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Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

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3,351 Reviews
Free admission
Jerusalem, Israel

The Basics

Getting lost in the narrow streets and distinct quarters of the Old City is an essential Jerusalem experience, and feels like walking into a different time. Orthodox Jews pray at the Western Wall, priests and pilgrims stroll in the Christian Quarter, ancient homes dot the Armenian Quarter, and the Muslim Quarter pulsates with busy markets comprising a maze of tiny shops selling everything from falafel and fresh-fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice to head scarves and jewelry.

Many Jerusalem tours offer inclusive ways to see all of the top sights in one day with a variety of walking tours of the Old City tailored to different interests. An expert guide can help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the area, and to avoid cultural faux pas when visiting sacred religious sites.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem Tour Well Organised
Cld, Mar 2020
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
I enjoyed the trip to Jerusalem and the whole trip was well organised and managed. My only criticism was the lack of time in Yad Vashem. One hour was not enough, or it would be doable if the visit was guided but I ran out of time half way which was a real shame.
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Great for a quick tour... get ready for a long stay at Holocaust museum
Gregory_R, Feb 2020
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Was great given I only had time for a short trip. Wonderful guide— knowledgeable and engaging. Felt a little rushed in Jerusalem and spent way, way too long at the Holocaust museum.
star-4
Great day
katharina31, Feb 2020
Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour
Great day. Very well organized. Saw and visited the most important places. Our guide was kind to answer individual questions and give additional imformation. Would have been nice to have some extra stops at the mount of olives. Highly recomended!
star-5
Great tour!
Kim M, Nov 2019
Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Hava was awesome! We had a great time and got to see everything we wanted. Pick up and drop off were seamless. We leaned a lot about the history and faith of Jerusalem. Highlight of our trip!
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Super tour
andreiasjoaquim, Jan 2020
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
The tour was pretty good and very complete, the guide was amazing and you totally noticed that she knows what she’s talking about. The only down for me was just when you have to go to a souvenir store to buy things, of course no one is obligated to buy, but it’s a bit annoying. Guess it’s “normal” in this touristic tours...
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Great trip
Andres P, Oct 2019
Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Our guide Hava was amazing. She took us through the entire old city and was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend it
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Jerusalem
sidneyzera, Sep 2019
Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour
Very organized. Very interesting. Very emotional. Great guide who was informative, funny, engaging and well versed.
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Excellent tour
DavidGeller1975, Nov 2019
Jerusalem Old & New Unforgettable Tour from Tel Aviv
Itamar was our guide. He loves his job. He is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, well organized, and funny. The tour included the Old City -- all 4 quarters -- and a lot of walking. Probably 4-5 miles in total. We stopped for lunch at a very crowded restaurant. I think that lunch was unnecessary. We only had about 1.5 hours at Yad Vashem, the magnificent and deeply affecting Holocaust Memorial. I strongly recommend skipping lunch entirely or suggesting that people bring their own. Even 2.5 hours at Yad Vashem is not nearly enough. But kudos to Itamar. He is a superb guide and he made a very good day much more enjoyable and memorable.
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Exceptional
michaelmccoy, Jan 2020
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Koby was a knowledgeable and accommodating guide. The shop he took us to was of low quality and I felt as though I was obligated to buy something. I did not. I would have preferred not feeling like it was required to go the the restaurant that was chosen. An option to skip lunch would have been appreciated
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A very interesting day!
YlvaKallen, Dec 2019
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
An interesting trip to old noisy Jerusalem, particularly interesting to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western wall. Interesting and very moving to visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem, in new Jerusalem. A very nice and knowledeable guide.
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A good first experience
Jon C, Dec 2019
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Our guide was very knowledgeable with 35 years of experience. He added insight at each tour stop to make the material more relatable. I wish the timeline had included more time for exploring and shopping not just at a pre-selected single store with high-pressure sales tactics. Elvis-themed coffee stop at the beginning was an unnecessary waste of time.
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Jerusalem
Joshua D, Nov 2019
Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Excellent tour guide. Kept the group interested and educated. Answered questions and seemed very knowledgeable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Old City is an absolute must for all first-time visitors to Jerusalem.

  • Visitors are expected to dress respectfully, with covered legs and arms.

  • The Dome of the Rock is a sacred religious site, and non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the shrine.

  • There are many steps and hills to get to the area, so good walking shoes are important.

  • Despite cobblestones, many areas of the Old City are accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Franciscans lead a weekly procession along the Via Dolorosa every Friday at 3pm.

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How to Get There

The Old City of Jerusalem is accessible via the eight entry gates built into the walls around its perimeter. Many consider the Jaffa Gate to be the main entrance to the Old City. Private cars are not allowed inside the Old City, but taxis (found by Jaffa Gate) can take passengers inside. Public buses and the light rail stop within a 10-minute walk from the Old City, and there’s also a free shuttle to the Old City every 20 minutes from Jerusalem’s First Station.

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When to Get There

The Old City is a year-round destination, with the quietest streets and mildest weather in May through October. Jerusalem in general can be very crowded and hot in the summer months; winter is chilly but crowds are thinner.

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The Temple Mount

The raised stone plateau in Jerusalem’s Old City known as the Temple Mount is home to some of the most significant religious structures in the world, including the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Western Wall (the western support wall of the Temple Mount). The complex, which covers a 35-acre (14-hectare) area known as Al-Haram Al-Sharif, is a sacred place in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, though it is controlled by the Islamic Trust, making the area a very contested location. The compound is open to visitors outside of prayer times, which change seasonally; check the schedule in advance. Entry is via the Moroccan Gate, near the Western Wall.

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