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Tour number: 5102
Duration: 2 days
Price: $290
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Day 1. Jerusalem Old and New

During the tour we will visit Mount Olives, Yad VeShem, the Holocaust Museum andthe Old City of Jerusalem where we will see the Byzantine Cardo, the Kotel, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Stations of the Cross and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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As we stand above the Jewish cemetery on Mount of Olives we see the Old City and the Temple Mount where the Solomon’s Temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE once stood.

Below us the garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations in the Kidron Valley with its ancient Jewish burial tombs

Entering the Old City through the Zion Gate we pass the Armenian Quarter on our way to the Jewish Quarter and the fifteen year old Byzantine Cardo. Partially destroyed and unused during the Moslem conquest it had a brief new lease of life during the Crusader period. The excavated Crusader shops are now modern stores.

We stop at the Kotel, the Western Wall where Jews have prayed since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Built by King Herod it was a supporting wall enclosing the enlarged Temple Mount area.

The Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of the Cross, is the route many pilgrims follow on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church built over the place of the crucifixion of Jesus and the burial tomb. Although the Byzantine church waspartially destroyed during the Persians and Moslem conquests the rebuilt and redesigned Crusader Church preserved much of the earlier church.

We exit the Old City via the market and the Jaffa Gate for a short tour of the new city. A visit to Yad VeShem, the Holocaust museum, reveals artifacts and photographs documenting the discrimination, persecution and finally the annihilation of the Jewish communities of Europe. It also remembers those righteous among the nations who risked their lives while trying to save Jews.

* Dress code: Shoulders to be covered / No shorts allowed.
**On Fridays, Saturdays & High Holidays – Holocaust Museum is closed. Visit instead Kind David’s Tomb, Hall of Last Supper & Garden of Gethsemane.

  • Notes:

    Important:

    • Change of vehicle required for transfers of pick up / drop off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay!
    • On Fridays, Saturdays & Jewish Holidays, when the Holocaust Museum is closed, the tour will include a visit to the Church of All Nations at the Garden Gethsemane, King David’s Tomb and the Hall of the Last Supper on Mount Zion.
    • Please be at your pick up point on time. There might be some delay (up to 20 minutes) due to traffic or other operational issues.

    Useful to now:

    • Recomended good walking shoes, hat & water.
    • Modest dress: Covered shoulders/ No shorts is required for the holy sites.

Day 2. In the footsteps of Jesus

We begin with a visit to the place of Christ’s ascension on the Mount of Olives and we see the Church of the Pater Noster. From here we have a sweeping view across Jerusalem. As we descend the mount we stop at the Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. We enter the Old City on foot through the Lion’s Gate were we see the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of Saint Anne. We visit the Sisters of Zion Convent where we see the Lithostratos. We continue on to the Via Dolorosa and the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Our tour starts on the Mount of Olives were we visit the Church of the Ascension. The church marks the spot where Jesus ascended to heaven and there is a rock with an imprinted footprint thought to be where Jesus stood before his ascension (Luke 24:50 – 51). The original church built here was in 390 but most of the chapel building we see today is from the Crusader period (1150).

Nearby is the Church of the Pater Noster (Sanctuary of the Eleona), on this spot Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer. There are plaques on the walls with the Lord’s Prayer written in more than a hundred languages. We see a Crusader cloister and the grotto where Jesus would have taught. This is also where Jesus told his disciples of the eminent destruction of Jerusalem and the 2nd coming.

From the Mount of Olives we look out over the City of Gold across the ancient Jewish cemetery and to the Old City and the Temple Mount beyond. We begin to descend the mount pausing at the Dominus Flevit (the Lord Wept). It was here that Christ cried as he envisioned the destruction of Jerusalem. The Dominus Flevit was designed by architect Antonio Berluzzi to resemble a teardrop. Through the window above the altar we can see the Old City where the Second Temple once stood.

A little further along we get to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. It was here that Jesus preyed before his arrest (Mark 14:32-46). The church was funded by a number of nations which each have their coat of arms displayed in decorative glass on the ceiling. The entrance is through tall columns which support a mosaic showing Jesus as the connection between God and man.

We cross the Kidron Valley and arrive at the Lion’s Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. We see the pools of Bethesda as mentioned in the Gospel of John. We visit the Crusader Church of Saint Anne constructed above a grotto thought to be where Jesus’ mother Mary was born.

In the Convent of the Sisters of Zion we enter the cellars to see the water cistern dating back to the Second Temple. We see the Lithostratos, engraved Roman flagstones, which are part of extensive archaeological findings beneath the convent. It is believed that here Pontius Pilate stood in judgment of Jesus in the courtyard of Praetorium.

From here we set out along the Via Dolorosa retracing the route Jesus took as he carried his cross towards his crucifixion. We see the Stations of the Cross where Jesus stopped along the Way of Sorrows and finally we reach the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. It was here that Jesus was crucified on Golgotha and Christ’s burial tomb is within the church. The vast Byzantine basilica has many alters and within the church are five of the Stations of the Cross.

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* Dress code: Shoulders to be covered / No shorts allowed.
* At certain locations you will need to pay entry fees. Have small change available.
This tour is run with a minimum of 2 participants

  • Notes:

    Important:

    • Change of vehicle required for transfers of pick up / drop off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay!
    • Entrance fees not included.
    • Please be at your pick up point on time. There might be some delay (up to 20 minutes) due to traffic or other operational issues.

    Useful to now:

    • Recomended good walking shoes, hat & water.
    • Modest dress: Covered shoulders/ No shorts is required for the holy sites.

Price / Pickup Information

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  • Price includes accommodation per person in a double room on B&B basis.

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