Jerusalem Travel Guide

Tours

Bike Tours

Jerusalem Midnight Biking. This company offers its nighttime rides through the alleyways of the Old City, as well as daytime rides through other parts of Jerusalem. Private tours allow you more flexibility about what you do and see. The cost includes bike and helmet rentals. Tours are led by English-speaking guides and are limited to riders 12 and over Tours meet at on Kariv Street, just outside Jaffa Gate. Jerusalem. 02/566–1441. www.jerusalembiking.com. NIS 115–NIS 230.

Bike Jerusalem. You should be fairly skilled to join Bike Jerusalem's night tours through the city, but the day tours can accommodate less-experienced bikers. The price includes bike and helmet rentals. If you want, you can also just rent a bike and set out on your own. The company prides itself on its broad range of biking excursions throughout the country and its English-speaking guides. 67 Hanevi'im St., Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, 9470211. 02/579–6353 or 052/320–1273. www.bikejerusalem.com. NIS 230.

Orientation Tours

Veteran nationwide tour operators Egged Tours and United Tours offer similar half-day Jerusalem orientation tours, including a panoramic view and Old City highlights. Except for Saturday, full-day tours usually add Yad Vashem. Some itineraries have a particular Christian orientation. Prices are usually quoted in U.S. dollars. The approximate cost is $46 for a half-day tour and $68 for a full day, though some run as much as $89. The price includes pick-up from major hotels.

Private Guides

The daily rate for a private guide with an air-conditioned car, limousine, or seven-passenger van is $500 to $650; add another $100 for bigger vans. Many guides will offer their services without a car for $300 to $400 per day. For a private tour, approach Genesis 2000.

Contacts

Genesis Boutique Travel. This mom-and-pop operation provides guide-driven vehicles and ground services throughout the Jerusalem area and the rest of the country. 02/676–5868. www.genesis-boutique-travel.com.

Guy Tours. In business for more than 50 years, GUY Tours is the country's largest private tour company. It offers tours both in and around Jerusalem, as well as the rest of the country. You can request hotel pick up. 02/638–3318. guy-tours.com. NIS 533 for three people.

Kedma Israel Travel. This boutique agency prides itself on its personal touch in handling everytrhing for your trip. Guide-driven tours are its strong suit. 08/970–4139. www.kedmatravel.com.

Walking Tours

Zion Walking Tours is best known for its topic-focused Old City walking tours, but some of its eight routes venture well beyond the walls. Another option is Egged's Route 99 bus, a two-hour circle tour of Jerusalem.

Contacts

Zion Walking Tours. This outfit is known for its three-hour walking tours that take you through all four quarters of the Old City, but several other of its eight routes venture well beyond the walls. Inside Jaffa Gate, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, 9470211. 02/627–7588. zionwt.dpages.co.il. NIS 120–NIS 160.

Sandeman's New Europe. This company offers free two-hour tours of the most famous sights, as well as longer, in-depth routes in and around the Old City. no phone. www.newjerusalemtours.com. NIS 90–NIS 100.

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