Get up close to the ancient and religious treasures of Old Jerusalem on this half-day 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
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 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.
The tour was great. The guide was helpful. It was very convenient that they picked us up at our hotel. And given the type of tour set off rather quickly once we transferred onto the main bugger bus. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. The downside is that you do have to make your own way back to Tel Aviv - which they tell you. and this can cost - especially on the Sabbath (from Friday after dusk to Sunday). Also, we don’t really go to Dome of the Rock- you just see it from the distance.
A great tour to see the most important spots of the city and well managed by the guide. The half day allows you to then leave and go back to explore a bit more on your own without time constraints. The only downside part is the shop and lunch spots they take the group to as its organised for tourists and not the best prices... But you are better on your own to discover other places.
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide Avi was very knowledgeable and knew his facts. He was a very nice person too. Our driver too was excellent and we felt very safe at all times. We are very glad we chose Viator/Bein Harim.
This trip is good, except we were joined a half tour, actually. That means the group is seprated into two parts, we were the part stop at Jerusalem, and there is another part, will continue to the dead sea. So it will be a little confused if you don't know the process of the tour.
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.
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.