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Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this guided all-day tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Finish the day with time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Tour the city of Jerusalem
  • Learn about the city’s 4,000-year-old history
  • See some of the world’s holiest sites
  • Visit the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin your full-day tour with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

The first stop is at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers.

The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. This garden is known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion.

Continue into the Old City through the Zion Gate to Jerusalem’s Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem. In the Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. The wall is about 2,000 years old, its cracks filled with the prayer papers from the thousands of people that visit here.

Further along in the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus traveled on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 stations of the cross while retracing Jesus’ steps to the Hill of Calvary, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also, see the Stone of the Anointing, where Jesus was believed to have been placed before his burial.

Finally, leave the Old City through the Jewish Marketplace and end the tour at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Witness the moving displays that document the stories of the Jewish people during World War II.

Please note: The Holocaust History Museum is closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays. On those days, it will be replaced with a visit to Mount Zion and the Church of All Nations, also known as the Basilica of Agony.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
See the Garden of Gethsemane
Pass By:  
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
Pass by the Church of All Nations
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
Pass through the Kidron valley
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Explore the street of the Old City of Jerusalem
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Visit the Jewish Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Cardo
Visit the Byzantine Cardo in the Jewish Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Western Wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Visit the Christian Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Explore some of the Cross stations - The Via Dolorosa
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Visit the Muslim Quarter and The lively Bazaar
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Visit the Holocaust Museum
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please note that on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays the Holocaust museum is closed. A visit to Mt. Zion (King David's tomb and hall of the last supper) will take place instead.
  • The entrance to Yad Vashem is not permitted for children under 10 years old
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We recommend this tour as it accompasses all four quarters and The West Wall." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Great day
katharina31
, Feb 2020
Great day. Very well organized. Saw and visited the most important places. Our guide was kind to answer individual questions and give additional imformation. Would have been nice to have some extra stops at the mount of olives. Highly recomended!
star-2
We were left behind twice
jbansaldi
, Feb 2020
It was a very informative tour. However, our bus was 15 minutes late to start. Then our tour guide left/forgot about us before we had a scheduled lunch with the group (we had to ask the shop keeper where our tour went and had to find them ourselves). Then the guide left us at Yad Vashem, we were only 5 minutes late. We had to pay another 60 shekels to catch a cab back to the old city and walk to our hotel from there.
star-5
Jerusalem
sidneyzera
, Sep 2019
Very organized. Very interesting. Very emotional. Great guide who was informative, funny, engaging and well versed.
star-5
Knowledgable and extremely accommodating tour guy
Culture70998
, May 2019
Dispite really bad weather, cold, rain, wind, - we really enjoyed the tour and it is thanks to our guide person. He was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and helpful. It was the second year in a row we traveled to Jerusalem and took similar tour- and both times it was an amazing experience
star-1
Waste of time and money - Just don't
Mister_Sparkle
, May 2019
This tour offers hotel pick-up, and this was prompt (about 8:30 AM). At about 9:00 AM, you arrive at Mt. Scopus, where you are left to your own devices for up to half an hour (or more), near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here, you are informed you will await the bus that will take you on your tour, and given a bus number to look for. There is little apparent coordination, and your bus could come next, or it could come in forty-five minutes. However, they do advise there is a coffee shop for us to get coffee in. Our bus came about a half hour after our arrival at this makeshift depot. Fortunately, there were trees for shade, while we waited for a bus that might come at any moment. Our guide, Avishai, welcomed us and herded us all into bus number sixteen. From there, we were driven along the eastern and southern edges of the Old City, with a brief photo opportunity for the skyline of the Old city and then for the Garden of Gethsemane. As we got out at the first stop, Avishai informed us that we needed to keep our photos brief and after he was done talking. During his "presentation", my wife and I noted several historical inaccuracies. After arriving within the walls of the Old City, Avishai stopped near some posters of the Armenian Genocide and informed us that, "Israel does not allow such posters, as we have good relations with Turkey." I thought this was an Old City tour, and not a geopolitical symposium. My wife and I found his commentary here inflammatory. Avishai then moved us like cattle to a selected gift shop for some shopping. At this point, my wife and I were growing weary of Avishai's abrasive style and pondered leaving the tour. After being left at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, with little informative commentary from our guide, we chose to simply leave the tour. Yes, we walked off and we advise you do the same, but before spending your money on this waste of time. Get an audio guide of the Old City for less cost, and do it yourself. This tour was a waste.
star-2
Broken van, delays and enforced shopping
DayTrip03757752736
, Mar 2019
One of the company's vans broke down, so they had to scramble to make things work. the effect is that we sat around a lot and our tour-time was shortened. Still our guide managed to take us to a store where she get a kick-back and left us shopping for a long time.
star-5
Old and New Jerusalem Is Essential
242keitho
, Jan 2019
Absolutely a great full day tour. I, nor my girlfriend have ever been. I am RC and she is Russian Jewish. We had such a great educational journey. It was deeply felt and eye opening. Our guide was a local from Jerusalem and was more than professional. We recommend this tour as it accompasses all four quarters and The West Wall. Great tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Yoel is Awesome!
andrisberzins
, Jan 2019
We had a great time on the Old City tour. Our guide Yoel brought the city to life through his stories. I would recommend this tour to anyone I met. A+
star-5
Great Experience
Crbergen
, Oct 2018
Great tour! Sagi was fantastic full of knowledge and good humor :) he kept us moving but allowed us enough time to take in the places and ask questions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
More than satisfied!!
-ilanasam93
, Sep 2018
The tour was very well organized, unexpected problems were dealt with efficiency. Each area of the Old City and new one was given ample time! Our guide Ossy was well read and displayed a sense of humor & kept cool even when some of us got lost!

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