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Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) Tours

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Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)
The Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) is an ancient path in Jerusalem’s Old City, where it’s believed Jesus carried the cross to his crucifixion. Also known in Catholicism as the Stations of the Cross, it’s a pilgrimage that’s been followed going back to the fourth century. The route has changed over the years, and today there are 14 stations along the path, each marked with a plaque detailing what took place at that location.

The Basics
Visitors can follow the path Jesus is said to have taken while carrying the cross to his crucifixion. The Way of the Cross is open to the public, and visitors can choose to make their own way or book a guided tour to add context. Many pilgrims stop to pray and reflect on the events believed to have taken place at each station, although it should be noted that it’s a busy and often noisy route, with a bustling outdoor market going on around it.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • While well-marked, the path winds through busy streets with lined with snack stalls and tourist shops, so it can be hard to follow.
  • It’s not always easy to see each plaque, but there are many tours that guide visitors with commentary.
  • There is a weekly procession along the Via Dolorosa led by Franciscans every Friday afternoon at 3pm.
  • The Franciscan procession begins at the Pilgrim’s Reception Center near by the Lion’s Gate.
  • The number of pilgrims to Via Dolorosa swell to thousands when Franciscans flock to the site during Holy Week.

How to Get There
The Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) begins at the Lion’s Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City and stretches about a third of a mile (500 meters) to its end at the Christian Quarter at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

When to Get There
The Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) is open to the public year round, but the Franciscan procession at 3pm on Fridays is a popular time to follow the path.

Arab Souk in the Muslim Quarter
The Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City stretches across 76 acres (31 hectares) and can be accessed through Lion’s Gate, Damascus Gate, and Herod’s Gate. It’s easy to get lost in the winding maze of lively streets that make up the Arab Souk in center of the Muslim Quarter. Stalls selling everything from spices, breads, and pastries to freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and hummus are tightly packed along the narrow streets. The buzzing outdoor markets are a sight to behold, with traders hawking wares on streets that are thousands of years old. 
Address: Begins at Herod's Palace at Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Admission: Free
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Jerusalem Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of Jesus

Jerusalem Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of Jesus

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Retrace the footsteps of Jesus on this full-day guided walking tour of Jerusalem. Travel along the Via Dolorosa, the street Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Walk down the Mount of Olives and see other prominent sites in Old City Jerusalem, like the Pool of Bethesda, St Anne’s Church, the Convent of the Sisters of Zion and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$89.00
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US$89.00
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Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

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Get a panoramic look at the city of Jerusalem and visit some of its most well-known sites on this half-day tour. Look down on the city from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified; and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this guided all-day tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Finish the day with time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.00
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US$73.00
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Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv

Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv

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Experience the Holy Land’s two most sacred locations, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, in just one day on this convenient guided door-to-door tour. Start in Jerusalem, taking in views from the Mount of Olives, following the way of Christ down the Via Dolorosa, and paying our respects at the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem, with visits to the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$121.00
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US$121.00
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New Jerusalem: Holy City Tour

New Jerusalem: Holy City Tour

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Discover in a 4-hour walking tour of Jerusalem what makes of this city the world's spiritual centre for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Along the way, your tour guide will show you the the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, while you learn about the the city’s 4,000-year fascinating history. See Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located on the hill of Calvary, where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.18
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Palm Sunday in Jerusalem: Mass at Bethpage and Via Dolorosa Procession

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem: Mass at Bethpage and Via Dolorosa Procession

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Experience Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, join a holiday mass at Bethpage Church and follow in Jesus’ footsteps in a procession along the Via Dolorosa. Hear cries of ‘hosanna’ as you walk alongside an international crowd of pilgrims, pass the Church of Ascension and Garden of Gethsemane, then enter Jerusalem’s Old City by the ancient Lion’s Gate. Slip into the Church of St. Anne and visit the legendary Pool of Bethesda before ending the 6-hour tour at your hotel.  
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.00
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Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, the holy lands of the Jerusalem region are the spiritual centers of the world. On this full-day guided tour, discover the history of the different religions that make up these regions and witness the mix of cultures currently living here. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, important in Jewish and Muslim history, and many more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.00
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US$106.00
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Ashdod Shore Excursion: ALL Jerusalem Highlights + visit to Bethlehem

Ashdod Shore Excursion: ALL Jerusalem Highlights + visit to Bethlehem

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When arriving in Israel at the Port of Ashdod, visit the holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem on this guided, full-day shore excursion. Discover the history of the different religions of this region and witness the mix of cultures. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; and many more. Port of Ashdod pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.29
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Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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For Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this all-day guided tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.00
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US$73.00
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Highlights of Israel Day Trip: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

Highlights of Israel Day Trip: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

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Enjoy the highlights of Israel in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea on this full-day guided adventure. From atop the Mount of Olives, look down on the city, with a view of the Dome of the Rock. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and more. Then at the Dead Sea, float or swim in the ultra-salty lake water for an unforgettable experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$106.00
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Jerusalem: Dual Narrative Tour

Jerusalem: Dual Narrative Tour

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Join a unique, inter-faith tour led by one Jewish and one Palestinian guide as you explore Jerusalem’s Old City. Highlights include stops at major religious and historical attractions, including Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Go behind the sights to learn in-depth context about recent tensions as you ponder the fate of the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
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Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Jerusalem Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall and the Dead Sea

Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Jerusalem Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall and the Dead Sea

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Enjoy the highlights of Israel in Jerusalem and at the Dead Sea on this full-day tour with your own private guide. Look down on Jerusalem from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to name a few. Then at the Dead Sea, float or swim in the rejuvenating waters for a unique and unforgettable experience. Hotel transport by private vehicle is included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$353.00
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Holy Jerusalem Private Tour

Holy Jerusalem Private Tour

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The best way to experience the holy city of Jerusalem is with a private tour, which will allow you to understand its complexity, learn about its rich history, experience the archeology and feel the culture. I love guiding, I love Jerusalem and the land of Israel and nothing makes me happier than to share this love with others. I present very rich and informative guidance while presenting the information in a very vivid manner.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$835.90
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Jerusalem Old & New Unforgettable Tour from Tel Aviv

Jerusalem Old & New Unforgettable Tour from Tel Aviv

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See the old and new side of Jerusalem in just a day on this tour from Tel Aviv. Visit important holy sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, plus modern sites of interest including the Holocaust Museum or the Church of All Nations—all without having to plan a thing.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.00
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US$94.00
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Half Day Holy Jerusalem Trip from Tel Aviv

Half Day Holy Jerusalem Trip from Tel Aviv

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See the highlights of Jerusalem with ease on this half-day tour from Tel Aviv. Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and travel to Jerusalem. Accompanied by a guide, learn about the Holy City. Visit the Jewish and Christian quarters of the Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, the Mount of Olives, and more.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$61.00
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US$61.00
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Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

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We all know that we need more than 2 days to finish what we need to know about this Holy Town, but in this combined Tour we have even only 3 Hours, so 'cause of this we grantee the best Guide that will be able to make you feel the mix of this Old City between the 3 religions which we will touch and fell together with the knowledge of our Guide and his capability living it, even we know that 3 hours for Jerusalem is really not enough time. Finishing Jerusalem, we go to Bethlehem to make 1 hours and half of a Tour even we know that's not always enough time. After this we start going to the Dead Sea, to spend other 1 hour and half of relaxation in the Dead Seam in our Private Beach.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.00
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US$89.00

Jerusalem Walking Tour

Jerusalem Walking Tour

Join our Jerusalem Walking Tour for the least demanding, generally extensive, and best worth approach to finding this otherworldly city. Our tour visits the sights inside the dividers of the Old City, including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Pools of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and more. At long last, you'll visit the clamoring, scene acclaimed Old city Arab market, where local people and travelers all meet up to absorb the flavors and fragrances of everything this well-known market brings to the table.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.99
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US$49.99

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour from Jerusalem

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour from Jerusalem

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Explore the religious highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem on a full-day, small-group tour from Jerusalem. Take in views of the ancient city from the Mount of Olives, then visit King David’s tomb and the site of the Last Supper atop Mount Zion. See the folded prayers at the Wailing Wall, and follow Jesus' path down the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leave the city for Bethlehem’s holy sites, then visit an ancient shepherds’ field, the manger square, and the 4th-century Church of the Nativity.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112.00
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US$112.00

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Trip from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Private Trip from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

This is a private tour to Christian famous sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Start with an overview of Jerusalem from Mount Olives, looking down at the Old City and the Temple Mount. See the Garden of Gethsemane and the monumental burial tombs while driving along the Kidron Valley. Walk past the Armenian Quarter and along the 1500 year old Byzantine Cardo to the Jewish Quarter and on the Western Wall. Follow the Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leave Jerusalem for neighboring Bethlehem hometown of King David and birthplace of Jesus. Also visit the Catholic church of St. Catherine, the Greek church, the Milk Grotto where Mary fed Jesus and Shepherd's Fields. • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide on this private tour • Guided tour of the popular Holy Land sights by local experts • Discover the world-famous religious and historical sites of the Old City of Jerusalem • Customize your route, according to your interests.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$811.00
per group
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US$811.00
per group
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 Jerusalem Christian Protestant Private Tour

Jerusalem Christian Protestant Private Tour

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Explore the top historic and religious sites in Jerusalem on this Christian Protestant-focused private tour of the ancient city. Choosing this private tour ensures individual attention from your guide and means you don’t have to waste your precious time in Jerusalem waiting on other tourists. Plus, your guide can focus on the aspects of the tour that relate to your religious orientation.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$699.00
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US$699.00
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Jerusalem World Heritage Private Tour

Jerusalem World Heritage Private Tour

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Since Jerusalem’s most sacred sites are hidden in the Old City's maze of streets, simply finding the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim landmarks can be a challenge. Join a private guide for a personalized tour of Old City Jerusalem to discover the treasures within the historic walls; you’ll cover key sites at your own pace, with time to take in the places that interest you most.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$706.00
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US$706.00
per group

Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Group Tour

Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Group Tour

This Jerusalem and Dead Sea tour starts on the Mount Scopus . Your guide will point our highlights on the Mount Scopus like the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations and Kidron Valley below. Within the 500-year-old Old City walls, we see the Armenian Quarter and head for the ancient Jewish Quarter. See the excavated 1,500 year old Byzantine Cardo, an ancient street lined with tall columns. The Jerusalem tour visits the sacred Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Holy Temple’s outer retaining walls. The tour traces Jesus’s route to his crucifixion from the 5th Station of the Cross along the sacred Via Dolorosa. We enter this iconic Christian landmark and see many chapels and Biblical sites like the Stone of Unction and Christ’s burial tomb. Before leaving the Old City we take a lunch break then make our way through the Old City bazaar. The tour takes you to a Dead Sea beaches where you can relax on the sand, soak up the sun and float in the water.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$194.85
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US$194.85

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Group Tour

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Group Tour

This tour takes you to the most sacred Christian destinations in the world – Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We start on the Mount Scopus with a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then we pass the Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations and Kidron Valley to reach the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter, we visit the Byzantine Cardo and the Western Wall. Following the Via Dolorosa where Jesus walked bearing his cross, we reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This 4th-century church holds the site of the crucifixion at Calvary and the place of Christ’s burial tomb. Leaving Jerusalem we make our way to Bethlehem. We arrive at Manger Square and visit the Basilica of the Nativity that holds the Grotto of the Nativity where Jesus was born. We visit chapel caves beneath the Church of Saint Catherine and the Milk Grotto where Mary nursed baby Jesus. As we leave Bethlehem we pause at Shepherd’s Field and pass by the Field of Ruth.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.49
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US$179.49

Private Tour: Highlights of Jerusalem

Private Tour: Highlights of Jerusalem

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The highlights tour in Jerusalem is a good introduction for first-time visitors. We will explore the city of three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A sample itinerary includes: 1. Lookout from the Mount of Olives 2. Jaffa Gate - introduction to the Old City. 3. Walk on top of the city's walls and see the Old City from above. 4. Visit the Jewish Quarter and its sites: the Roman Cardo and Hezekiah's Wall 5. Visit the the Western Wall ("The Kotel") - the spiritual heart of the Jewish nation. 6. Follow the story of Jesus along the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Christian Quarter. 7. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which hosts the site where Jesus was crucified (Golgotha Hill) and the site of Jesus burial.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$400.00
per group
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US$400.00
per group

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