I am not sure either -- we are doing this as a pilgrimage through a church. We are spending 3 nights in Bethelehem and doing the following:
Bethlehem – Basilica of the Nativity (Mass), The Milk Grotto, Shepherd’s Field, Caves
Masada, Dead Sea, Bethany (Mass), Lazarus’s Grave and Sanctuary
Jerusalem – Basilica of the Holy Sepulture (Mass), Jewish Quarter, Wailing Wall. Ain Karem – Basilica of John the Baptist, Church of the Visitation
Next we will spend 4 days in Nazareth with other day trips.
It is my first time going so I am not sure I understand the logic of where we are staying to be honest. My husband and I travel on our own without any tours. I am doing this because it has been my mom's long dream to visit the Holy Land.
I wanted some advise regarding whether we should spend the afternoon and night in Jerusalem upon our arrival or go straight to Bethlehm. Problem is the rest of the group won't arrive until midnight (we arrive early in the morning). I was hoping not to be in the hotel the whole time but explore a bit. That is why I am asking it makes more sense to stay in Jerusalem.