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Western Wall (Wailing Wall) Tours and Activities

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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
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. 

The Basics
The Western Wall—also known as the Kotel—is the holiest site in Jerusalem due to its status as the last remnant of the Second Temple built by Herod in 19 BC. Today it forms one side of Temple Mount, and this section of the wall rises 187 feet (57 meters) up. The Western Wall is divided into two areas—there’s a small southern section for women and a much larger northern area for men. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in on the action at the wall, it’s backed by a large, sloping plaza where you can stand back and just take in the scene.

The site is commonly visited on half- and full-day Jerusalem sightseeing tours departing from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Many tours also visit Bethlehem, the Dome of the Rock, or the Dead Sea. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dress modestly while you’re here—a good general rule is to be covered from the shoulders to below the knee.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a headscarf or kippah head covering for your visit; these can be borrowed at the entrance.
  • You’ll find a security checkpoint before you reach the wall; it typically takes a few minutes to get through this safety measure. 
  • You don’t have to be Jewish to pay your respects at the wall—it’s open to any person of any faith.
  • During Shabbat, photography isn’t allowed, and at other times, it’s best to exercise sensitivity when pointing your lens.

How to Get There
The Western Wall plaza forms the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. Dung Gate is the nearest access point by taxi and intercity bus 1 or 2.  

When to Get There
The large crowds that gather here can really add to the atmosphere, but if you’d rather have peace and quiet, try visiting early in the morning or in the late evening on a weekday. Bar mitzvahs are often held during Shabbat, or on Monday or Thursday mornings, and those times can be busy with celebrating families, too. The same goes for Jewish holidays.

The Western Wall Tunnel
The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel beneath the buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. There have been many Herodian discoveries (plus the uncovering of a Hasmonean Aqueduct) since excavations began in the 19th century and again after the Six-Day War in 1967. Join a Western Wall Tunnel tour to see this slice of Jerusalem history.
Address: Jerusalem, Israel
Admission: Free
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Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

Old and New Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this guided all-day tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Finish the day with time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum in New Jerusalem. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

Jerusalem Boutique Tour from Tel Aviv

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Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and learn about the important historical and religious sites along the way on a guided day trip from Tel Aviv. Traveling on this small-group tour ensures an intimate experience not found on the common 40-person tours of Jerusalem. Plus, this tour allows you to bring your luggage along, so the tour can double as a transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv

Bethlehem and Jerusalem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv

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Experience the Holy Land’s two most sacred locations, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, in just one day on this convenient guided door-to-door tour. Start in Jerusalem, taking in views from the Mount of Olives, following the way of Christ down the Via Dolorosa, and paying our respects at the Wailing Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem, with visits to the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field.
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Holy Jerusalem Private Tour

Holy Jerusalem Private Tour

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The best way to experience the holy city of Jerusalem is with a private tour, which will allow you to understand its complexity, learn about its rich history, experience the archeology and feel the culture. I love guiding, I love Jerusalem and the land of Israel and nothing makes me happier than to share this love with others. I present very rich and informative guidance while presenting the information in a very vivid manner.
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Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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For Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, the holy lands of the Jerusalem region are the spiritual centers of the world. On this full-day guided tour, discover the history of the different religions that make up these regions and witness the mix of cultures currently living here. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, important in Jewish and Muslim history, and many more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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We consider it a great honor to share our knowledge and love to this unique piece of land, Holy Land. Israel despite its humble size has much to offer. Our aim is to understand what are your interests and to make to fall in love with Israel and it's a very diverse culture.
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Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

Old Jerusalem Full-Day Tour

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For Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world. Take this all-day guided tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year-old history and visit its important sites. See what are widely considered the holiest places in the world: the Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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This tour allows you to see Jerusalem from the perspective of multiple cultures and religions. We can traverse the city at your pace, seeing the sites that interest you most. I would be happy to personalize this tour for you based on your needs. The Old City of Jerusalem is filled with culture, sounds and tastes, people, and meaning. Wandering this city with an open mind can lead you to discover things you never knew, about the city and about yourself.
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Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Biblical Tour from Tel Aviv

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Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel is full of sites considered holly by many religions. This tour takes you to some of the highlights of Israeli holy sites in just one day. Leave Tel Aviv behind as you travel to the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, Bethlehem, and more, all with the benefit of a guide to share stories and information about the sites along the way.
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Get a panoramic look at the city of Jerusalem and visit some of its most well-known sites on this half-day tour. Look down on the city from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified; and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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When arriving in Israel at the Port of Ashdod, visit the holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem on this guided, full-day shore excursion. Discover the history of the different religions of this region and witness the mix of cultures. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; and many more. Port of Ashdod pickup and drop-off included.
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Highlight of the Jerusalem and Bethlehem Biblical Trip from Tel Aviv

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Explore Old Jerusalem’s Jewish and Christian quarters on this half-day tour. Accompanied by a guide, learn the rich history behind the historic city and visit sites considered holy, including the Mount of Olives, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and Church of Holy Sepulchre. Your guide shares lots of information and keeps you from getting lost in the maze-like walls.
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See the old and new side of Jerusalem in just a day on this tour from Tel Aviv. Visit important holy sites such as the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, plus modern sites of interest including the Holocaust Museum or the Church of All Nations—all without having to plan a thing.
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City of David and Underground Jerusalem Historical and Biblical Trip

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Jerusalem World Heritage Private Tour

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Explore the religious highlights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem on a full-day, small-group tour from Jerusalem. Take in views of the ancient city from the Mount of Olives, then visit King David’s tomb and the site of the Last Supper atop Mount Zion. See the folded prayers at the Wailing Wall, and follow Jesus' path down the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leave the city for Bethlehem’s holy sites, then visit an ancient shepherds’ field, the manger square, and the 4th-century Church of the Nativity.
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Jerusalem Super Saver: Day Tours of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and City of David and Underground Jerusalem

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City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

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Discover the City of David on this full-day tour of Jerusalem. Now an archaeological park, this region is home to ongoing excavations and artifacts that bring light to Bible stories. Get to see some of the archaeological activity firsthand after stops at the top the Mount of Olives, David’s Tomb and the Last Supper Room, and the Jewish Quarter, which you enter through Zion’s Gate (also known as David’s Gate). Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Half Day Holy Jerusalem Trip from Tel Aviv

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Jerusalem: Dual Narrative Tour

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Underground Jerusalem and City of David Tour from Jerusalem

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Jerusalem Half Day Walking Tour (3 hours) from Jerusalem

Jerusalem Half Day Walking Tour (3 hours) from Jerusalem

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Explore the major attractions of the Old City of Jerusalem on this half-day walking tour. Offered every day, with guaranteed departures, this comprehensive tour will offer a memorable and insightful combination of the city’s highlights in one morning of touring. The walking tour will visit highlights including the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. One of the holiest cities, important to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, the Highlights of Jerusalem walking tour is one of the best ways to see the four quarters of the city and major attractions with a knowledgeable and licensed guide. The tour ends in Jerusalem.
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