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Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

1. Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

Your tour begins on the  Mount Scopus where you have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. From this elevated point you will have the ancient Jewish cemetery beneath you and, beyond that, the Old City with the shining Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount. As you look down on the Old City, it is easy to imagine the Second Temple which once stood on Temple Mount and the bustling ancient city as it would have been almost 2000 years ago. Then you will take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley, with a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. In the Valley you can see the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshapat, BeneiHezir, and the tomb of Zechariah. You enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. Today, after extensive excavations, specialty stores are open here where Crusader stores once stood. Going through the Jewish Quarter, you will reach the most holy site in the Jewish faith, the Western Wall. Here Jews from around the world come to pray and put prayer notes between the Wall's stones. This 2,000 year old wall was part of the outer supporting walls of the holy Second Temple which was destroyed in AD70. Continue on to the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows. Along the way you will pause at several Stations of the Cross and finally you will reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The basilica is constructed on the site where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and within the church is his burial tomb. The Byzantine church has been renovated, rebuilt, and expanded over the years; today it is a vast and ornate place of worship. To end your tour, take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the City of Gold.

Jerusalem: Half-Day Small-Group Old City Sightseeing Tour

2. Jerusalem: Half-Day Small-Group Old City Sightseeing Tour

Your tour will start with breathtaking views over Jerusalem from Mount Olives, above the ancient Jewish cemetery. As if in the palm of your hand, you will be able to see the Old City and the Temple Mount area spread before you. As you drive along the Kidron Valley, you will have excellent views of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations, as well as of the monumental ancient Jewish burial tombs. You will then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, passing the Armenian Quarter to the excavated Byzantine Cardo. Although this 1500-year-old main street of Jerusalem was partially destroyed and unused during the Muslim conquest, it had a brief new lease of life during the Crusader period, with the excavated Crusader shops now modern stores. Continuing through the Jewish Quarter, you will proceed to the Kotel, the Western Wall. This 2000-year-old wall is part of the encircling and supporting wall built by King Herod when the Temple Mount area was enlarged. As you walk along the Via Dolorosa you will join the many pilgrims who are following the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the church built over the place of the crucifixion of Jesus and the burial tomb). Originally built in the Byzantine period, it was partially destroyed during the Persians and Moslem conquests and then rebuilt and slightly altered by the Crusaders. At the conclusion of your tour, your experience ends in the Old City.

Jerusalem: Old City Late Morning Guided Tour

3. Jerusalem: Old City Late Morning Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Jerusalem's Old City. See the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Scopus, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and more. Have a chance to sleep in with a late-morning pickup from your hotel in Jerusalem. Ascend Mount Scopus on your first stop for panoramic views across the city. Pass the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations on your way down. Next, wander through the bustling Jewish Quarter of the Old City as you head towards the Byzantine-era Cardo, an excavated thoroughfare with impressive colonnades that line the street. Stop at the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site where visitors hide prayer notes between the ancient stones. Continue along a section of the Via Dolorosa where your guide will point out the Stations of the Cross. See the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on your way out of the Old City. Next, visit Mount Zion, where you can visit the Room of the Last Supper above the site of King David's Tomb. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at a Jerusalem Light Rail stop.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City Late Morning Tour

4. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City Late Morning Tour

Departing from Tel Aviv in the morning, relax during the ride and prepare for the day ahead. The first stop of the tour is Mount Scopus, one of Jerusalem’s most iconic landmarks with panoramic views across the city. Descend the mount, passing the famous Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations along the way. Arrive in the Old City and wander through the bustling Jewish Quarter as you head towards the Byzantine-era Cardo, an excavated thoroughfare with impressive colonnades that line the street. Stop at the Western Wall next, a sacred Jewish site where visitors hide prayer notes between the ancient stones. The tour continues along a section of the Via Dolorosa where your guide highlights a number of the Stations of the Cross that mark points where Jesus stumbled as he carried his cross. The Via Dolorosa leads you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a massive and ornate church shared by several Christian denominations and which holds incredible treasures and multiple shrines. Head out of the Old City next with a visit to Mount Zion, home to the Room of the Last Supper where Jesus broke bread with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. The Room of the Last Supper is also called the Upper Room as it is above another important site, King David’s tomb, where the faithful come to pray. This tour draws to an end at the BY14 Hotel in Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

5. Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

Explore the highlights in Jerusalem and travel to the Dead Sea on this day trip. Admire the views from the Mount of Olives and walk thorugh the Armenian and Jewish districts. Experience floating in the heavily-salinated water of the Dead Sea.  Be picked up by your guide from the comfort of your accommodation in Jerusalem. Travel up to the Mount of Olives to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Walk down the mountain to the biblical Gardens of Gethsemane.  Pass through the Kidron Valley on the way to the walled Old City. Enter through the Zion Gate and stroll down the stone streets of the Armenian Quarter until your reach the Jewish Quarter.  Visit the Byzantine Cardo street which was used to in the 6th century AD. Take some time to enjoy the atmosphere at the Kotel (Western Wall).Make your way along Dolorosa street to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which dates back to 335 AD. Enjoy the vibrant markets before driving through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Take the opportunity to float in the water and coat your body in the mud which is thought to reduce skin impurities. Return to your accommodation in Jerusalem at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Mount Scopus

Very good guide, and nice, planned visit in French, finally double translation with English, small group (15 people) and visit at short notice very little downtime to really visit but a lot of sites, so we went back in the afternoon to enjoy it