Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Sharm El-Sheikh, 1 Day Excursion
Explore the holy cities of the three religions major at Jerusalem and Bethlehem on a day tour from Sharm el Sheikh. Visit the Mount of Olives, go to the birthplace of Jesus, and drive through the Judean Mountains to the Dead Sea to float in the mineral rich waters.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
Explore the holy cities of the three religions major Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
In Judaism, Jerusalem has been the holiest city since King David of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel in c. 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city.
In Christianity, Jerusalem has been a holy city since Jesus crucified in c. 30 CE and 300 years later Saint Helena found the True Cross in the city.
In Sunni Islam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest city. It became the first Qibla; the focal point for Muslim prayer in 610 CE, and, according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad made his Night Journey there ten years later. As a result, and despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometers, the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.
During its long history, Jerusalem has destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times. The oldest part of the city was settled in the 4th millennium BCE, making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city, a World Heritage site, has traditionally divided into four quarters, The Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters. These names used today since the early of 19th century.
Things You Should Take:
- Your passport.
- Sunglass and Hat.
- Comfortable shoes (Trainers would be best for this excursion).
- Warm clothing in winter or loose clothing in summer.
- Swimming outfits.
- Extra Cash (in case you want to buy extra drinks or HD photos).
- Hotel pickup and drop off by A/C Bus.
- Transport by A/C vehicle.
- All Entrance fees.
- All service charges & taxes
- Bottled water.
- English Qualified Speaking Guide.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Soft drinks.
- Extras not mentioned in the program.
You will picked up from your hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh about 10:00 PM by A/C bus and drive approximately three hours and half to Taba border to meet your guide, who will take you to Eilat passing through the Arava Vally, directly to Dead Sea to enjoy your full-day excursion.
The Dead Sea
The deepest point on earth; which is more than 400 meter below sea level. One of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), that provides healthy minerals in its unique water, marvelous experience of floating for relaxation. You will also have a chance to shop and explore the Dead Sea’s natural beauty products such as salts, mud, lotions and facial masks.
Jerusalem The Holy City
Then you will ascend to the Holy City, Jerusalem, in the way to Jerusalem we will see Qumran Site (where the Dead Sea scrolls were found), the Judean Valle and Jericho where you can see some nomadic Bedouin tribes along the road through Judean Desert.
The Mountain of Olives
Reaching Jerusalem, start with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives a good place for an introduction to the city and its history. Called “Olives” due to the olive groves that covers its slopes. The mountain ridge in eastern Jerusalem with three peaks running from north to south. The highest one at-Tur, rises to 818 meters.
The Mount of Olives is associated predominantly with Jewish and Christian traditions but also contains several sites important in Islam.
From Biblical times over 3,000 years until today, the mount used as a Jewish cemetery, place of the city’s most important citizens in the period of the Biblical kings and holds approximately 150,000 graves. The necropolis on the southern ridge, the location of the modern village of Silwan.
Then, you will drive to the city of Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity, which is the central pilgrimage destination for all Christians because Jesus Christ was born there.
Time to Lunch
It is time to take you to have your Middle Eastern lunch at local restaurant with a free drink, then have a chance to buy souvenirs from souvenir shops.
Then we will head back to the Old City to see the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple destroyed by the Romans. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, and is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism outside of the Temple Mount itself. It has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries, the earliest source mentioning Jewish attachment to the site dating from the 4th century.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Then continue through the Arab Market to the Via Dolorosa ”Jesus Way of Suffering”, which leads us to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where according to Christian tradition Jesus was crucified and buried.
The site venerated as Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, and is said to also contain the place where Jesus was buried (The Sepulcher). The church has been an important Christian pilgrimage destination since at least the 4th century, as the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus.
Today it also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, while control of the building shared between several Christian churches and secular entities in complicated arrangements essentially unchanged for centuries.
Drop Back Location
After Finish, You will get back to Taba border, and then you will dropped back to your hotel at Sharm El Sheikh to take well rest.