Our tour begins on the Mount of Olives where we have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. From this elevated point we have the ancient Jewish cemetery beneath us and beyond that the Old City with the shining Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. As we look down on the Old City it is easy to imagine the Second Temple which once stood on the Temple Mount and the bustling ancient city as it would have been almost 2,000 years ago.
Old City of Jerusalem, Half Day Tour
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Our tour begins on top of Mount of Olives where we have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. From this elevated point we have the ancient Jewish cemetery beneath us and beyond that the Old City with the shining Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. As we look down on the Old City it is easy to imagine the Second Temple which once stood on the Temple Mount and the bustling ancient city as it would have been almost 2000 years ago.
Then we take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley giving us a view of the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was arrested the night before his crucifixion and we also see the Church of All Nations or the Basilica of the Agony. In the valley we can see the ancient burial tombs of Avshalom and Jehoshapat, Benei Hezir and the tomb of Zechariah. We enter the Old City via Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter of the Old City and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. This was the main street in Jerusalem 1,500 years ago, later in time during Muslim rule this street was abandoned and then during the Crusader period the street was once again a busy thoroughfare. Today after extensive excavations, which are still ongoing, you will find souvenir stores are where once Crusader stands would have stood.
Going through the Jewish Quarter we reach the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith. 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 Temple Mount on which the holy Second Temple stood and was destroyed in 70AD. We continue on to the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows where Jesus walked towards his crucifixion. Along the way we pause at several Stations of the Cross and finally we reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The basilica is constructed above the place where it is belived that Jesus was 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 place of worship. Our tour continues through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs.
- 6:20 am: start pickup from hotels in Herzliya
- 6:40 am: start pickup from hotels in Tel-Aviv
- 7:50 am: start pickup from hotels in Jerusalem
13:00 pm: This tour ends in Jerusalem, nevertheless, other drop-off points are available upon request for an additional payment of $65 which can be booked onlinewhen you reserve this tour.
All times are approximate
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- Change of vehicles is required for transfer of pick up to avoid traffic and delay.
- What to bring and wear: Modest dress is required for holy places, comfortable walking shoes, water.
- Guests should bring their own lunch OR purchase lunch online at the time of booking.
- Price includes all entrance fees.
- Age: 4+
IMPORTANT: If you would like to return to Tel Aviv, there is an additional cost of $65 per person OR alternatively, contact us to book a private taxi for your return to Tel Aviv.
- No refunds will be provided for no-shows or cancellations on the day of travel.
- Cancellations are accepted 24 hours or more before tour begins.
- Cancellations will incur a 4% commission fee if booked by credit card or Paypal.
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