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Your Way To The Holy Land
The Holy Land
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. A trip to Jerusalem delivers a spiritual and religious experience regardless of what--if any--faith you adhere to, provoking deep emotions and unforgettable memories. Beyond the World Heritage-listed old town, a major pilgrimage site for many centuries, visitors discover a modern city of impressive museums and moving memorials. Spend part of your Jerusalem holiday following in the footsteps of Biblical prophets, and take time to reflect on life's secrets in structures commissioned by some of history's greatest rulers. create an adventure that suits you.
Old Jerusalem Day Trip
Delve into the storied past of Old Jerusalem on this full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Travel to the captivating city and witness the sites held most sacred by the Jewish and Christian religions as your guide explains their secrets and symbolism. Absorb the views from the Mount of Olives, see the Garden of Gethsemane, Hall of the Last Supper and Tomb of King David, and explore the Old City to view the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), step out on the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
- View the revered sites of this 3,000-year-old city, including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (no. 5-14) and Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- See the Last Supper Room and Tomb of King David on Mount Zion
- Stop at the Mount of Olives for spectacular views over the Old City and admire the Garden of Gethsemane in the Kidron Valley
- View the Stone of Anointment, where Jesus' body is said to have lain, in the Holy Church of the Sepulchre
The Best Things to Do in Jerusalem
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.