Things to do in

Jerusalem

This ancient city will charm you with its enchanting old town, limestone architecture, and some very friendly cats.

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  • From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

    1. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

    Explore the holiest cities on earth, either in a shared or private, customizable tour. Starting from Tel Aviv at 6:30 AM, travel to three of Israel's highlights. Start your guided tour in the "City of Gold." Visit Jerusalem's Old City including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Sepulchre. Explore local Markets, Byzantine Cardo, and Western Wall.  Next, embark on a tour of Bethlehem and witness the Church of the Nativity, the city where Jesus Christ was born. Those who are not interested in Bethlehem can instead opt to enjoy free time in Jerusalem while others explore Bethlehem. In the afternoon, begin heading east through the Judean Desert. Enjoy a journey to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and savor bathing and floating upon the therapeutic waters. At 4:30 PM leave the Dead Sea and return to Tel Aviv. Arrival should be around 7:00 PM.

    Excellent guide and excellent day full of historical landmarks with unique stories. Thank you

  • Jerusalem and Bethlehem: Full-Day Trip from Tel Aviv

    2. Jerusalem and Bethlehem: Full-Day Trip from Tel Aviv

    On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. You’ll see the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and ...

    it was a great tour with omri and david,they were very experienced and helpful.Everything was great ,we had a very good time

  • Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

    3. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

    Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special ther...

    It was a great experience. I recomend this tour! Enough time at Dead sea; 2 hours... Guide was excelent! All the best!

  • Dead Sea Chill Out Day Trip from Jerusalem

    4. Dead Sea Chill Out Day Trip from Jerusalem

    Take a tour to the Dead Sea to laze on the beach and float in the mineral-rich waters during the best part of the day. You will depart from Jerusalem before the hottest part of the day, and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Dead Sea beach. Set in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. Its high salt density provides you with a unique experience as you float unaided on the beautiful aquamarine surface. Cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud at a private beach at the north of the sea, and benefit from the therapeutic qualities of the natural Dead Sea mud. You will be back in Jerusalem in the late afternoon to early evening depending on the season.

    Very cool and knowledgeable guide! Everything was relaxed and well organised. Meeting point is in the hostel. We chose this trip because we didn’t want to spent a whole day, and it was excellent. We had 1.5 h at the dead see which was plenty, we didn’t want more. The ‚beach‘ and premises are like a 1 star hotel from the 70s. But you could still enjoy swimming and get mud from the ground of the see. You just need to find a spot approx. 2 meters from the shore and dig. Good value for money. We even got a towel, something to drink and eat as well. The mini bus was in proper condition and modern inside. The guide was driving carefully and we were approx. 15 people. Good value for the money for us.

  • Jerusalem Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

    5. Jerusalem Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

    This half-day tour explores the holiest of cities, and the spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia, the Old City is packed with sites and draws visitors, regardless of their spiritual leanings. During the tour you will see some of the city’s most holy places, including Mount Scopus, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and more. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the drive to Mount Scopus, one of the highest peaks of Jerusalem, where you can enjoy a panoramic overview of the city. Travel along the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and the walls of the City. Enter the Western (Wailing) Wall Square via the Armenian Quarter, and stroll through the Bazaar to the Christian Quarter. You will see the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepul...

    Enjoyable trip with excellent guide Alona. The pick up and drive to a vantage point outside the city help give great context to the walk. Highly recommend and the insight and background provided by Alona made it so much more than a history talk and walk

  • Jerusalem Old & New City Tour from Tel Aviv

    6. Jerusalem Old & New City Tour from Tel Aviv

    This full-day tour explores the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will leave with a comprehensive overview of the city, having walked in the quarters of the Old City, continue to the poignant, Holocaust Museum for the later part of the day. Start at the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Then enter the Old City and tour the main attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Visit the bazaar and the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Churc...

    Passeio incrível, nossa guia foi extremamente explicativa, inteligente, organizada e amável.

  • From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

    7. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

    Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

    The tour does not start as mention in get your guide at 8:30 it starts at 7:30 am. Any way we had to wait for the people from tel aviv to arrive and they where late. The guide was ok

  • Bethlehem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

    8. Bethlehem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

    This half-day excursion takes you to the heart of the biblical story of the Nativity. Drive to Bethlehem to get an overview of the Shepherds' Field and to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank , the city is heavily dependent on tourism and thousands come every year to worship or just watch at Manger's Square where Jesus is said to have been born. The city is the birthplace of King David, and means “City of Bread,” as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. According to Christian tradition, it is the site of the birth of Jesus. You will visit the Church of Nativity and the cave where Jesus was born. Continue to Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Today it is also home to the Mosque of Omar, an important site for the many Muslims who live in the city. Explore the Greek and ...

    Well organized an well timed your. The tour guide was excellent looking after each and everyone in the group( 18 oeople). The visit to the holy site was arranged very well, barely 15 minutes waiting time. Considering that it was a Sunday, when masses are regularly held, it was perfect timing.

  • Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

    9. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

    This full-day tour takes you to the gems of Israel’s western coast. Departing Jerusalem in an air-conditioned coach transfer to join the tour in Tel Aviv . Head up the coast, via Tel Aviv, to the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea. The splendid harbor is located about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv and has a long and extraordinary history. Developed from a modest Phoenician port by King Herod into one of the grandest cities of Palestine, it survived until the 13th-Century when the Baybars of Egypt destroyed it. The ruins are impressive and include a mighty aqueduct and one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman era. Take a leisurely walking tour of the archaeological excavations before continuing up the coast to Haifa. Israel’s 3rd city boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the city itself from one of its most significant sites, the Baha’i Gardens in the Baha’i World C...

    Fantastic tour-visiting those places are highly recommended for anyone who is into history and archaeology. There aren’t many places where you can see roman mosaic and crusader fortresses at the very same spots. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, really enjoyed listening to the history of Israel. One thing that was a bit odd for a european: at the end of the tour we felt like we were pushed for tips a bit too harshly. But other than that it was a genuinely fantastic and very enjoyable tour.

  • Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

    10. Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

    See the most important sights in Jerusalem on a full-day tour of the city. Begin with a drive to the Mount of Olives for panoramic views over the City of Peace. Then stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo; the Roman Road. See the Jewish Western Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Proceed to the New City to visit Yad Vashem; the Jewish memorial to the Holocaust. On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, traditionally known as birthplace of John the Baptist; stroll in the narrow lanes of the picturesque village stopping by Mary's spring before continuing to visit the Church of Saint John the Ba...

    Mount Olive part was great , so was the Western wall , but 10 minutes at the Holy Sepulchre absolutely not enough. This is one the most important churches in the history of Christianity and we were given 10 minutes by our guide to explore. Afterwards , we were spent two hours at the Holocaust museum. I know that Holocaust is very important for Jewish people , but the time spent at different places should be more balanced. This trip wasn’t . Don’t advertise the Holy Sepulchre if you stop in front of the Church for 10 minutes, it is misleading your potential customers , tourists.

Frequently asked questions about Jerusalem

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Jerusalem?

    You could spend years (maybe a lifetime?) delving into this city. However, five to seven days will allow you to visit many of the main attractions. Add another one to two days if you only have time to take day-trips either to the Dead Sea and/or Masada.

  • Getting around

    Your own two feet will get you around the Old City of Jerusalem. Beyond these, there are buses (known as Egged) and one light rail line, a part of which runs along Jaffo Road in West Jerusalem and also has a stop at Damascus Gate. Keep in mind that public transport comes to a halt once Shabbat begins (Friday just before sundown), but the Arab buses and taxi services still operate just outside Damascus Gate.

  • Where to stay in Jerusalem

    You'll find all sorts of accommodations in the Old City, but there are other options in West Jerusalem, for example the area around Zion Square and Ben-Yehuda Mall. It's a lively area with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit, when the temperature is mild and the crowds are thinner. However, make sure you check the calendar, as a Jewish celebration could bring masses into the city.

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What people are saying about Jerusalem

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 5,720 reviews

Well organized tour Transportation was comfortable and punctual Tour guide Mr Tamar gave a lot of information History was well explained by other tour guide Mr Abood in Bethlehem Good value for money

Fabulous tour and guide - it was a shame that Qasr el Yahud was closed as it would have been fab to visit!

Guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and full of details.

Mohammed was a fantastic and informative and fun tour guide!

Malkon is a passionate and funny guide. Very entertaining!