The New City is on today’s agenda. You can begin at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, with its astounding new historical museum, Hall of Remembrance, Children's’ Memorial and other moving sites.
Drive by the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament – open for tours on Sundays and Thursdays) and the New Supreme Court Building.
Nearby is the Israel Museum where among many other treasures you can delve into the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book and see the Model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple.
Continue to Ein Karem picturesque village, birth place of John the Baptist, with the Church of John the Baptist, the Church of the Visitation and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Return to the Old City this afternoon to visit the rebuilt Jewish Quarter with its old Sephardic synagogues. Byzantine-era Cardo, Second-Temple-era Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House, and First-Temple-era Broad Wall, as well as fun people-watching, galleries and restaurants.
For dinner and the evening head to downtown Jerusalem, walking the pedestrian malls of Ben Yehuda Street and Nahalat Shiva, enjoying this restored quarter of shops, cafes and restaurants that are favorites with Jerusalemites.
Overnight in Jerusalem