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- Tour number: 2027
This private tour covers the structures on Temple Mount, an elevated area in the south-east corner of Jerusalem’s Old City. Temple Mount, (Mount Moriah) is regarded as sacred by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For Jews, the First Temple (c.957BC-586BC) and Second Temple (20AD-70AD) once stood here and it is believed to be where the binding of Isaac took place. For Christians, this was the temple Jesus visited. For Muslims Temple Mount (al-Haram al-Sharif) or the Noble Sanctuary is the third holiest Islamic site in the world. See the structures on Temple Mount, including Al-Aqsa, the Dome of the Rock, the Golden Gate, the Scale Arches, the Dome of Muhammad, and the Dome of the Chain. Learn about the different religious and political views of Temple Mount and the construction of the Second Temple by Herod. Leaving Temple Mount and the Old City, the tour takes you to the excavated palace-fortress complex of Herodium. King Herod had this exceptional complex built between 22BC and 15BC. It included an opulent palace, elaborate gardens, pools, bathhouses, a theater, and eventually it was the site of Herod’s mausoleum. Tour the archaeological remains getting in-depth explanations from your private guide.
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Enter Temple Mount, the massive open plaza that takes up a 6th of the Old City in Jerusalem. Over 2,000-years-ago the Sanhedrin (Jewish council) agreed to let King Herod build the Second Temple which took 46 years to construct and was completed in 20AD. He extended the masonry platform on Temple Mount and made it the most beautiful temple in the ancient world. Jews traveled from far and wide to make three annual traditional pilgrimages to the Temple. Herod gained permission from the Sanhedrin to build the Court of the Gentiles so that gentiles could admire the architectural marvel, without entering the Temple itself. Today, Temple Mount shows no trace of the Grand Temple. See the structures on the mount including the Golden Gate, Scale Arches, the Dome of the Prophet, Dome of the Chain, and the remains of a wall that may date back to the Hasmoneans. Also, see Al-Aqsa Mosque, and, the Dome of the Rock (completed in 692AD) with its famous golden dome. Your guide will tell you about the Koran story of Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Furthest Mosque which has been associated with the Al-Aqsa Mosque despite no mention of Jerusalem in the Koran. Also, learn about Temple Mount’s religious and political significance. Leave Temple Mount in the direction of the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple’s retaining wall, and the most sacred Jewish site in the world. Look down upon the Davidson Center where you can see the excavated Temple Mount's southern and western walls.
Transport will be waiting at the Old City Dung Gate to take you to Herodium, another of King Herod’s massive construction projects. Between 22BC and 15BC Herod had a small city, and palace-fortress built at Herodium. It was the most elaborate structure of its kind in the ancient world with towers, bathhouses, courtyards, columns, fountains, frescoes, cisterns, royal quarters, and a theater. Herod ordered a mausoleum built at Herodium where he could be buried after his passing. When preparing the mausoleum, a massive dirt embankment was added around the palace-fortress creating a conical-shaped hill. The tour takes you to the hill-top site and through the excavated structures. Herod’s burial tomb was uncovered by archaeologist Ehud Netzer, who searched for Herod’s tomb for thirty years before finding it just two years before he died after a fall at the site of the tomb.
Additional Options in the Area:
1. The Western Wall excavations. Due to restrictions, a visit must be arranged at least 21 days ahead of time or entry is on a first-come basis depending on available space each day.
2. The Davidson Center and the Southern Wall excavation.
3. The Herodian Quarters.
4. Tower of David at Jaffa Gate.
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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 the tour guide who will pick you up from your accommodation (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" of each tour.
The price of a Private Tour does not include entrance fees, food, drinks, parking, and toll roads. Find full information under the "Additional Information" of each tour.
Yes, the mentioned itinerary is a proposal only; we can customize private trips within the designated region and based on logistics. Please note that if the tour duration exceeds 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour (up to extra 2 hours possible).
The tours are available in the most widespread languages. On our website, you can book the tours in English, Spanish, Russian, German, or French guidance (except for English, tours in these languages have an additional fee of 75 USD).
However, if you book a different language, a supplement of approximately 100-150 USD will be applied depending on the language and the tour.
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As this is tailor-made for you only, we can pick you up from any point in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv district, Netanya and Herzliya.
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