Just east of the Old City, separating Jerusalem from the Judean Desert, sits the Mount of Olives, one of the city’s most famous scriptural sites. The famous mountain is referenced in both the Old and New Testaments, first as the escape route David used during his son’s rebellion, and again by the prophets. The New Testament recounts Jesus addressing his pupils from the Mount of Olives.

Apart from its religious importance, the Mount of Olives is historically significant as well. On the lower slopes of the mountain, you’ll find the Jewish cemetery, believed to be the oldest cemetery in the world still in use and burial place of many prominent Jewish figures, including Zechariah and philosopher Nahmanides. The foot of the mountain is also home to the Gardens of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and the Russian Orthodox Church of Maria Magdalene.

At the top of the mountain, the Mount of Olives Observation Point offers panoramic views of the domes and towers of the Old City below. If possible, head to the top first thing in the morning, so you’ll have the sun at your back for photos, before exploring the rest of the area.

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Jerusalem Tour from Tel Aviv: In the Footsteps of Jesus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Leave Tel Aviv and spend a whole day in Jerusalem discovering the city’s Christian sights on a walking tour. Widely believed to be the city where Jesus Christ ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, and discover the roots of different religions on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  These ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Get inspired by Jerusalem and combine ancient history with spiritual sanctity in this half-day tour. Discover the quarters of the Old City by exploring Holy ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.00

City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover the City of David in Jerusalem on an essential day trip. Formerly the settlement where King David established his Kingdom, the City of David is now a ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Highlights of Israel Day Trip: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

See the highlights of Israel in one day on an evocative sightseeing trip from Jerusalem. You will discover the ancient city of Jerusalem, a holy site for many ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00

Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

4 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

See the highlights of Israel in one day on an evocative sightseeing trip from Tel Aviv. You will discover the ancient city of Jerusalem, a holy site for many ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.00

Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

4 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Discover the roots of different religions and cultures on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. These ancient Holy Land towns will provide you ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00

Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Witness first-hand the ancient and religious sites of Jerusalem on this thought-provoking full-day coach and walking tour. With an expert guide beside you to ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.00

Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Be swept away by the ancient and religious sites of Jerusalem on this compelling full-day coach and walking tour from Tel Aviv. With an expert guide to explain ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Christmas Eve in Israel: Jerusalem Sightseeing Tour with Dinner and Midnight Mass Viewing in Bethlehem

See popular sites of the Holy Land on this full-day Christmas Eve tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem! Visit revered Christian basilicas like the Church of the ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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