Book an unforgettable tour through the ancient and modern city of Jerusalem. Tour along a portion of the Via Dolorosa, Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Christ’s crucifixion and burial tomb. See the Western Wall, take the opportunity to leave a prayer note between the ancient stones of the Wailing Wall. Visit Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. 

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 Jerusalem old & new cities tour Includes

  • Pickup from your hotel or closest pickup point according to your location / Airbnb
  •  Return transfer to your pickup point
  •  All transfers in A/C vehicles according to the tour itinerary
  •  Government licensed tour guide in your chosen language
  •  All entrance fees to all sites visited according to the tour itinerary
Tour Starts fromTel AvivJerusalem
Pick up time at 06:40-07:10 07:50-08:20

Jerusalem Old & New City Tour

Detailed itinerary:

Begin your full-day tour with a hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach. See Jerusalem’s skyline from the top of Mt. Scopus. From afar, we spot the Old City and Temple Mount, where the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock stands out as a stunning photo opportunity. Down below, a 3,000-year-old Jewish cemetery catches our eye. As we continue on, we pass by the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and the Kidron Valley, which is home to ancient Jewish tombs.

Continue into the Old City through the Zion Gate to Jerusalem’s Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem. In the Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. The wall is about 2,000 years old, its cracks filled with the prayer papers from the thousands of people that visit here. Here, you have the opportunity to leave a prayer note between the ancient stones of the Wailing Wall.

Further along in the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus traveled on the way to his crucifixion. The Via Dolorosa, meaning “Way of Sorrow” in Latin, is one of the most significant religious sites in Jerusalem. It is believed to be the path that Jesus Christ walked carrying his cross on the way to his crucifixion. The route winds through the narrow streets of the Old City, passing through various stations of the cross, each marking a significant event in Jesus’ final journey. The stations include the place where Jesus met his mother, where he stumbled and fell, and where Simon of Cyrene helped him carry the cross.

The final stations of the Via Dolorosa lead to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, is one of the most significant religious sites in the world. It is believed to be the location where Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected.

The church is built on the site known as Golgotha or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. Inside the church, there is a large stone believed to be the site of the tomb where Jesus was buried. The church also houses other important religious sites, including the Chapel of St. Helena, where it is believed that the True Cross was found, and the Chapel of Adam, where Adam is believed to have been buried.

At the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, there is a large stone called the Stone of Anointing or the Stone of Unction. It is believed to be the spot where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, according to the New Testament. The stone is anointed with fragrant oil by the faithful who visit the church, and it is also a popular site for pilgrims to pause and reflect on the solemnity of the events that took place at the church.

The importance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre extends far beyond its religious significance. It is also an architectural marvel, showcasing a blend of various architectural styles from different periods, including Crusader, Byzantine, and Renaissance. Its impressive interiors and intricate mosaics draw visitors from around the world.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites, and its significance cannot be overstated. It is a place where they can come to connect with their faith, reflect on the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and gain a deeper understanding of the history of their religion. Even for non-Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre remains a fascinating and awe-inspiring monument, rich in history and cultural significance.

After a morning of exploring some of Jerusalem’s most iconic religious and historical sites, the tour pauses for a lunch break before heading to new Jerusalem, passing through the modern city before arriving at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. This powerful museum offers a poignant reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust, with a vast collection of authentic artifacts, original documents, photographs, and video testimonials from survivors.

After a moving and informative visit to the museum, the tour concludes with a transfer back to the pickup point and a return to the hotel. This comprehensive tour offers a unique perspective on the rich history and culture of Jerusalem, from ancient religious sites to modern-day landmarks.

*On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, traditionally known as birthplace of John the Baptist; Stroll in the narrow lanes of the picturesque neighborhood, stopping by Mary’s spring and continue to visit the remarkable Church of Saint John the Baptist.

  Sites you will see

  • Mount Scopus 
  • Jerusalem Old City 
  • Christian Quarter
  • Muslim Quarter
  • Via Dolorosa 
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Tomb of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Cardo
  • Jewish Quarter 
  • Western Wall
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Ein Karem ( Saturdays )
  • Birthplace of John the Baptist ( Saturdays )
  • Mary’s Springs ( Saturdays )
  • Church of Saint John the Baptist ( Saturdays )

  You should know  

  • Tour duration is up to 11 hours
  • Lunch break for 30-40 minutes, including shopping time. Lunch can be purchased on the spot or bring in advance.
  • Estimated return time to Tel Aviv 18:00 / Jerusalem 17:30
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. 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. Dress code is smart casual.
  • Due to visitors overload, a visit to the Christ’s Tomb (The Holy Edicule) is not always possible.
  • Recommended for this tour: Comfortable walking shoes, hats, sun screen and drinking water.
  • Visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10 years.
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4.9 rating based on 12,345 ratings
Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 248 reviews.


It was an amazing experience, Enrique our guide was the best! I wen’t with my 4 and 6 year old kids and my wife. It was a great time in holy Land!

Ask for Enrique for your trips in Israel when booking with Compass Travel!

We booked a private tour with Compass Travels for a trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Easy booking process and communication was spot on. But the star of the show was our guide Enrique! It was my best ever guided tour in any country. Enrique was super informative (both for Christians and Non-Christians alike) and extremely entertaining at the same time. His mix of humour and knowledge about the land, the history and just the world in general kept us engaged throughout our 12-hour long tour! I would highly recommend Enrique for any of your trip in Israel and ask Compass travel for Enrique when booking with them.
- Dhiren J

Amazing Experience!

Excellent! Our guide Enrique was knowledgeable and professional! Also Benjamin to assisted in organizing the tour for my large group was very professional and organized. Highly recommended!
- Marlon D

Lo mejor de Israel!

Puntuales, atentos, desde días antes están pendientes de ti y de los horarios. Saúl nos enseñó Jerusalén y nos ayudaba a evitar las colas con picardía y conociendo el recorrido habitual de todos los guías, él sabía como ganar tiempo ordenado la visita a su manera. Nos explicaba con paciencia y conocimiento todo lo que visitábamos. La excursión que realizamos el día 9 de agosto, fue maravillosa, toda ella.
- San H

Breathtaking Jerusalem and Bethlehem done with a 5 star ++ tour

This is 100% hands down the best tour I have ever been on. Travelling all the way from Australia this was literally the highlight of our trip. Avi our tour guide was amazing, welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and showed us all the secret spots on the tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem that you just wouldn't get on a large bus tour. He treated us to some delicious traditional sesame bread and coffee, which as lovely experience. The vechile was beautiful, luxurious, new, clean with a fantastic A/C. We wanted a tour that delivered all the highlights of Jerusalem plus Bethlehem and this tour delivered that and more. The sights are breathtaking and definitely ticket all the boxes and more. If I could put down more stars I would. You cannot go past this tour, if you want to do the Jerusalem and Bethlehem right.
- Leonie B

The Perfect One Day Tour

Yaniv our guide was wonderful. He was waiting for us to disembark which meant we could start the tour immediately. Yaniv was very thorough with all his knowledge and we really enjoyed learning things we had no knowledge of prior. We like to tour fast and Yaniv adapted the tour to take this into account by showing us places that were not necessarily on the tour booked but ensured we got to experience a full 10 hours of touring. Thank you Yaniv for a fantastic day - it was extremely enjoyable.
- Michelle W

Fantastic Tour with Excellent Guides — Highly Recommend!

This tour was incredible. Spending only one day in Bethlehem and Jerusalem is daunting because there are so many places to see, but, when you have a guide like Yaniv, it’s not only possible, but it’s so enjoyable. Yaniv was a phenomenal guide—personable, knowledgeable, hilarious, and kind. He truly went above and beyond, letting our group stop at (far too many) local shops along our routes and taking us on local short cuts that allowed us to skip lines and see more things in less time. Make sure you’re well-rested before going on this tour, because it’s a long one, but it’s so worth it. Our driver, Abu Isa, was also amazing. The Mercedes shuttle was spacious, air conditioned, and very clean, and Abu Isa was always ready for our group whenever we would leave a spot to head on to the next. We never had to wait for our ride a single time the whole tour because Abu Isa was always ready for us. On the whole, this tour is amazing, perfect for those who have a full day to spend and want to see the highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem while also having time to get a taste for the local culture. Make sure to ask for Yaniv and Abu Isa!
- David J

Highly Recommended

Rafi won us over quickly with his humor, knowledge, reverence and concern for the good of the group. Exceeded expectations!
- Jeff N

Trip of a lifetime!!!

Our tour guide Enrique was so knowledgeable with history, he literally brought the Bible to life for us! We saw the Bible with our own eyes (and a little imagination). This trip was the trip of a lifetime and I would recommend this to anyone who loves Jesus and some hidden gems! I can’t say enough about our tour…It was AMAZING!! A HUGE thanks to Benjamin with Compass Travel, who helped me navigate some of the process and he was always in communication! These two are lovely! Couldn’t ask for better!
- Michele U

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