Tour Type: Private Daily Tour
Duration: One-day
Departure days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German

Tour Overview

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 Chri...

Highlights - Temple Mount and Herodion Private Tour

Private guide at your side throughout the day answering your questions and explaining the history and significance of each site.
Opportunity to discuss your tour with your guide before the tour date and adjust the itinerary to suit your interests.
Tour Temple Mount, a site usually missed by most tourists. See the many religiously significant and historic structures on Temple Mount such as the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Venture south to Herod’s impressive city of Herodium, and the site of Herod’s tomb.

Availability

M T W T F S S
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: $726
Up to 6 persons: $792
Up to 10 persons: $886
From Netanya
Up to 3 persons: $800
Up to 6 persons: $867
Up to 10 persons: $960

What To Expect - Temple Mount and Herodion Private Tour

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.

Additional Information - Temple Mount and Herodion Private 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
  • Recommended comfortable walking shoes and water
  • Booking is subject to terms and conditions

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 than 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.

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