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A center of religions throughout its history, a visit to Jerusalem beguiles the spirit and the senses. A stroll through the Old City's labyrinth of alleyways, with its pungent aromas and the lilt of languages, will lead you from one sacred treasure to another.

Holy Sepulchre

The Church has the last five Stations of the Cross and the 14th is Jesus's tomb, known as the Holy Sepulchre. 2,000 years ago, this spot was an open area beyond the city walls.

Great Synagogue

Built in 1982, the structure reflects the original Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount until its destruction in 70 AD. An exhibit also showcases thousands of "mezuzot."

Mount of Olives

The ridge east of Jerusalem has a series of pilgrimage sites, including churches and the Grotto and Gardens of Gethsemane. It's also the city's main cemetery with 150,000 graves.

Gethsemane

Many claim that this garden, which surrounds the Church of All Nations, was where the Romans arrested Jesus. The site also has some of the world's oldest olive trees.

Western Wall

The holiest site in Judaism, this former retaining wall, erected by Herod the Great in 20 BC, supported the outer section of the Temple Mount, upon which stood the Second Temple.

Temple Mount

To Muslims it's Haram esh-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and it's the third holiest site in Islam. It's also the location of the First Temple built by Solomon.

Dome of the Rock

Sacred to Muslims and Jews, the golden dome of the structure covers the rock from which Mohammed ascended to join Allah, and where Abraham prepared to kill his son Isaac.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, the name means "the farthest mosque" and signifies Muhammad's "isra," or night journey, from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.

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Israel Museum

This national museum not only houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it also exhibits a fine arts collection, and a model of the city during the era of the Second Temple.

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The original intention of the zoo was to collect animals mentioned in the Bible. The new zoo, which opened in 1993, has a Noah's Ark with information on the animals from that era.

Planning Your Jerusalem Visit

How many days to spend in Jerusalem?

You could spend years (maybe a lifetime?) delving into this city. However, five to seven days will allow you to visit many of the main attractions. Add another one to two days if you only have time to take day-trips either to the Dead Sea and/or Masada.

Getting around

Your own two feet will get you around the Old City of Jerusalem. Beyond these, there are buses (known as Egged) and one light rail line, a part of which runs along Jaffo Road in West Jerusalem and also has a stop at Damascus Gate. Keep in mind that public transport comes to a halt once Shabbat begins (Friday just before sundown), but the Arab buses and taxi services still operate just outside Damascus Gate.

Where to stay in Jerusalem

You'll find all sorts of accommodations in the Old City, but there are other options in West Jerusalem, for example the area around Zion Square and Ben-Yehuda Mall. It's a lively area with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hebrew
  • Currency
    Shekel (₪)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +972
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit, when the temperature is mild and the crowds are thinner. However, make sure you check the calendar, as a Jewish celebration could bring masses into the city.

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What people are saying about Jerusalem

A memorable trip seeing wonderful architecture.

I initially booked wanting to see Petra only, but I am very glad the tour also took us to Jaresh and Amman. The recovered past civilisation buildings are terrific, and the guide, Emad was knowledgeable, and engaging. The Bedouin camp was very different to staying in a hotel, but I liked it. Petra is terrific, and the rest of the tour was very interesting. Remember to bring Jordanian money, as there is no access to money changers or an ATM when you leave the Israel/ Jordan border.

Very informative! The best tour I've taken in all of Europe

We travelled for one month in Greece, Turkey and Israel and this day tour was the highlight of my trip. I learned so much and gained such good insight into the conflict, the "other side of the story" and information and experiences from a Palestinian perspective that are completely left out of Western media stories. Our guide Tamer was fantastic, informative and humorous. He intelligently shared information from multiple perspectives of the issues surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the complex issues surrounding this--I learned so much and left feeling very humbled and with the feeling that I have so much more to learn about the world and the experiences of people in countries other than my own. I definitely recommend this tour!

Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour from Jerusalem Reviewed by Chantelle, 07/28/2018

all aspects of the trip were deliverd on tme and as per programe

excellent tour saw so much in the one full day we had in Israel t is however not for the faint hearted it is a long day and by its nature is quite rushed for us however this was fine as we wanted to see as much as possible in a short time period only aspect I would pick up on is the souvenir stop in Bethlehem way over priced in comparison to other outlets both in Jerusalem and the buss station in Bethlehem which we passed through but all I all an excellent programme and I would recommend it

Must-Do Jerusalem Tour with Amir Call-Or

This tour covers the main sights in or near the old city of Jerusalem. After an overview from the mount of olives, the tour continues to the church of the holy sepulchre, Via Dolorosa, the garden of Gethsemane, and the room of the last supper. Overall a must-do tour for anyone who is interested in getting some background information on these world-renowned sights. I was very happy that our guide on this day was Amir Call-Or. After being on a tour with him a week ago in the Galilee, I knew an awesome day was ahead of us. And indeed, I was not disappointed: with his unmatched energetic way of conveying his in-depth knowledge, he managed to make us realizing instead of simply listening. You also know you have a good guide when even people from other tours come nearby to listen and compliment on his qualities. Thank you again Amir for such a great experience!

Full Day City Tour of Jerusalem Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 05/10/2018

Very good trip to Jerusalem and Dead Sea

The trip is in small groups, which is good because you get more personal service. The guide is very attentive and knowledgeable. We managed to see all the important places, without feeling rushed. The visit to the Dead Sea is very pleasant and we had enough time there.

Jerusalem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv Reviewed by Hristo, 05/05/2018