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Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore Old Jerusalem and visit the powerful Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem on this day trip from Tel Aviv. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the most resonant Jewish and Christian sites of the Old City, including the Mount of Olives, Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then, drive to modern Jerusalem to the Holocaust Museum. Head inside to chart the moving personal stories of the victims of World War II’s Holocaust through the artifacts, survivor testimonies and deeply poignant Hall of Names memorial.
  • Full-day tour of Old and New Jerusalem from Tel Aviv
  • View key Christian and Jewish sites of Old Jerusalem such as the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (no. 5-14) and Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Absorb spectacular views over the Old City from the Mount of Olives
  • See the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations in the Kidron Valle
  • Learn about the suffering of Jews during WWII at the Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem
  • Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off by coach
Board an air-conditioned coach at your central Tel Aviv hotel for your day trip to Old and New Jerusalem, located around 1.5 hours away. 

En route, listen as your guide charts Jerusalem’s tangled past. Hear about its 3,000-year-old history, and how the city has been held sacred by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths since the biblical era.

Visit the Mount of Olives for splendid views over the walled Old City, including the golden Dome of the Rock at the Temple of the Mount. Then, drive along the Kidron Valley past the Garden of Gethsemane, Dormition Abbey and other sites before entering the Old City through the Zion Gate.

Follow the twisting alleyways of the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter, and pass the Byzantine Cardo, the city’s main thoroughfare during Byzantine times. See the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where thousands of Jewish worshippers gather, and enter the Christian quarter to trace some of the route taken by Jesus to his crucifixion along the Via Dolorosa.

View some of the Stations of Cross  (no. 5-14) on route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site of Calvary, the place of Jesus' crucifixion. Then, pass through the Jewish Marketplace and Jaffa Gate and drive to New Jerusalem to the Holocaust Museum, a striking building dedicated to the six million and more victims of the Holocaust of WWII. 

Head inside to take in the artifacts and testimonies set out in the galleries, and end your explorations at the deeply poignant Hall of Names, where biographies of the victims are held.

Afterward, your tour finishes with a drop-off at your Tel Aviv hotel.

Please note: the Holocaust Museum is closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays. On these days, your visit here will be replaced by a visit to Mount Zion and the Gethsemane church.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Western Wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the stations along Via Dolorosa
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Walk in the Old City of Jerusalem
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Monte das Oliveiras
View of Mount of Olives
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
View of the Kidron Valley
Stop At:  
Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Visit Yad Vashem
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Jewish Cemetery
View of the Jewish cemetery on Mount of Olives
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Christian Quarter
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Cardo
Roman- Byzantine cardo
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Muslim Quarter
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Jerusalem Tour Well Organised
Cld
, Mar 2020
I enjoyed the trip to Jerusalem and the whole trip was well organised and managed. My only criticism was the lack of time in Yad Vashem. One hour was not enough, or it would be doable if the visit was guided but I ran out of time half way which was a real shame.
star-5
Great for a quick tour... get ready for a long stay at Holocaust museum
Gregory_R
, Feb 2020
Was great given I only had time for a short trip. Wonderful guide— knowledgeable and engaging. Felt a little rushed in Jerusalem and spent way, way too long at the Holocaust museum.
star-4
Super tour
andreiasjoaquim
, Jan 2020
The tour was pretty good and very complete, the guide was amazing and you totally noticed that she knows what she’s talking about. The only down for me was just when you have to go to a souvenir store to buy things, of course no one is obligated to buy, but it’s a bit annoying. Guess it’s “normal” in this touristic tours...
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Okay
courtneyfaith1010
, Jan 2020
While the sites on the tour were beautiful, the tour guide was less personable than many others I’ve had via Viator. In addition, some of the people on our tour decided to be baptized at the river Jordan but were not appropriately informed by the tour guide that there was no preacher/priest to baptize them unless one travels with you. Thankfully a preacher who was with another group agreed to baptize them and all turned out fine. Lastly, when it came time for drop off, instead of being dropped off at my hotel (like on other tours I’ve been on), I was dropped off several streets away to walk home by myself in the dark. If I had been traveling with a companion, this wouldn’t have bothered me but I thought it was slightly inconsiderate of my safety as a solo traveler. Overall, the tour was okay but I would highly recommend the Jerusalem tour instead.
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Exceptional
michaelmccoy
, Jan 2020
Koby was a knowledgeable and accommodating guide. The shop he took us to was of low quality and I felt as though I was obligated to buy something. I did not. I would have preferred not feeling like it was required to go the the restaurant that was chosen. An option to skip lunch would have been appreciated
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A very interesting day!
YlvaKallen
, Dec 2019
An interesting trip to old noisy Jerusalem, particularly interesting to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western wall. Interesting and very moving to visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem, in new Jerusalem. A very nice and knowledeable guide.
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A good first experience
Jon C
, Dec 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable with 35 years of experience. He added insight at each tour stop to make the material more relatable. I wish the timeline had included more time for exploring and shopping not just at a pre-selected single store with high-pressure sales tactics. Elvis-themed coffee stop at the beginning was an unnecessary waste of time.
star-5
Excellent tour
Michael B
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide was excellent in describing the location and events of Jerusalem. I would definitely recommend doing this tour.
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Jerusalem
Joshua D
, Nov 2019
Excellent tour guide. Kept the group interested and educated. Answered questions and seemed very knowledgeable.
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Great experience
ukoeck
, Nov 2019
Hezi the guide and Oleg the driver made it a great and interesting day for us. In spite of the full programme it was never too stressful. Very well organized, very kind people, very much information.Thank you!!

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