In this private Jerusalem tour, you will see the highlights of one of the holiest cities on earth. Start the day with your personal guide from Mount Scopus or Mount of Olives with views across the Old City, Temple Mount, and the Golden Dome of the Rock.
Take in the scenery from the same hilltop as Jesus would have done two thousand years ago. The next stop is at the Garden of Gethsemane, and the adjacent Church of All Nations. The church, with its stunning golden mosaic facade, holds the Rock of Agony, where Jesus is believed to have prayed on the night before his crucifixion. From the Church of Gethsemane, we drive past Mount Moriah and adjacent to Kidron Valley where you can look down and see monolithic ancient Jewish tombs.
Driving alongside the 16th-century Old City walls, we enter the Old City via one of the ancient city gates. We walk through the Jewish Quarter until we reach the Western Wall (Wailing Wall or Kotel). Pause for a moment and soak up the atmosphere of this sacred Jewish site. The wall is the last remaining part of the Second Temple that stood on Temple Mount until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
Pass through the Muslim Quarter and get some leisure time at the one-of-a-kind Old City bazaar with its bright colors, vibrant characters, and unique shops to explore. From here, enter the Christian Quarter and walk along part of the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus took to his crucifixion. See several of the Stations of the Cross that mark significant biblical moments on this route. The Via Dolorosa leads us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchere, a 4th-century basilica that encompasses Golgotha where Christ was crucified.
After a lunch break, walk through the Jewish Quarter along the Byzantine Cardo, a colonnaded street that was the main thoroughfare In biblical times. Today it functions as a shopping alley with stores selling amazing local arts and crafts. Pass by the Armenian Quarter before exiting the Old City through the Zion Gate, and continue to Mount Zion, the site of the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Finish your day with a ride through the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and drive through the Valley of Gehenna.
See the President’s Residence and the Valley of the Cross, then pass the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, Israel's Parliament building (Knesset), and the Supreme Court.
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 renowned Israel Museum, the Western Wall Tunnels, Jaffa Gate and more (see FAQ section for details)