Jews, Christians, Muslims – they all hold this place dear. Sights here represent each of the faiths. Kicking things off is a fly-by driving tour, passing the Israeli parliament building known as the Knesset, the Museum of Israel and the Shrine of the Book. It’s the best way to see the city sights. Next you’ll drive to the top of the Mount of Olives. Named after its olive tree-planted slopes, this place is thought to be where the dead will be resurrected on Judgement Day. The views from here are epic. From here, you’ll head for the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was betrayed by his disciple Judas. A visit to the Church of All Nations is also on the itinerary here. It’s followed by an active walk through the old city following the path Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary, a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection and a glimpse of the shimmering mosques of Al-Aqsa and The Dome of the Rock. You’ll also stop off at the Western Wall, the place where Orthodox Jews nod in prayer and put prayer notes into the cracks of the wall. Finally, you’ll head to Bethlehem for lunch in a restaurant and to see one of Christianity’s most sacred sights, the Church of the Nativity, built on the same site as the stable where Mary gave birth to Jesus.
It's about a 1.5-hour drive to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem you'll go on a walking tour, lasting about 2 hours, that takes in some of the stages of the cross. Your guide for the Jerusalem part of the tour isn't permitted to guide you through to Bethlehem, so your new guide will meet you once you cross the border. More time will be spent sightseeing in Jerusalem than in Bethlehem. Shorts should not be worn and women should cover their shoulders while visiting the holy sights. Finally, entrance to the tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and to the grotto in the Church of Nativity are not included in this tour.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.