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

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

Get a panoramic look at the city of Jerusalem and visit some of its most well-known sites on this half-day tour. Look down on the city from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified; and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of Jerusalem
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • See popular Holy Land places such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

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

Jerusalem Half Day Tour

This half-day tour begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

Kick off your sightseeing 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.

From atop the mount, there is also a view of arguably Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark: the Dome of the Rock, a shrine located on the Temple Mount and one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.

The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion. Then it’s off to the Walls of Jerusalem that surround the Old City. The walls were built in the 1530s, when Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, to protect its borders from intruders.

Further along through the Armenian Quarter, visit the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites, then to the Christian Quarter along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus walked 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.

The tour concludes at the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, where the coach awaits for a return trip to Jerusalem hotels.

Customer Reviews

Marvin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Norbert is your best tour guide

jerry p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was great. Amir gives a presentation that anyone can easily understand. Exceptional presentation.

LadyHeatherBug

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Amir is probably the best tour guide ive ever had. It you go with this tour or any other tours with this company I would find out what days he does that tour and book it. Absolutely fascinating!

Nat K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great tour and guide. I would recommend this on your first day to get acclimated to the old city!

Shirley C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Very moving and impactful.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable and friendly

Bridget B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I did not go on this tour. I paid for a ticket, but didn't coordinate the hotel pick up. I was traveling alone with my 2 1/2 year old and decided to head back to our cruise ship in Ashdod. Leading up to the tour, the company was good about getting in touch with me in order to inform me that I would need to buy as seat for my son due to car seat laws in Israel.

Dennis L

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

It was a pretty good tour, hitting both the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You can only see the Dome of the Rock at a distance. (I don't think they let too many people in.) However, it didn't feel like there was a lack of things to visit, and the half-day went by pretty fast.

jspqld

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

Guide was pretty good. You get picked up and dropped off by bus, but it is very much a walking tour up/down and over old steps, so not suitable for everyone.

Ivan S

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

What a wonderful time I had on this tour. It was excellent and the guide really knew his subject and history. I will certainly use this company again when I go back to Israel.

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