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Jerusalem in one day – Biblical Jerusalem
This tour provides a great understanding of the history of Jerusalem as well as the various stages of the Temple complex. Highly recommended for any Jewish or Christian visitors to the country.
Jump straight into the atmosphere of ancient Jerusalem as we open the day with a walk on the 500-year-old city ramparts. We’ll then visit the City of David, the most ancient ruins in Jerusalem, taking us back into the time of the Hebrew Bible. We’ll see David’s Palace and can walk underground in a tunnel built by King Hezekiah (great fun for kids!). We’ll emerge from the tunnel at the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the Blind.We’ll ascend by foot in the spirit of the ancient pilgrims to the impressive excavations in the Davidson Center where we’ll be able to transport ourselves 2000 years back in time and walk on the very stones that Jesus and his disciples would have walked on in the time of the Second Temple.
We’ll pause at the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) to soak up the atmosphere, and after a great local lunch, we’ll explore the Jewish Quarter (including more ruins from the Biblical period). Our day will conclude with a visit to the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion.
Jerusalem in one day – Christian Jerusalem
This tour is designed to allow you to visit the most significant Christian sites in Jerusalem within one day. We’ll open our day with a spectacular panoramic view over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We’ll use this view to locate and understand the key sites in the story of Jesus in Jerusalem, before descending the mountain, just as he would have done, to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we’ll reflect on Jesus’ final moments before being arrested.
Our next stop will be at the Tomb of Mary where we will explore one of Jerusalem’s oldest churches and understand the unique sharing arrangement under which it is managed. We’ll then ascend from the Kidron Valley to the Old City where we’ll visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic man.After seeing the most holy site for Muslims in Jerusalem, The Dome of the Rock, from a very unique angle, we will walk the ancient pilgrim route known as the Via Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross, marking Jesus’ path with the cross from his trial until his crucifixion. The route culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial and venerated by many as one of the most important holy sites in the world.
Optional: Continue to the alternative site of the Garden Tomb, recognized by many Protestants as the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
Jerusalem in one day tour
This tour will give you a little bit of everything – the highlights of Jerusalem in one day.
Our day will begin by exploring the impressive excavations in the Davidson Center where we’ll be able to transport ourselves 2000 years back in time and walk on the very stones that Jesus and his disciples would have walked on in the time of the Second Temple.
We’ll then ascend to the Temple Mount to visit this highly contested space which is considered holy by all of the faiths that share Jerusalem. We’ll marvel over the beautiful structures of the most significant Muslim sites in Israel, The Dome of the Rock and The Al-Aksa Mosque.
Next, we’ll begin walking the ancient pilgrim route known as the Via Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross, marking Jesus’ path with the cross from his trial until his crucifixion. The route culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial and venerated by many as one of the most important holy sites in the world.
After exploring some of the key sites in the Jewish Quarter, we’ll visit the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, before concluding our day with some time for reflection at the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall).
What they’re saying
Shai took us (a group of 5) on an unforgettable one day tour of Jerusalem yesterday. His knowledge is encyclopedic and he gives it over in a way that is accessible to everyone–and fun. He has a deep love and appreciation for all the peoples and traditions that make up the tapestry of Jerusalem. His tours are organized to weave the details of each place and period into a larger picture that comes together at the end of the tour. We all left with a feeling of satisfaction that we had completed an educational journey and were hungry to learn and understand more about the place.
We specified to Shai that we wanted a tour focused on Christian historical sites. Shai’s unique ability to relate archeological findings with religious beliefs (in an unbiased way) at each site we visited was both thought provoking and enjoyable. His knowledge of Islam, Judism and Christianity is amazing. He knows how to navigate into and out of popular and crowded tourist spots efficiently yet giving you enough time to absorb the history and walk away with a better understanding of what was going on in the first century when Christianity was beginning. Can’t say enough about how pleased we were with Shai’s tour.
We engaged Shai via internet reviews of what he offered and reviews others gave him. These people were right on target. Shai approached the tour based on our preferred religious oversight. He demonstrated a tremendous background of detailed facts surrounding Jerusalem and the Holy Lands concentrating on the time Jesus was there. He related how Christians, Jews, and Muslims beliefs overlap and interplay with each other. His approach to what happened there and which stories we all have heard about this time period is impecable. His concentration on factual data made our trip informative, enlightening and certainly enjoyable. I highly recommend he be considered on your trip planning to the Holy Lands.