The ancient heart of Jerusalem, divided into Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim quarters, is home to the city’s most famous sites. The Old City of Jerusalem is best explored through a walking tour with a licenced guide that can reveal the mesmerising history of its landmarks and lesser known sites. Panoramic views from the Mount of Olives are particularly breathtaking.
The most iconic site of the Jewish quarter, the Western Wall or Kotel in Hebrew, is where visitors of all creeds come to pray, cry, and leave notes in between the ancient stones, sharing their deepest prayers and wishes (hence its nickname the Wailing Wall). Don’t miss the Kotel Tunnel Tour, a unique underground journey to remnants dating back to the Second Temple.
The holiest site in Jerusalem for Christian pilgrims, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is thought to be the place where Jesus was nailed to the cross. Dating to Byzantine times, it hosts the five last stations of the Via Dolorosa, the path taken by Jesus bearing the cross to Calvary.
To see the history of Jerusalem unfold in an accessible and entertaining way, head to the Tower of David Museum where the display spans from the second millennium BCE till the creation of the State of Israel. The building itself is an arresting medieval fortress affording beautiful views over the city. In the evenings a sound and light show, Night Spectacular, uses the architectural backdrop to narrate Jerusalem’s story to mesmerized audiences.
The Holocaust History Museum is made of a of museum and memorials commemorating the memory of those that were murdered by the Nazis and those who tried to save them. A moving display of historical and personal narratives, it’s hosted in a striking looking series of buildings designed by Moshe Safdie.
Visitors come for the world famous Dead Sea Scrolls hosted in the stunning Shrine of the Book and leave having discovered one of the richest archaeological collections in the world. The museum’s treasure counts some 500,000 archaeological artifacts and artworks from prehistoric times to today, including Israeli artists and international names.
This wonderful 25-hectare park delights children and adults alike as it gives visitors the opportunity to discover the animals mentioned in the Bible, such as crocodiles and lions, in lush green surroundings. An original and fun way to explore the zoo’s enchanting plateaus is through a private segway tour that helps you see as much as you wish without getting tired.
Behind the Church of All Nations dating to the 1920s is the garden where Jesus spent his last night with his closest disciples before being arrested. Located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, it’s a key site in Christian history, and also the opportunity to see some of the oldest olive trees in the world.
Whether you’re a history buff or not, you can’t fail to be awestruck by the most ancient neighbourhood in Jerusalem. Wander through the alleyways of the City of David with a guided tour to discover the secrets of this atmospheric area. Our guide will take you to Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a spring dating back to biblical times.
Jerusalem’s bustling market draws visitors thanks to its heady displays of fresh produce, local delicacies, and spices. Dotted around the garrulous merchants’ stalls are lovely cafes, restaurants and crafts stores. To sample the best the market has to offer, the Shuk Bite Card is a great value option and a real treat for your taste buds.