Start your private tour of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea at the top of Mount Scopus, with panoramic views across Jerusalem. Drive past the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives and look down at ancient Jewish tombs as we drive through Kidron Valley. Pass Mount Moriah as we continue parallel to the 16th-century Old City walls. Enter the Old City and continue to explore the Old City on foot.
Walk through the Jewish Quarter and see the excavated Byzantine Cardo, once the main shopping street of biblical Jerusalem. Get a view looking down on Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall before descending to the Western Wall Plaza. The Western Wall the last remaining wall of the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. Take a moment to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps place a prayer note between the crevices of the wall’s massive stones.
Continue your walk to the Christian Quarter and follow part of the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus took to his crucifixion. This leads us to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which encompasses Golgotha, the site of the crucifixion and Jesus’ tomb. Before leaving Jerusalem, walk through the Old City market where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Middle Eastern bazaar. Leave Jerusalem to drive South through the Judean Desert to the lowest point on Earth. We pause at the sea level elevation mark and stop at a lookout point with views across the desert, the Jordanian mountains, and the Dead Sea.
Upon reaching the Dead Sea take the opportunity to float in the thick salty water. Due to the mineral-rich water, high oxygen levels in the air, and diminished UV rays, the region is said to have therapeutic benefits. Cover your body and face in the nourishing Dead Sea mud and relax on the beach before returning to your hotel rested and rejuvenated.
Note that while it was compiled by our experts, this itinerary is just one suggestion; you can customize your tour and see much more of Jerusalem’s magic: The City of David, the Dome of the Rock, the famous Israel Museum, the Western Wall Tunnels, Jaffa Gate and more (see FAQ section for details)