Witness first-hand the ancient and religious sites of Jerusalem on this thought-provoking full-day coach and walking tour. With an expert guide beside you to give everything powerful meaning and context, see the holy Christian and Jewish sites of Old Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (no. 10-14) and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to stand where Jesus was crucified. Aview of Mount of Olives , and time at the moving Holocaust Museum in New Jerusalem, provide the final, compelling touches to your day.
- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- All entrance fees included
Details about this tour
As we stand Mount Scopus we see the Old city and the Temple mount where the Solomons Temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE once stood.
Entering the Old city through the Zion gate we pass the Armenian quarter on our way to the Jewish quarter and the fifteen year old Byzantine Cardo. Partially destroyed and unused during the Moslem conquest it had a brief new lease of life during the Crusader period. The excavated Crusader shops are now modern stores.
We stop at the Kotel, the Western wall where Jews have prayed since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Built by King Herod it was a supporting wall enclosing the enlarged Temple mount area.
The Via dolorosa, also known as the Way of the Cross, is the route many pilgrims follow on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church built over the place of the crucifixion of Jesus and the burial tomb. Although the Byzantine church waspartially destroyed during the Persians and Moslem conquests the rebuilt and redesigned Crusader Church preserved much of the earlier church.
We exit the Old City via the market and the Jaffa gate for a short tour of the new city. A visit to Yad VeShem, the Holocaust museum, reveals artifacts and photographs documenting the discrimination, persecution and finally the annihilation of the Jewish communities of Europe. It also remembers those righteous among the nations who risked their lives while trying to save Jews.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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 that on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays the Holocaust museum is closed. A visit to Mt. Zion (King David's tomb and hall of the last supper) will take place instead.
The entrance to Yad vashem is not permitted for children under 10 years old
Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4