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Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

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Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

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Overview

Get up close to the ancient and religious treasures of Old Jerusalem on this half-day tour from Tel Aviv. With a professional guide, ride an air-conditioned coach to the walled ancient city, held sacred in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths since biblical times. Admire the city views from the Mount of Olives, see the Garden of Gethsemane, and explore the winding alleyways of the Armenian, Christian, and Jewish Quarters to view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Via Dolorosa and other sites, all as your guide unravels the city’s incredible past.
  • Half-day tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
  • See popular Holy Land places such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion
  • Explore the Old City of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up
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6:40 AM
Begin your experience with a morning pickup from your central Tel Aviv hotel. Meet your friendly guide, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey toward Jerusalem to start your tour.

As you travel, listen as your guide recounts tales of Jerusalem’s tangled history, and its place at the heart of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths.

Stop at the Mount of Olives to admire the splendid panoramas over walled Old Jerusalem. Take snaps and identify landmarks such as the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount Esplanade, the place where many believe heaven meets earth. 

Drive along the Kidron Valley and gaze out at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion. Continue to Jerusalem’s walls and pass into the streets of the Old City. Stroll through the bustling Armenian Quarter and stop to view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where thousands of Jewish worshippers gather to pray.

Make your way into the Christian quarter to the Via Dolorosa, an important place of pilgrimage for Christians. See some of the Stations of the Cross as you follow part of the route taken by Jesus to his crucifixion site, where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands.

Then, pass a section of the ancient Cardo, Byzantine Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare, and amble through the Jewish Quarter with its cobbled lanes and synagogues.  

Your tour ends here, leaving you to continue exploring Jerusalem independently and make your own way back to Tel Aviv when you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
See the Gardens of Gethsemane
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
See the Kidron valley
Pass By:  
Dome of the Rock
View the Dome of the Rock
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Walk in the Old City
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Walk in the Jewish quarter and the Byzantine Cardo
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Western (wailing) wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Temple Mount
View the Temple mount
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Walk in the Christian quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Visit some of the stations of the cross
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Walk in the Muslim quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour ends approx. 13:00 in the Old City of Jerusalem. There is no return back to your hotel
  • The tour includes a reasonable amount of walking - comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. 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
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall.

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star-4
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Nirmel S
, Dec 2018
The tour was great. The guide was helpful. It was very convenient that they picked us up at our hotel. And given the type of tour set off rather quickly once we transferred onto the main bugger bus. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. The downside is that you do have to make your own way back to Tel Aviv - which they tell you. and this can cost - especially on the Sabbath (from Friday after dusk to Sunday). Also, we don’t really go to Dome of the Rock- you just see it from the distance.
star-5
Recommended tour.
GumundurK_B
, Oct 2018
4 star-good tour,and the 5th star goes to zelhi, the guide who was very informative and funny,excellent guide.
star-5
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had...
Zachary C
, Nov 2017
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the significance of each site as we made our way through Jerusalem. Highly recommended!
star-4
A great tour to see the most...
Laureen A
, Nov 2017
A great tour to see the most important spots of the city and well managed by the guide. The half day allows you to then leave and go back to explore a bit more on your own without time constraints. The only downside part is the shop and lunch spots they take the group to as its organised for tourists and not the best prices... But you are better on your own to discover other places.
star-4
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our...
Lawrence L
, Oct 2017
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide Avi was very knowledgeable and knew his facts. He was a very nice person too. Our driver too was excellent and we felt very safe at all times. We are very glad we chose Viator/Bein Harim.
star-4
This trip is good, except we were...
Jing_X
, Oct 2017
This trip is good, except we were joined a half tour, actually. That means the group is seprated into two parts, we were the part stop at Jerusalem, and there is another part, will continue to the dead sea. So it will be a little confused if you don't know the process of the tour.
star-5
Amir Call Or was the best tour guide...
ELIF A
, Mar 2016
Amir Call Or was the best tour guide ever ! Amazing energy and great depths of knowledge !
star-4
Guide was informative and...
Sue A
, May 2015
Guide was informative and interesting. Did a good job keeping a large group together and moving. People who want to pray at every shrine should return on their own rather than delay entire group. Lunch... Present the options. Buffet was expensive and not very good . Did full day... Added PM.
star-4
If you're short on time, it's a good...
Faye
, Mar 2015
If you're short on time, it's a good way to hit the major highlights of Jerusalem. The guide was spirited and funny, and made the tour enjoyable. However, and other reviews mention this too, but I failed to read through... this tour ends in Jerusalem and does not take you back to Tel Aviv. My partner and I were surprised by this as we have taken numerous other tours through Viator before and never had this problem although this was the first half-day tour we had taken. Given that other reviewers expressed surprise at this, it has clearly happened before, so Viator should make it a point to announce on the bus prior to the tour starting that this is a one-way trip so that everyone is aware and can make alternative plans if necessary.
star-5
Very nice tour and pointed out all most...
Daniel M
, Jun 2014
Very nice tour and pointed out all most important points from Jerusalem.
star-1
Bus travel service was poorly...
John G
, Jun 2014
Bus travel service was poorly organised and took far too long - this was not identified in advance. The passenger reallocation at Tel Aviv bus terminus was chaotic. There was also no information that this tour excluded return travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv - we had to take a taxi in the circumstances. The itinerary covered on foot was,in effect, a route march with no opportunity to see sites, this tour should be extended to a full day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
star-5
This has got to be the trip that I'd...
Barry F
, Jun 2014
This has got to be the trip that I'd write a book about. It's an amazing historical tour that is breathtaking and awe-inspiring all in one. Of course it won't be possible if it weren't for the able, willing, and helpful assistance extended by Viator.
star-5
Hya, the tour leader was excellent in...
Rick Z
, Mar 2014
Hya, the tour leader was excellent in terms of both knowledge and presentation.
star-5
Very worthwhile tour. The tour guide...
yvonne y
, Mar 2014
Very worthwhile tour. The tour guide was very friendly, informative and willing to answer any questions. The half day tour is good if you want to spend longer revisiting any of the areas shown in the tour or visiting parts not shown.
star-5
Our guide Amir (=top of tree) Call...
Cengiz_U
, Aug 2013
Our guide Amir (=top of tree) Call Or was great! Provided us so many information with an enthusiastic approach, we learned and appreciated many things. This Jerusalem tour is highly recommended!
star-4
This tour started out a bit rocky...
Thurman
, Aug 2012
This tour started out a bit rocky when my guide inquired as to my plans upon completion of my half-day tour. When I informed him that I intended to return to Tel Aviv and spend the day on the beach, he promptly inquired as to how I planned to return to Tel Aviv, as the half-day tour ends in Jerusalem...YIKES! So, my half-day tour turned into the full-day Jerusalem/Bethlehem tour...LOL! I simply paid the difference between the half-day and full-day tours (which, ironically, woul have been the same price paid had I taken a taxi back to Tel Aviv). With all of that said, I'm REALLY glad that I took this tour. Jerusalem is TREMENDOUSLY fascinating, and we only visited the old city. My guide was EXCEPTIONALLY knowledgeable and excellent at pointing out various interesting aspects of the city. From Jerusalem, I journeyed to Bethlehem with the rest of the tour participants, and I'm SOOOO glad I took adventage of this opportunity. While there isn't really anything special in Bethlehem, what I appreciated was the opportunity to see, first hand, the Palestinian perspective (as Bethlehem is a Palestinian territoy)...WOW! EYE-OPENING! For those choosing only the half-day trip, I simply encourage you to have a plan for getting back to Tel Aviv. Furthermore, I would simply suggest proceeding with the full-day trip. The difference is merely a few hours, and you're returned to your start point in Tel Aviv.
star-4
I changed it to the whole day...
Geraldine M
, Jul 2012
I changed it to the whole day excursion to include the transportation back to my hotel. There is never enough time but it is a very good formula for a first time.
star-5
Excellent guide and tour. My...
Pau Nicholas G
, Nov 2011
Excellent guide and tour. My only problem was that I had not understood that it was my responsibility to get myself back to Tel Aviv. So be aware of this. However, the guides provided me with a very creative solution - so it ended well.
star-4
Great taste of all the things one...
Michael J
, Jun 2011
Great taste of all the things one will want to explore in Tel Aviv later. The morning pick up was chaotic, and the guide firm to manage a big groupbut knowledgeable and really did her best to be sure everyone had a great experience! Thanks Maya
star-4
The half day tour was enough for us...
Liesl K
, May 2011
The half day tour was enough for us to see most of Jerusalem's old city. It was a bit of a mission to get from Jerusalem's old city / Jaffa Gate to the central bus station, but once there it was easy to get a bus back to Tel Aviv

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