Tour Type: Private Daily Tour
Duration: One-day
Departure days: Every Day
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German

Tour Overview

The Mount of Olives was the site of many Biblical events each marked by a church, chapel, or shrine. The tour starts at the Sanctuary of Bethphage. Jesus sent his disciples to Bethphage to find a colt for him to ride on his triumphant entry to Jerusalem. The next stop on this tour is the Russian Ascension Church (may be closed on some days) where according to Russian...

Highlights - Mount of Olives Churches Private Walking Tour

In-depth tour of the fascinating churches on the Mount of Olives

Availability

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English
French
Spanish
Russian
German

Pickup Places and Prices

From Tel Aviv
Up to 3 persons: $699
Up to 6 persons: $766
Up to 10 persons: $859
From Jerusalem
Up to 3 persons: $699
Up to 6 persons: $766
Up to 10 persons: $859
From Herzliya
Up to 3 persons: $699
Up to 6 persons: $766
Up to 10 persons: $859
From Netanya
Up to 3 persons: $792
Up to 6 persons: $859
Up to 10 persons: $952

What To Expect - Mount of Olives Churches Private Walking Tour

The Mount of Olives was the site of many significant Biblical events and is home to beautiful churches and important landmarks like Bethphage. The Sanctuary of Bethphage is the starting point for the annual Palm Sunday procession that recalls Christ’s entrance into the city. The tour continues to the Russian Ascension Church (may be closed on some days) where according to Russian Orthodox tradition Jesus ascended to heaven.

Next, the tour stops at the 4th century Pater Noster Church. Since the 4th-century churches have been constructed at this site where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. In the church,
courtyard are ceramic plaques bearing the Lord’s Prayer in languages from around the globe. The tour continues to the Chapel of the Ascension, which holds a slab of stone with a footprint believed to be where Jesus stepped up to heaven.

The Dominus Flevit Church is a beautiful teardrop-shaped sanctuary where you can look out over the city as Jesus did. See the 3,000-year-old Jewish Cemetery on the slopes of the Mount of Olives and tour the Russian Orthodox Mary Magdalene Church (open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a short time so it may not be possible to include this stop). This church was built in 1888 and has the distinctive 16th-17th century tent roof style with gilded onion domes. Stop at the Church of All Nations, with its beautiful golden mosaic above the entrance. 


Continue to Mary’s Tomb, which according to Eastern Christian tradition is the burial site of the Virgin Mary. At the foot of the mount, in the Kidron Valley see the Yad Absalom Tomb alongside tombs from the Second Temple Period that would have been built in Jesus’ lifetime. Ascend the Ophel Promenade alongside archaeological gardens and walk the length of the Temple Mount’s eastern wall. See the sealed Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate which is said to be where the Messiah will enter the city (Ezekiel 44:1-3). The tour ends with a look back at the Mount of Olives from the direction of Temple Mount.

Additional Information - Mount of Olives Churches Private Walking Tour

The tour includes:

  • 10 hour guided tour led by a fully qualified and licensed tour guide ($40 applies for each additional hour)
  • Pick-up and drop-off services at your hotel or private address
  • Transport by new air-conditioned private car

The tour does not include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Parking and toll roads
  • Food and drinks

Notes:

  • This itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wish
  • On Saturday and holidays, an extra charge of $135 applies
  • Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
  • Booking is subject to terms and conditions
  • It is recommended to bring sandwiches or a packed lunch as there are no restaurants on the tour route.
  • The Russian Church of the Ascension is open 09:00 to 13:00, Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sundays.
  • The Mary Magdalene Church is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00.
  • It is not recommended to take this tour on a Monday.
  • Note that there are places that close without notice and we cannot guarantee that all churches will be opened as planned.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 3 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification less then 1 days.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees

FAQ

Our private tours are the most exclusive way to travel in Israel. You get a private car and a tour guide that will customize the tour to your interest and your schedule.

The price includes a private car and attached tour guide which will pick you up from wherever you are staying (hotel or apartment) and return you to the same location. The trip is limited to 10 hours ($40 for every extra hour). Find full information under the "Additional Information" area of each tour.

The price of a Private Tour does not include entrance fees, food and drinks, parking or toll roads. Find full information under the "Additional Information" area of each tour.

Yes, the mentioned itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wish. Please note that if, due to the changes, the trip’s length increases to over 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour.

Nearly all languages. However, it is advisable to book in advance tours in languages that aren’t English, Spanish, Russian, German or French. Plus, in certain instances, a tour guide in a language not mentioned above may incur an additional fee ($30-100 – depending on the language and the tour).

You don’t have to, but it is appreciated by the tour guide as a sign of your satisfaction for the services he has provided. 

As this is tailor-made for you only, we can pick you up from any point in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv district, Netanya and Herzliya.

Sorry but no :(

Sure, just ask the guide.

We, at Bein Harim Tourism, understand that plans can change, so you can change dates, cancel, or change your pick up point at any time. Please make note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation email.