Step back in time and explore the ancient city of kings and prophets, where the pages of the Bible literally come to life. Exploring the Old City is possible during all seasons and fills you with a sense of glory and spirituality that only the indescribable energy of the Old City can provide. The noise of the market, the prayers at the Western Wall, the variety of mosques, churches and museums make the Jerusalem Old City an experience of a lifetime. Here are some of the places visited during the Old City tour.
The Western Wall:
The Western wall, locally known as the ‘Kotel’ is one of Judaism’s most holy places since it is the only remnant of the wall that surrounded the Temple during the Second Temple period. Visiting the Western Wall is a humbling and sacred experience. It is an opportunity for even the most disconnected to whisper a prayer and bury a note in the ‘Kotel’ walls. One of the most exciting attractions, are the Western Walls Tunnels, which expose the archaeological wealth and genius of ancient Jerusalem.
The Jewish Quarter:
The Jewish Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. About 600 families live there today. Every inch of this quarter has its own story and history. Strolling through the Jewish Quarter gives us an opportunity to explore the ancient archeology, museums, and synagogues. Don’t forget to buy yourself a souvenir from the selection of Judaica shops in the Cardo. An interesting fact is that the Judaica shops that line the sides of the Cardo were built in the place where the original ancient shops existed during the 12th century.
City of David:
The city of David We’ll start with a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Continue to a 3D exiting display. Dr. Mazar’s Palace Excavation- an impressive structure from the period of the Judean kings. Visit The Royal Acropolis (Area G) and remnants of remarkable homes from the Biblical Period. See the underground water system from the time of Abraham including recent discoveries of the Canaanite fortress that guarded ancient Jerusalem’s main water source- the Gihon Spring. At the end of the tour you can choose whether to go through water tunnel or pass through the dry Gihon canal.
The Mount of Olives-is an amazing place, where you will hear legendary stories of Jewish History, about significance of the Mount of Olives to Jews and enjoy breathtaking scenery of Jerusalem.