Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great taste of all the things one will want to explore in Tel Aviv later. The morning pick up was chaotic, and the guide firm to manage a big groupbut knowledgeable and really did her best to be sure everyone had a great experience! Thanks Maya
The half day tour was enough for us to see most of Jerusalem's old city. It was a bit of a mission to get from Jerusalem's old city / Jaffa Gate to the central bus station, but once there it was easy to get a bus back to Tel Aviv
This tour is jam packed with things to see. A good bit of walking if that's a problem for you. Tour guide was informative. Souviner shop was only fair. I did not understand the fine print and that the tour ends in Jerusalem. Guide was helpful in suggesting the bus back to Tel Aviv. Took cab from lunch spot to Central bus station then #480 bus for 20 Shekels to Tel Aviv and cab to hotel. Relatively painless. Bus runs every 20 minutes. Enjoyed the city of Jerusalem and this is a good tour if you don't have a lot of time.
The trip itself was very good, especially walking around old Jerusalem. However, there are two things to note: 1. Whilst the webpage states hotel pick-up - this may not mean a pick-up at your hotel itself, and you may have to walk to a nearby hotel 2. The tour is sold as pick up and return to Tel Aviv - this is incorrect, as the tour finishes in Jerusalem and you have to figure out how to get back (we managed to get a trip back as were sold a return trip - even though this was pre-arranged through Viator who had sold the trip as a return trip, the local tour guides initially asked for additional money to be paid by us!)