Jerusalem is a city that stands on the crossroads of three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It’s a holy city that captivates the world’s attention and holds a significant grasp over a third of the Earth’s population. To learn about Jerusalem, you have to see it. Exploring it opens up a cache of treasures for those who go at it alone or select a professional tour guide to help you get the most out of your destination.
What makes this city so enigmatic is Old City Jerusalem. Though this area is only one-square-mile of a walled city that is holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, it has become the capital of these monotheistic religions. In the Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the last piece of the Jewish Temple, is now the holiest sites to Judaism and the primary focus for the Jews and a focal point for these people’s faith. It is also the site where Christ died and was resurrected and is celebrated by many denominations within the Church of the Sepulchre. To make this city more complete, Muhammad himself rose into the heavens here, and the Dome of the Rock is the third holiest site for Islam.
Jerusalem offers a fantastic assortment of tours and tour guides. The city has withstood countless strife and conflict over its long history. Countless times it has been captured, destroyed, recaptured, and built numerous times again. Because of this, and the vibrant cultures that populate this great city, it’s a place many things to see for visitors from all walks of life.
- Three Religions Tour: At the heart of Jerusalem beats the spiritual center of the world’s three major religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Old City Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock are all parts of this visit and will give you a solid grasp of the city’s struggles over the past 4,000 years.
- The West Bank: The West Bank is full of ancients sites and contrasts to match while being surrounded by commercial areas and a touch of modern life. A visit to the ancient city of Jericho is famous and don’t forget to visit the Mount of Temptation that overlooks the city.
- The Dead Sea: A visit to Jerusalem wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Dead Sea. This historic site is a must-see and if possible, take the opportunity to take a dip in the salty waters. It’s a great way to relax after being bombarded by history and could easily recharge your mind, body, and soul before your next tour.
- Tel Aviv: This modern city, with its exciting nightlife, is only an hour away from Jerusalem. If you’re staying in Tel Aviv, it’s a perfect way to see the historic city of Jerusalem without having to change hotels. Stop at the Via Dolorosa, visit the exotic markets, and top it off with a visit to the Church of the Nativity where its believed Jesus was born.
- Shabbat or Sabbath Walking Tour: If you want to experience local culture and customs, this is the perfect tour. On the Sabbath, Jews go to sites like the Western Wall, and it’s a sight to behold. Each site is celebrated differently, but they are all glimpses in time for an ancient religion and amazing people.
- Private Christian Biblical Tour of Jerusalem: No matter your knowledge of Christianity, it is hard to ignore the importance of Jerusalem and Bethlehem are to this old religion. Visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Chapel of Saint Helena, and the Church of the Nativity are all stops and is a perfect way for Christian believers to get up close with their faith.
- Culinary Tours: Are you a foodie with a desire to learn more about what Jerusalem has to offer in culturally authentic foods? If so, then a culinary tour is perfect. These tours are filled with tastings, history, and usually last around 2 hours. There’s the Carmel Market, Levinsky Market, Market Hop, and more to tantalize your tastebuds in Israel.
Experiencing Israel and especially Jerusalem takes some planning. As with most foreign areas, local laws, safety guidelines, not too mention social etiquette rules as well. While soaking up the Mediterranean sun or taking in the breathtaking views from the Golan Heights, an excellent tour guide will let you know what to be aware of, especially if you’re a first-time visitor in Israel. Being a holy city, many of these rules vary with the faiths and its best to stick with those as it will not only enrich your experience in Jerusalem but also makes it easier if you plan your tour accordingly.
There is much to see and do in Jerusalem. A private tour can be part of a more extensive Israel tour or more biblical. Many choose to join large groups but to get the best out of your visit, a private tour will put you on a whirlwind adventure throughout the city the region surrounding it. Planning your trip and tour with Elijah Tours & Travel will help you make the best of your time in Jerusalem as its easy to lose all sense of it when you wander the city.
Jerusalem is a city like no other. Old and new push for space as three religions call this city holy. While intense, Jerusalem cannot be explained but has to be experienced. It’s a city that’s as timeless as it stands at the center of time itself. Thousands of years of history show on her stone walls. Where an ancient people once walked, now tourists scurry to and fro. Jerusalem is a city as modern as it is old. No Jerusalem tour in Israel is complete without a visit to this city of antiquity. This is Jerusalem and is truly a city for everyone.