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Welcome to Jerusalem

The spiritual capital of roughly two-thirds of the world’s population, as well the capital city of the State of Israel, Jerusalem draws 3.5 million visitors every year to sites sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, such as the golden Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount, the Western Wall and Tomb of King David, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Hall of the Last Supper. Get lost searching for these attractions in the walled portion of Jerusalem known as the Old City—or get a guide to help navigate the labyrinth of medieval alleyways connecting the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Armenian quarters, each with its own set of sacred sites, residential districts, and bazaars. Although most of Jerusalem’s visitors seek the sacred and spiritual within the bounds of the Old City, most of Jerusalem’s residents live in the New City, which has the amenities to serve them. Visit the Machane Yehuda Market (“The Shuk”) to see the spices, teas, sweets, and foods that maintain Israel’s status as the land of milk and honey, or complete the museum circuit of the Rockefeller Museum, Yad Vasham Holocaust Remembrance Museum, and the Bible Lands Museum. Thanks to the small size of Israel and the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem’s central location, day-trip options abound to Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Masada, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the West Bank, Petra in Jordan, and more.

Top 10 attractions in Jerusalem

#1
Jerusalem Jewish Quarter

Jerusalem Jewish Quarter

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This religious and spiritual destination is one of four historic quarters that make up the famed city of Jerusalem. Travelers seeking a touchstone to the past will find just what they’re after on a visit to this place that dates back to the Roman Empire.Ancient ruins uncovered by archaeologists from Hebrew University are in a handful of museums and parks in the Jewish Quarter, including a 2,200-year-old image of a Temple menorah and portions of the Israelite Tower. A stunning pool built by the Romans was discovered in 2010. Travelers will find this homage to another lifetime filled with terracotta roof tiles, mosaic floors and regal steps.In addition to archaeological ruins, visitors can tour several of the other historic and religious sites that are scattered across the Jewish Quarter. The famous Western Wall, several synagogues, a handful of Yeshivas and an abandoned mosque offer insight into the culture and traditions of this diverse city. The eclectic stalls and contagious energy of Cado market and Hurva Square offer travelers a taste of local life, too.More
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Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

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Hemmed in by the rocky peaks of the Judean Desert to the west and the salty shores of the Dead Sea to the east, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is the largest and most beautiful oasis in Israel. A popular spot for hikers, it’s also famous for its biblical importance: This is the place where David hid from King Saul around 1000 BC.More
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City sits on what is thought to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Christianity’s holiest site, the church stands at the end of the Via Dolorosa—the route Jesus is believed to have taken on the way to his crucifixion.More
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Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

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According to the Christian faith, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before his arrest. Today, the Church of All Nations guards this sacred site at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where Franciscan friars stroll past gnarled olive trees alongside pilgrims from around the world.More
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Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

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The ancient winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City house some of the world’s most sacred religious sites for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, including the Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall. Plus, each of the district’s four quarters has a unique character well worth experiencing.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Christian Quarter

Christian Quarter

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The walled Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four major quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Christian Quarter. The city’s Christian Quarter contains around 40 religious sites holy to Christianity, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at its heart. The church is venerated as the site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected and remains a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. For many it is regarded as the religion’s holiest site.Pilgrims often follow the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus walked to his crucifixion, stopping at shrines and small sites along the way. Many churches, monasteries, schools, and museums are dotted throughout. You’ll also find residences, souvenir shops, cafes, and other pieces of daily life from those presently residing in the area. There is also an iconic, colorful market patched between the stone walls and narrow streets.More
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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

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An open-air synagogue where worshippers recite prayers, Israel’s historic Western Wall (Wailing Wall) is where travelers come to kiss pale gold stones the color of the Negev desert and to stuff paper prayers between the stones. The beating heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, this is a must-see sacred site in the Jewish Quarter.More
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Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)

Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)

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The Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) is an ancient path in Jerusalem’s Old City, where it’s believed Jesus carried the cross to his crucifixion. Also known in Catholicism as the Stations of the Cross, it’s a pilgrimage that’s been followed going back to the fourth century. The route has changed over the years, and today there are 14 stations along the path, each marked with a plaque detailing what took place at that location.More
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Kidron Valley

Kidron Valley

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Set on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem, the scenic Kidron Valley is an ancient burial ground renown for its religious significance and natural beauty. The valley divides the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives and is prominently featured in both the Old and New Testaments, making it an important stop on many religious pilgrimages.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

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Favorite part of our trip
jbansaldi, Feb 2020
Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
This was one of the most fun things on our entire trip in Israel.
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Great tour
williambilek, Dec 2019
Private Tour: Old City of Jerusalem Christianity Tour
We visited Jerusalem for a day, and wanted to see the historical and religious sites.
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Old Jerusalem 05/2019
Culture437677, Aug 2019
Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour
I will definitely recommend this tour & would want to visit Jerusalem again someday.
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Eye opening
Exploration285364, Jul 2019
Jerusalem: Dual Narrative Tour
There is so much to see in the Old City but this tour provides a historical and personal perspective that usually is not seen in the "typical" tours.
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Jerusalem Full Day Small Group tour
Norman S, Oct 2018
Jerusalem Full Day Tour
We got to see many of the must see sits in Jerusalem.
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Excellent tour! Highly recommended !
Relax64016072612, Mar 2019
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour
His English was excellent.
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Great tour, the New Jerusalem is a...
Pawel J, Sep 2017
Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour
The tour of the Old Jerusalem was equally as nice, plenty to see and learn about it.
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Ami was a great tour guide! We saw...
Mike G, Dec 2017
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
We only saw the Dome of the Rock from above the city, I would have liked to visit the mosque.
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thank you viator for great tour...
Ivana S, Jul 2016
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
Book this tour if like to see only remains of old Jerusalem.
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This was a fantastic excursion. We...
shirleyamaral420, May 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: ALL Jerusalem Highlights + visit to Bethlehem
We were in Jerusalem during Holy Week so there were many people there but we were able to see most of the main attractions.
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Incredible tour! Got to see almost...
MaestraMudarisa, Aug 2016
Jerusalem Full Day Tour
Got to see almost everything, the only thing I wished that was included was the mosque and the Garden of Gethsemane, although we passed by it on the way to the panoramic view of Jerusalem we didn't get to go into Gethsemane :, but everything else was perfect and our tour guide was great
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This is a very good tour. Rosh...
beanielou4, Nov 2016
Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from Jerusalem
The only negative is that if you are coming from Jerusalem the driver may not speak English and have any idea where to drop you off at.
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Excellent tour. However, there is so...
jedgaff, Jan 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: ALL Jerusalem Highlights + visit to Bethlehem
However, there is so much to see that even at our fast pace we needed more time to spend in old Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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If I am able to visit Jerusalem...
Kendra W, May 2015
Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour
If I am able to visit Jerusalem again, I would do this tour a second time!
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I especially recommend this...
JASe, Oct 2013
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Private Departure Transfer
You also get a polite, English speaking driver, that knows Israel.
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unfortunate in Jerusalem we weren't...
Lucine G, May 2011
Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
unfortunate in Jerusalem we weren't allow to visit the churches, because police closed the entrance|Bethlehen , we visited the place where Jesus was born, very interesting|Nice guide
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Great Tour
JOSEMURILO_M, Jan 2020
Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv
The only negative point is we need more time to see the sights, but I guess due to time limit this is not really feasible.
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Outstanding
SUSAN M, Jan 2020
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
Winter is rainy season in Jerusalem and the water is deeper than in summer.
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Great tour and guide, average dinner
mikamunter, Dec 2019
Christmas Eve in Jerusalem and midnight mass in Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
The guided tour to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem was really nice.
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Best option for a Jerusalem day trip, with a small group
Monica S, Dec 2019
Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv
And third, the fact that it was the right amount of attractions and in particular, that it included visiting Temple Mountain, which not all tours include.

All about Jerusalem

When to visit

Spring in Jerusalem is unbeatable: it’s warm, dry, and fragrant with blooms, plus it's low-season so you won’t run into huge crowds. Fall is equally lovely, with slightly cooler temperatures perfect for sightseeing. But no matter when you time your visit, be sure to check the calendar of Jewish holidays when many local businesses—and some attractions—close.

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