway 1
  • Tour of Bethlehem the Birthplace of Jesus
  • Visit the Church of Nativity
  • Stoll through Mangers Square
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Stunning views of the Temple Mount and the Old City walls from the Mount of Olives
Israel is fully accessible by train! Ride the Israel Railway to Jerusalem where your private taxi will be waiting for you. 


Once in Jerusalem your driver will bring you to the checkpoint to meet your local Bethlehem specialized guide. A visit to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and forms the backdrop to the Nativity, is a must for most travelers. Your guide will show you Bethlehem's Old City, which is where the tour will be concentrated. The main Christian Holy Land sites are Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity and the surrounding Churches and Chapels, as well as the Milk Grotto.


The next part of the tour starts at the Jaffa Gate where you will meet your group to visit the Mount of Olives. You will see a Sandeman guide holding a red umbrella. 
The Mount of Olives is a sacred site for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike. Both the Jews and Muslims believe this is where the gates of Heaven will open on Judgment Day. This 3-hour walking tour leaves from the Jaffa Gate at 13:00 PM. Learn and discover from a licensed guide and visit the important sites such as The Chapel of Ascension, Mary’s tomb and take in the marvelous view of the Old City walls from the Mount of Olives.
  • Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Jerusalem and back. Valid until the last train of the booked day
  • Light rail and local bus services in Jerusalem - Zone 1
  • Map
  • 4-hour guided private tour of Bethlehem
  • 3-hour guided group tour of the Mount of Olives near the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Local licensed English-speaking guide
  • For Bethlehem: Pick up / Drop off from the Jerusalem Gold Hotel
  • For Mount of Olives: Transportation on tour (meets at the Jaffa Gate at 14:00 PM)
Not included
  • Some entrance fees are not included (approx. cost 15 NIS per person). Please bring with you in cash.
Meeting Point
For Bethlehem – Take the train from the Savidor Center Station and meet your private driver at the Jerusalem Gold Hotel. (3-minute walk for the train station)

For Mount of Olives – Aim to arrive at Jaffa Gate at 13:50 PM. Your Sandemans tour guide will be holding a red umbrella and the tour will begin at 14:00 PM.
Dropoff Point
The tour finishes usually within a 10 minutes walk from the Jaffa Gate
Additional Info
Our IsraRail local representative will be at the Savidor station from 07:30 AM to 09:30

Arrival to Tel-Aviv Savidor station in order to exchange your voucher should be at least 45 minutes before train departure time
We suggest taking the 08:31 AM train in order to arrive in Jerusalem Yitzchak Navon train station in time to meet your private taxi to Bethlehem at 9:25 AM

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a hat to protect against the sun & drink lots of water in the summer months

For the Mount of Olives Tour:
Tours are available on MON, TUE & THU at 14:00
All tours depart outside from the Jaffa Gate at the entrance to the Old City.

Traveling back to Tel-Aviv:
The train leaves from Jerusalem Itzchak Navon station every 30 minutes
The last train is at 21:30 PM but we suggest to at least take the 21:00 PM

Unfortunately, the guided tours are not wheelchair accessible!

Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours advance of travel date will incur a fee of $10 USD for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 hours advance of departure - the trip is non-refundable!

In cooperation with:
Israel Railways and SANDEMANs NEW Europe