Featured Tour (Walking trip):
Jerusalem – In the footsteps of Jesus
The tour begins from the Mount of Olives for an overview of Jerusalem city. We then visit the Patre Nostre and see the Prayer of the Lord written in 123 languages, visit the place of Mary’s Ascension,
Walking trip to Dominus Flevit, where Jesus foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem. Continue to The Gethsemane garden, then to the church of all nations, where Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Romans. View the Kidron valley and the tombs of Absalom, Jeosphate and Zaccariah (2nd temple period).
We enter the old city from the Lions Gate and visit the Church of St. Anne, the home of Mary and the pool of Bethesda. We Then visit the Notre Dame De Sion – location of the striped pavement (Litho Strosos) where Jesus was condemned and where the Via Dolorosa begins.
The Tour departs from Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv & The Dead Sea hotels
More Information and Booking
Jerusalem Tourist Attractions within the Old City
Wailing Wall (HaKotel) a large wall, the remaining part of the original outer wall of the Jewish Temple of 2000 years ago. This religious site is the focus of Jewish prayer and hope for the eventual rebuilding of the Jewish “Bet Hamigkdash” Temple. Prayer is performed here as if in a synagogue with men and women on different sides of a low partition. This is where Jews bring their wishes written on a piece of paper and place it into the cracks of the wall-a message directly to G-d.
Temple Mount (Har Habayit) is in the Arab Quarter of the Old City, a large square encompassing gardens, fountains and holy buildings. This is the 3rd holiest site in Islam. This is where the recognizable Dome of the Rock is situated as well as other famous Islamic sites.
Dome of the Rock (Qubbat Al-Sakhra) perhaps the most beautiful structure in Jerusalem is located behind the Wailing Wall in the large open plaza of Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock (691BC) is instantly recognizable by it’s gold dome and cobalt blue painted Arabic designs and writing of the Koran around the eight sided building. Inside you will find a rock called Foundation Stone which Muslims believe is where Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Al Aqsa Mosque(Far Mosque) Also within the Noble Sanctuary of the Temple Mount not far from the Dome of the Rock, it has a silver dome and is believed by Muslims to be the place where Muhammad arrived when transported from Mecca to the “farthest Mosque” as told in the Quran chapter “The Night Journey”.
Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) this is the route Jesus took while carrying his cross on the way to his own crucifixion. The route runs through the lively Arab market of the Old City and ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Stations of the Cross, these mark the points along the Via Dolorosa where Jesus paused while carrying the cross on the way to his crucifixion.
Old City Gates – New Gate west of northern side, Damascus Gate northern side,Harod’s Gate east of northern side enters the Arab Quarter, Lion’s Gate north of eastern side enters the Arab Quarter, Dung Gate east of southern side closest entrance to the Wailing Wall it got it’s name as this is where refuse was thrown from the city in ancient times, Zion Gate southern side, Jaffa Gate western gate takes you into the Old City where the Christian and Armenian Quarters meet.
Church of Saint Anne close to the Lion’s Gate and marks the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. It is a Roman Catholic Church which marks the birth place of Mary’s mother Anne, it was built in 1138.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Church of the Resurrection) the church is shared by several Christian denominations and is one of the most visited Christian pilgrimage sites as it is believed to be built on the site of Christ’s crucifixion – Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary). The church is also believed by some to be the site of Jesus’ resurrection but that is in dispute as the Garden Tomb also claims that honor. The church dates back to the 2nd century AD.
The Cardo was the main street running north to south during the period of Roman rule in Jerusalem. Today you can see the Cardo in the Jewish Quarter, parts of it have been preserved and other areas can be observed as excavation sites. Part of the Cardo has been rebuilt to house high-end stores and souvenir shops.
David’s Citadel (Tower of David), built on the highest point of the Old City near the Jaffa Gate it was built as a vantage point to help protect the city and is well fortified. The tower was originally built in 2AD, it got it’s name from the Christian belief that it was King David’s Palace. Today the citadel houses a museum with artifacts dating back 2,700 years and tells the story of the City’s history, it is also a popular venue for events.
Zedekiah’s Cave (Solomon’s Quarries) runs underneath the Muslim Quarter and is a deep and wide man-made quarry which has been used over the centuries as a source of stone and also for storage. Many legends surround the caves including that King Solomon used it to built the first Temple. The entrance is beneath the Old City wall between the Damascus Gate and Herod’s Gate.
Old City Ramparts it is possible to wall along the top of the Old City walls, entrance is from the Jaffa Gate and offers a bird’s eye view of the city both within and outside of the walls.
Jerusalem Tourist Attractions outside the Old City
Mount Zion, the location of several important sites: Dormision Church, Schindler’s Tomb, the Holocaust Basement, David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper.
Hall of the Last Supper, believed to be the location where Jesus held the last supper before being arrested, tried and crucified. This is the room which is depicted in Leonardo Di Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper. It is situated on Mount Zion in the upper level of a 12th century Crusader building, beneath it is the Tomb of David.
Mount of Olives, in East Jerusalem overlooking the Old City the sloping peaks of this low mountain range is holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Mount has several religious sites but is mainly a graveyard for over 150,000 deceased. Among the buried are several religious leaders, political and cultural leaders.
Cave of Ramban is thought to be the final resting place of Ramban the 13th century Rabbi. The cave is cut into the rock face on the slope of the Upper Kidron Valley.
Church of the Pater Noster, (literal translation Our Father) thought to be where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Today it is the site of a Roman Catholic Church and is on the Mount of Olives.
Dominus Flevit, on the Mount of Olives this Roman Catholic Church commemorates the tears of Jesus as he gazed upon the Temple and foresaw it’s eventual destruction. The roof of the church has a distinctive round shape. Although one of the modern day churches in Jerusalem it stands on the ruins of a Crusader church.
Gethsemane Garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives this is where Jesus prayed with his disciples the night before his crucifixion and where Judah found him that same night. The garden is surrounded by and contains several important Christian sites.
Church of all Nations (Basilica of the Agony) is recognizable by the exquisite mosaic above the entrance and Byzantine style columns on either side. Within the church the mosaic work and decoration continues to amaze. The church is Roman Catholic and stands on the Mount of Olives where Jesus would have prayed before his final arrest.
Tomb of Absalom (Yad Avshalom ), Jeosphate, Bnei-Hezir and Zachariah in the Kidron Valley below the Mount of Olives these tombs were carved into the limstone cliff face, each with a unique appearance. Absalom (King David’s son) has a tomb with a conical roof and columns on the tomb front wall. The tomb of Zachariah like the others is a monolith cut from one solid piece of stone, Zachariah’s tomb has a pointed roof. The Bnei-Hezir tombs are smaller and also carved into the rock face, these were family tombs. The Tomb of Jeosphate is another 2nd century tomb in the same valley.
Church of Mary Magdalene this is one of the most beautiful and striking churches in Jerusalem it stands on the Mount of Olives and it’s seven distinct golden onion domes identify it as a Russian Orthodox Church. The church was built in 1886 on the ordered of the Tsar Alexander III.
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is a Protestant church currently being used by the Lutheran congregation which preys in Arabic, English, German and Dutch. The church has serviced the German language Protestant and Evangelist congregation.
Hagia Maria Sion Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey and also a monastery with an adjacent church situated on Mount Zion, it gets it’s name from being the place where the Virgin Mary passed away. The building is round in shape and has four towers. The land was originally bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and to this day the Abbey services the German Christian community.
Monastery of the Cross, in the Valley of the Cross is used by monks of the Jerusalem Patriarchate and was originally built in the 4th century then later rebuilt in the 11th century. The monastery has the ancient Rustaveli fresco which unfortunately has been badly damaged over the years.
Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu is a Roman Catholic Church on Mount Zion and dates back to Crusader times, the church commemorates Peter’s denial of Jesus with statues at the entrance depicting the main characters in this Biblical event including the cock crowing.
Ethiopian Church, both the church close to the Jaffa Gate outside the Old City and the one near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre offer Christian Ethiopians who believe they are decedents from the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon a peaceful place of worship. Paintings, bright colored décor and hanging lamps make these churches unique.
Saint George’s Cathedral dated 1899 is an Episcopalian Anglican cathedral servicing both the Arabic and English speaking community.
Scottish Church of saint Andrew was completed in 1930, when during the British mandate Scottish soldiers would prey here. There are services held every Sunday at 10am and services are conducted according to the Church of Scotland.
Mary’s Tomb in the Kidron Valley is believed to be the final resting place of Jesus’ mother Mary, the church has several chapels dedicated to Joseph, Mary’s husband and her parents, Joachim and Anne. It is a Roman Catholic Church.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s world renowned Holocaust Museum is a sobering experience and extremely moving.
Warren’s Shaft is a tunnel which runs from inside the Old City to the Gihon Spring. It is composed of several sections, horizontal, vertical, stepped and is thought to have been the city’s source of water in ancient times when they were under siege or unable to leave the city walls.
Hezekiah Tunnel (Siloam Tunnel) constructed in the 8th century under the Old City as an alternate source of water. Today it is possible to walk into the tunnels following it’s course from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam.
Liberty Bell Gardens is Jerusalem’s central park and gets it’s name from the replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell which stands in the park. The park is a popular venue for recreational activities among locals.
Ammunition Hill this museum commemorates the battle which took place here and in other areas of the city during the six Day War in 1967, the war resulted in the liberation of the Old City. During the battle of ammunition Hill 182 Israeli soldiers died and they too are remembered here.
Great Synagogue, Jerusalem’s main Synagogue established in 1958 the Jewish place of worship is a modern large synagogue modeled on the original Jewish temple. The Great Synagogue can seat 1400 worshipers.
Mount Herzl is the location of Israel’s national cemetery and it is here that Israeli prime ministers are buried as well as other prominent Jewish figures.
Mount Scopus In northeastern Jerusalem is the location of the Hebrew University, and with it’s high vantage point it is a good place to get a panoramic view of the city.
Herod family Tomb near the King David hotel has a modest entrance to the stone tomb which takes you down several stairs and into three burial chambers. Herod himself was not buried here but his wife and members of his family were. During the British mandate the tomb was used as a bomb shelter.
Jason’s Tomb is in the Rehavia neighborhood and consists of a pointed roof and columned entrance leading to the inner burial chamber all carved out of rock. The tomb is thought to be that of Jason, a high priest in the time of Antiochus because of inscriptions on the inner walls.
Tomb of Jesus or Garden Tomb, thought to be biblical Calvary and the site where Jesus was laid to rest in a cave and where he was resurrected. The cave in question is thought to be Jesus’ family tomb.
David’s Tomb, considered to be the final resting place of King David is a religious site to Jews and Christians. Housed in what was originally a Byzantine Church the focal point of the tomb is a sarcophagus presumed to be King Davids.
Israel Museum, Israel’s national museum and it’s largest is world renowned for its displays of Biblical architecture, Judaica, ethnography and fine art created by some of the most famous artists in the world. The museum also has an excellent children’s wing and regularly has visiting exhibitions from around the world.
Shrine of the Book, this unusual modern shaped building houses the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. They date from between 150BC and 70AD and include Biblical manuscripts. The museum is located on the same site as the Israeli Museum.
Bible Lands Museum, exhibits artifacts from Biblical cultures in the near east and illustrates how these people lived along with models of some famous biblical sites made to scale. The cultures displayed include Philistines, Egyptians, Aramean, Hittites and Phoenican.
Knesset, The Israeli house of Parliament.
Montefiore Windmill, this was the first windmill and part of the first settlement, Yamin Moshe, built outside of the walls of Jerusalem. It was established by Moshe Montefiore to help the new Jewish settlers survive and make a living.
King David Hotel, built in 1931 this 5 star hotel has hosted dignitaries from around the world (Haile Selassie, King George II of Greece, King Abdullah I of Jordan, King Alfonso XIII of Spain and even Madonna) and been the setting for many important stages in Israel’s struggle towards becoming an independent country.
Hadassah Medical Center and Chagall Windows, In the Abbell Synagogue in the Hadassah hospital see the 12 stained glass windows of Jewish symbols created by Marc Chagall and inspired by the Bible and his own life.
Mea Shearim, is the ultra-Orthodox Jewish area where Charidim live an isolated life according to the strict Biblical laws. To wander the narrow cobbled lanes wear modest clothing.
Biblical Zoo, has animals which are mentioned in the Bible and is popular with children, as zoos usually are!