Old City – importance for 3 religions: Explore the important sites of the Old City of Jerusalem for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will see not only the history but also how these three groups of people live together in the Old City.
Jewish Quarter and City of David: See the place where it all began (and discuss what IT is). Tour the eye-opening City of David including an optional walk through the water of the Gihon Spring. Continue to the Southern Wall excavation of the Davidson center. After a visit to the Western Wall, go up into the renewed Jewish quarter, where the ancient and modern combine.
Byzantine Via Dolorosa: Start with the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu to see the model of the city in the time of the Byzantines and the prison where Jesus was held after his arrest. Continue on to Mt. Zion and the Room of the Last Supper and Dormition Abbey. Tour the recent excavations at the Kishle and see the remains of Herod’s palace before heading over to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Remembrance in Jerusalem – Mt. Herzl: Visit the world-renowned Yad VaShem holocaust museum. Continue to the Mt. Herzl military cemetery, where Israel remembers her fallen soldiers.
Jerusalem and Qumran: Start this thematic day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, see the model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period. Head out of the city to the site of Qumran. Learn about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls while wandering the ancient community where they were written. End with a Dead Sea dip or a visit to Einot Tzukim, the lowest national park in the world.