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Jerusalem, Israel
Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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Overview

For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this guided all-day tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Finish the day with time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Tour the city of Jerusalem
  • Learn about the city’s 4,000-year-old history
  • See some of the world’s holiest sites
  • Visit the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees
Food and drinks, unless specified
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7:50 AM
Please wait at the entrance to the hotel
Begin your full-day tour with a Jerusalem hotel pickup in an air-conditioned coach.

The first stop is at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers.

The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. This garden is known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion.

Continue into the Old City through the Zion Gate to Jerusalem’s Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem. In the Jewish Quarter, visit the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. The wall is about 2,000 years old, its cracks filled with the prayer papers from the thousands of people that visit here.

Further along in the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus traveled on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 stations of the cross while retracing Jesus’ steps to the Hill of Calvary, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also, see the Stone of the Anointing, where Jesus was believed to have been placed before his burial.

Finally, leave the Old City through the Jewish Marketplace and end the tour at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Witness the moving displays that document the stories of the Jewish people during World War II.

Please note: The Holocaust History Museum is closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays. On those days, it will be replaced with a visit to Mount Zion and the Church of All Nations, also known as the Basilica of Agony.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mount Scopus National Botanical Garden
View the Old City from Mount Scopus
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Garden of Gethsemane
See the Garden of Gethsemane
Pass By:  
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
Pass by the Church of All Nations
Pass By:  
Kidron Valley
Pass through the Kidron valley
Stop At:  
Old City of Jerusalem
Explore the street of the Old City of Jerusalem
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Visit the Jewish Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Cardo
Visit the Byzantine Cardo in the Jewish Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Western Wall
Visit the Western Wall
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christian Quarter
Visit the Christian Quarter
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
Explore some of the Cross stations - The Via Dolorosa
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
Visit the the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Visit the Muslim Quarter and The lively Bazaar
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Visit the Holocaust Museum
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please note that on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays the Holocaust museum is closed. A visit to Mt. Zion (King David's tomb and hall of the last supper) will take place instead.
  • The entrance to Yad Vashem is not permitted for children under 10 years old
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bein Harim Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour.

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  • "We recommend this tour as it accompasses all four quarters and The West Wall." See review

Reviews

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star-3
It was alright. Don’t expect too much.
Rebecka_L
, Jun 2022
The overall feeling my family and I of 5 adults got from this tour was that it was very disorganized and didn’t give much history. A big group of tourists and us got picked up in the morning, went to a meeting spot, and at this meeting spot we were supposed to get into different busses according to the tour we were going on. When we got to this meeting spot there were people and busses everywhere, no one knew where anyone was supposed to go or which bus we were supposed to get on. 30-40 minutes later a tour guide finally shows up and has a list of ppl on his tour. Throughout the entire tour, he spoke 70-75% Spanish. We did not expect this because when booking on Viator I chose the english option and nowhere did it say it was going to be a dual language tour. This resulted in us english speakers standing around for a lot of the day while the tour guide spoke in Spanish. Hence the feeling that we got that he did not give us much history. Also, If you are looking for this tour to give you biblical references and backstory, look elsewhere. This tour company does not reference the bible and only gives details like the history of the building construction and the excavation. This tour gave us an idea of the old city and My family and I returned to old city and did the whole thing ourselves the next day to get a better feel. Overall, it was ok. Was it worth it? Meh. Would my family have wanted a more inclusive, english speaking, historically backed up tour? Yes. Oh and don’t forget that ALL the tours under this company will have some souvenir shops they make you stop at for 30-40 minutes to try to get you to buy overpriced things.
star-5
Old and new Jerusalem tour
maurice_h
, Jun 2022
Going to various quarters of the old City. Had Vashem was a moving experience. Our guide Frank was superb in every way.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for this brief but clear report of your excellent tour expereince , guided by Frank.He deserves your feedback for his efforts.
star-1
Biased against Palestinians
MariaLucia_U
, Jun 2022
This was a horrible experience led by a guide that only spoke badly about Palestinians and particularly Muslims. It seems to me that the tour is planned as some kind of brain wash trip biased towards Palestinians. The guide didn’t miss any opportunity to discriminate against Muslims. When I called his attention and asked him to stop and limit his personal opinions as we didn’t pay to hear him speaking badly about Palestinians, he got angry and told me I had no idea because I didn’t live in Israel. Many others in the tour told him they agreed with me. He started mocking me after every comment he made. A person in the tour asked him to stop disrespecting me and the group. A couple left the tour as well. Not recommended at all. There were few factual things as most of the tour was about his opinions.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Maria, We are most apologetic for this being the nature of your tour experience with one of our guides. This is certainly not the norm of our company or manner that the guide should behave like this... He has been suspended until a report has been filed. We apologize once again that this was what you felt and experienced. Sincerely, Bein Harim team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Learned a lot
Mandy_S
, May 2022
Church of the Holy Sepulchre was my favorite, but there was so much to see and learn about. Yad Vashem was. The tour guide was really good. My only complaint was that I booked an English language tour and she gave each talk in English and Spanish so we had to stand there waiting for both languages to be spoken. Exhausting! Also I did not like being told where I had to eat for lunch. I thought a lunch break would allow us to buy our own food from a small stand in the market. We were taken to a restaurant and given a choice of 2 foods only.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Mandy for this feedback. We state very clearly that occasionally we need to operate bilingual tours.(It is a logistic constraint(manpower and transport). We would certianly liek to be able to allow travelrs to woneder off on their own and find a lunch spot.RIch experience has shown us that it throws the schedule off comletely and always! Enough that even one traveler gets lost or comes late.. Regarding the restuarant we will investigate the menu choices, but kindly understand , the stop has to be fresh and organized and not all resturants can cater for groups, of different volumes. Management will take this into consideration.
star-5
Great Overview to the City!
Haylee_Y
, May 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable and gave a good grasp of the city in a day! We started the day at a beautiful overlook, drove down the Mount of Olives (no stops at Gethsemane), toured the Old City and Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We drove through the new city and ended at the Holocaust Museum. You can’t see all of Jerusalem in a day or any of these sights to a great depth in this period of time, but we covered a lot of ground and this gave us an invaluable end-to-end view! Fortunately we were left with just a few other key sites to see on our 2nd day in the city. We even went back to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that evening and it was much less busy and we got to see everything in the church, so I recommend that! For lunch, they took us to a restaurant in the Old City that had a standard menu to choose from, but it is not included in the tour price. You don’t have to eat at the restaurant, but let the guide know ahead of time if you want to go elsewhere and be sure to meet the group back at the restaurant on time. We found the cost to be comparable to other lunches we saw in Israel, so we didn’t mind staying. If you only have 1 day in Jerusalem or just want an overview of the city, this is great tour! The guides were knowledgeable, helpful and the tour very comprehensive!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Haylee thanks SO much for this favorable and detailed posting of your tour .It sure is helpful for other readers to see what you mention about what we offer and how things are organised(especially the valuable info on lunch options) Your sincere recommendation of our services is much appreciated.
star-2
Underwhelming
Berto_M
, Apr 2022
The whole trip lacked proper explanations and details, not to mention the first tour guide's english is improvable. Pretty much they would take us to places, but the explanations were underwhelming. For example, on the old town, we went to via dolorosa, and we only saw 3 of the 14 stations of the cross, plus 5 others are on the holy sepulchre (but no explanation). Or she wouldn't join us in the sepulchre and missed plenty of information that we could only get through eves dropping other tour guides. Lastly, the afternoon is solely dedicated to the holocaust museum. While it's a must to go, thr guide did not join us, and just waited for us outside. Not only that, but they dropped us 35 minutes away from the city, as they were heading directly to tel avivi and didn't wanna stop in Jerusalem. Mind you that this is a tour that includes drop off at the pick up location where the tour started.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Berto, we are regretful that this was your tour experience. Regarding the Via Dolorosa, we are not able to stop via all the stations due to crowded alleyways. Explanations are generally given outside the Church and travelers are mainly free to roam at their own pace within a given time slot. At Yad Vashem we are not allowed to guide groups within (only with their guides, this is not a service we can offer). This is a stop where those visiting, move through at their own pace. Correctly you state the afternoon section is solely this. You may recall that the tour crosses the city and contends with major traffic This is indeed a highlight tour, and extended time and commentary are not always possible. The long distance from your original point of pickup is unusual, noone is ever expected to cover this on their own. If this was over the Passover week, it must have been explained that ghastly city traffic may have required this. Indeed the tour ends in Tel Aviv. Again, we are sorry you were not satisfied with the tour. Sincerely, Bein Harim team
star-4
Good tour but not the full package
prabakar_m
, Apr 2022
We were pleased with the tour itself. Got to see many places inside the old city. However the tour advertised visiting the new city as well and the Holocaust museum and that did not happen. They mentioned it was a Friday and due to sabbath / holy day it would be closed. So make sure you pick the right day as you may not get the full tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear traveler, Thanks for sharing your satisfaction with the tour. Indeed when booking one should read all the lines of the tour description. Blue arrow no 3: On Fris Sats and High Holidays the Holocaust museum is closed and substituted with a visit to King David's tomb and Garden of Gethsemane. Very clearly listed. We are sorry you have not visited the Holocaust Museum but the tour went as scheduled with all the sites mentioned in the tour description. Best, Bein Harim team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Kris_K
, Apr 2022
This was mine second time in Jerusalem. This is such special place for three major religions. I ejected it immensely.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for sharing that enjoyed this tour and came away with a memorable and meaningful experience.
star-4
Great basic tour for the hotspots
Chris_G
, Nov 2021
Really good day out - good focus on the top spots and a bit of variety. Gets you the basics so you can wonder off on your own after
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great day
Andreas_C
, Feb 2020
Great day. Very well organized. Saw and visited the most important places. Our guide was kind to answer individual questions and give additional imformation. Would have been nice to have some extra stops at the mount of olives. Highly recomended!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
We were left behind twice
Jesse_B
, Feb 2020
It was a very informative tour. However, our bus was 15 minutes late to start. Then our tour guide left/forgot about us before we had a scheduled lunch with the group (we had to ask the shop keeper where our tour went and had to find them ourselves). Then the guide left us at Yad Vashem, we were only 5 minutes late. We had to pay another 60 shekels to catch a cab back to the old city and walk to our hotel from there.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Jerusalem
sidneyzera
, Sep 2019
Very organized. Very interesting. Very emotional. Great guide who was informative, funny, engaging and well versed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Knowledgable and extremely accommodating tour guy
IRINA_V
, May 2019
Dispite really bad weather, cold, rain, wind, - we really enjoyed the tour and it is thanks to our guide person. He was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and helpful. It was the second year in a row we traveled to Jerusalem and took similar tour- and both times it was an amazing experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Waste of time and money - Just don't
Mister_Sparkle
, May 2019
This tour offers hotel pick-up, and this was prompt (about 8:30 AM). At about 9:00 AM, you arrive at Mt. Scopus, where you are left to your own devices for up to half an hour (or more), near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Here, you are informed you will await the bus that will take you on your tour, and given a bus number to look for. There is little apparent coordination, and your bus could come next, or it could come in forty-five minutes. However, they do advise there is a coffee shop for us to get coffee in. Our bus came about a half hour after our arrival at this makeshift depot. Fortunately, there were trees for shade, while we waited for a bus that might come at any moment. Our guide, Avishai, welcomed us and herded us all into bus number sixteen. From there, we were driven along the eastern and southern edges of the Old City, with a brief photo opportunity for the skyline of the Old city and then for the Garden of Gethsemane. As we got out at the first stop, Avishai informed us that we needed to keep our photos brief and after he was done talking. During his "presentation", my wife and I noted several historical inaccuracies. After arriving within the walls of the Old City, Avishai stopped near some posters of the Armenian Genocide and informed us that, "Israel does not allow such posters, as we have good relations with Turkey." I thought this was an Old City tour, and not a geopolitical symposium. My wife and I found his commentary here inflammatory. Avishai then moved us like cattle to a selected gift shop for some shopping. At this point, my wife and I were growing weary of Avishai's abrasive style and pondered leaving the tour. After being left at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, with little informative commentary from our guide, we chose to simply leave the tour. Yes, we walked off and we advise you do the same, but before spending your money on this waste of time. Get an audio guide of the Old City for less cost, and do it yourself. This tour was a waste.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Broken van, delays and enforced shopping
DayTrip03757752736
, Mar 2019
One of the company's vans broke down, so they had to scramble to make things work. the effect is that we sat around a lot and our tour-time was shortened. Still our guide managed to take us to a store where she get a kick-back and left us shopping for a long time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Old and New Jerusalem Is Essential
Keith_O
, Jan 2019
Absolutely a great full day tour. I, nor my girlfriend have ever been. I am RC and she is Russian Jewish. We had such a great educational journey. It was deeply felt and eye opening. Our guide was a local from Jerusalem and was more than professional. We recommend this tour as it accompasses all four quarters and The West Wall. Great tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Yoel is Awesome!
Andris_B
, Jan 2019
We had a great time on the Old City tour. Our guide Yoel brought the city to life through his stories. I would recommend this tour to anyone I met. A+
star-5
Great Experience
Carmen_A
, Oct 2018
Great tour! Sagi was fantastic full of knowledge and good humor :) he kept us moving but allowed us enough time to take in the places and ask questions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
More than satisfied!!
Ilana_S
, Sep 2018
The tour was very well organized, unexpected problems were dealt with efficiency. Each area of the Old City and new one was given ample time! Our guide Ossy was well read and displayed a sense of humor & kept cool even when some of us got lost!
star-5
We had a wonderful tour guide called...
Cherry H
, Aug 2018
We had a wonderful tour guide called Ami. He was friendly, inspiring, full of information, enthusiastic and sincere in what he was saying. The tour started with a drive up to a high point so that we could look over the whole city. It was such a beautiful view and we had the opportunity to get out of the bus, film and take photos. The tour continued on from there so that we could see other important sites along the route to the old city, such as the Mount of Olives. Pity there was no time to stop there, though. Walking through the streets of Old Jerusalem, seeing key places, both Jewish and Christian, and having the historical, traditional and biblical references explained in such detail while we were actually there was wonderful. It's was a great experience for Bible scholars, but even if you were not, the tour guide's narrative made up for that. He literally brought the Biblical accounts to life. We had no idea beforehand, however, that there would be so much walking at pace in the heat of the day. If you're not very fit, be prepared. Wearing a hat is a MUST so as to not fade away from heat exhaustion or sun stroke, and non-slip shoes are advisable as the street stones are smooth, no doubt worn down by the thousands of pilgrims who've visited over decades. The tour also involves climbing lot of steps up to and down from some of the sacred places, as well as up to the restaurant where we had lunch. Its quite a strenuous tour and was a challenge for us, not to mention a few of the older members of our group. The last stop on the tour was the visit to the Holocaust museum, which was informative and interesting. We were not accompanied inside by our tour guide, so we were unable to ask any questions about what we saw nevertheless being able to visit the museum was a valuable part of the day. For all of the sites we visited and for what we saw, we would say that the tour reflected good value for money and would highly recommend it.

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