Luxury tour of Jerusalem with a Jewish perspective.
Included in this tour:
- English speaking guide
- Private luxury motor coach with a professional driver, microphone and air-conditioning
You will have the opportunity to see a selection of the following sites:
- Pass by the armored corps memorial site and museum at Latrun
- Jerusalem New City orientation drive
- Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
- Panoramic view from atop the Mount of Olives
- View Absalom’s Tomb, the Tomb of Zacharia and the City of David
- Enter the Old City via Zion Gate: walk through the Jewish Quarter, stop by the Western Wall
This unforgettable tour offers an excellent opportunity to experience some of mankind’s most impressive and moving sights. Following the ancient route to Jerusalem, your coach will ascend into the stark, yet strikingly beautiful Judean Hills.
You will drive through the fertile Ayalon Valley, home to the armored corps memorial site and museum. As you wind your way through the hills, you will pass the Castle fortification, a famous strategic point in the War of Independence of 1948.
You’ll navigate your way into Jerusalem, viewing some of Israel’s most notable landmarks, such as the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), the Menorah and the State Supreme High Court before arriving at the remarkable Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.
The museum, which was opened in 2005, is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, emphasizing each victim’s experience through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.
Proceed toward the Mount of Olives, where from biblical times and until today, Jews have been buried and where Jews held the religious ceremony marking the start of a new month in the days of the Second Temple. Time will be allowed to take photos from this highly favorable vantage point that provides an unparalleled and breathtaking panorama of the walled Old City.
Next, enjoy a drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley. From here you will have a view of Absalom’s Tomb, the Tomb of Zacharia and the City of David before it’s time to begin your walking tour of the Old City.
Entering via the Zion Gate, scene of some of the fiercest fighting in Jerusalem during the siege of 1948, your walk will take you past some of the most sacred sites in religious history. As you make your way through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, you’ll see the Cardo, Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare during the Roman and Byzantine eras. You will also see the newly rebuilt Hurva Synagogue. Burned by angry creditors in 1720, it was rebuilt in 1856, only to be destroyed again during the 1948 conflict. Descending into the lower city, you’ll view the Temple Mount and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. With its stunning blue and gold ceramic tiles, this amazing shrine built in the late 7th century is considered the third holiest site in Islam.
You will also visit the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world because it is believed to have been closest to where the Holy Ark once stood.
Exiting the Old City, you’ll re-join your coach and to travel back to the pier in Ashdod.
Please contact ShoreTrips if you have 25 or more people in your group.
- We will always opt to avoid bad traffic and crowds. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Any changes to the itinerary are always done with your best interest in mind.
- Please wear comfortable footwear, as portions of this tour involve walking.
- Lunch, beverages, entrance fees, gratuities are not included.
- This tour is not operational on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.
- Please note: Jewish sites may close early on Fridays and will be closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
- The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. There is a substantial amount of activity, including strenuous walking and some steps to negotiate; therefore, it is not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns.
- Entry to the new Holocaust History Museum is not permitted under the age of 10.
- Visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is subject to prior confirmation received from the site.
- Modest dress is mandatory. Wearing revealing clothing such as sleeveless shirts, shorts or skirts above the knee will result in you not being allowed entry into religious buildings. Men must wear yarmulkes (Jewish caps) on entering synagogues and to approach the Western Wall, but paper versions are provided on entry free of charge. Women may want to bring a shawl.
Attention clients: You must carry your passport with you on this tour. You will not be able to enter certain sites if you do not have your passport.
Days offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday