Israel Christian Tours to Jerusalem

By Petal Mashraki | Published on 12/18/2018
2 min

All Christian visitors to Israel should include Jerusalem in their itinerary. There are Israel Christian tours which take you to the most important Christian landmarks in Jerusalem as well as giving you an overview of the city. If you have seen the most famous Christian attractions in Jerusalem and would like to see other sites you have a few options. One of your options is to take a private tour of the city. With a private tour you can tell the tour guide what you are interested in seeing. You can plan your private tour according to the Christian sites you have not yet seen. There are also a number of group tours which take you to unique attractions in Jerusalem.

Special Christian Tours of Jerusalem

The most important Christian landmark in Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There is a special tour which focuses exclusively on this church. You spend your time in the church getting an in-depth look at the many shrines, historical sites and art work within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

If you happen to be in Jerusalem over the Easter period you can join a tour which follows the Palm Sunday procession. This emotionally-charged event sees hundreds of Christians retracing Jesus route as he entered Jerusalem in c.33 AD for the Jewish Passover celebrations. He was greeted as the Messiah then. This event is mentioned in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19). Today the Palm Sunday event is recreated with Christians carrying palm fronds, placards and musical instruments.The procession is accompanied by leaders of the church and there is singing, chanting and praying along the way. 

                                                                         Palm Sunday 2021, Jerusalem. Photo credit: Jenny Ehrlich

There is a Jerusalem tour titled “In the Footsteps of Jesus”. This tour includes sites on the Mount of Olives which are not included in a classic Jerusalem tour. You get to visit the Church of the Pater Noster, the Dominus Flevit Church, the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Within the Old City this tour visits more sites that are usually not included in a standard tour of Jerusalem. You will visit the Church of St Anne, the Pools of Bethesda and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion.

The Dormition Abbey,Jerusalem. Photo credit: Dmitry Mishin
If you are in Jerusalem over the Christmas period you could join a tour to Bethlehem for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at the Church of the Nativity. Whichever of the Israel Christian tours you choose you will see authentic location where biblical events took place. Jerusalem is truly the most fascinating and interesting of the destinations in Israel.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo credit: Dmitry Mishin