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  • Location:Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall

Get close-up to the ancient and religious treasures of Old Jerusalem on this 6-hour tour from Tel Aviv. With a professional guide, ride an air-conditioned coach to the walled ancient city, held sacred in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths since biblical times. Admire the city views from the Mount of Olives, see the Garden of Gethsemane, and explore the winding alleyways of the Armenian, Christian and Jewish Quarters to view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Via Dolorosa and other sites, all as your guide unravels the city’s incredible past.


  • Half-day tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
  • 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 from Tel Aviv
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up

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What You Can Expect

Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall

Old City Jerusalem, with Dome of the Rock

Begin your experience with a morning pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel. Meet your friendly guide, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey toward Jerusalem to start your 6-hour tour.

As you travel, listen as your guide recounts tales of Jerusalem’s tangled history, and its place at the heart of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.

Stop at the Mount of Olives to admire the splendid panoramas over walled Old Jerusalem. Take snaps and identify landmarks such as the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade, the place where many believe heaven meets earth. 

Drive along the Kidron Valley and gaze out at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion. Continue to Jerusalem’s walls and pass into the streets of the Old City. Stroll through the bustling Armenian Quarter and stop to view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where thousands of Jewish worshippers gather to pray.

Make your way into the Christian quarter to the Via Dolorosa, an important place of pilgrimage for Christians. See some of the Stations of the Cross as you follow part of the route taken by Jesus to his crucifixion site, where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands.

Then, pass a section of the ancient Cardo, Byzantine Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare, and amble through the Jewish Quarter with its cobbled lanes and synagogues.  

Your tour ends here, leaving you to continue exploring Jerusalem independently and make your own way back to Tel Aviv when you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very nice tour and pointed out all most important points from Jerusalem.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This has got to be the trip that I'd write a book about. It's an amazing historical tour that is breathtaking and awe-inspiring all in one. Of course it won't be possible if it weren't for the able, willing, and helpful assistance extended by Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Hya, the tour leader was excellent in terms of both knowledge and presentation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Very worthwhile tour. The tour guide was very friendly, informative and willing to answer any questions. The half day tour is good if you want to spend longer revisiting any of the areas shown in the tour or visiting parts not shown.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Our guide Amir (=top of tree) Call Or was great! Provided us so many information with an enthusiastic approach, we learned and appreciated many things. This Jerusalem tour is highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Excellent guide and tour.
My only problem was that I had not understood that it was my responsibility to get myself back to Tel Aviv.
So be aware of this.
However, the guides provided me with a very creative solution - so it ended well.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Guide was informative and interesting. Did a good job keeping a large group together and moving. People who want to pray at every shrine should return on their own rather than delay entire group.
Lunch... Present the options. Buffet was expensive and not very good .
Did full day... Added PM.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

If you're short on time, it's a good way to hit the major highlights of Jerusalem. The guide was spirited and funny, and made the tour enjoyable.

However, and other reviews mention this too, but I failed to read through... this tour ends in Jerusalem and does not take you back to Tel Aviv. My partner and I were surprised by this as we have taken numerous other tours through Viator before and never had this problem although this was the first half-day tour we had taken. Given that other reviewers expressed surprise at this, it has clearly happened before, so Viator should make it a point to announce on the bus prior to the tour starting that this is a one-way trip so that everyone is aware and can make alternative plans if necessary.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

This tour started out a bit rocky when my guide inquired as to my plans upon completion of my half-day tour. When I informed him that I intended to return to Tel Aviv and spend the day on the beach, he promptly inquired as to how I planned to return to Tel Aviv, as the half-day tour ends in Jerusalem...YIKES! So, my half-day tour turned into the full-day Jerusalem/Bethlehem tour...LOL! I simply paid the difference between the half-day and full-day tours (which, ironically, woul have been the same price paid had I taken a taxi back to Tel Aviv).

With all of that said, I'm REALLY glad that I took this tour. Jerusalem is TREMENDOUSLY fascinating, and we only visited the old city. My guide was EXCEPTIONALLY knowledgeable and excellent at pointing out various interesting aspects of the city.

From Jerusalem, I journeyed to Bethlehem with the rest of the tour participants, and I'm SOOOO glad I took adventage of this opportunity. While there isn't really anything special in Bethlehem, what I appreciated was the opportunity to see, first hand, the Palestinian perspective (as Bethlehem is a Palestinian territoy)...WOW! EYE-OPENING!

For those choosing only the half-day trip, I simply encourage you to have a plan for getting back to Tel Aviv. Furthermore, I would simply suggest proceeding with the full-day trip. The difference is merely a few hours, and you're returned to your start point in Tel Aviv.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

I changed it to the whole day excursion to include the transportation back to my hotel. There is never enough time but it is a very good formula for a first time.

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