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  2. Jerusalem
  3. Kidron Valley

Mount of Olives and Temple Mount: from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

Product ID: 257057
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Look out over Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives and descend to the Kidron Valley by foot. Enter the Old City, ascend the Temple Mount (when possible), and visit Jerusalem's archaeological park. When Temple Mount is closed visit the Tower of David instead.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup service is available from major hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire a view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
  • Visit Temple Mount with its sites sacred to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity
  • Go to Jerusalem's archaeological park
  • Tour the Tower of David if Temple Mount is closed
Full description
This tour starts with a complimentary hotel pickup. You will be taken to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view across the Jerusalem skyline. From here you can see into the Old City, Temple Mount, and across Jerusalem’s oldest Jewish cemetery. The cemetery dates back 3,000 years and is still used today; there are approximately between 70,000 and 300,000 graves here.

Descend from the Mount of Olives to the Kidron Valley that is situated between the Mount of Olives and the walls of the Old City. Walk through the Kidron Valley to see the monumental tombs of Avshalom, the Tomb of Zechariah, and the Tomb of Benei Hezir. The valley features in the Torah several times, including when King David fled from Avshalom (Samuel II). You will reach the Old City and enter through the 16th Century Dung Gate set in the Old City walls. From here, proceed to Temple Mount where the first holy Temple or Solomon’s Temple stood until being destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 587BC. The Second Temple stood on the same site from 516BC to 70AD when it was destroyed by the Romans. Today Temple Mount is home to the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Visitors entering Temple Mount are subject to strict security checks and no religious objects or weapons are admitted. See the magnificent golden dome up-close; the Al-Aqsa Mosque is mentioned in the Koran. Learn about the Mount’s incredible history and why it is considered sacred.

Temple Mount is occasionally closed to visitors for security reasons. In the event that it is closed (and only if Temple Mount is closed), you will visit the Tower of David instead. The Tower of David or Jerusalem Citadel stands at Jaffa Gate and is a symbol of the city. The present structure dates back to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods although the site’s history can be traced back thousands of years. In the citadel, you will see important archaeological findings and enjoy brilliant views from the Citadel lookout point. After Temple Mount (or the Tower of David if Temple Mount is closed) your next stop is the Davidson Center, an archaeological park adjacent to Temple Mount where excavations have uncovered the walls of the city from the First Temple Period, steps that led up to Temple Mount, grand arches, Second Temple period streets, and ritual baths. You can see where Jerusalem’s main shopping street would have been during the Second Temple period and enjoy displays in the Davidson Center Museum. The tour ends when you are returned to your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Entry fees
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• The tour proceeds on foot through the Kidron Valley and Old City; a minimum level of physical fitness is required
• Entrance to Temple Mount is subject to strict security measures
• Security checks are conducted at the entrance to Temple Mount. Please note that NO religious objects (including Bible) or weapons of any kind are permitted on Temple Mount
• In the event that Temple Mount is closed to visitors, you will tour the Tower of David
Organized by

BEIN HARIM TOURISM SERVICES LTD

Product ID: 257057