Making an early start to tour Jerusalem
, enter the Old City
via Dung Gate to visit the Western Wall
, sacred to the Jewish People as the last remnant of the Second Temple.
Cross the valley up to the Jewish Quarter
and enter the Herodian Mansions, aristocratic dwellings, possibly of priestly families who served in the Temple. See evidence of First Temple times at the Broad Wall as well as the Late Roman Cardo and the medieval synagogues.
Continue to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
, and end the day wandering through the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.
In the late afternoon, walk through downtown Jerusalem to Mahane Yehuda, the produce market of the Capital. Enjoy coffee and local dishes at one of the coffee bars or restaurants and take in the sights and aromas of Jerusalem.
Or visit the Biblical Zoo
, which takes part in international programs for conservation of endangered species as well as showing off its remarkable collection of animals to the public in a lovely setting
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
and the Knesset
Overnight in Jerusalem