Duration One day
Group Size Small-Large
Jerusalem is an overwhelming city that promises a religious, spiritual experience, fascinating scenes and lots of fun, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. There are amazingly modern tourist attractions for lovers of culture, the arts, theater and music, architecture, and gastronomy. A mountainous, walled city with a 5,000 year history, Jerusalem is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, i.e., to more than a third of the world’s population. For Jews, Jerusalem is the site of the Temple (Western Wall); for Christians, it is the site of Christ’s death and resurrection; for Muslims, it is the site of Mohammed’s journey to heaven. The city is also a popular destination for nonreligious travelers, with its unmatched historical and spiritual importance, its network of museums and concerts, and the archeological treasures that are continually being discovered. In the course of its history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall is the holiest Jewish site in the world. It is a remnant of the Herodian retaining wall that once enclosed and supported the Second Temple. It has also been called the ‘Wailing Wall’ by European observers because for centuries, Jews have gathered there to lament its loss. The Western Wall Plaza is an open-air synagogue that accommodates thousands of worshipers who pray day and night. Visitors of all religions can pray at the Wall.
- Begin with a breathtaking view of Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from the Mount of Olives. Walk down to the garden and grotto of the Church of Gethsemane.
- Visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
- Enter the walled city and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter, including the Roman Cardo.
- Continue to the Western Wall, including the excavations of the gates to the Temple Mount.