I love touring in Jerusalem!
Over the last 10 years I have guided more than 1,000 tours for visitors of all ages. Jerusalem is an amazing place to visit: it touches the hearts of so many people from around the world, it's fascinating and has so much to offer! However, it is also complex with it's many alleyways, stairs/hills, hot summer and cold winter weather, lesser known impressive sites, and behind-the-scenes stories/issues. An expert guide is key for the best experience in this complex city, and my clients have been very happy they have chosen to tour with me.
Special theme tours for the Jewish Holidays such "Pesach in Yerushalayim in the time of the Beit HaMikdash". Ask for more information.
Tours throughout all areas of the Old City, the City of David, Modern Jerusalem. Tours of new excavations, behind-the-scenes information, and off-the-beaten path sites.
Tours for all ages and backgrounds (including special routes for young children)
Tours offered below are general outlines. Each tour is a private, custom-designed tour for you. These are not group tours that individuals can join. Any special needs, sensitivities, requests? Let me know so I can suggest just the right itinerary for you.
3 Hour Tour
A 3 hour tour is just perfect to focus on a few places in Jerusalem and get the most out of them. A 3 hour tour gives you a lot of content, and still allows plenty of down time after the tour to enjoy the restaurants, markets and atmosphere of Jerusalem. It's also the best for hot summer or cold winter days. Highly recommended for tours with children.
Popular routes include: The City of David, a private tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, Ramparts, Southern Steps/Davidson or the Jewish Quarter. A 3 hour tour begins in the Old City at the first site, and includes a 15 minute snack break. If you would like to enjoy lunch during the tour or for me to accompany your group from your hotel to the starting point or reaching your destination after the tour, a 6 hour tour is required. 3 hour tours generally start at 9:30 am or 2:00 pm.
*Starting 1450 NIS
6 Hour Tour
Many people, particularly if it's the first time in Jerusalem, find that one or two 6 hour tours is the best way to maximize touring time without it being "too much" walking and learning for one day. In a 6 hour tour, it's possible to meet at Jaffa Gate or other location you prefer near the Old City (as opposed to at the first site), and/or to see more of the sites. A 6 hour tour includes a 45 minute lunch break in order to recharge for more exploring, and other breaks as needed by the group. Most guides charge the same fee for a 6 hour tour as a full day tour, because it essentially fills the day. I am happy to offer this option because most people find 6 hours to be just the perfect length of time for a Jerusalem walking tour. 6 hour tours generally start by 10am.
*Starting 1750 NIS
Full Day Tour
A full day tour is great for anyone with only one day to tour in Jerusalem, for adults with a lot of energy for walking and learning about Jerusalem, or for those who would like to combine sites in the Old City with places in Modern Jerusalem. I do not recommend an full day walking tour of the Old City for families with children or teens. A popular itinerary includes the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Mahane Yehuda Market for lunch, and sites in the Old City. A full day tour includes a lunch break and two 10 minute breaks or as needed by the group. In general, a full day walking tour of Jerusalem is too much walking and learning for most families with children or teens. Full day hour tours start by 9:30am.
*Starting 1950 NIS
Every tour day, you'll want to be ready to go with the following:
Comfortable walking shoes with good treads, a backpack, water, snacks just-in-case, sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Tissues and hand sanitizer can always be useful for under-stocked bathrooms. There's so much to learn in Israel! Some like to carry a journal or notepad. You'll want to make sure your phone is fully charged to take pictures of all the amazing sites. An extra battery pack to charge devices can help ensure you won't miss out on any moments you would like to capture. If you will be visiting holy sites, you will want modest clothes that cover shoulders and knees or a scarf put on over whatever you are wearing.
*Fees for tours booked as of January 1st, 2023. Guiding fees do not include entrance fees, transportation or meals, if any. All fees are detailed in advance. Fees are for one nuclear family during regular seasons. There are additional fees for groups larger than 10 adults, more than one nuclear family, tours on Fridays or during peak season (such as holiday times, summer and "yeshiva week" in January). Guiding fees are quoted in shekels (NIS) and can be paid in cash or by credit card. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to hold the date. Please see our FAQ page for all terms and conditions. Tours include games, prizes and surprises for kids of all ages. Guiding fees include a 15 minute phone consultation, developing a customized itinerary and making any necessary reservations for the tour day, games and prizes for children as well as guiding the tour.