3: Bethlehem to Tuqu’

After a visit to world heritage sites, the Old City of Bethlehem and Nativity Church, follow the fertile valley of Artas towards Tuqu’.

Starting at Manger Square in Bethlehem you will soon discover springs and aqueducts and many cultural and architectural places of interest. As you approach Tuqu’ you will pass through a fertile valley. You may want to stop here and have a lunch at the Women’s Center in Artas.
Topo Map

Map Legend

Walking Notes

Download a PDF version here.

Elevation Profile

Bethlehem to Tuqu’ Stage Elevation Profile

Stage PDF

Bethlehem to Tuqu’ Stage Description PDF


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In the Bethlehem Region

Bethlehem to Tuqu’

Distance: 14.5km
Time: 4-5 hours
Challenge: Moderate

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Sites and Highlights

  • Bethlehem Old City
  • Nativity Church
  • St. George Church
  • Artas
  • Solomon’s Pools
  • Tuqu’

Food and Water

For the hike take:

  • at least 3 litres of water
  • snack

Food and water can be purchased in Bethlehem.


Find your guide: here.


  • Musa al-Shaer Homestay
  • Zariefa Homestay
  • Rabiha Homestay

Local Products

Stop by Tuqu’ Women’s Association to stamp your Hiker Passport and possibly purchase handmade embroidered items and woven rugs.


  • Bethlehem can be reached from Jerusalem (8 NIS), Ramallah (18 NIS), Jericho (25 NIS) or Hebron (9 NIS).
  • Artas and Tuqu’ can be reached from Bethlehem with a shared taxi for around 5 NIS.

Notes and Tips

  • Remember about sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

Stories from Bethlehem: