Jerusalem 2 day tour
Day 1: Mt of Olives/ Gethsemane/Old city Jerusalem/Mt Zion
A day of expeditions around the remarkable Old City begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a wonderful view of Jerusalem. At the foot of the hill you will see the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees. This is the place where Jesus is believed to have spent his last night.
You then enter the Old City to visit the Western (or Wailing) Wall and view the Al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Next, it is on to the Pool of Bethesda (where the angel ruffled the waters) and then on to St. Anne’s Church, known as the traditional birthplace of Jesus’ mother Mary.
From here, you continue along the Via Dolorosa and on to the Convent of Zion Sisters, formerly the Antonia Fortress, the huge cistern and the Lithostrotos (pavement) with its soldiers’ games. The Stations of the Cross lead through the bazaars and on to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
In the Jewish Quarter you will see the Cardo, the Roman street that served as the hub of the city, and then leave the Old City at Mt Zion to visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, which was built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas and where Peter denied Christ.
Your busy day of sightseeing will also include stops at the traditional Tomb of King David and the Upper Room, the location where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place.
Day 2: Israel Museum/ Ein Karem / Bethlehem
Start the trip with a visit to the Israel Museum. Here visit the Model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the Second Temple 2000 years ago. Nearby is the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
We then drive to get an orientation tour of Jerusalem seeing the Knesset, the varied neighbourhoods and major landmarks. Stop at the village of Ein Karem which is notable for its beautiful terracing and the church that marks the town where John the Baptist was born.
This afternoon, visit nearby Bethlehem, one of the most picturesque towns in the Judean hills. Here you visit the Church of the Nativity, which rests over the cave where Jesus was born and was, originally built by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. Visit the Chapel of St. Joseph, the chapel of St. Jerome, and St. Catherine of Alexander Church. Then it’s on to Shepherd’s Field in Beit Sahour, where according to the Bible, an angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. On conclusion of your sightseeing, you are returned to your accommodation in Jerusalem.