As one of the world’s oldest cities and an important spiritual center of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem is an undisputed highlight for visitors to Israel. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, about an hour’s drive.
Jerusalem is jam-packed with sights to see, but it’s possible to catch all the highlights on a half- or full-day trip from Tel Aviv. On a typical city tour, you’ll visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Jewish Quarter, King David’s Tomb, Via Dolorosa, the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Mount of Olives, and extend your visit to nearby Bethlehem to explore the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square. Depending on the tour, you might also stop at the Dead Sea.
Almost all multi-day small-group or private tours through Israel’s Holy Land take you to the top attractions in Jerusalem’s old city, as well as Bethlehem, Masada, and the Dead Sea. Those who have couple extra days to spare will also be able to see the biblical landmarks of Nazareth as well as the Sea of Galilee and towns like Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Acre.
Things to Know
- Jerusalem is located 42 miles (67 kilometers) southeast of Tel Aviv.
- Day tours to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv can last anywhere from six to 12 hours depending on the option chosen.
- Choose a day trip or a guided multi-day tour of Israel’s highlights.
- Many tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Tel Aviv.