As one of the oldest cities in the world and considered holy by the three religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the beauty and 3000-year history of Jerusalem is guaranteed to leave you speechless. The picturesque Old City is a mesmerising place to explore, with a maze of alleys, busy bazaars, remarkably well-preserved architecture, numerous holy sites and the famous Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. To witness elderly local men and women as they press pieces of paper with prayers into this ancient wall and to hear their wailing is something quite unforgettable, especially when you realise the sheer numbers of prayer papers stuffed into every nook and cranny.Read More
A trip to the Mount of Olives is an absolute must whilst visiting Jerusalem, and at sun set you can look down on the city as the sun reflects off the domes and buildings for a truly awe-inspiring view. Jerusalem is also an excellent base from which to journey to Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus, and Nazareth – the home of Mary and Joseph. The Israel Museum, which is home to hundreds of thousands of artefacts, is also worth visiting if only to see the legendary Dead Sea Scrolls.
For a real taste of authentic Israel, travellers should make their way over to Mahane Yehuda, a vibrant marketplace, laced with smell of freshly cooked falafel. Slightly more sobering, but of equal importance, is Yad Vashem, one Israel's most prominent Holocaust museums and memorials. Stretching out over 45 acres, walking through is certainly an emotional journey, particularly when you arrive at the children's memorial, but the site has been praised for its serene and well thought out design.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Jerusalem. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Jerusalem on a bespoke touring itinerary to Israel, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.