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We took this tour which we really enjoyed. Our tour guide was Yehudi, I believe. We really loved going to the Western Wall and was able to touch it. The walk through old Jerusalem was interesting. Going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The tour did not take us to the Garden of Gethsemane, which really saddened me as that was one of the most interesting places I wanted to visit. We saw it from a distance but that was all this tour did. Our tour guide was amazing and allowed us to be dropped off at the end of our tour after having lunch with the others that were going on to other places with this guide. He dropped us close enough for us to walk down a hill and to visit the Garden of Gethsemane. That was amazing. The only thing was an uphill walk back into the old city through the different quarters to get back to our hotel. Overall really enjoyed the tour and an excellent gude.
I chose this trip for our extended family for two reasons - 1. the fact that it started with a panoramic view of Jerusalem and the old city from outside, and 2. the fact that it allowed us an overview of the different quarters of the Old City.
We did not realize that this meant almost nothing of the Jewish Quarter would be formally toured - but the fact that we got to see a large part of the Christian Quarter, and parts of the Moslem quarter - that we would not have seen - or understood - had we explored ourselves - made this tour worthwhile.
The inevitable shop visit was - well I guess inevitable but we find it uncomfortable to be compelled into a single store and would prefer to be chaperoned to an area and left for perhaps 20 or 30 minutes to look around / have a drink etc.
This half-day tour is not conducted as advertised. The sub-contractor that worked the tour did not fulfill as advertised. We were never 'at the Mount of Olives', we were never 'atop the Mount to view the Temple Mount or Dome of the Rock', which is a great view and vantage by the way...but not something we got to see from this or any other Viator tour that advertises that your tour starts from the Mount of Olives. We were first greeted with this revelation from the top of Mount Scorpus on the Old and New City Jerusalem tour which is farther away and next to the Mount of Olives. The guides even point to the Mount of Olives but don't like it when you question why the tour doesn't actually go there.
We did not Kick off your sightseeing at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City of Jerusalem and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including where he ascended into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers.From ATOP the mount, there is also a view of arguably Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark: the Dome of the Rock, a shrine located on the Temple Mount and one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture.
We also did not do the following from the description of 'what you can expect':
The tour then passes through the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, known as the place where Jesus prayed, and also where his disciples slept, the night before his crucifixion.
So, two of the biggest sites to see you don't get to see except from afar off when you're on the road the runs around the Old City. They point to it from the bus windows where you can't take great pictures, not to mention that it's from the wrong vantage. You're supposed to be looking at the Old City from the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane Church, not from the roads on the opposite side.
This was essentially the Old City tour which was part of an earlier tour we'd taken. I didn't appreciate the manipulation of words the guides used to say that 'all of the mounts' are part of the same chain that make up the mountains of olives so technically they're fulfilling the tour description. That's just not honest. Don't take any tours that state they start from the Mount of Olives. You have to take a taxi and negotiate your own tour to visit these sites on the actual Mount of Olives. I saw tour coaches on top of the Mount of Olives every day but evidently not the ones contracted by Viator. This is also the second time my review was submitted because it was deleted previously.
It is a good overview of Jerusalem. The guide took us to Mount of Olive and showed some sites and then stop by the good spot overlooking the dome of the rock and other domes to explain each of the structures. Then to the old city with all the important sites. Good introduction of Jerusalem and recommended.