Day 1, Wednesday: Jerusalem – Inside the Old City Walls.
David’s Tomb – Eternal King of Israel. First stop is Mount Zion to view the tomb of Israel’s famous king. Jews have come here for centuries to recite psalms written by King David, whose life teaches many lessons about human nature. King David’s influence was so great that the first song that many children in Israel learn is written for him, and evokes that sense that his spirit is still with us today.
Old City Four Sephardic Synagogues: Located deep in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, these synagogues are hardly visible to the naked eye due to the need for secrecy during Muslim rule beginning in the late 1500’s. Restored to their magnificence in 1967, these synagogues shed light on ritual items used by the Sephardic Jewish community hundreds of years ago.
The Western Wall Tunnels Tour: Descend into these infamous tunnels that are enriched with thousands of years of history. These tunnels tell the story of the ancient Jews living during the period of the two temples. Stand on the original Roman Street from the times of Herod the Great and watch as the hidden layers of the Western Wall are revealed before your eyes.
Jerusalem Archaeological Gardens – Davidson Center: Here you can explore the rich and vibrant history of the temple mount, including a recent excavation of seventh century royal palaces. Hear the enthralling tales of some the most historically valued sites in Israel while standing only steps away from those very sites.
Tower of David Museum & Citadel: After a quick stop at the local Arab Bazaar, explore this one-of-a-kind museum where visitors travel back in time and walk through 4,000 years of Jerusalem’s beautiful history. Travel from the 1st Temple period to the 2nd Temple period in a matter of minutes and marvel at the many exhibits that feature the atmosphere of Jerusalem under its various rulers and periods of its history. Located next to the Jaffa gate, this is a must-see for any Jerusalem history buff. Overnight: Prima Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 2, Thursday: Jerusalem – The New City.
The Kotel (The Western Wall): Here stands one of the most sacred sites in all of Jerusalem; the remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. Jews come from all over the world to pray at the wall and feel its strong spiritual presence. While you’re here, write down your biggest wish and place it in the wall, following the tradition of thousands of years of the Jewish people who come here and pour their hearts out in prayer.
Israel Museum & Model of Jerusalem: Ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums, here guests are able to truly experience Israel’s rich artistic history. Explore Second Temple Judaism with the pre-destruction Temple model, or pursue the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book.
Mount Herzl Memorial & National Cemetery: Memorialize the political figures who built the modern State of Israel and the IDF soldiers who died fighting for its creation by visiting Mount Herzl, Jerusalem’s national cemetery. Hear powerful stories about brave soldiers who died in battle, and learn about the impact of Israel’s top political figures.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum: This museum presents the story of the Holocaust from a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, personal possessions, and survivor testimonies. The museum will help re-instill the powerful message that Holocaust museums all over the world embody: Never forget.
Ammunition Hill: Here you will learn about the lives of those who fought and died at the site of one of the fiercest battles fought during the 1967 Six Day War. Explore the heroic lives of the Israeli soldiers who gave their own lives for the victory and reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem. Overnight: Prima Hotel, Jerusalem.
Day 3, Friday: The Judean Desert – King Herrod's Fortress.
Masada Mountain Fortress & Cable Car: Ride up to the top of Masada and explore what remains of King Herod’s palace. You’ll be able to imagine what it was like to live there as you view the well preserved baths, cisterns, barracks, and more.
Dead Sea Float, Mud, & Lunch: Enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic spa day in this oasis of warm, buoyant water and mineral-rich mud in the middle of the Judean Wilderness. Read the paper while floating on the dense, salty water, and lather yourself with the nutrient-filled mud—an all-around luxurious day!
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