Fasten your seatbelts for an exhilarating journey to Jerusalem, the sacred heartland for three billion souls worldwide!
This ancient city unravels millennia-old secrets as you tread its cobblestone streets. Positioned in Israel’s heart, it’s your gateway to countless enchanting sites just a drive away.
Before starting, remember the unique dress codes for holy sites like the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Also, tie up your comfiest shoes—prepare to embark on an unforgettable
journey through time!
Tours in and out of Jerusalem
Christian Tour of Jerusalem
Explore the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem with a tour starting from the Mount of Olives, where you can witness a beautiful panoramic view of the old city. The Mount of Olives also contains the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus felt agony while foreseeing the destruction of the Jewish temple in the year 70. Then, enter the Old City through the Lions Gate and visit the pools of Bethesda. Walk on the final path of Jesus, starting at the location where Pilate tried Jesus. Finally, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which contains Jesus’s tomb. There are many more sites to visit in the Old City depending on the amount of time you have. Learn more here.
Jerusalem starts with visiting the City of David, where you can find the foundation of the Palace of King David. You can also walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel which allowed water to enter the city 2700 years ago while it was under siege. Good walkers can also visit the Valley of Kings with its 3000-year-old Jewish graves. The Western Wall Plaza contains an exposed portion of the original retaining wall built by King Herod 2000 years ago. It is the only original structure that remains after the Roman destruction of the Temple. For those who wish to understand the 2000-year-old layout of the Jewish temple, touring the Western Wall tunnels, which are the foundations of the Temple Mount, is highly recommended. Explore all four quarters of the Old City, including the colorful markets, before exiting through the Zion Gate to visit King David’s tomb.
General Old City Highlights
This tour does not focus on any specific religion but shows places of general interest to everyone, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the City Markets, and the Jewish Quarter. A beautiful viewpoint from the Mount of Olives or Mount Scopus is also highly recommended.
Jerusalem is not just the Old City. Capitol Hill, the colorful Machneyuda food market, and world-famous museums such as Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum are all worth a visit.
Masada and the Dead Sea
Drive down to the lowest place on earth: the Dead Sea Valley. You can explore the baptismal site where John the Baptist met Jesus, Qumran which is an ancient Jewish town where most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and Masada, one of the world’s most famous fortresses built by King Herod in the desert to escape from his assassins. End the day by floating in the Dead Sea with its healing minerals. These minerals are used for cosmetic products that are manufactured off the shores of the Dead Sea, and you can purchase these in one of the factory stores near the factory.
Wine Tours in the Judean Hills
The Judean Hills are not just about biblical sites and archaeological wonders; they are also home to some of the best wineries in Israel. Take a scenic drive through the hills and visit the Ella Valley, where David fought Goliath, and explore the many biblical archaeological sites where Jews lived 3,000 years ago. And while you’re there, don’t miss the chance to stop at one of the top-notch and internationally acclaimed wineries on the Judean Hills wine route. It’s a fascinating modern industry that’s well worth a visit. You can sample a variety of wines, including reds, whites, and roses, and learn about the wine-making process from the experts. Learn more here.