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Jerusalem: Tour with Private Guide

1. 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.

From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

2. From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Tel Aviv you will travel to the Old City of Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at the Mount of Olives where you will have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. Then take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley where you will see the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, and the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshaphat, BeneiHezir and the tomb of Zechariah. Then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. After you will head to the Jewish Quarter to reach the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish faith. Continue on to the Way of Sorrows where Jesus walked towards his crucifixion. Along the way, you will stop at several Stations of the Cross before finally reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. To end your tour take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the holy city.

Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

3. Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

Your tour begins on the  Mount Scopus where you have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. From this elevated point you will have the ancient Jewish cemetery beneath you and, beyond that, the Old City with the shining Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount. As you look down on the Old City, it is easy to imagine the Second Temple which once stood on Temple Mount and the bustling ancient city as it would have been almost 2000 years ago. Then you will take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley, with a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. In the Valley you can see the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshapat, BeneiHezir, and the tomb of Zechariah. You enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. Today, after extensive excavations, specialty stores are open here where Crusader stores once stood. Going through the Jewish Quarter, you will reach the most holy site in the Jewish faith, the Western Wall. Here Jews from around the world come to pray and put prayer notes between the Wall's stones. This 2,000 year old wall was part of the outer supporting walls of the holy Second Temple which was destroyed in AD70. Continue on to the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows. Along the way you will pause at several Stations of the Cross and finally you will reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The basilica is constructed on the site where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and within the church is his burial tomb. The Byzantine church has been renovated, rebuilt, and expanded over the years; today it is a vast and ornate place of worship. To end your tour, take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the City of Gold.

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour from Haifa Port. Private Tour

4. Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour from Haifa Port. Private Tour

We begin our day at the Mount of Olives with a spectacular scenic view of Jerusalem. From here we travel the Byzantine Cardo, a historic road that cuts through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. On the way, we visit the Wailing Wall (Kotel), the only remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, and one of the most sacred places in Jewish culture. The wailing is a description made by the British of the sounds of the Jewish people praying. Moving on we take the sacred route where Jesus carried the cross along the Way of Sorrows on the route to his crucifixion. We’ll then arrive at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified as well as his Burial tomb. We continue our journey by touring the Bazaars of the Christian and Muslim quarters. Our first destination begins at the Mount of Olives overlooking an ancient Jewish cemetery where many believe that the resurrection of the Messiah will happen. (Zech 14:4). Looking down from here we have an excellent view across the Old City down to Temple Mount where the Holy Jewish Temple originally existed. *This point can be replaced with another viewpoint, as it depends on the traffic congestion and possible jams. We will then travel towards the Zion Gate, passing the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and the Kidron Valley. Here we can observe the Jewish burial tombs of Absalom, King David’s son, Jehoshaphat and the Hezir family. We arrive at Jerusalem’s Old City on exiting the Zion Gate and continue through the Armenian quarter. We will then arrive at the fifteen-hundred-year-old excavated Byzantine Cardo, an ancient road now restored. We pass the Jewish quarter towards the Western Wall, a section of the exterior wall of the Jewish Temple that once stood erect on Temple Mount almost 2,000 years ago. We will walk the path many pilgrims have throughout history, stopping at points where Jesus paused on the way carrying his cross to Golgotha (Calvary). Our final destination is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of the crucifixion and Burial tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Finally, we will have time to wander the traditional Middle Eastern markets before our next destination Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born. Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth and home to Jesse, King David’s father. From Manger Square, we will enter the fourth-century Church of the Nativity, the oldest site in continuous use as a place of Christian worship opened in the year 333. Below the chapel is the Grotto of the Nativity where you’ll see an altar in remembrance of the three wise men, and a fourteen-point star set into the floor which signifies the exact spot where Jesus was born.

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour from Ashdod Port. Private tour

5. Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour from Ashdod Port. Private tour

We begin our day at the Mount of Olives with a spectacular scenic view of Jerusalem. From here we travel the Byzantine Cardo, a historic road that cuts through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. On the way, we visit the Wailing Wall (Kotel), the only remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, and one of the most sacred places in Jewish culture. The wailing is a description made by the British of the sounds of the Jewish people praying. Moving on we take the sacred route where Jesus carried the cross along the Way of Sorrows on the route to his crucifixion. We’ll then arrive at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified as well as his Burial tomb. We continue our journey by touring the Bazaars of the Christian and Muslim quarters. Our first destination begins at the Mount of Olives overlooking an ancient Jewish cemetery where many believe that the resurrection of the Messiah will happen. (Zech 14:4). Looking down from here we have an excellent view across the Old City down to Temple Mount where the Holy Jewish Temple originally existed. *This point can be replaced with another viewpoint, as it depends on the traffic congestion and possible jams. We will then travel towards the Zion Gate, passing the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and the Kidron Valley. Here we can observe the Jewish burial tombs of Absalom, King David’s son, Jehoshaphat and the Hezir family. We arrive at Jerusalem’s Old City on exiting the Zion Gate and continue through the Armenian quarter. We will then arrive at the fifteen-hundred-year-old excavated Byzantine Cardo, an ancient road now restored. We pass the Jewish quarter towards the Western Wall, a section of the exterior wall of the Jewish Temple that once stood erect on Temple Mount almost 2,000 years ago. We will walk the path many pilgrims have throughout history, stopping at points where Jesus paused on the way carrying his cross to Golgotha (Calvary). Our final destination is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of the crucifixion and Burial tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Finally, we will have time to wander the traditional Middle Eastern markets before our next destination Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born. Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth and home to Jesse, King David’s father. From Manger Square, we will enter the fourth-century Church of the Nativity, the oldest site in continuous use as a place of Christian worship opened in the year 333. Below the chapel is the Grotto of the Nativity where you’ll see an altar in remembrance of the three wise men, and a fourteen-point star set into the floor which signifies the exact spot where Jesus was born.

From Tel Aviv: Private Jerusalem Highlights Van Tour

6. From Tel Aviv: Private Jerusalem Highlights Van Tour

Visit a number of holy and significant sites for both Christianity and Judaism on a private tour of Jerusalem. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan between locations, learning about each site from your local guide. Best of all, customize your tour to fit your preferences. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Tel Aviv. Then head to your first stop: the Mount of Olives. Marvel at the sweeping views of earth-colored houses and sparse green trees below you before descending to the Church of Agony and the Gardens of Gethsemane. Next, enter the Old City through the famous Dung Gate, which represents the need for cleansing physically and spiritually. Then stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred place to Jews today before visiting the Crusader Church of St. Anne and the ruins of the Pool of Bethesda. Walk the famous Via Dolorosa following Jesus' path to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where he was crucified. Continue your tour to spend some time in the markets and along the Byzantine Cardo, the main street in Ancient Roman cities, before leaving the Old City via the Zion Gate. Walk around Mount Zion and the tomb of King David, as well as the Room of the Last Supper. Time permitting, visit the Church of Peter Gallicantu and the Garden Tomb before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem: Classical Highlights Private Tour

7. Jerusalem: Classical Highlights Private Tour

Visit a number of holy and significant sites to both Christianity and Judaism as you tour around Jerusalem with your knowledgable local guide. Learn interesting information about the city it's history and culture. Begin by visiting the Church of Agony and the Gardens of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City through the Dung Gate and stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred place to Jews today. Next, visit the beautiful Crusader Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda. Walk the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Jesus’s crucifixion. Enjoy some time exploring the lively markets and along the Byzantine Cardo before leaving the Old City via the Zion Gate. Tour around Mount Zion and the tomb of King David as well as the Room of the Last Supper. Time permitting, have the chance to visit the Church of Peter Gallicantu and the Garden Tomb.

Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

8. Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

Explore the highlights in Jerusalem and travel to the Dead Sea on this day trip. Admire the views from the Mount of Olives and walk thorugh the Armenian and Jewish districts. Experience floating in the heavily-salinated water of the Dead Sea.  Be picked up by your guide from the comfort of your accommodation in Jerusalem. Travel up to the Mount of Olives to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Walk down the mountain to the biblical Gardens of Gethsemane.  Pass through the Kidron Valley on the way to the walled Old City. Enter through the Zion Gate and stroll down the stone streets of the Armenian Quarter until your reach the Jewish Quarter.  Visit the Byzantine Cardo street which was used to in the 6th century AD. Take some time to enjoy the atmosphere at the Kotel (Western Wall).Make your way along Dolorosa street to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which dates back to 335 AD. Enjoy the vibrant markets before driving through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea. Take the opportunity to float in the water and coat your body in the mud which is thought to reduce skin impurities. Return to your accommodation in Jerusalem at the end of your tour. 

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based on 104 reviews

The guide (Hanna) we had was absolutely amazing!!! We learned so much from her and she was a very pleasant person to be around. I think the tour is quite expensive though, considering that with every person added, you are paying the same price for them again - the price per person should go down the more people you have. The system at it is doesn’t make sense (a guide doesn’t have triple the work because there are three people instead of one). However, I still feel as the guide was so good, it was worth it for us.

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!

It was a truly phenomenal tour! Our guide Izzat knew everything and everyone in the city. We was super knowledgeable and helped us navigate the city which was particularly challenging given the local holiday festivities

My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed our tour.. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable & accommodating. After the tour we realized that we would have been lost trying to see the sights on our own.

Very nice guide who led us through Jerusalem in a very good, historical manner.