Jerusalem is thought to have been settled by humans for at least 5,000 years. Discover the best sides of Israel’s capital city on a private tour.
Jerusalem is a remarkable city. It has long been a significant place of worship for followers of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, holding an important place in the history and scriptures of those religions. It is also a bustling city and getting around is so much easier when you have somebody in the know doing the driving and navigating. That’s one reason why these private tours are the best way to explore Jerusalem. Plus, you can tailor the itinerary to your preferences, to get the most from your visit.
Jerusalem classical private tour
History and holy sites are the main focus of this private, ten-hour-long tour of Jerusalem. Visit top sights such as the Western Wall, but benefit from that extra dose of local expertise by entering the Old City through the 16th century Dung Gate. Other places you can include on your itinerary are the Gardens of Gethsemane, the Crusader Church of St Anne and the tomb of King David on Mount Zion. Please note that a minimum of two people is required in your group for this tour to go ahead. From $350 per person.
Full-day tour of Jerusalem with Bethlehem option
If your religious beliefs are bringing you to Jerusalem in order to visit the rich array of significant holy places, then this nine-hour option is great. You can opt for either a Jewish or Christian-focussed tour. The former will spend more time exploring the Western Wall, Mount of Olives and the synagogues, while the latter will take in the Via Dolorosa, a route taken by Jesus on his final walk before crucifixion, and the Room of the Last Supper. A minimum of two people is required on this tour. From $395 per person.
Two-hour family-friendly guided walking tour
You can make some significant savings, if you are travelling with a larger number of people, when you opt for a private group tour. Your guide will structure the tour around your preferences, unlocking the culture and history of Jerusalem through historic buildings and your guide’s entertaining descriptions. This two-hour walking tour of Old Jerusalem can accommodate groups of up to ten people. Multiple departure times are available daily on this tour. From $472 per group.
Customizable city highlights private guided tour
If you like the idea of completely customising a private tour to your needs, then take a look at this nine-hour tour for groups of up to three people. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven around the city, planning in advance or as you go. Great options include the restored Roman road of Cardo, the Jewish Wailing Wall and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be sited atop the spot where Jesus was crucified. This tour is available from Sunday to Friday each week. From $650 per group.
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea private tour
For a group of up to four people, this ten-hour tour option allows you the chance to explore Jerusalem with a knowledgeable guide, as well as getting further afield to some of the other many major sights within an hour’s drive of the city. Choose from highlights such as the Dead Sea for a swim or float, and Bethlehem, Jesus’s birth place, which are both inside Palestine. This is a great tour also for exploring the overlooked and vibrant Muslim neighbourhoods or Jerusalem, including the Arab Markets. From $870 per group.