Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Central to the Bible and Israel’s long and revered history are Jerusalem and Bethlehem, both of which you will visit as you board an air-conditioned motor coach for a journey through time.

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Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommendedEn route to Jerusalem, stop to enjoy views from atop the Mtof OlivesContinuing on, arrive at the Church of All Nations, also called the Basilica of AgonyLocated at the foot of the Mtof Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane, the church was built between 1919 and 1924 using funds from 12 countriesStructural highlights include a domed roof, thick pillars and floor mosaics, all of which give the building a Byzantine flairThe central feature of the Garden of Gethsemane is a section of stone enshrined by the Catholic Church, where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest Following your visit to the Basilica and gardens, transfer by motor coach to a venue in Jerusalem where you will savor a relaxing meal The conclusion of lunch ushers in the beginning of your guided walk of Jerusalem's Old CityStroll past the bazaar and along part of the famed Via Dolorosa, believed by many to be the route Jesus followed as he carried his cross to CalvaryYou will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at Golgotha, view the golden Dome of the Rock and pause at the Western Wall, formerly called the Wailing Wall After contemplating the wall, considered the holiest site in the Jewish world, travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of both Jesus and David, and where David was crowned the king of Israel Your Bethlehem experience includes a visit to one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world, the Church of the NativityThe complex is comprised of two churches and a grotto beneath where Jesus is said to have been bornTake some time to appreciate the façades and interior spaces of the main basilica, built in the Roman style, and the adjoining Church of StCatherine, characterized by Gothic revival architectureIf there is time permitting, you may descend into the Grotto of the Nativity, where you will find the exact spot of Jesus' birth marked by a 14-pointed silver star, set into the marble floor, with an altar aboveAlso experience Manger Square, the large, pedestrian-only courtyard in front of the Church of the NativityEvery year, large crowds gather on Christmas Eve to celebrate and sing Christmas carols in anticipation of midnight mass at the BasilicaCelebrating your discovery of magnificent and historic sights, rejoin your motor coach and enjoy your approximately two-hour journey to the pier and your Crystal ship. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.