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Tour number: 7102
Duration: 2 days
Price: $260
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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. City of David and Underground Jerusalem

From the Mount of Olives we can see the City of Jerusalem spread out beneath us, then we continue on to Mount Zion to see David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Entering the Old City through the Zion Gate we head for the Jewish Quarter. Here we see the Sephardic synagogues, Roman Cardo and Herodian mansions. We reach the Kotel (the Wailing Wall) then continue out of the Old City through the Dung Gate to explore the archaeological excavation site of the City of David.

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From the elevated position on the Mount of Olives we have a panoramic view of the holy City of Jerusalem. We look out beyond the Jewish cemetery on the mount’s slopes towards the Temple Mount where the Second Temple once stood until it’s destruction in 70AD.

Our drive along the Kidron Valley takes us past the ancient cemetery and at the foot of the mount we see the burial tombs of Absalom, King David’s 3rd son; Zechariah, a First Temple priest and the tomb of the sons of Hezir. We also have a view of the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane.

We reach Mount Zion where we visit the Tomb of King David. Within the tomb is David’s cenotaph covered with a velvet cloth with embroidered symbols of a lyre and crown. Men and women sit in separate areas in this holy Jewish site where they can recite prayers facing the cenotaph.

We continue our tour into the Old City through the Zion Gate and into the Jewish Quarter where we see a complex of four Sephardic synagogues which date back to the 17th and 18th century. The Yochanan ben Zakai Synagogue, Istanbuli Synagogue, Emtsai Synagogue and the Eliahu Ha’Navi Synagogue were found desecrates, burnt and in disrepair when the Israelis reclaimed Jerusalem following the Six Day War. The historic buildings have since been fully renovated and restored.

Our next stop is at the Byzantine Cardo, once the main thoroughfare of the city, today we can see the findings of ongoing archaeological excavations and in part of the restored Cardo, ancient Crusader stores are used for modern shops.

Through the Jewish Quarter we pass the excavated foundations of an ancient wall which stood 2,700 years ago during the reign of King Hezekiah (Is 22:10). We go beneath the present day streets to discover the 2000 year old Herodian mansions. The original mosaics and the ritual bath can be seen clearly. The complex of mansions gives great insight into the lifestyle at that time.

We arrive at the Kotel, the 2000 year old Western Wall, part of what was once the outer walls of the Second Temple which stood on Temple Mount until the Temple’s destruction in 70AD. Here you’ll have a chance to place a prayer note between the cracks of this ancient wall.

We exit the Old City through the Dung Gate where we can explore the excavation site of the City of David which dates back 3000 years. We can marvel at the ingenuity of the Canaanites and Hezekiah who constructed tunnels to bring a water supply to the people within the city walls. These tunnels are described in Chronicles II 32:2-4 and in Kings II 20:20 – “…the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and conduit, and brought water into the city…”

We rest at the Spring of Gihon and contemplate that it was here that Zadok the priest anoint Solomon king of Israel. (Kings I 1:38-39).

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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.

  • Notes:

    Important:

    • Change of vehicle required for transfers of pick up / drop off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay!
    • 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.
    • Entrance fees not included.

    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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