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Jerusalem’s Christian Legacy Tour

Christian Heritage Tour of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the epicenter of Western religions, and for Christian believers the sanctity of the Jerusalem is marked all over the city. The Mount of Olives marks Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and later his ascension to the Heavens. The Christian Quarter marks his death and resurrection. Mount Zion marks the site of the Last Supper, Pentecost, and many other events recorded in the New Testament. A full-day private tour of Jerusalem devoted to the city’s Christian heritage will only reach some of these sites. However, it will cover the highlights and leave you with a desire to discover yet more.

Discover the Garden of Gethsemane

Our day will start with a stunning panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives Viewpoint. This is one of the most beautiful observation points in Israel. It is sutiable for a short introduction of Jerusalem, a photo opportunity – and even a camel ride. Nearby, we can also visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the church of Pater Noster (where it’s said that Jesus introduced the Lord’s prayer to his disciples). Driving down to the Kidron Valley, we pass by a few more holy Christian sites. One of them is Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept upon his entry to Jerusalem (Luke 19). At the foothill, we visit the rock venerated for Jesus’ cry “please let this cup pass away from me” in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Visit the Site of the Last Supper

A short and scenic ride around the Old City will get us to Mount Zion, where we park the car and embark on a tour by foot for the rest of the day. Our first stop will be the site that marks the Last Supper (“Cenacle“). Set in a medieval building, here it is said that Jesus predicted the betrayal by Judas and his own death. Beneath it you may want to visit the Tomb Mark of King David, or a few of the other intriguing holy Christian sites identified on Mount Zion.

Walk Along the Stations of the Cross

Next we enter the Old City. Passing through the Jewish Quarter, we could visit the famed Western Wall. Reaching the Muslim Quarter, we start our walk along the Via Dolorosa, the traditional path from the site of jesus’ trial to the site of his crucifixion. Assessing the Roman Catholic traditions along this holy axis, we also pass under “Ecce Homo” Arch and eventually reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, as told in centuries-old stories, lies the hill of Jesus’ crucifixion (Golgotha) and his Tomb.

A lunch break in the local market (the Suq), is also a good opportunity to purchase some Christian-themed souvenirs. Olive wood works are especially popular and we know a few great places you can go to.

Discover the Armenian Quarter

mount-zion-first-churchAfter a lunch break, we move on to the Armenian Quarter to learn about this fascinating Christian order and its long presence in Jerusalem. Its main church, Saint James Cathedral is only open to the general public 30 minutes every day, but making this time is absolutely worth it. Along with its impressive medieval design, you will also be able to view an age-old Armenian procession led by a boys choir. Time permitting, as we return to the car we could visit the resting place of Mary (Dormition Abbey), the site identified by some as the First Century Church. Or another option would be the traditional site Peter’s denial of Jesus (Petrus in Gallicantu). This tour is a unique spiritual experience for Christians or anyone else wanting to expand their knowledge on Christian Theology and history.

What’s included

  • Guiding done by a licensed and expert private guide
  • Transportation in luxury level van or SUV
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any address
  • Free Wi-Fi and chilled bottled mineral water

What’s excluded

  • Site entrance fees
  • Meals and snacks
  • Gratuities

What to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Modest clothing when visiting holy sites (no shorts or bare shoulders)
  • Some cash

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    Did You Know?

    Half of the stations along the “Stations of the Cross” are not recorded in the New Testament. In the tour we will learn how they were established and where are they identifed today.

    Danny knows the sites of Israel from so many different perspectives- not the least of which is the archeological expertise he brings to the table. Danny is one of a kind - I'd recommend him for any length of tour for any age group on any day of the week! My experience was eye opening and life-shifting. Loved every moment. Best tour guide experience I've ever had!

    Hillary T., USA

    Daniel provided the single best guided tour experience our family has ever had! Daniel's knowledge of the Holy Land is the very best - and he magically weaved lessons on history, archeology, and religion into every site visit - in a way that fascinated my entire family (inc 2 teenagers, 2 young adults). We all learned and had experiences we will never forget. The entire experience was top notch and well planned - Danny knows everyone and how to get things done. Don't hesitate. Book Danny the Digger now!

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    My husband and I just got back from an 8 day tour of Israel with Danny. It was fantastic!! Danny is incredibly knowledgeable and related so many interesting details and facts about his country. Every day was a great day. Danny is simply the best!!

    Robyn W. USA

    Danny is incredibly knowledgeable on the biblical, historical and political information surrounding all the sites… As a Christian, Danny has offered me so much insight into the life of Jesus as well.

    Richard E., USA

    We are a Christian Family of five from the United States. Danny gave us an outstanding tour of Jerusalem and Herodion. His Archaeology background and knowledge of the Old and the New Testament is impressive and his explanations brought the holy sites to life... Our three teenage children loved his tours!

    Joan D., USA

    I learnt more about the Bible with Danny in a day than I have ever had attending Sunday school or church. The tour was just excellent!

    John M., UK trip to the Holy Land will last my entire life…I really appreciated how you wove the history from the New Testament into our tours…You taught me so much. Please don’t think me presumptuous- I am very sincere. It was a privilege to spend time with you.

    Pam H., USA

    Thanks very much for a really special day. I loved being able to go to the special places for Christians.. an everlasting experience for me… And thanks… for your professionalism and deep knowledge and dedication...

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