Enter the Old City via the Dung Gate to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in the world for Jews. Tour the excavations at the Southern Wall, including ritual baths and the original streets of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus. Sit on the southern steps of the Temple, used by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims 2,000 years ago as they ascended to the Temple Mount. Visit the Davidson Center, in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, and make arrangements to visit its virtual reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.
Walk through the Jewish Quarter to see evidence of First-Temple Jerusalem at the Broad Wall, as well as the Late Roman Cardo and other attractions.
Wander the markets in the Old City’s other quarters, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.
In the late afternoon, get a taste of the New City by driving through its neighborhoods past the Knesset, and the Israel Museum with its landmark Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls (open Tuesdays until 9:00 P.M.).