The old city of Jerusalem is a world of its own. Devided into 4 quarters, each has its own highlights, and hidden gems. If you are staying in the old city or close by, a full day tour by foot of the old city could be the perfect plan for you.
Explore the Christian Quarter
We meet at Jaffa Gate, or in “Aroma” branch in Mamilla Pedestrian Mall. With the Tower of David in the back, it is a good spot also to introduce the historical outline of Jerusalem, before heading into the Old City. Inside the gate we walk through parts of the colorful bazaar (In Arabic: Suq), as head into the Christian Quarter.
Our first stop will be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a complex built over the traditional sites of Golgoth and the Tomb of Jesus. Trying to comprehend the history, architecture, and politics of this significant site, we then walk along parts of the Via Dolorosa, the traditional path from the site of the trial of Jesus to the site of his crucifixion, which will also take us along parts of the Christian Quarter and the Muslim Quarter, including more parts of the local market (In Arabic: Suq).
Highlights of the Jewish Quarter
We continue into the Jewish Quarter and reach the plaze of the famed Western Wall. After a short break we ascend to the center of the Jewish Quarter where we can have a lunch break, followed by a tour of the Cardo, the Hurva Synagogue, and possibly also the Burnt House site.
A walk through the Armenian Quarter
Time permitting, we could also walk to Mount Zion and visit the site of the Last Supper (In Latin: Cenacle), the King David’s Tomb Mark on Mount Zion, or Dormition Abbey. We could then return to Jaffa gate along a nice walk along the Old City walls, or enter back into the old city throught the Zion Gate and walk along the Armenian Quarter.