Welcome to Jerusalem


The Old City

Jerusalem's Old City is a spiritual lightning rod, sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Wide-eyed with awe, pilgrims flood into the walled city to worship at locations linked to the very foundation of their faith. Church bells, Islamic calls to prayer and the shofar (Jewish ram's horn) electrify the air with a beguiling, if not harmonious, melody, and fragrances of incense, coffee and candle smoke drift through the thrumming souqs (markets). Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian quarters each add their own spice, but this diversity grew from millennia of bloody sieges and transfers of power, leaving still visible deep wounds.

Diversity & Divisions

Thousands of years of political, territorial, ethnic and religious conflict have scarred Jerusalem. One result of this historic, and ongoing, turbulence is Jerusalem's demographic smorgasbord of immigrants from around the world. Dozens of nationalities are represented, each adding their own spirituality, culture and cuisine to Jerusalem's rich mix, while secular and religious battle lines continue to be drawn and redrawn. The uncertain status of East Jerusalem creates the most painful divisions. Though clashes (sometimes violent) continue, many Palestinians still hope for a future in which East Jerusalem is the capital of a Palestinian state.

Contemporary City

Even as Jerusalem hurtles towards the future, the past informs its present. Downtown's modern buildings are encased in rosy Jerusalem stone, the same colour palette as the Old City. Experimental performing arts centres are housed in 19th-century buildings. Ever-growing ultra-Orthodox neighbourhoods can be found moments away from million-dollar condominiums, while old-school fruit and vegetable sellers sit next to craft beer and coffee stalls in Mahane Yehuda Market. Meanwhile in East Jerusalem, the future is debated in bookshops, cafes and confronting art galleries.

Subterranean Sights

Layers of history continue to be unearthed in Jerusalem, a city where ancient worlds are tantalisingly close. Guides lead groups beneath the Western Wall, and candlelit church crypts hold treasured shrines. At the City of David, visitors are ushered through watery passageways and past active dig sites. Hardly a month goes by without a significant discovery being made in and around the Old City. Unsurprisingly, the city's archaeological sites are highly contentious, in particular the bitterly controversial expansion of the City of David site into Palestinian communities. In Jerusalem, history isn't a closed chapter.


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$117 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tel Aviv to Masada and Dead Sea Day Trip with Cable Car Ride

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: En Gedi Nature Reserve, Dead Sea RegionSee Ein Gedi natural reserve Stop At: Dead Sea, Dead Sea RegionFloat and mud yourself at the Dead sea Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Masada National Park, Masada, Dead Sea RegionVisit Masada Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

$118 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Western Wall, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Western (wailing) wallDuration: 20 minutesStop At: The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit some of the stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictWalk in the Old city of Jerusalem Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictOverview on Mt. of Olives Pass By: Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictView the Garden of Gethsemane Stop At: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Jewish Quarter Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Christian Quarter, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Christian Quarter Duration: 1 hourStop At: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Church of Holy Sepulchre Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West BankVisit the Church of Nativity Duration: 40 minutes

$108 Cultural & Theme Tours

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: En Gedi Nature Reserve, Dead Sea RegionSee Ein Gedi natural reserve Pass By: Qumran Caves, Dead Sea Region, West BankSee Qumran caves where the Dead sea scrolls were found Stop At: Dead Sea, Dead Sea RegionFloat and mud yourself at the Dead sea Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Masada National Park, Masada, Dead Sea RegionVisit Masada Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

$131 Day Trips & Excursions

Israel Day Tour of Old City Jerusalem, Dead Sea from Tel Aviv

Begin with a pickup by climate-controlled coach from your Tel Aviv hotel, and travel to Jerusalem to begin your day trip. After entering through the city walls, see the famous Western Wall (Wailing Wall) which functions as an open-air synagogue for thousands of worshippers, before walking the pilgrimage route of the Via Dolorosa. Look out for the 14 Stations of the Cross as you trace Jesus' steps to the site of his crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.After, your air-conditioned coach will be ready to pick you up, and in just under an hour you'll be at the Dead Sea for some relaxation time. Here you will have approximately two hours to walk around the mineral beach and enjoy the surreal experience of floating in the salt-rich water, 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level! Don't miss the chance to have a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts. Your highlights of Israel day trip will head back to Tel Aviv, seeing the historical city of Jericho (City of Palm Trees) en-route.  Combining ancient and natural wonders, Israel's top day trip is not to be missed!

$34.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Guided Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictMeet your guide at the walls of Old Jerusalem and set off on your walking tour. As you work your way through the bustling lanes, learn about Jerusalem’s 3,000-year and more history, and how it became a spiritual center for Christianity, Judaism and Islam.Stop At: Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictWalk up to the Temple Mount and marvel at the stunning, gold-covered Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine believed to mark where the Prophet Mohammed rose to heaven. As you admire the building, learn how it stands on a site revered by Jews as the original location of the First and Second Jewish Temples and the place where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictAdmire the beautiful Dome of the Chain and Al Aqsa MosqueDuration: 25 minutesStop At: Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictSee the Dome of the rock and admire its architecture and patterned mosaics.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Western Wall, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictWalk to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) at the base of the Mount.Drink in the scenes around the wall as your guide explains why it is a site of pilgrimage for Jews.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Christian Quarter, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictContinue to the Christian quarter and walk along part of the Via Dolorosa, the path that, according to Christians, Jesus took to Calvary.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictSee some of the Stations of the CrossDuration: 25 minutesStop At: Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, reputedly built on the site of his crucifixion.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictHead to Mt Zion outside the walls and visit the Hall of the Last Supper, a 12th-century room said to stand where Jesus had his last meal with his disciples. Duration: 25 minutesStop At: King David's Tomb, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictVisit the Tomb of King David, viewed by Jews as the burial place of the second king of Israel. Duration: 25 minutesPass By: Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictAfter your visit, walk back to the city walls, where your tour comes to an end.

$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Nazareth, Sea of Galilee Day Tour from Jerusalem

Set off from Jerusalem in your air-conditioned coach to the town of Nazareth, where you will visit popular Holy Land sites such as the Church of the Annunciation (where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary) and the Church of St Joseph’s Carpentry. Continuing north through the small village of Kafer Kana, your Holy Land day trip passes the Church of the Multiplication by the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fishes and the feeding of the 5,000 took place. Stop on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to explore the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, and discover the ruins of the celebrated great Synagogue where Jesus first taught his followers. Finally, travel via the coastal road to reach Yardenit – a sacred site at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee where the River Jordan flows down to meet the Dead Sea. Many Christian visitors to the region feel a deep connection to the River Jordan; as such it is possible to be baptized here, as part of the tour. Passing the stunning Mt. Tabor, your tour returns to Jerusalem. Whatever your religion, no trip to Israel is complete without seeing these Holy Land places of such historical and cultural importance!