Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall - Reviews

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Zachary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the significance of each site as we made our way through Jerusalem. Highly recommended!

Tim H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was amazing!

ELIF A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Amir Call Or was the best tour guide ever ! Amazing energy and great depths of knowledge !

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Very nice tour and pointed out all most important points from Jerusalem.

Barry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This has got to be the trip that I'd write a book about. It's an amazing historical tour that is breathtaking and awe-inspiring all in one. Of course it won't be possible if it weren't for the able, willing, and helpful assistance extended by Viator.

Rick Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Hya, the tour leader was excellent in terms of both knowledge and presentation.

yvonne y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Very worthwhile tour. The tour guide was very friendly, informative and willing to answer any questions. The half day tour is good if you want to spend longer revisiting any of the areas shown in the tour or visiting parts not shown.

ringoffire

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Our guide Amir (=top of tree) Call Or was great! Provided us so many information with an enthusiastic approach, we learned and appreciated many things. This Jerusalem tour is highly recommended!

Pau Nicholas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2011

Excellent guide and tour.
My only problem was that I had not understood that it was my responsibility to get myself back to Tel Aviv.
So be aware of this.
However, the guides provided me with a very creative solution - so it ended well.

Laureen A

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

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.

Lawrence L

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

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.

Judy X

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

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.

Sue A

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

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.

Faye

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

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.

Thurman

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2012

This tour started out a bit rocky when my guide inquired as to my plans upon completion of my half-day tour. When I informed him that I intended to return to Tel Aviv and spend the day on the beach, he promptly inquired as to how I planned to return to Tel Aviv, as the half-day tour ends in Jerusalem...YIKES! So, my half-day tour turned into the full-day Jerusalem/Bethlehem tour...LOL! I simply paid the difference between the half-day and full-day tours (which, ironically, woul have been the same price paid had I taken a taxi back to Tel Aviv).

With all of that said, I'm REALLY glad that I took this tour. Jerusalem is TREMENDOUSLY fascinating, and we only visited the old city. My guide was EXCEPTIONALLY knowledgeable and excellent at pointing out various interesting aspects of the city.

From Jerusalem, I journeyed to Bethlehem with the rest of the tour participants, and I'm SOOOO glad I took adventage of this opportunity. While there isn't really anything special in Bethlehem, what I appreciated was the opportunity to see, first hand, the Palestinian perspective (as Bethlehem is a Palestinian territoy)...WOW! EYE-OPENING!

For those choosing only the half-day trip, I simply encourage you to have a plan for getting back to Tel Aviv. Furthermore, I would simply suggest proceeding with the full-day trip. The difference is merely a few hours, and you're returned to your start point in Tel Aviv.

Geraldine M

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

I changed it to the whole day excursion to include the transportation back to my hotel. There is never enough time but it is a very good formula for a first time.

Michael J

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2011

Great taste of all the things one will want to explore in Tel Aviv later. The morning pick up was chaotic, and the guide firm to manage a big groupbut knowledgeable and really did her best to be sure everyone had a great experience! Thanks Maya

Liesl K

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2011

The half day tour was enough for us to see most of Jerusalem's old city. It was a bit of a mission to get from Jerusalem's old city / Jaffa Gate to the central bus station, but once there it was easy to get a bus back to Tel Aviv

Jeffrey H

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2011

This tour is jam packed with things to see. A good bit of walking if that's a problem for you. Tour guide was informative. Souviner shop was only fair. I did not understand the fine print and that the tour ends in Jerusalem. Guide was helpful in suggesting the bus back to Tel Aviv. Took cab from lunch spot to Central bus station then #480 bus for 20 Shekels to Tel Aviv and cab to hotel. Relatively painless. Bus runs every 20 minutes. Enjoyed the city of Jerusalem and this is a good tour if you don't have a lot of time.

David W

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2010

The trip itself was very good, especially walking around old Jerusalem. However, there are two things to note: 1. Whilst the webpage states hotel pick-up - this may not mean a pick-up at your hotel itself, and you may have to walk to a nearby hotel 2. The tour is sold as pick up and return to Tel Aviv - this is incorrect, as the tour finishes in Jerusalem and you have to figure out how to get back (we managed to get a trip back as were sold a return trip - even though this was pre-arranged through Viator who had sold the trip as a return trip, the local tour guides initially asked for additional money to be paid by us!)

John G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2014

Bus travel service was poorly organised and took far too long - this was not identified in advance. The passenger reallocation at Tel Aviv bus terminus was chaotic. There was also no information that this tour excluded return travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv - we had to take a taxi in the circumstances. The itinerary covered on foot was,in effect, a route march with no opportunity to see sites, this tour should be extended to a full day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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