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.
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 from||Tel Aviv||Jerusalem|
|Pick up time at||06:40-07:10||07:50-08:20|
Jerusalem Old New Cities Tour
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
- 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
- Due to visitors overload, a visit to the Christ’s Tomb (The Holy Edicule) is not always possible.
- 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.
- 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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