Step back over 6,000 years in time as we journey into underground tunnels, wade through historic waterways, and discover the archaeological secrets of the City of David. Over the past 150 years, intense research has focused on this area and the rich history it holds. A mysterious reference in the Old Testament told of David’s capture of Jerusalem, now believed to have taken place through these tunnels. We'll take you back to the time of the First Temple, and even earlier, and show you Jerusalem’s first palace, where many believe King David himself resided. From the Gihon Spring, fiercely protected by the people of Jerusalem as their crucial water supply, to the Kidron Necropolis, the most important cemetery in the country, this is a journey through Israel’s incredible life story. This three-hour excursion is not for the faint-hearted, as part of the tour is underground in narrow tunnels. However, for those who brave it, expect to be rewarded with some of the richest historical sites in the world and a visit to some of the holiest places on Earth. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Jerusalem: the Golden City, the Eternal City, the Holy City. No other city means so much to so many people. Walk with an expert guide through 4000 years of history in the footsteps of kings, emperors and prophets. You will see incredible rooftop views and narrow twisted streets. You will trace Jerusalem’s Roman high street and soak up the smells and sounds of the Suq market. From the urban hustle and bustle to peaceful, shady squares, this two-hour FREE Tour (tips-only basis) covers the unmissable sights and hidden surprises that will make your visit unforgettable! **SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY FREE TOUR: MARCH 6, 8 & 10 AT 3PM** Our special International Women’s Day Tour celebrates the female heroes that have shaped our history! Delve deeper into the influence of Mary; one of the most well known women in the world, learn about the importance of women in Christtianity. Islam and Judaism and listen to the brave life story of one of Israel's greatest poets, Leah Goldberg. From mothers to writers to activists, there is no doubt that women have transformed Israel into the country it is today. Join us as we explore some of the memorials, locations and statues around Jerusalem that commemorate these great women. On this special International Women's Day Free Tour we cover: Dormition Abbey - Mary’s role in Christianity The Western Wall - The separation between men and women; “Women of the Wall” movement Golda Meir Convent of the Sisters of Zion - Why do women choose to become a nun? Station IV of the Via Dolorosa Traditional food and the traditional role of the women in Islam Sandrouni - Armenian Ceramic Center - Old tradition and art, made by a modern working Armenian woman Modesty in the three religions Leah Goldberg, Rachel “The Poetess” Bluwstein on new Israeli currency and its controversy *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
The Jewish people introduced to the world the idea of the weekend and there is no better place than in the Holy City of Jerusalem to experience a real Shabbat. Join us for this unique chance to explore the various aspects of traditional Judaism. We will guide you through the Jewish Quarter during the golden hours before Shabbat begins and visit the Western Wall as hundreds of people arrive to begin their sincere and powerful Shabbat prayers. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
What makes Jerusalem the spiritual center of the world for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike? Join an expert guide on this four-hour walking tour to understand Jerusalem’s 5000-year-old past and visit the sites caught in the story that has included centuries of peace and worship, as well as controversy, bloodshed and war. Whereas other city tours and the SANDEMANs NEW Jerusalem FREE Tour discuss the Temple Mount from afar, on this tour you’ll be taken through security to this holiest of sites. We hear of the beginnings of Israel, the site where Abraham binds his son and where King Solomon’s famous first temple was raised. See the golden Dome of the Rock shrine, marking the site where the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven, and enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where, for over 1500 years, a church has stood on the rocky hill of Calvary – the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. This tour experience is not political. It is appreciated that you leave your prejudices behind as you explore the amazing history of the Holy City and its earthly sights, which have inspired three of the most widely-practised religions in the world today. NOTE 1. The Temple Mount is closed to visitors on Friday and Saturday. The area may also be closed during the week due to security reasons or public holidays. 2. There is a strict dress code on the Temple Mount; all visitors must either wear full length pants or a skirt that covers the ankles and have sleeves up to the elbows. 3. The following items are prohibited on the Temple Mount: religious objects or political items of any kind, weapons, alcohol, iPads/tablets/eReaders, laptops, selfie-sticks, and tripods. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group! Take advantage of our group discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more!
The Mount of Olives has been an important burial place since Canaanite times. Kingdoms and empires have come and gone and left their marks on this legendary hill. Today, it is an incredibly popular vantage point with simply breathtaking views of the holy sites of Jerusalem’s Old City. Pilgrims are drawn to sites important to all three Abrahamic faiths, in particular those associated with Jesus’ last week on Earth and where the End of Days was described to the Disciples. For Jews and Muslims alike, the Mount of Olives is where the gates of heaven will open up on Judgement Day. This tour takes in these profound ideas and gives you time to enjoy the views and hidden treasures scattered around the hill - and of course tells you the legend of those 2000-year-old olive trees! Price includes 10ILS for transportation. 12ILS entrance fees will be paid directly to the churches *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group! Take advantage of our group discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more!
This tour is operated by our partner Abraham Tours. Every year, millions of people visit Israel to experience the world-famous Dead Sea, historical Masada fortress, and extraordinary Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. The Abraham Tours team transports you to each destination for an entirely carefree self-guided tour, with easy pick-up and dropoff and informative materials including a cool app with loads of content, and experienced drivers who will keep you entertained along the way. You'll begin at the foot of Masada on a moderate 45-minute hike to the top via the Western entrance, where you’ll watch the sun emerge over the mountains providing a stunning view of the Dead Sea and desert below. At the top, you’ll have time to relax and take in the view, as well as explore the archaeological ruins of the castle built by King Herod in 30 BCE, the setting of the courageous story of Masada where Jewish rebels took their own lives rather than fall into the hands of the advancing Roman armies. For your next adventure, Abraham Tours will drive you to Ein Gedi, a vibrant desert oasis where you can leisurely hike or take a refreshing dip in one the various streams, natural pools and springs. You may possibly encounter friendly mountain goats and other animals among the vegetation! The last leg of the tour is at the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, where you’ll float in the salty waters, cover yourself in rejuvenating mud, and relax before returning to Jerusalem between 13:00-14:30. For many travelers, this experience is the highlight of their trip to Israel! Additionnal info: This tour does not have a guide, but rather a professional driver with printed and app based materials for each site. Masada entrance not included (29 NIS) Ein Gedi entrance not included (29 NIS) Bring passport Bring bathing suit and towel Bring food and water (Breakfast, lunch, snacks & drinks are not included) Hat and sunscreen recommended *In the unlikely event there is a flooding at Ein Gedi, the tour will go to Qumran instead (a similar location)