Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world for Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. Take this guided walking tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year history and visit the important sites that make up its past
The holy city of Jerusalem has experienced many changes since ancient times. Jerusalem was conquered and taken over by many rulers, and was ruined and rebuilt many times.
The city is ancient, but there is also a new side to Jerusalem, which is just as important as all the city’s relics and history. Jerusalem is a wondrous place with beautiful architecture, characterized by its unique Jerusalem stone, refreshing mountain air, and the smell of pine trees.
Strat this tour with a panoramic view overlooking the Old City.
Our AERO VIP tour guide will point out sites of interest and reveal some historical facts which this world-famous compound has endured over the centuries. See the walls encompassing the Old City were built during the Ottoman Empire, ordered by Sultan Suleiman I and completed in 1541.
Your walking tour of old Jerusalem plunges you into a world of narrow streets and stirring landmarks. Enter at the impressive Jaffa Gate to take in the sights of the Christian Quarter, and walk through the colorful Arab Market allowing you a chance to practice your bargaining skills with the local vendors.
Trace the path Jesus took carrying the cross along parts of the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, perched on the hill known as Golgotha, site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. It is one of world Christians’ most significant place of worship.
Your route winds up local stores with exotic touch bringing you to the Roman Cardo, an integral component of city planning, which was lined with shops and vendors, and served as a hub of economic life. The essence has not changed and the Cardo today is still a hub of modern shops. Stand by the replica of the Madaba Map and see for yourself where this very street was located during the Byzantine period.
Next entre the restored Jewish Quarter, offering birds-eye views. See the restored Hurva Synagogue and hear how this house of worship was rebuilt 3 times. View splendid Islamic shrine known as Dome of the Rock with its stunning blue-gold ceramic tiles, and observe the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. In the distance see the Mount of Olives and the Jewish cemetery, which is the oldest one still in use. Observe the Broad Wall, a massive defensive structure, dated to the reign of King Hezekiah (late 8th century BC).
Stand before the Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. Originally supporting the Second Temple built by King Herod the Great, this imposing wall survived countless battles.
Walk towards Gung Gate and see the Southern Wall and the excavations site, revealing where ancient shops served pilgrims who ascended to the Temple in ancient times.