Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

1. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. See the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem: Guided Walking Tour of the Old City

2. Jerusalem: Guided Walking Tour of the Old City

Starting from Jaffa Gate of the Old City, we’ll step back into time and walk through the different Quarters of the Old City. Taking in the indescribable energy that every corner presents, we’ll visit the sites most holy to all three religions. To Jews, King David’s Tomb and the Western (Wailing) Wall, the last remains of the Jewish Temple which stood here thousands of year ago. To Muslims, the site where the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven, the Dome of the Rock, as well as the beautiful Al Aqsa Mosque. And to Christians, the Via Dolorosa along which Christ walked with his own cross to his crucifixion, and the room of the last supper, as well as venturing inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre! Biblical stories will be put into context as you stand in the place where they took place whilst learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam, the foundation of the Jewish nation and the discovery of the True Cross, to name a few.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

Explore the holiest cities on earth on a guided tour from Tel Aviv. Travel to three of Israel's highlights, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem's Old City, and the Dead sea. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and swim. Start your guided tour in the "City of Gold." Visit Jerusalem's Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Sepulchre. Explore local Markets, Byzantine Cardo, and the Western Wall.  Next, embark on a tour of Bethlehem and witness the Church of the Nativity, the city where Jesus Christ was born. Those who are not interested in Bethlehem can instead opt to enjoy free time in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, journey east through the Judean Desert and head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Bathe in the therapeutic waters before your return to Tel Aviv in the late evening.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City & Dead Sea Guided Day Tour

4. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City & Dead Sea Guided Day Tour

Explore Jerusalem on this full-day bus tour from Tel Aviv. Experience the spiritual sanctuary of the 3 great religions of the Western world as you see sights like the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Armenian Quarter. During the tour, see some of the city’s most holy places, including the Mount of Olives, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and more. Get picked up from your hotel in the morning for the drive to Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, one of the highest peaks in the city. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the sights below. Travel along the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the Old City. Enter the Western Wall Square via the Armenian Quarter, and stroll through the Bazaar to the Christian Quarter. See the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of the crucifixion. Walk along the 1,700-year-old Byzantine main street, the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, and the renovated Jewish Quarter. Soak up the magical atmosphere of this most sacred of cities, before descending through the Judean hills to the shore of the Dead Sea.  The drive to the Dead Sea is without a guide, but once you have arrived at the lowest place on earth, swim, float, or enjoy a mud-bath to benefit from the rich-minerals that the natural Dead Sea is renowned for. Transfer back to Tel Aviv for the end of your tour.

Full Day City Tour of Jerusalem

5. Full Day City Tour of Jerusalem

Get to know the holy city of Jersualem. This full-day tour will take you through the city's major attractions, beautiful views and historical gems alike. Today's first stop is Mount Scopus. Here, be treated to a panoramic view of the city below. Next, enter the Old City to see the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Later, move on to the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the tread the recently restored Roman road of the Cardo. You will visit the colorful city bazaar and the Western Wall, proceeding to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, rumored to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. If your tour is on a Saturday, at Mt. Zion you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb. From here, you will continue to the New City and spend some time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a beautiful building that stands in contrast to the horrific story told between its walls. If you've got a bit of time to spare, visit the Hall of Remembrance and the Hall of Names before you return to your hotel.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

6. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old & New City Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Visit highlights in the new and old cities, including the Wailing Wall, Via Dolorosa, Mt. Zion, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Hear the city's history from your guide. You will leave with a comprehensive overview of the city, having walked in the quarters of the Old City, and continue to the poignant, Holocaust Museum for the later part of the day. Take in the sweeping panoramic view of the dusty city below. Then enter the Old City and tour the main attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Visit the bazaar and the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as the Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. Ascend to Mt. Zion. On Saturdays, you can visit the Hall of the Last Supper and David's Tomb. Continue to the new city by car and spend some time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The sprawling complex contains several sections, but it is the Museum that draws thousands of visitors ever since it opened in 2005. The beautiful building stands in contrast to the horrific story told within. You will also want to see the Hall of Remembrance and the Hall of Names before your return journey to Tel Aviv.

From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

7. From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

Your guide will be waiting for you when you disembark from your cruise ship in Ashdod and the tour will begin with a pleasant drive to Jerusalem in a comfortable vehicle with A/C. At Mt. Scopus, the tour stops for a panoramic view across the city rooftops. Then drive towards the Old City passing biblical sites like the Garden of Gethsemane that stands on the Mount of Olives alongside the Church of All Nations. Also, spot the ancient Jewish tombs in Kidron Valley, and the Ophel Promenade as we drive parallel to the Old City walls. We enter the Old City on foot through one of the massive gates in the 16th-century walls and pass the Western Wall excavations as we walk towards the Western Wall. This sacred Jewish site is all that remains from the 2,000-year-old holy Jewish Temple that once stood on Temple Mount. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Byzantine Cardo lined with columns, then we walk along a section of the Via Dolorosa, as Jesus did bearing his cross. The Via Dolorosa culminates at the Holy Sepulcher Church which was built in the 4th century to encompass Christ’s tomb and the site of the crucifixion at Golgotha (Calvary). The tour stops for a lunch break in the Old City and you have time to meander through one of the traditional markets. Leaving the Old City we can see Mount Zion as we drive towards the town where Christ was born. In Bethlehem, we tour the Nativity Church and see the Holy Grotto where the nativity took place. The tour ends with a drive back to Ashdod port where you can rejoin your cruise ship and continue to your next port of call.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

8. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem tour from Tel Aviv is unique in the way it combines many highlights in one day . Start the day in Jerusalem, the holiest city, for to Jews, to Christians, and to Muslims. Our expert guide will take you through the four quarters and tell you about this fascinating city. Then, we will visit Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born. You will visit the Church of the Nativity. You will later continue to the Dead Sea for time to relax in the muds and float in these special waters which have baffled mankind for thousands of years. This tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is available with guaranteed departures. Here you can see the Itinerary of this interesting tour:- 06:30 - Pick up from Tel Aviv (Textile Building 2 Kaufmann Street). 08:00 - A Guided tour in Jerusalem 11:30 - Depart to Bethlehem 12:00 - Tour in Bethlehem City & Church of Nativity 15:30 - Free time relaxing in the Dead Sea - (Please bring your sunscreen, hat, Walking shoes, Bathing suit and towel). 16:30 - Depart from the Dead Sea 19:00 - Drop off in Tel Aviv NB - all timings on Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem Tour are approximate

Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

9. Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full-day tour takes you to the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia, the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors from around the world, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will be traveling with a Government licensed tour guide in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, although there will be some walking, so come prepared. You will stop at the Mount of Olives to take a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Enter the Old City and tour the major attractions, such as the Wailing Wall. Walk through the Jewish and Christian quarters and the Cardo, still visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Head through the bazaar towards the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried. An essential place of pilgrimage for Christians since at least the 4th-Century, whatever your beliefs the atmosphere is mesmerizing. Leaving Jerusalem behind, you will drive to the Dead Sea, or “Sea of Salt.” Located in the Jordan Rift Valley between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. You will stop to relax at one of the resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and enjoy the opportunity to float while covering yourself with the mineral rich, therapeutic Dead Sea mud. Its health-giving properties have turned it in to a major spa destination with a variety of unique bath products for sale in the hotels and shops. Purchase some bath salts and skin creams to take home, before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

Jerusalem: Tour with Private Guide

10. Jerusalem: Tour with Private Guide

Experience the captivating wonders of Jerusalem on a remarkable private walking tour. Listen to your guide as you visit and learn about some of the city's most historically significant landmarks. Begin your adventure as your knowledgeable guide awaits you in the lobby of your centrally located hotel, ensuring a convenient start to your exploration of this remarkable city. Embark on a journey that encompasses the essence of Jerusalem, offering a comprehensive view of its iconic landmarks and a glimpse into its rich history. Traverse the ancient streets as your guide paints a vivid picture of Jerusalem's past, sharing concise yet fascinating narratives that bring the city to life. Uncover hidden gems and intriguing secrets within the Old City, starting with your entrance through the Zion Gate, passing the enigmatic Armenian Quarter, and making your way to the captivating Jewish Quarter and the ancient Byzantine Cardo. A highlight of your tour awaits at the world-renowned Western Wall, an awe-inspiring segment of the Temple Mount's western retaining wall. Erected by the legendary Herod the Great during his ambitious Temple expansion in 20 BCE, this monumental wall serves as an open-air sanctuary, with heartfelt prayers discreetly placed in the crevices between its imposing stones. Continuing your expedition, you will follow in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, known as the Way of the Cross. This sacred route traces the path from His condemnation to the site of His crucifixion, attracting countless pilgrims who choose to retrace His steps and pause at significant stations along the way. Concluding this memorable journey, you will arrive at the revered Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a site of immense spiritual significance for Christians worldwide. This hallowed sanctuary stands upon the very location where Jesus was crucified, buried, and triumphantly rose from the dead, offering a profound experience of faith and reverence. Your tour culminates near the iconic Jaffa Gate, a gateway to further exploration and discovery within the enchanting city of Jerusalem. Take the opportunity to continue your leisurely stroll, absorbing the vibrant atmosphere and immersing yourself in the captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern allure. Embark on an unforgettable private walking tour of Jerusalem, where every step reveals a captivating tale, and the city's enduring beauty leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

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The experience was wonderful in every sense of the word. The guide, Rom, is an excellent person with a very good command of English and is passionate about culture and good humor. The tour exceeded my expectations, I loved the places and the journey. We visited the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and wow it is a place full of meaning and religious iconography, I loved it. The part that I enjoyed the most of the trip was arriving in Galilee, visiting Lake Tiberias, Capernaum, the House of Saint Peter, but what I loved most about this tour was visiting the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, it is a place full of mysticism and love. There are also many green parrots. The views during the trip are beautiful, it is a serene town full of nature, I loved the tour and I highly recommend it, I hope you enjoy it as I did. Thanks to Rom and the agency for this beautiful experience full of meaning and value through the life of Jesus of Nazareth

My mother and I had an amazing time in Israel! Yuliya was extremely helpful with coordinating our tour based on our travel plans. Moshe was well informed, a pleasure to talk to, and also very kind and courteous to my mother’s needs whenever she needed to take breaks. It has been my mother’s lifelong wish to visit Israel and I am so grateful that Yuliya/Moshe were able to make it possible. It has been a highlight of her life and I highly recommend AroundTour!

Very interesting, informative and fun. Due to problems outside of my guides control (the Jerusalem Marathon causing road closures) he found other places to see and experience. Even went to the Jewish Market and helped me order some pastries I never heard of before. Good experience from beginning to end.

Houcine was really good and suoer helpful with us. I would really recommend this experience with them, as they are taking care of everyone and made the experience unique

Our guide was very knowledgeable and allowed us to have an excellent guided tour.