3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

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  • Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
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 everything you see, witness this stunning city’s main Christian and Jewish shrines, including the Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (no. 5-14) and exquisite Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to stand on the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Time at the powerful Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem to chart the terrible treatment of the Jews in World War II wraps up this evocative tour.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Old and New Jerusalem from Tel Aviv
  • View key Christian and Jewish sites of Old Jerusalem such as the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (no. 5-14) and Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Absorb spectacular views over the Old City from the Mount of Olives
  • See the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations in the Kidron Valle
  • Learn about the suffering of Jews during WWII at the Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem
  • Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off by coach

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What You Can Expect

Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Walk through one of Jerusalem's ancient marketplaces on your full-day tour

Leave your centrally located Tel Aviv hotel in an air-conditioned coach for an approximate 90-minute journey to Jerusalem, the world’s holiest city. On arrival, visit the Mount of Olives for stunning views over Old Jerusalem and the Temple of the Mount, where Solomon’s Temple, destroyed in 586 BC, and the Second Temple, which was ruined by the Romans in 70 AD, once stood.

Next, pass the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, and the ancient Jewish cemetery on a drive through the Kidron Valley to Old Jerusalem. Enter the Old City on foot through the Zion Gate and walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter. Here, see the well-preserved Byzantine Cardo, the city’s ancient main street said to date from the 6th century AD.

View the Western Wall, known as the Wailing Wall, where Jews have prayed since the destruction of the Second Temple, and see the cracks in its stones where thousand of pilgrims push their hand-written prayers.

From here, cross into the Christian quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa (no. 5-14), the path Jesus is said to have taken to his crucifixion. See the Stations of the Cross and admire the beautiful Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to mark his crucifixion site.

After leaving the Old City via the Jewish Marketplace and Jaffa Gate, your final stop is at the Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem. Head inside to view its moving displays on the suffering of Jews during WWII — a deeply moving experience.

Lastly, return to your coach and head back to Tel Aviv for a drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays the Holocaust museum is closed, this will be replaced with a visit to Mount Zion and Gethsemane church

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good tour. Luxery bus (but with no bathroom) picked us up at the front door of our hotel; which made it very easy for our family of 2 adults and 3 kids. Quick trip to Jerusalem with an excellent guide! Highly recommend this day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was the highlight of my vacation mostly because of the tour guide Amir. I have been on hundreds of tours but this individual sits in a class by himself. The very best!!!! The city of Jerusalem is amazingly beautiful and full of plenty of history!!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

A very informative and helpful guide. Smooth pick up and drop off from the hotel. The lunch was pricey but the excellent view of old Jerusalem made it worthwhile make sure you sit on the top floor!. A pity there was not more time in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - I would have been willing to join the queue to actually get into the sepulchre itself and sacrifice the hour spent in the over-priced and tacky souvenir shop!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Very much enjoyed the tour. I would have preferred a full day on the old aspects of Jerusalem, but my preferred tour wasn't available on the day I had free. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative as well as being friendly and easy to spend the day with. Would definitely look at taking another tour from this company if I visit Israel again.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Typical touristy tour, overall good experience. You get to see a lot in one day!
Due to several hotel pickups and a bus change the time from pickup in Tel Aviv to first stop in Jerusalem was about 2 hours and vice versa. Bus was fine 19 seats, 17 passengers.
Tour guide and bus driver were both very professional. We got lots of information while on the bus and visited all the sites mentioned in the tour description.
Mandatory stop at gift shop. No pressure to buy anything and you could just wait outside, but the precious time could have been spent better. Lunch break at the roof terrace of a restaurant all guests were tour groups. Great view, but food was mediocre as expected falafel sandwich was 35 NIS including can of soda iirc.
Visit to Yad Vashem was the last stop and self-guided which I found very appropriate. We had about 90 minutes there which is sufficient to get a first impression.
Before hotel drop-offs the guide kindly asked to tip the bus driver, but no pressure to do so and I think not many did.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

Nice walking tour around the old city, didn't care too much for the lunch. Did get stuck at wailing wall while someone completed their prayers. Holocast museum interesting could use a little more time to go through. We had 1 1/2 hrs.

Tamas D
Hungary

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

good tour, lunch at a very overpriced place

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Booking on the internet was easy and we were picked up on time from a hotel near our apartment. However the swapping choches point was a bit chaotic and took ages. Itamar Book was our guide and he did a very good job of giving us lots of useful information, with the help of him "timeline". He was very knowledgeable and obviously moved by the final visit of the day, the Yad Veshem Holocaust Museum, where you must visit the memorial to the children. I don't want to spoil the effect this has by giving too much detail away. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house after that. It was a day of great contrasts, intense feeling and we all felt confident with Itamar at the helm.

My criticism is that we were ushered into a kebab house for lunch and offered a mediocre kebab for which we all had to pay a lot more than we had expected. If you are on a budget, bring your own lunch and drinks with you. Most of us had to get up too early for breakfast, so best to bring your own snacks and drinks. Bring shawls for churches to cover shoulders and all women must cover the knees at least. Good walking sandals or trainers are are recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Absolutely amazing! Fantastic experience and our Tour Guide was amazing! Really professional and answered all of my questions. However, we didn't actually get a tour much of the New City. The only reason why I took away one star was because I think there should be an optional tour about having the Museum at the end. I found it really difficult personally as my family was affected by the Holocaust. But it was however a beautiful museum too!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

It was just ok. Nothing spectacular about the tour. Its just a pretty good way to get around places. Less time spent on each destination except the gift shops that they want you to spend your money on (typical tourist trap). I did three consecutive days with this company and its all the same.

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