Jerusalem City Tour
Duration: Half Day
Experience 5000 years of history in a day during your holiday in Egypt as you embark on an unforgettable journey to Jerusalem – the Eternal City. Drive through the Arava Valley and Negev Desert before reaching Jerusalem’s Old City, enjoying spectacular views from the Mount of Olives on the way. You will then trace Jesus’ last steps along the Via Dolorosa before visiting the Room of the Last Supper and much more besides. These are just some of the highlights of one of the most fascinating tours in Israel.
After an early morning transfer to the Israel/Egypt border, your day begins by travelling through the Negev Desert in southern Israel. Made up of five different ecological regions, this vast, barren area comprises a variety of terrain, including sandy soil, desert, rocky mountains, deep valleys and canyons, all of which receive little rainfall. Life in the Negev Desert can be traced back over 4000 years to the nomadic tribes, who travelled across these harsh landscapes against extreme heat and cutting winds. Christians believe that this is the site where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob tended their herds according to the Bible. We drive through the Arava Valley, the driest region in the desert, before stopping at the lowest point on earth, deep in the Jordan Valley, for an opportunity to float in the Red Sea.
Travelling onwards, the dry desert vistas finally give way to rolling green hills as we enter Jerusalem – the Eternal City. First we drive to the Mount of Olives to enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the Old City and City of David. This important archaeological excavation site is where King David laid the foundations for the city of Jerusalem around 1000 B.C. We descend the Mount of Olives via the famous Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, and the Kidron Valley, which runs alongside the eastern side of the Old City. Entering the Old City, which lies within the walled area of the modern city of Jerusalem, we walk along the cobblestone streets until we reach the Western Wall – Judaism’s holiest site. Built by King Herod around 20 BC, this is the only remaining wall of the Temple Mount after it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E.
We then trace Jesus’ last journey along the Via Dolorosa (meaning “Path of Sorrow” or "Way of the Cross"), the route that Jesus carried his cross to his crucifixion after being condemned by Pontius Pilate and the Romans. We also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest Christian site in the world, before entering the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. Last but not least, we make our way down the Cardo, the ancient Roman main street, before driving through the new part of the city, passing by the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) on the way.
Returning to the airport, you will take a flight back to Eilat where your hotel transfer will be waiting. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy the history and archaeological wonders of Jerusalem. This sacred holy city is truly awe-inspiring.
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