Jerusalem and Bethlehem Islamic Tour with Al-Aqsa and Omar Mosques
- Al-Haram ash-Sharif: See the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest and most widely-recognized monuments of Islam, and visit Al-Aqsa Mosque, with the ivory and wood minbar added by Saladin in 1187.
- Mount of Olives: Look out over all of Jerusalem from the sacred place where the righteous who lived by the word of Allah shall be separated from the sinners.
- Mosque of Omar: See the sights of Bethlehem and visit the city's only mosque, built in 1860 on the spot where the Sahaba himself prayed after the death of the Prophet.
About this Jerusalem Tour
This is a tour that will touch your spirit and strengthen your faith. A day visiting two cities which are considered sacred in the eyes of the three major monotheist religions. While there, you'll experience some of the holiest sites in the Muslim world.
Jerusalem dates back more than 5,000 years, and it seems as if for most of that time people have been fighting over it. From what is known historically, Jerusalem has been besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and destroyed at least twice.
Since the city is not strategic geographically or economically, most battles for Jerusalem have had religious causes, with different powers and religions vying for control at different times. Today, Muslims, Christians, and Jews all have valid claims to the sacred sites.
It is extremely unusual that some of the most important events in three major world religions all took place in the same city. Perhaps it's that singularity that will lead to something just as unexpected: cooperation. It happened in Bethlehem, when Omar ibn Al-Khattab prayed at the Church of the Nativity and announced that it would remain a Christian holy site under Muslim rule. Centuries later, the mosque named after him was built on lands donated by the Greek Orthodox Church – a reminder that even with all the conflicting claims, such sites belong to all of humanity.
The final step
Besides offering dramatic views of Old Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock from 2,700 feet up, the Mount of Olives is the site of structures sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews. One of them, the Chapel of the Ascension, contains a slab of stone said to hold Christ's last earthly footprint before the ascension to Heaven. Saladin made the chapel a mosque in 1188, and then returned it to Christian pilgrims in 1190.
Please meet in the lobby reception area of your hotel (must be confirmed prior with tour purchase at check out or with the GoTo Crew). Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Inside the gates of the Old City the stone paths/steps have been polished after centuries of foot traffic. Rubber soled shoes are the suggested to avoid a slip or fall.
You will be walking for more than a mile and climbing steps. Some paths are up inclines and over cobblestones. If you have troubles walking you may find this tour is too challenging. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic
46-seat Air-conditioned Motorcoach
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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