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Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

1. 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.

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.

Jerusalem: Half-Day Small-Group Old City Sightseeing Tour

3. Jerusalem: Half-Day Small-Group Old City Sightseeing Tour

Your tour will start with breathtaking views over Jerusalem from Mount Olives, above the ancient Jewish cemetery. As if in the palm of your hand, you will be able to see the Old City and the Temple Mount area spread before you. As you drive along the Kidron Valley, you will have excellent views of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations, as well as of the monumental ancient Jewish burial tombs. You will then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, passing the Armenian Quarter to the excavated Byzantine Cardo. Although this 1500-year-old main street of Jerusalem was partially destroyed and unused during the Muslim conquest, it had a brief new lease of life during the Crusader period, with the excavated Crusader shops now modern stores. Continuing through the Jewish Quarter, you will proceed to the Kotel, the Western Wall. This 2000-year-old wall is part of the encircling and supporting wall built by King Herod when the Temple Mount area was enlarged. As you walk along the Via Dolorosa you will join the many pilgrims who are following the Stations of the Cross, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the church built over the place of the crucifixion of Jesus and the burial tomb). Originally built in the Byzantine period, it was partially destroyed during the Persians and Moslem conquests and then rebuilt and slightly altered by the Crusaders. At the conclusion of your tour, your experience ends in the Old City.

From Tel Aviv: Private Jerusalem Highlights Van Tour

4. 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: Full-Day Small-Group Old City & Yad Vashem Tour

5. Jerusalem: Full-Day Small-Group Old City & Yad Vashem Tour

After pickup from your hotel, begin your tour with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem from Mount Olives, above the ancient Jewish cemetery. As if in the palm of your hand, see the Old City and the Temple Mount area spread before you, and imagine the Second Temple and Solomon’s Temple, destroyed in 70 A.D. and 586 B.C. respectively. Next, drive along the Kidron Valley and enjoy an excellent view of the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and the monumental ancient Jewish burial tombs. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, passing the Armenian Quarter to the excavated Byzantine Cardo. On this 1,500-year-old main street, excavated Crusader shops are now modern stores. Continuing through the Jewish Quarter, proceed to the Kotel, the Western Wall. This 2,000-year-old wall is part of the encircling and supporting wall built by King Herod when the Temple Mount area was enlarged. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and join the many pilgrims following the Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the church built over the site of Jesus' crucifixion and the burial tomb. After a short stroll through the market place, exit the Old City and continue to Yad VeShem, the Holocaust Museum commemorating both the annihilation of 6 million Jews and the righteous among the nations who risked their lives while trying to save Jews. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Highlights Day Trip

6. 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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What people are saying about Zion Gate

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 83 reviews

The Giude David was very very nice. He led the tour competently and orderly. Everything that could be seen in the old town with its sights in a few hours was also visited and explained.

Really interesting tour. Our guide was engaging and knowledgeable, and the bus was comfortable. Saw some amazing sites!

The tour was very, very interesting. A look back at 2000 years of history, simply overwhelming. The guide was great!

Eric showed us the city of Jerusalem and told us many things. A highly recommended tour.

Really good tour! We did the half day Jerusalem tour and it was nice.