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
If you are planning a Jerusalem holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
American Colony Hotel Jerusalem
Characterised by classic Arabian arches and elaborate furnishings, the American Colony is an elegant boutique hotel where timeless style meets contemporary facilities to provide its guests with an extraordinary experience. From the classic standard rooms to the palatial No 6 suite - all rooms are designed and maintained with exceptional care and attention. Meals are served in a number of bars and restaurants - our favourite being the Cellar Bar in the hotel's former Dairy - well worth a visit. Situated in east Jerusalem, the hotel is within walking distance of some of Jerusalem's major sights.
Dan Boutique Jerusalem
Bringing a youthful, cool ambiance to Jerusalem, the Dan Boutique hotel is a true designer hotel with an intimate identity. Guest rooms are superbly designed with very stylish interiors, classic wooden furniture and marble bathrooms. Meals are served Israeli buffet style in the Dining Room and the hotel's lobby bar serves delicious cocktails and other beverages to enjoy in the lobby or courtyard - a great place to relax in the evening. Located in the south of Jerusalem, the property is just a short drive from the Western Wall and the Dome on the Rock.
Jerusalem Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Jerusalem.