Jerusalem Churches & cathedrals

Our most recommended Jerusalem Churches & cathedrals

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

1. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

Descend to the Judean desert, and see the Inn of the Good Samaritan on route. Look out over the remarkable moonscape of the breathtaking Judean desert. Continue on to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacchaeus' Sycamore to see one of the oldest Sycamore trees, which Zacchaeus climbed in order to spot Jesus. Visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho, where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Enter Jericho, which was founded in 8,000 BC, and is the oldest Jewish settlement, captured by Joshua and Israel in 1,200 BC. Stop for an overview of Mt. Temptation, where Satan endeavored to tempt Jesus, and see of the oasis of Jericho and Elisha's Spring. Depart Jericho to travel to the Judean mountains and the city of Bethlehem. Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, whose name literally translates as “City of Bread,” due to the wheat crop that grew in the region, the city where according to Christian tradition, it is the birthplace of Jesus, and undoubtedly one of the most biblical sites on earth. Discover the Church of the Nativity, and the cave where Jesus was born. See Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Explore the Greek and the Catholic Church before continuing with an overview of Shepherd's Fields.  Enjoy round-trip transfers from Jerusalem and the services of an English-speaking guide, on this essential tour of biblical sites and fantastic panoramic views.

From Jerusalem: Jordan River, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Tour

2. From Jerusalem: Jordan River, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Tour

Discover religious sights from the New Testament on this guided day trip from Jerusalem. Travel by air-conditioned coach to sights like the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of St Joseph, the village of Kafer Kana, and the Yardenit baptism. Depart from your hotel in central Jerusalem and travel to Nazareth by air-conditioned bus. Listen to stories about the city, known as the birthplace of Mary and the childhood home of Jesus, and learn about its importance in Christianity. Upon arrival, visit some of Nazareth’s key religious sites. Discover the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary. See the Church of St Joseph, believed to stand on the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop. Continue through the village of Kafer Kana, the site where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine, and arrive at the Sea of Galilee. Pass the Church of the Multiplication and explore Capernaum, before continuing to the ruined synagogue where Jesus taught. See the modern church built over St Peter’s house, and pass through Tiberias to arrive at the Yardenit baptism site on the Jordan River. On the return journey, enjoy beautiful views of Mount Tabor, before your tour ends back at your hotel.

Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

3. Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

Depart from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and learn about the history of Israel and the Jewish people on the way. After about an hour of driving, arrive at the Mount of Olives from which you can admire the magnificent views of the Old City of Jerusalem and the very first city; the City of David. Walk down to the Dominus Flevit Church and see the hundred thousand Jewish graves towards Gethsemane, the place of the Judas kiss. Stop here for a refreshing tea, coffee, or juice.  From the valley, the bus will bring you back up to the Dung gate from where you will ascend to the Temple Mount. During lunch it is possible to visit a souvenir shop on your own, there is no group visit to a souvenir shop.  Next, continue to the Jewish quarter, to see the Wailing Wall, the Roman Cardo, part of the Via Dolorosa and Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion, and the Holy Sepulcher.

Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

4. Holy Jerusalem Half-Day Tour From Jerusalem

Your tour begins on the  Mount Scopus where you have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. From this elevated point you will have the ancient Jewish cemetery beneath you and, beyond that, the Old City with the shining Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount. As you look down on the Old City, it is easy to imagine the Second Temple which once stood on Temple Mount and the bustling ancient city as it would have been almost 2000 years ago. Then you will take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley, with a view of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. In the Valley you can see the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshapat, BeneiHezir, and the tomb of Zechariah. You enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. Today, after extensive excavations, specialty stores are open here where Crusader stores once stood. Going through the Jewish Quarter, you will reach the most holy site in the Jewish faith, the Western Wall. Here Jews from around the world come to pray and put prayer notes between the Wall's stones. This 2,000 year old wall was part of the outer supporting walls of the holy Second Temple which was destroyed in AD70. Continue on to the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows. Along the way you will pause at several Stations of the Cross and finally you will reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The basilica is constructed on the site where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and within the church is his burial tomb. The Byzantine church has been renovated, rebuilt, and expanded over the years; today it is a vast and ornate place of worship. To end your tour, take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the City of Gold.

Jerusalem: Small Group Full-Day Tour

5. Jerusalem: Small Group Full-Day Tour

Experience the important sites of Jerusalem on a full-day tour that covers all the bases of this ancient and holy city. After morning pick-up from your hotel, drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's tomb, the room of the last supper, and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, also known as the Roman Road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Proceed to the New City to visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust. On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, instead of Yad Vashem, drive to Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, traditionally known as birthplace of John the Baptist; Stroll in the narrow lanes of the picturesque neighborhood, stopping by Mary's spring and continue to visit the remarkable Church of Saint John the Baptist. As you are escorted, your tour guide will explain the religious, cultural, and historical significance of the places you are seeing, providing you with a comprehensive introduction to Jerusalem. Please note that on April 9, 15, 20,29; May 29; September 19, 20, and 27, 2020, the visit to Yad Vashem will be replaced by a visit to Ein Karem.

From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

6. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

Start your day with pickup from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Visit Nazareth and the impressive Basilica of Annunciation for a tour of the church and the old city of Nazaret. Continue towards the Sea of Galilee and pass Cana, the site of Jesus’s first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit ancient Capernaum, located at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes and see the Church of Multiplications. Finally, visit Yardenit Baptismal site at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, one of the possible sites of Jesus’ baptism. Explore this vibrant site that welcomes hundreds of thousands of pilgrims yearly who flock to the waters of the Jordan river. Return to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem with a suite of unforgettable memories and wonderful impressions.

From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

7. From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

Travel to the heart of the biblical story of the nativity on this guided half-day excursion from Tel Aviv. Drive to Bethlehem to gain an insight into Shepherds' Field and visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank, the city is the birthplace of King David and means “City of Bread” as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. Pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity and the cave where, according to Christian tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Continue to Manger Square, home to the Mosque of Omar, an important site for the many Muslims who live in the city. Explore Shepherds' Field by seeing the lesser-known Greek Orthodox monastery. Then, visit the Roman Catholic Shepherds' Field chapel where angels first announced the birth of Christ. After getting an overview of the pilgrimage center, conclude the tour in Jerusalem.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & River Jordan Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & River Jordan Tour

After pick–up from Jerusalem at 7:45 AM, head to Bethlehem to explore the city before it becomes bustling with other groups. Discover the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity, and the streets of the Old City with a knowledgeable guide. Descending through the Judean Desert, arrive into Jericho and ascend the Mount of Temptation via cable car ($16 entrance fees not included). Finally, enjoy a guided tour at the monastery.

From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Jerusalem 3-Hour Walking Tour

9. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Jerusalem 3-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the major attractions of the Old City of Jerusalem on this half-day walking tour. Offered every day, with guaranteed departures, this comprehensive tour will offer a memorable and insightful combination of the city’s highlights in one morning of touring. The walking tour will visit highlights including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. One of the holiest cities, important to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this highlights of Jerusalem walking tour is one of the best ways to see the four quarters of the city and major attractions with a knowledgeable and licensed guide. The tour ends in Jerusalem, but there is a pickup option for customers staying in Tel Aviv.

From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: Old Jerusalem Half-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Tel Aviv you will travel to the Old City of Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at the Mount of Olives where you will have a panoramic view across the holy city of Jerusalem. Then take the winding road down to the Kidron Valley where you will see the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of the Agony, and the ancient burial tombs of Absalom and Jehoshaphat, BeneiHezir and the tomb of Zechariah. Then enter the Old City through the Zion Gate into the Armenian Quarter and continue on to the Byzantine Cardo. After you will head to the Jewish Quarter to reach the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish faith. Continue on to the Way of Sorrows where Jesus walked towards his crucifixion. Along the way, you will stop at several Stations of the Cross before finally reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. To end your tour take a walk through the busy markets of the Old City where you can buy unique souvenirs from the holy city.

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Such a fantastic day! Our guide Nadia was informative and very entertaining. She did an amazing job at conveying an enormous amount of information about Jerusalem, Israel and the religious traditions and history associated with it - all while staying upbeat and engaging for the entire day. It was a whirlwind tour with the highlights of Jerusalem in just a day. I highly recommend! It considerably expanded my sense of Israel and its history.

The guide was very knowledgeable on every place we went. He was very patient and made sure that non off would be separated from the group. It was one of the best tours I had ever done.

This tour was awesome! Our guide Dan has so much knowledge that he shared with us. Will definitely recommend this tour. It’s a very long day; but, so worth it.

Really amazing tour. Worth every penny! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and an overall smooth tour! Highly recommended! Thank you

Really good and interesting! Everything exemplary organized.