Start the day with a visit to the City of David, the heart of biblical Jerusalem, to view Area G, Warren’s Shaft, the water fortress and the new Visitors Center.
Walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, dug 2,700 years ago to secure the water flow for Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege.
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.
Cross the valley to the Jewish Quarter and enter the Herodian Mansions, the dwellings of the priestly families who served in the Temple. See evidence of First-Temple Jerusalem at the Broad Wall, as well as the Late Roman Cardo and the medieval synagogues.
Overnight in Jerusalem