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From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

1. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. See the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

2. 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

3. 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 Highlights Tour

4. Jerusalem: Old City Highlights Tour

Explore the biblical city of Jerusalem on a full-day tour. Stop at the Western Wall, the Church of Holy Sepulcher (the supposed place of Jesus' burial and resurrection), and ascend Mt. Zion. First, stop at Mount Scopus to be treated with a panoramic view of the city below. Next, enter the Old City to see the Western Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock. Move on to the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and tread the recently restored Roman road of the Cardo. You'll visit the colorful city bazaar and the Western Wall, proceeding to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, rumored to be the place where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Ascend to Mt. Zion where you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb.

Jerusalem: Old City Late Morning Guided Tour

5. 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

6. 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: Full-Day Small-Group Old City & Yad Vashem Tour

7. Jerusalem: Full-Day Small-Group Old City & Yad Vashem Tour

After pickup from your hotel, begin your tour with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem from Mount Olives, above the ancient Jewish cemetery. As if in the palm of your hand, see the Old City and the Temple Mount area spread before you, and imagine the Second Temple and Solomon’s Temple, destroyed in 70 A.D. and 586 B.C. respectively. Next, drive along the Kidron Valley and enjoy an excellent view of the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and the monumental ancient Jewish burial tombs. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, passing the Armenian Quarter to the excavated Byzantine Cardo. On this 1,500-year-old main street, excavated Crusader shops are now modern stores. Continuing through the Jewish Quarter, proceed to the Kotel, the Western Wall. This 2,000-year-old wall is part of the encircling and supporting wall built by King Herod when the Temple Mount area was enlarged. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and join the many pilgrims following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the church built over the site of Jesus' crucifixion and the burial tomb. After a short stroll through the market place, exit the Old City and continue to Yad VeShem, the Holocaust Museum commemorating both the annihilation of 6 million Jews and the righteous among the nations who risked their lives while trying to save Jews. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

8. 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. 

From Tel Aviv: Old & New Jerusalem Full-Day Small-Group Tour

9. From Tel Aviv: Old & New Jerusalem Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Choose to get picked up from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem if you are already staying there, then set off to explore the city.  Stand on Mount Scopus for views of Jerusalem’s old city and the Temple Mount at the start of this 10-hour tour. Enter the old city through the Zion Gate, passing the Armenian Quarter on your way to the Jewish Quarter. Stop at the Kotel, the Western Wall where Jews have prayed since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. Follow the Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of the Cross, on the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Exit the old city by the Jaffa Gate and take a short tour of the new city. Visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, and see the documentation of the discrimination, persecution and the annihilation of European Jewish communities.

From Tel Aviv: Highlights of Jerusalem's Old City

10. From Tel Aviv: Highlights of Jerusalem's Old City

Get to know the holy city of Jerusalem on a full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv. Journey through the city's major attractions, get breathtaking views, and discover historical gems. Begin with a stop at Mount Scopus to be treated to a panoramic view of the city below. Next, enter the Old City to see the Western Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock. Move on to the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and tread the recently restored Roman road of the Cardo. You'll visit the colorful city bazaar and the Western Wall, proceeding to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, rumored to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. Finally, at Mt. Zion, you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb before taking a transfer back to your accommodation in Tel Aviv.

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The excursion was very interesting and rewarding. Visit the must-see sites. Thanks to our two guides: Robert (for the visit to Jerusalem) and Nabil (for the visit to Betlehem). The transfer went very well.

Fantastic day. Tubing and George were enthusiastic and informative guides. Can’t quite believe I’ve seen what I have.

Well worth the visit. Moshe our guide was very informative and interesting. Well organised trip.

Great experience! Professional guide, perfect organisation!

Ariel was very informative and interesting to listen to