The day will be dedicated to the understanding of Jerusalem as the center for the three great monotheistic faiths; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Start out with a visit to the Temple Mount, site of the offering of Isaac, the Jerusalem Temples, and the ninth-century Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. See the Western Wall, sacred to the Jewish People as the last remnant of the Second Temple.
Visit the Southern Wall Excavations, as you walk on the original two thousand-year old street and climb the ancient steps. At the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, enjoy the historical exhibits and make arrangements to see its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.
Visit the Tower of David Museum, dedicated to the history of Jerusalem over the past 4,000 years and showcasing the city’s various ethnic groups and their contributions. Climb to the tower situated in the museum for a beautiful view of the four quarters of the Old City - Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish.
Proceed to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus according to Christian tradition. You will notice the many Christian denominations represented in the church, distinguished by their dress and liturgy – Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian Orthodox , each in their own corner of the ancient complex.
Wander the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.
In the evening, drive through the New City, to enjoy a view of its monuments beautifully illuminated: The Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book (open Tuesdays until 9:00 P.M.), the Supreme Court building and the Knesset.
Overnight in Jerusalem