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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.

From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Tel Aviv you will travel to the Old City of Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at the Mount of Olives where you will have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. Then take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley where you will see the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, and the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshaphat, BeneiHezir and the tomb of Zechariah. Then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. After you will head to the Jewish Quarter to reach the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish faith. Continue on to the Way of Sorrows where Jesus walked towards his crucifixion. Along the way, you will stop at several Stations of the Cross before finally reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. To end your tour take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the holy city.

Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

4. Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

Depart from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and learn about the history of Israel and the Jewish people on the way. After about an hour of driving, arrive at the Mount of Olives from which you can admire the magnificent views of the Old City of Jerusalem and the very first city; the City of David. Walk down to the Dominus Flevit Church and see the hundred thousand Jewish graves towards Gethsemane, the place of the Judas kiss. Stop here for a refreshing tea, coffee, or juice.  From the valley, the bus will bring you back up to the Dung gate from where you will ascend to the Temple Mount. During lunch it is possible to visit a souvenir shop on your own, there is no group visit to a souvenir shop.  Next, continue to the Jewish quarter, to see the Wailing Wall, the Roman Cardo, part of the Via Dolorosa and Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion, and the Holy Sepulcher.

Jerusalem: Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Jerusalem: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Start your day with a guided tour of the Old City, the heart and soul of ancient Jerusalem. Visit the Armenian, Christian, Arab, and Jewish neighborhoods and take in the unique atmosphere of a city holy to Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. Visit the Western Wall and see the Temple Mount and explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk part of Via Dolorosa as your guide shares the stories and the history of Jerusalem of old. After your Old City tour, you will have a short break to muse over your impressions before continuing to the modern city outside of the walls. Explore famous landmarks such as the Montefiore Windmill, The YMCA building, and secret garden, the majestic King David Hotel, and the Russian Compound. Walk down the pedestrian boulevard Nachalat Shiva and get a glimpse of Jerusalem of today and rub shoulders with the locals at the bustling Machane Yehuda market, the one place where past and present, secular and religious, local and traveler all come together. After a full day, walk back to your meeting point with your guide and end your tour having made some unforgettable memories.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

6. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Tour

Your private tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem starts at the Mount of Olives and descends to the garden of Gethsemane, the Church of all Nations, then onto the Kidron Valley. Visit the Dormition Church on Mount Zion and the Coenaculum. Enter the Old City through the Zion gate walking through the Armenian Quarter to the Byzantine Cardo and then onto the Kotel or Western Wall. Next, follow the stations of the cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher before enjoying the markets in the old city. Upon arrival in Bethlehem, switch to a local guide and walk throughout Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity with its grotto and altar dedicated to the three wise men. Pass the small Armenian Chapel of Kings and head to the Crusader Church. Finally, stop at the Shepherds field to see the tent-shaped chapel and its panels depicting Jesus’ life.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Biblical Full-Day Tour

7. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Biblical Full-Day Tour

Begin your tour of Biblical Jerusalem with a bird’s eye view across the city from the Mount of Olives. From here you can see beyond the Old City walls to Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Then drive down the mount, passing an ancient Jewish cemetery, the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane, the stunning Church of All Nations and the Kidron Valley where monumental Jewish tombs have stood for centuries. As you approach the Old City, you'll pass the Dormition Church and arrive on Mount Zion. In Jerusalem, visit the Room of the Last Supper where Christ ate with his Apostles on the eve of his crucifixion. This room is also called the Upper Room as it is on a floor over the site of King David’s Tomb. Then enter the Old City Armenian Quarter via the Zion Gate and pass the Armenian Church of St. James. Your tour guide will tell you about the fascinating Armenian culture, before you move on to the Jewish Quarter. Here the tour pauses at the Byzantine-era Cardo. This excavated, 1,500-year-old street was once Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare. In the Jewish Quarter you'll stop to see the sacred Western Wall. As the last surviving part of the Second Jewish Temple, the Western Wall is the holiest Jewish landmark in the world. Here you'll join others who come to place a prayer note in the crevices of the ancient wall. Then, retrace the course Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary along the Via Dolorosa. You'll arrive at the sacred Holy Sepulchre. This 4th century church holds the last few Stations of the Cross including Calvary where Jesus was crucified and his burial tomb. The vast structure is shared by several Christian denominations and has more than 30 chapels. Then, conclude your tour with a little retail therapy in the traditional Old City bazaar before the trip back to your hotel.

From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

8. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

Experience the history of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem on a guided tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Visit sites, including Via Dolorosa and the Western Wall with commentary from your guide. Join your guide and enter through the Jaffa Gate, one of the seven gates to the Old City. Explore the lively Old City bazaar and the Tower of David Museum. See the impressive Omar Ben Al Khattab Mosque and the San Sepulcher Church, built side by side. Then, embark on a guided tour of Bethlehem. Feel history all around you and learn about modern life in this ancient city. Visit the ornate Church of the Nativity and marvel at the twenty-seven painted columns in the nave depicting different holy figures. Finish your tour with a stop at a private beach on the Dead Sea. Sunbathe on the shore or take a dip in the warm, dense water and float effortlessly. Soak in the views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Jerusalem: Old City Late Morning Guided Tour

9. 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

10. 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.

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It was really an excellent tour, we enjoyed it a LOT. All the details you included in the tour, from the detailed history of Israel, to the van infrastructure to the beer at the end, it was a memorable experience. Menno, our guide and manager at the company, was very professional, polite, and conducted the tour with excellence. Among 7 tours in Israel, this one was definitely the best one.

This tour was by minibus rather than coach. The driver was also the guide. The pick-ups took longer than we would have liked, but once we arrived, we had the benefit of small group flexibility. The guide was knowledgable and informative, his English was excellent. Overall, a really great introduction to Jerusalem.

The tour was really great and we'll organized! Also, our driver Mahmoud was very nice, he gave us many interesting facts during the drives, and looked after us perfectly. We would definitely recommend the trip!

it was a great trip. our guide Avi was extremely knowledgeable about everything we saw. with the holiday and our trip being on Good Friday. we had to walk a lot bit Avi made it all work out!!!

Very warm guide with wonderful knowledge. Everything great.