Israel’s religious highlights are dazzling yet dispersed. Travel between attractions with ease from Tel Aviv on a full-day sightseeing tour that covers Jericho, Qasr al Yehud, the Dead Sea, and the Old City of Jerusalem. See highlights of ancient Jericho, bathe buoyantly in the Dead Sea, take a sightseeing tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, divided into distinctive Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian quarters, and visit the Church of the Nativity, heralded by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
12-hour tour of Israel highlights from Tel Aviv
Ideal for travelers short on time and with an interest in Israel's religious heritage
Discover the ancient monuments of Jericho and the Old City of Jerusalem
Float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea and make use of a private beach
Visit the Church of the Nativity, considered by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ
Travel between attractions in an air-conditioned vehicle
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Rise early and greet your guide at the Grand Beach Hotel, conveniently located in central Tel Aviv, in advance of 6:30am. Following a 1.5-hour journey enhanced with guide commentary, you’ll arrive in Jericho and embark on an overview of the ancient city, which contains 9,000-year-old remnants from the Neolithic period. After visiting Qasr al Yehud, an important baptism site at the Jordan River, you’ll proceed to a private Dead Sea beach to float in the salt-saturated waters of the planet’s lowest point. Then, you’ll travel through the golden Judean Desert to Jerusalem, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Divide into four distinct quarters characterized by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Armenian religions, the city dates back to 1004BC and is replete with pilgrimage sites. Your tour culminates with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Church of the Nativity, believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Conclude your day trip with drop-off at your original Tel Aviv departure point at around 7pm.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Note that in some circumstances, the order of sites visited might change
Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
Manuel Alberto Y
, Dec 2018
I am a frequent traveler and I have had some bad experiences as much as good ones, but this one was simply a disaster. Poorly guided and organized, the guide did not speak good English, drivers and guides were constantly fighting. Visitors are never aware of what is going on and when we asked, the guides were extremely rude. It is a shame the low lever of service this company provides.
We enjoyed this trip very much.Our guids and drivers were very professional and fun people to spend the day with.Also, we were lucky to meet and to be with great persons(tourists) in this trip.The grup was perfect the guids the same,it was really a very good day. Thank you for the awesome day.
The trip itself was amazing but the guide and the company who arranged this was not. Elijah spelled differently was not a very good host in fact actually biased. He thought that there were no Muslims on the tour but he was wrong so I felt alienated at times. Then the company screwed up my arrangements by having me taxi to Jerusalem their suggestion to be picked up for sake of time and totally forgot about it when it came to take us to our hotel in Tel Aviv. We were embarrassed and treated horribly except for the woman that I spoke with on the phone who told me that this should never of happened. Do the tour but with a better vendor.
It was great tour to get to know a bit more of Jerusalem. I wished we had spend a bit more time in Bethlehem and definitely and I would like to had gone to different area of the Dead Sea because in the area we were it seem too overrun and not well taken care off. The driver as well as both tour guide were amazing!
The tour guide picked us up and then said we needed to get another vehicle as the vehicle we had was not working properly. We had to go get another vehicle from your company and detour for a while.
The tour guide said there was an issue with the Giro bike tour and had to re park and re route the tour again. He was driving and giving the tour at the same time. He was driving erratically and looking at his GPS On his phone and talking on his phone and driving at the same time. He got lost at least 2-3 times. He then parked and we had to walk for a long time and take public transportation which he said there was no charge for but then got scared when they were checking for tickets and made us get off. He picked up a family with a 9 month old baby and 3 older women in their 70s and said that they were joining our tour. He walked very fast and did not check if people were following him. He lost people at the wailing wall and did not even notice until AFTER lunch which was hours later and we had to wait again because he needed to go look for them. He then found them and we continued our tour of Jerusalem but Lost the family with the baby and 3 older ladies and we had to wait AGAIN because he did not realize he left them behind and we were waiting for at least 45 minutes by the train and did not know when or if he was coming back. He seemed frustrated and did not explain anything right. People could not hear him or understand him. He did not make sure people were following him let alone understand him. Finally he came back and then said we were not going to have time to go to Bethlehem which was part of the tour. He took us to the Dead Sea and then said he was going to pick us up after about an hour and then lied to the tour company and said he told us 2 hours when I called and complained because he was not there to pick us up. After picking us up from the Dead Sea, he seemed frustrated with our group and was sweating and mumbling to himself and got us on the vehicle missing some people again and bumped a cement structure with the vehicle in the parking lot so that vehicle is probably damaged. He was upset over this accident and then sped up with us inside the vehicle with a 9 month old baby and then hit his brakes suddenly almost causing the baby to fly off the arms of her mother because he was about to run into some pedestrians crossing the street.
I feel compelled to write this because I am very upset about this. This was by far one of the WORST experiences I've had in a tour. We all left the vehicle and had to get on a bus because the man was not well enough to drive.
This tour was disappointing, and mostly in part to the day's schedule. The pickup process was smooth, but required us to change buses at a location with many different buses, which was confusing and disorienting. We had a different tour guide for each part of the tour, which made it difficult to maintain continuity. We started at the Dead Sea private beach, where we were immediately greeted by a gift shop presentation. We were not told about the ability to rent towels or toiletries until the end of the tour, which would have been helpful at the start. From the Dead Sea, we went directly to Jerusalem, where we met our 2nd tour guide. We spent approximately two hours in Jerusalem, and felt incredibly rushed. We were unable to stop at any of the local shops, and we were not able to view any of the sites closely. We had particularly wanted to see the site of the Crucifixition and Jesus' burial site, but were told we did not have time. When we arrived at the Western Wall, we were given 10 minutes to use the restroom and/or pray, and one of our tour mates was left behind because he missed the 10 minute mark. We repeatedly told our tour guide to wait for him, and she refused. We went to Bethlehem, where we met our 3rd tour guide, and he took us directly to a gift shop where we spent approximately 30 minutes. Our actual visit to the Church of the Nativity barely lasted 10 minutes.
This tour was very disappointing and I would not recommend it. We were not given time for lunch or even a snack, which makes lasting through a full-day tour very difficult. We were taken to three different gift shops where we were encouraged to buy from Good Christian families, and then rushed through the actual tour sites. Perhaps ifthe time at the gift shops was reduced or eliminated, we would have had more time to visit the things we paid to see.
This tour was definitely highlight of my Israeli trip!
I overslept on my bus tour and I got completely panicked but they were so kind to book me on the tour next day!!!
Thank you so much for your flexibility!!
What a great tour! I wasn't really prepared for the cold weather but what an informative tour. I was able to use the information I learned and returned the next day to do some more exploring on my own. Our driver was the best! Mohammed was just perfect!. I wished we had more time in these places, it felt a bit rushed towards the end especially Jerusalem...but I was able to use the information to guide my own way thru the city the following day. The next time I go back, I will for sure book a Fun-Time tour! Thanks
Too many sights in one tour. We felt like it was a speed tour, rushing through all the sites and not really getting to enjoy them. I would recommend breaking it up a bit and doing Jerusalem and Dead Sea as two different tours.