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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

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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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Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud)

Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud)

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Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud), considered the largest and most beautiful entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, has served in this capacity since Agrippa ruled during the first century BCE. As it stands today, the gate dates back to 1537. Crusaders referred to it as St. Stephen’s Gate, as it’s located not far from the site of Saint Stephen’s martyrdom, and some Israelis call it Shechem Gate.Flanked by two towers, the gate serves as the main access point to the Old City from East Jerusalem, and once inside, visitors find themselves amid an authentic market in the Muslim Quarter where locals shop for clothing, crafts, spices, baked goods and other food items.More
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Masada

Masada

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, an ancient fortress built by King Herod the Great, dates back to 37 BC. It’s location on a cliff overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea is a spectacular spot from which to watch the sunrise.More
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Within Old Jerusalem’s al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, lies the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. The al-Aqsa Mosque, which translates to “the farthest mosque,” sits beside the Dome of the Rock, and it is believed that Muhammed ascended to heaven from this spot after being transported from Sacred Mosque in Mecca.Over the centuries the silver-domed mosque has been destroyed in several different earthquakes and subsequently rebuilt. With four minarets, the present day structure is characteristic of early Islamic architecture. The interior contains 121 stained glass windows, its massive dome painted with 14th-century designs. The dome was recovered in lead in 1985 to replace the aluminum cover with its original cover. Though Israel maintains control of the space, it is overseen by the Waqf, a Jordanian and Palestinian authority of the Muslim holy sites in Israel.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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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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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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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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King David's Tomb

King David's Tomb

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Some consider King David’s Tomb, on the holy site of Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, to be the burial place of King David of Israel, but whether he was actually buried there is debated. Regardless of the tomb’s existence, the place has deep significance for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and many pilgrims journey to pay their respects each year.More
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Bethlehem

Bethlehem

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An ancient city in the West Bank in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Bethlehem is home to many significant religious sites, including the Church of The Nativity in Manger Square, believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

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Favorite part of our trip
Jesse_B, 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
William_B, 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
Amy_C, 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 !
Francesca_C, Mar 2019
Bethlehem & Dead Sea Full-Day Tour
His English was excellent.
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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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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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This was a fantastic excursion. We...
ShirleyV_A, May 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem - for cruise ship guests only
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...
Monica_N, 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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Excellent tour. However, there is so...
Edward_G, Jan 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem - for cruise ship guests only
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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This is a very good tour. Rosh...
Louis_G, 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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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...
Joseph_S, 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
Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Tour from Jerusalem
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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Great tour and guide, average dinner
Mika_M, 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.
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interesting and good, must go to this tour
MAGEMMAFE_G, Nov 2019
Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem
Our tour was on 20 Nov 2018, The tourist guides are really good, they are very knowledgeable and very entertaining, the tour itself is good we went to Bethlehem and its amazing, from there we went to olive carving factory which is really unnecessary, We went to Dead see after, we have different driver, we have a great time in there but going back to Jerusalem makes us tense as we waited in the boarder almost an hour for another car to pick us up, the driver cannot drive us back to Jerusalem because he is not allowed to cross the boarder, there were no proper explanation because the driver doesn't speak English well, 4 of us waited for almost an hour and we are very tense and worried.
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This is defnitely a must see
Elizabeth W, Nov 2019
Day tour to Petra from Jerusalem
He provided us with all kinds of information and took the time to make sure everyone got to see all the sites.

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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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