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Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

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Jerusalem, Israel
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day tour of Jerusalem
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
  • Enjoy views of the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark
  • See popular Holy Land places such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
Hotel pickup
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel Drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
This half-day tour begins with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

Kick off your sightseeing at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers.

From atop the mount, there is also a view of arguably Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark: the Dome of the Rock, a shrine located on the Temple Mount and one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.

The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion. Then it’s off to the Walls of Jerusalem that surround the Old City. The walls were built in the 1530s, when Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, to protect its borders from intruders.

Further along through the Armenian Quarter, visit the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites, then to the Christian Quarter along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 stations of the cross while retracing Jesus’ steps to the Hill of Calvary, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The tour concludes at the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, where the coach awaits for a return trip to Jerusalem hotels.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
See the garden of Gethsemane
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
See the Kidron valley
Pass By:  
Dome of the Rock
See the Dome of Rock
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Walking tour in the Old city
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
walk through the Jewish quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Wailing (western) wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Temple Mount
View of the Temple mount
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Walk through the Christian Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the Station of the cross ( Via Dolorosa )
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Holy Sepulchre church
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Walk through the Muslim quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour ends approx. 13:00 in the Old City of Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel
  • The tour includes a reasonable amount of walking - comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.

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  • "This was a great tour is a very comfortable bus." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Old Jerusalem City tour
Lin1221
, Feb 2020
Omri our tour Guide did cover every thing.He is excellent in what he does. The rain did not prevent him from doing all the stations . We are satisfied.
star-5
Excellent Tour
nadiasm2001
, Jan 2020
This was a great tour is a very comfortable bus. We stayed with the guide who was very knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. He was very helpful in guiding us to the Places where we wanted to go after this half day tour. It is a good tour and I would definitely recommend it.
star-3
Lots of wasted time
Lasseduhn
, Apr 2019
Overall a good experience but too much wasted time in arranged souvenir shop with horrible overpricing on the souvenirs!
star-4
We took this tour which we really...
lydbohas
, Apr 2018
We took this tour which we really enjoyed. Our tour guide was Yehudi, I believe. We really loved going to the Western Wall and was able to touch it. The walk through old Jerusalem was interesting. Going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The tour did not take us to the Garden of Gethsemane, which really saddened me as that was one of the most interesting places I wanted to visit. We saw it from a distance but that was all this tour did. Our tour guide was amazing and allowed us to be dropped off at the end of our tour after having lunch with the others that were going on to other places with this guide. He dropped us close enough for us to walk down a hill and to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. That was amazing. The only thing was an uphill walk back into the old city through the different quarters to get back to our hotel. Overall really enjoyed the tour and an excellent gude.
star-4
I chose this trip for our extended...
gillians
, Jan 2018
I chose this trip for our extended family for two reasons - 1. the fact that it started with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the old city from outside, and 2. the fact that it allowed us an overview of the different quarters of the Old City. We did not realize that this meant almost nothing of the Jewish Quarter would be formally toured - but the fact that we got to see a large part of the Christian Quarter, and parts of the Moslem quarter - that we would not have seen - or understood - had we explored ourselves - made this tour worthwhile. The inevitable shop visit was - well I guess inevitable but we find it uncomfortable to be compelled into a single store and would prefer to be chaperoned to an area and left for perhaps 20 or 30 minutes to look around / have a drink etc.
star-5
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw...
Mike G
, Dec 2017
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw the Western Wall and went throughout the city of Jerusalem and we saw all the stations of the cross. Ami was very detailed in his descriptions. We only saw the Dome of the Rock from above the city, I would have liked to visit the mosque.
star-1
This half-day tour is not conducted...
Sarah Marie F
, Sep 2017
This half-day tour is not conducted as advertised. The sub-contractor that worked the tour did not fulfill as advertised. We were never 'at the Mount of Olives', we were never 'atop the Mount to view the Temple Mount or Dome of the Rock', which is a great view and vantage by the way...but not something we got to see from this or any other Viator tour that advertises that your tour starts from the Mount of Olives. We were first greeted with this revelation from the top of Mount Scorpus on the Old and New City Jerusalem tour which is farther away and next to the Mount of Olives. The guides even point to the Mount of Olives but don't like it when you question why the tour doesn't actually go there. We did not Kick off your sightseeing at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers.From ATOP the mount, there is also a view of arguably Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark: the Dome of the Rock, a shrine located on the Temple Mount and one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture. We also did not do the following from the description of 'what you can expect': The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion. So, two of the biggest sites to see you don't get to see except from afar off when you're on the road the runs around the Old City. They point to it from the bus windows where you can't take great pictures, not to mention that it's from the wrong vantage. You're supposed to be looking at the Old City from the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane Church, not from the roads on the opposite side. This was essentially the Old City tour which was part of an earlier tour we'd taken. I didn't appreciate the manipulation of words the guides used to say that 'all of the mounts' are part of the same chain that make up the mountains of olives so technically they're fulfilling the tour description. That's just not honest. Don't take any tours that state they start from the Mount of Olives. You have to take a taxi and negotiate your own tour to visit these sites on the actual Mount of Olives. I saw tour coaches on top of the Mount of Olives every day but evidently not the ones contracted by Viator. This is also the second time my review was submitted because it was deleted previously.
star-4
It is a good overview of Jerusalem...
James L
, Oct 2016
It is a good overview of Jerusalem. The guide took us to Mount of Olive and showed some sites and then stop by the good spot overlooking the dome of the rock and other domes to explain each of the structures. Then to the old city with all the important sites. Good introduction of Jerusalem and recommended.
star-3
The tour guide was great however we...
scottcself
, Oct 2016
The tour guide was great however we didn't get to cover nearly as much ground as hoped for and it was rather a clustered mess in the beginning as the guides were trying to figure out who was on what tour with who - overall a pleasant experience.
star-4
You have to do this tour before you...
June Howe K
, Jul 2016
You have to do this tour before you start your tour of Israel. The guide is very knowledgeable and he is able to give a brief history of Israel.

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