Tel Aviv-Jerusalem (about 1h)
Begin your full-day tour with a Tel Aviv hotel pickup in an air-conditioned bus.
The first stop is at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of
Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olives groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospel, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. Also visit Dominus Flevit.
The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. This garden is known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion. Then we will tour the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony – a Roman Catholic Church next to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Continue into the Old City, in the Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. The wall is about 2,000 years old, its cracks filled with the prayer papers from the thousands of people that visit here. Further along is the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus traveled on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 Stations of the Cross while retracing Jesus’s steps to the Hill of Calvary, at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Also, view the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and the Mosque of Al Aqsa.
Drive for a view of The Knesset – the name for Israel’s parliament. The building overlooks the whole city of Jerusalem. See the Menorah (Candelabra) outside the building in a park. Many people take photos here.
Finally, return to departure points at around 5:00PM