Touring Jerusalem in the footsteps of Jesus would not be complete without a visit to his birthplace - Bethlehem. A visit to these two cities, married by destiny, provides a glimpse into the origins of Christianity.
Tel Aviv Area
Service of a government licensed English speaking driver / guide.
A comfortable government licensed tourist vehicle.
Pick up/drop off at hotel/ship.
Sightseeing as per the itinerary up to 9-10 hours..
Tour does NOT include
Meals and beverages en route.
Prices are quoted in USD per vehicle and apply for foreign tourists.
A valid passport is required.
Modest attire is required when visiting the holy sites (no shorts).
The visit to Bethlehem is conducted by a Palestinian guide and vehicle.
On Saturdays and Jewish holidays a supplement of $175 per vehicle applies.
Prices apply for a tour in English, for other languages please contact the office.
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours in advance.
This private tour is available daily.
08:00-Pick up from the hotel/ship, drive to Jerusalem.
We begin with a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Promenade, overlooking the city from the south. We continue through East Jerusalem, driving around the Old City Walls passing Jaffa Gate, the New Gate and Nablus Gate, and following the old 1967 Border line, ascend to Mount Scopus overlooking the city from the north. Enjoy the view of the city and the Wilderness of Judea.
Proceed to Mount of Olives which borders the Old City of Jerusalem from the east, passing the Hebrew University and the Augusta Victoria Lutheran Center, to enjoy a magnificent view of the Old City with the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque.
Travel along the Ophel Road, view the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, the Kidron Valley, the South Wall Excavations and the City of David. Stop at Mount Zion, see Dormition Abbey, visit the traditional room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David.
Enter the Old City for a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, see the recent archaeological excavations, the Cardo, the Broad Wall and visit the Western Wall. Continue to the Christian Quarter passing through the bustling Arab market, walk along the Via Dolorosa, see the Stations of the Cross and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
In the afternoon we’ll proceed to Bethlehem, located few kilometers south of Jerusalem, we cross the border to the Palestinian territory (a passport is required), where we’ll be met and guided by a Palestinian guide. Visit the city center, the Manger Square, the Church of Nativity, view of the Judean Hills and the Shepherds Fields, on our way back we’ll make a stop at a local souvenirs shop.
Our guides are all government licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, speak English or another language as ordered. We are proud of our team of guides, who are experienced, knowledgeable, interesting and service oriented, well-mannered and love guiding. On Trip Advisor you can find excellent reviews of our guided tours.
The vehicles used for the tours are government licensed tourist vehicles. They are designated for transporting tourists only, are comfortable, new and maintained by our in-house traffic officer. Families and small groups will enjoy travelling in a car driven by a suitably licensed driver-guide (two-in-one, no doubt a saving). Large groups will be transported in small or large luxury tourist buses.
In general for daily private tours is it better not to keep baggage in the car. If your tour is ending at the airport and therefore it is necessary to take your baggage, please let us know in advance so that we can provide a suitable vehicle. Please take into account that if you have a large number of suitcases that require a large vehicle, it may increase the tour price.
The most popular language is English, followed by Spanish, mandarin, French and German, however guiding is available in almost all foreign languages. For less popular languages it is better to book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability of a guide speaking your desired language. The cost of guides that speak languages other than English is higher and that will affect the tour price.
The basic price of the tour includes a vehicle and guide. We can of course reserve and include meals, accommodation, entrance fees and special activities (such as ATV rides, winery and/or culinary tours, etc.), as you may require.
The tour price does not include VAT (tourists are exempt from paying VAT on touring services), and anything else that has been decided not to include – such as accommodation, meals and entrance fees. In general we can include or exclude anything in or from the tour price, as required.
During the Israeli summers the days are long and the departure hour in the mornings can be as late as 09:00 AM. In winter the days are short so it is recommended not to leave any later than 08:00 AM to ensure arriving at all the sites planned for visiting before closing.
A touring days is up to 10 hours, however tours to nearer distances will be shorter and those to further distances will be longer, so that in general touring days will range from 9 to 11 hours accordingly.
The quantity and variety of restaurants in Israel is enormous. We try to select restaurants that serve typical Israeli cuisine. If you prefer chef or other type of restaurants we will be happy to recommend some that suit your budget and tastes.
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