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Mount Zion: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Haifa Port: Jerusalem Day Trip with Pickup and Drop-off

1. From Haifa Port: Jerusalem Day Trip with Pickup and Drop-off

When you disembark from the cruise ship in Haifa your guide will be waiting to meet you. You’ll be driven in a comfortable air-conditioned car to Jerusalem, with a brief stop for a bathroom break along the way. Before entering the city, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus and the perfect photo-op of the City of Gold’s rooftops and domes. From Mt. Scopus, the tour continues towards the Old City. On route, there are views of the Mt. of Olives with the magnificent Church of All Nations alongside the Garden of Gethsemane. You’ll spot other ancient sites as the tour follows the 16th-century walls of the Old City, past the City of David, and ancient Jewish burial tombs in Kidron Valley. At the Dung Gate, we enter the Old City and make our way past the Western Wall excavations. You can see Temple Mount from the Western Wall Plaza before pausing to place a prayer note between the stones of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall. We make our way through the Jewish Quarter and stop to see the Byzantine-era Cardo, an ancient road lined with columns. In the Muslim and Christian Quarters, we’ll follow part of the Via Dolorosa as Jesus did. The Via Dolorosa leads us to the Holy Sepulcher Church, an enormous and ornate 4th-century church encompassing Calvary (Golgotha), and Christ’s burial tomb. The tour takes a break for lunch and a stroll through a typical Middle Eastern bazaar before leaving the Old City. Our final stop is on Mount Zion at King David’s Tomb before we drive back to Haifa port, where you’ll rejoin your cruise ship.

Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

2. Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full-day tour takes you to the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia, the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors from around the world, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will be traveling with a Government licensed tour guide in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, although there will be some walking, so come prepared. You will stop at the Mount of Olives to take a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Enter the Old City and tour the major attractions, such as the Wailing Wall. Walk through the Jewish and Christian quarters and the Cardo, still visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Head through the bazaar towards the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried. An essential place of pilgrimage for Christians since at least the 4th-Century, whatever your beliefs the atmosphere is mesmerizing. Leaving Jerusalem behind, you will drive to the Dead Sea, or “Sea of Salt.” Located in the Jordan Rift Valley between Jordan and the West Bank, it is the lowest place on earth and its high density of salt makes for a unique experience as you float on the beautiful aquamarine surface. You will stop to relax at one of the resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and enjoy the opportunity to float while covering yourself with the mineral rich, therapeutic Dead Sea mud. Its health-giving properties have turned it in to a major spa destination with a variety of unique bath products for sale in the hotels and shops. Purchase some bath salts and skin creams to take home, before heading back to your hotel in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

From Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

3. From Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

Even the most independent travelers can benefit from some help when it comes to fully exploring Jerusalem and beyond. This private custom tour will help you to see the best of this region as you go at your own pace and choose what most interests you. Travel in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle and get off the beaten path in search of authentic experiences. You're sure to find the best hidden spots as well as the must-see attractions thanks to the knowledge of your guide. Where can you go on your full-day tour? That's up to you. Some suggested itineraries to consider: • Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea If you want to take in the views from atop Masada, bathe under waterfalls at Ein Gedi, and float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, this itinerary is for you. • Jerusalem full-day tour Spend an entire day immersed in this holy city. Explore the ancient highlights, including the Old City, the Western Wall, and Mount Zion. Also discover newer attractions such as the First Train Station, the Israeli Parliament, the Jerusalem Rose Garden, and the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. • Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem One of the most popular itineraries, discover two of the world’s holiest cities, then head to the lowest point on earth to paint yourself with mineral-rich mud and bob in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea. • Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Journey to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Drive to Jericho and ascend via cable car to the Mount of Temptations and tour the monastery. Then visit the sacred Qasr Al Yahud Jordan River baptism site to experience it for yourself. • Galilee, Nazareth, and more Visit the ancient city of Nazareth and its breathtaking Basilica of the Annunciation. Discover the exquisite Mosaics of Madonna and Child that adorn the basilica, then visit the Wedding Church of Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, and the Yardenit Baptism Site.

Jerusalem: City of David, Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

4. Jerusalem: City of David, Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

Discover Jerusalem's most important historical sites on this packed full-day tour. Start with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem from the Temple Mount area, after which you drive along the Kidron Valley towards the Zion Gate. Get magnificent views from the Mount of Olives and the Jewish cemetery. At its base are the ancient burial tombs Yad Avshalom, Beni Hazir and that perhaps of Zechariah. Alongside are the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. On Mount Zion, stop at the amazing Tomb of David. Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate on your way to the Cardo, and stop at the four beautifully restored seventeenth and early eighteenth century Sephardi synagogues. Continue to the excavated fifteen hundred-year-old Byzantine Cardo.  As you wander through the Jewish Quarter, marvel at the excavated and exposed foundation of the 2700-year-old wall of biblical Jerusalem built by King Hezekiah. Descend a few meters and find yourself in a two-thousand-year-old complex of homes with their original mosaic floors and mikveh. A brief stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) allows you to place a note between its stones. Leave the Old City through the Dung gate and visit the remarkable excavations of the three thousand year old City of David.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Full-Day Tour From Jerusalem

5. Jerusalem and Bethlehem Full-Day Tour From Jerusalem

Enjoy a full-day tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and discover the holiest of holy cities and the spiritual sanctuary to 3 great religions with a history that dates back over 4 millennia. Start by driving to the Mount of Olives for panoramic views of Jerusalem's Old City. Stop at Mount Zion to see King David's tomb, the room of the last supper, and the Dormition Abbey. Then tour the main attractions of the Old City such as the Wailing Wall. Stroll through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters with your government-licensed guide, and see the restored Roman road of The Cardo. Continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Drive to Bethlehem to get an overview of the Shepherds' Field, and visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world and site of Jesus's birth. Soak up the lively atmosphere at Manger's Square before heading back to your hotel.

Jerusalem: Old City Private Walking Tour of Religious Sites

6. Jerusalem: Old City Private Walking Tour of Religious Sites

Discover over 3,000 years of history in Jerusalem's Old City on this private walking tour. Visit sites such as Golgotha and Mount Zion and learn about the people who shaped ancient history. Meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate and start your tour at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Discover more about the site and its poignance for Christians. Pilgrims from all over the world visit the church. Follow the Via Dolorosa on your way to the Western Wall. Marvel at what remains of the temple built by King Herod then walk up to the Temple Mount. Admire the exteriors of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Learn about the importance of these sites to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Walk to Mount Zion where the tomb of King David stands. Nearby, find the room where the Last Supper was supposed to have been held. Admire the Abbey of the Dormition and its towering architecture. The tour ends with a round-trip back to the Jaffa Gate.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Biblical Full-Day Tour

7. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Biblical Full-Day Tour

Begin your tour of Biblical Jerusalem with a bird’s eye view across the city from the Mount of Olives. From here you can see beyond the Old City walls to Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. Then drive down the mount, passing an ancient Jewish cemetery, the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane, the stunning Church of All Nations and the Kidron Valley where monumental Jewish tombs have stood for centuries. As you approach the Old City, you'll pass the Dormition Church and arrive on Mount Zion. In Jerusalem, visit the Room of the Last Supper where Christ ate with his Apostles on the eve of his crucifixion. This room is also called the Upper Room as it is on a floor over the site of King David’s Tomb. Then enter the Old City Armenian Quarter via the Zion Gate and pass the Armenian Church of St. James. Your tour guide will tell you about the fascinating Armenian culture, before you move on to the Jewish Quarter. Here the tour pauses at the Byzantine-era Cardo. This excavated, 1,500-year-old street was once Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare. In the Jewish Quarter you'll stop to see the sacred Western Wall. As the last surviving part of the Second Jewish Temple, the Western Wall is the holiest Jewish landmark in the world. Here you'll join others who come to place a prayer note in the crevices of the ancient wall. Then, retrace the course Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary along the Via Dolorosa. You'll arrive at the sacred Holy Sepulchre. This 4th century church holds the last few Stations of the Cross including Calvary where Jesus was crucified and his burial tomb. The vast structure is shared by several Christian denominations and has more than 30 chapels. Then, conclude your tour with a little retail therapy in the traditional Old City bazaar before the trip back to your hotel.

Jerusalem Christian Private Tour

8. Jerusalem Christian Private Tour

Pick up at your hotel. Start the tour at the Mount of Olives, where you can see all of Jerusalem. Drive to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations or the Basilica of the Agony. Drive along the Resurrection Valley to view the oldest cemeteries before entering the Old City through the Jaffa gate and continue with your walking tour around the Old City. Head through the Armenian quarter to the Mount of Zion to visit the Upper Room where Jesus is thought to have had his last supper with his disciples. View the most beautiful Dormition Church, then descend along the old city walls to enjoy breathtaking views. Visit the Western Wall, the most important place for the Jewish Nation Cross the Muslim neighborhood and proceed along the Via Doloros - the Cross Way of Jesus. At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, climb up to Golgotha and descend to the quarry. Walk through the immense church with the resurrection story evolving before your eyes. View Jesus Tomb - a huge Edicule. Walk through the Christian quarter of the old city before ending the tour. Get back to the car and arrive at your hotel.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem Full-Day Small Group Tour

9. Jerusalem and Bethlehem Full-Day Small Group Tour

Enjoy a 10-hour business class tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, traveling in small groups of no more than 18 passengers for a more personalized experience. Discover the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to 3 great religions, with a history that dates back over 4 millennia. You will start by driving to the Mount of Olives to get panoramic views of the Old City of Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Zion to see King David's Tomb, the room of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey. Then explore the main monuments of the Old City including the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, and the Dome of the Rock. Stroll through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters with your government-licensed guide, and wander down the beautifully restored Roman Cardo. Continue along Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, which is said to be where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world, and the site of where Jesus is said to have been born. Visit the Shepherds' Field, and soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Manger's Square.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City Late Morning Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem Old City Late Morning Tour

Departing from Tel Aviv in the morning, relax during the ride and prepare for the day ahead. The first stop of the tour is Mount Scopus, one of Jerusalem’s most iconic landmarks with panoramic views across the city. Descend the mount, passing the famous Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations along the way. Arrive in the Old City and wander through the bustling Jewish Quarter as you head towards the Byzantine-era Cardo, an excavated thoroughfare with impressive colonnades that line the street. Stop at the Western Wall next, a sacred Jewish site where visitors hide prayer notes between the ancient stones. The tour continues along a section of the Via Dolorosa where your guide highlights a number of the Stations of the Cross that mark points where Jesus stumbled as he carried his cross. The Via Dolorosa leads you to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a massive and ornate church shared by several Christian denominations and which holds incredible treasures and multiple shrines. Head out of the Old City next with a visit to Mount Zion, home to the Room of the Last Supper where Jesus broke bread with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. The Room of the Last Supper is also called the Upper Room as it is above another important site, King David’s tomb, where the faithful come to pray. This tour draws to an end at the BY14 Hotel in Tel Aviv.

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What people are saying about Mount Zion

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If you're taking a cruise and have a day at Haifa Port you definitely need to take this tour! The group size is much smaller than other excursions which allows you to visit more sites and not have to worry about anyone getting lost along the way. Another advantage of small groups is that you can zip through traffic faster, which gives you more time in Jerusalem. Most excursions booked through your cruise line will have upwards of 40 people, so you could be waiting for an hour or longer while everyone gets through customs. Shoutout to our guide Eitan who was super accommodating and had a great energy overall. I definitely want to visit Israel again and spend more time seeing all that it has to offer.

Yossi was amazing. We made a new friend. He was friendly, knowledgeable, cultivated, interesting and let us go at our own pace while maintaining our tight schedule. We never thought we would be able to accomplish everything we had proposed, our goals were way too ambitious, but with Yossi we did everything and more, while never rushing. We learned so much with him. Truly one of the best guides we’ve ever had.

Had a fantastic time with our guide Yonathan. Visited the main sites in Jerusalem and received interesting insights and very detailed explanations about them all. We are a group of mixed nationalities and one of my friends is mobility impaired. Yonathan organized the tour so that no one was left behind. We really had a wonderful time with him. Highly recommended!

Very interesting! The guide, an archeologist, was very knowledgeable and entertaining! Highly recommended!

Our guide was brilliant and we had THE best day. Couldn't have been improved. 10/10