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These are only a few examples of possible tours. The itineraries can be adapted according to your needs and preferences:
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Ancient Jerusalem: The three major religions
We enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate. From here, we pass by David's Citadelle and cross the Arab market to the Holy Sepulchre. We then walk to Mount Zion to visit the Last Supper Room, King David's Tomb and the Dormition Abbey. We continue to the Jewish Quarter, passing by the Cardo, Jerusalem's main street in Roman times. Then on to the Wailing Wall, a remnant of the Temple of Jerusalem. If possible, we go up to the Temple Mount to see the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We visit Saint Anne Church and Bethesda Pools. We walk by the first five stations of the Via Dolorosa and finally exit the city through Damascus Gate.
Ancient Jerusalem for Catholics: All 14 Stations of the Cross
We enter the Old City through Lions Gate or St. Stephan's Gate to visit Sanit Anne Church, birthplace of the Virgin Mary. We walk along the Via Dolorosa to all fourteen Stations of the Cross. We arrive to the Holy Sepulchre Church, where we shall see the site of the Crucifixion on Mount Calvary and the site of the Resurrection. We continue to Mount Zion to visit the Last Supper Room, Dormition Abbey and Saint Peter in Gallicantu Church. We finish with a visit to the Wailing Wall.
Ancient Jerusalem for Evangelical and Protestant Christians: the Garden Tomb
We start on Mount Zion to visit the Last Supper Room and King David's Tomb. We continue through the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall, remnant of the Temple of Jerusalem. If possible, we go up the Temple Mount to see Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We visit the Bethesda Pools. Then, we pass by the site of the Antonia Fortress, where Pontius Pilatus judged Jesus. We exit the Old City through Damascus Gate and walk to the Garden Tomb. We shall see the Calvary Mount and enter the Empty Tomb.
Ancient Jerusalem for Jews
We start near Jaffa Gate, for a panoramic view of the first Jewish Neighborhoods built outside the City Walls, including Montefiori's iconic windmill. We'll see also David's Citadelle from the outside. We continue to Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, conqueror of the city who made it into the Jewish People's capital city up until this day. We shall cross Zion Gate, an important battle site during the War of Independence and the Six Day War. We continue to the Jewish Quarter, passing by the Roman Cardo and the remnants of King Hezekiah's Wall. At the Jewish Quarter Main Square we will see the Hurva synagogue from the outside. Possible visits to the Four Sepharadic Synagogues, the Burnt House, the Herodian Quarter and/or Davidson Archeological Park. On our way to the Wailing Wall, we shall see the model of the Temple's Gold Menorah. We will shortly recall the History of the Temple of Jerusalem and the special meaning of the Western wall for the Jewish People.
Mount of Olives and Valley of Josaphat
We start by visiting the Ascension Chapel on the top of the Mount of Olives. We continue to the Pater Noster Church where, according to tradition, Jesus taught the Apostles how to pray. We stop to see the magnificent panoramic views of Jerusalem and on the way down, we visit the Dominus Flevit chapel, dedicated to the Lord's cry for the destruction of Jerusalem. We continue our way down to the Garden of Gethsemani to visit the Church of the Agony, the Grotto of the Treason and the Tomb of the Virgin. We then go on to the Valley of Josaphat, to take a closer look at the Tomb of Absalom and the other Monumental Tombstones of the Kidron Valley.
We visit the Israel Museum, one of the top ten largest museums in the world. The visit includes the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept, and the giant model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. We visit the Yad Vashem Institute Holocaust Museum, memorial to the victims of the Nazi genocide. Afterwards, we visit Mount Herzl, the main military cemetery and national pantheon where Theodor Herzl, Isaac Rabin, Golda Meir and other historical figures are buried. Finally, we visit the Menorah, the statue of the seven branches candelabra in front of the Knesset and the Israeli Parliament.
Ein Karem and Bethlehem
Visit to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and Mary's visit to her Cousin Elizabeth.
We continue to Bethlehem to visit the Holy Sepulchre Church, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherd's Field. Note:
The visit to Bethlehem might be coordinated with a local Palestinian guide and/or driver.