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  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
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 lived and died, Jerusalem is home to the settings of countless biblical tales. Walk with a local guide down the Mount of Olives, through Jerusalem Old City, and over to the start point of the Via Dolorosa pilgrimage route while visiting religious landmarks such as the Church of All Nations, Pool of Bethesda, St Anne Church and more.

Highlights

  • Full-day Christian Jerusalem walking tour with transport from Tel Aviv
  • Discover the sites of biblical tales on a walk from the Mount of Olives to the Via Dolorosa pilgrimage route
  • Hear stories about Jesus and his followers while exploring Jerusalem
  • Visit the Church of All Nations, located near the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Walk into Jerusalem Old City via Lion’s Gate and stop to see the Pool of Bethesda
  • Discover the start point of the Via Dolorosa, and hear of Jesus’ walk to his crucifixion

What You Can Expect

Jerusalem Tour from Tel Aviv: In the Footsteps of Jesus

Learn about the religious history in Jerusalem

Start your tour with a pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel, and then relax on the 45-minute journey by air-conditioned coach to the Mount of Olives, a mountain ridge just east of Jerusalem. Stop at the summit and soak up views of Jerusalem’s Old City while hearing about its links to Christianity; famously, Jerusalem is the city where Jesus is believed to have lived and died.

Often referred to in the New Testament, the Mount of Olives provided the setting for countless biblical tales. On a stroll down its slopes, stop to visit places mentioned in such tales such as Dominus Flevit Church, where Jesus is said to have wept as he predicted the destruction of Jerusalem.

At the foot of the Mount of Olives, head inside the Roman Catholic Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) near the Garden of Gethsemane. Built on the foundations of two historical churches, the present-day place of worship was built with funds from several different nations, attesting to its name. See a series of mosaics depicting Christ, and learn about the stone shrine — enclosed within the church — where Jesus is believed to have prayed on the night he was arrested.

Pass through the Jewish cemetery in Kidron Valley, and then enter the history-steeped Old City through Lion’s Gate. Enjoy a break for lunch at your own expense, and then meet back up with your guide to continue your tour. Stop for photos by the Pool of Bethesda, a landmark described in the Gospel of St John, and visit the Crusader St Anne Church, built on the supposed birthplace of the mother of the Virgin Mary, Anne.

Take a walk past the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, and note an ancient pavement engraved with games played by Roman soldiers in bygone days. The convent marks the start point of Via Dolorosa, the important Christian pilgrimage route where Jesus is said to have walked, carrying his cross, to his crucifixion.

After taking photos and chatting to your guide about the religious site, return to your coach to travel back to Tel Aviv, and then finish your day with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The trip started off just a bit shaky due to me not getting the change in the pickup time. I originally was notified of a 630am pickup and it was changed to 715am. Once I was picked up the rest was good.
The overall tour was outstanding. The guide was very cordial and knowledgeable. He took the necessary time to answer questions and offered great explanations which included reading from the Bible. The flow was great....I must point out the tour was not for individuals who had mobility issues...walking is a must. The title of the tour, "In the Footsteps of Jesus" was an accurate title. The tour should be coupled with another tour that covers the Stations of the Cross. Please pass on to the guide on the April 15th tour, cannot remember his full name, starts with a S...he did a great job!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Tamar the guide was vey friendly and her religious knowledge was passionate and thorough. She made everyone feel comfortable and not rushed, so they could enjoy jesus' last week in living the ancient city. She even got us a taxi, when it got too hot for us to walk much further, as the tour involved a lot of walking in a hot city. The group consisted of people from many different faiths and Tamar answered all the questions sensitively, enthusiastically and in depth. There was much to see and lunch and facilities were provided at a reasonable cost. We enjoyed seeing all the sites visited - the Graves on the western slope of the Mount of Olives (a jewish burial site) and also the Pater Noster, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. The skyline of mixed faiths and places of worship was most inspiring! Be aware that this is a walking tour, although we managed ok (we are both over 55, and went in the cooler months of March).

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