Jerusalem is considered to be one of
the most spiritual and holy centres
of the world by three major religions:
Christianity, Judaism and Islam. During
its extensive and tumultuous history,
Jerusalem has been home to a number of
faiths and nationalities with an array of
awe-inspiring architecture, most of which
remains in remarkable condition. Explore
the bustling network of alleys and the
most striking religious architectural
landmarks in the city, accompanied by
expert archaeologist Dr Politis.
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Fly from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv with
British Airways. On arrival, transfer to Jerusalem
and stay 6 nights at the Prima Royale Hotel.
Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Begin today in the Christian quarter with an
exploration of the medieval citadel and Tower of
David Museum, a historical and archaeological
landmark of global significance. Walk along
the old city ramparts for stupendous views of
the city and to see how the local people still
live. Continue via Muristan to the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre, where access to the Ethiopian
monastery (Deir al-Sultan) on the church’s roof
has been arranged. First century fragments of
frescoes from the courtyard of the House of
Caiaphas on Mount Zion are some of the oldest
items in the collection. Walk along the Roman
/ Byzantine cardo to Damascus Gate before
touring the Garden Tomb. After lunch, take a
short drive to Bethlehem for an overview of
Shepherd’s Field and a visit to the Church of the
The rising hill to the east of the city is the Mount
of Olives, where you will start the day with a
panoramic view of Jerusalem. Continue to the
Russian Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalene
and its onion-shaped gilded domes. Visit the
Church of All Nations, famous for its striking rich
blue, green and gold mosaics that decorate the
12 domes. Continue to the Rockefeller Museum
that concentrates mainly on the archaeology of
the Holy Land, where you will see its collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. Enter the old city walls
from St Stephen’s Gate, today known as the
Lion’s Gate, followed by a walk to Herod’s Gate.
Continue to St Anne monastery, the Monastery
of the Flagellation and Ecce Homo Arch. Enter
the Temple Mount (subject to the discretion of
local officials). Here you will observe the Dome
of the Rock and the Dome of the Chain before
finally visiting the Marwani Musalla and Al-Aqsa
mosque from the outside. Finish the day with
tea at the historic American Colony Hotel. (B)
Start today’s tour on Mount Zion outside King
David’s Tomb, first identified in the 11th century
and later incorporated into a mosque in the
15th century. In the room above is the Hall of
the Last Supper, or Coenaculum, said to be the
location of Christ’s last supper with his disciples.
Continue to the Jewish quarter of the Old City
of Jerusalem to see the recently renovated, neo-
Byzantine Hurva synagogue. Walk to the Broad
Wall, assumed to be part of the fortifications
that were built by King Hezekiah in the eighth
century BC. It sits beneath the level of the street
and measures 7 metres thick and 65 metres
long. Proceed to the Wohl Archaeological
Museum in the Herodian quarter, via Batei
Makhase Square. This museum is famous for its
explicit evocation of how life was 2,000 years
ago. Visit the Burnt House, named after the
time when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem
in the first century. Continue to see the original
12th-century crusader walls of St Mary of the
Germans, followed by a visit to the colossal
Western Wall, Judaism’s most holy site, built by
Herod the Great. From here you will explore the impressive Western Wall tunnel to observe the
wall’s foundations and other ancient structures,
along with engaging displays on the layers
of history revealed by the tunnel. Head to the
Jerusalem Archaeological Park where you will
finish your day with a tour of the Davidson
Drive to Herodion, a truncated volcano-shaped
mound 11km south of Bethlehem. View the
palace and tomb of King Herod within the great
fortress. Drive to Jericho, thought to be one of
the oldest continuously occupied settlements in
the world. Visit Hisham’s Palace, an early Islamic
hunting lodge currently under excavation.
Continue to the Monastery of the Temptation,
the traditional site at which Christ was tempted
by the devil during his 40-day fast. (B)
Explore the New City of Jerusalem and visit
the Israel Museum, partly accompanied by the
curator, to see some of the most celebrated
collections of art and archaeology in the
country, including the complete interiors of
synagogues from Europe and India. In the
afternoon, proceed to one of the city’s most
celebrated landmarks, Jerusalem’s YMCA. Finish
the day with a visit to the raucous Machane
Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life as
you see Jerusalemites and the Israelis prepare
for Shabbat. In the evening there will be a
farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Tel Aviv airport for a return flight to London Heathrow
with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
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Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long
walks over hilly terrain and up steep steps and
therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr Konstantine Politis
is a Greek archaeologist
and published scholar
specialising in the early
early Islamic periods.
Educated in Greece, the United States,
Belgium and Britain, he has also worked at
the British Museum.
Located in the Talbieh neighbourhood of Jerusalem, the Prima Royale Hotel has an art gallery that hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary Israeli artists. The 133 rooms feature modern furnishings and contemporary design.
Hotel features: Restaurant, café-bar, roof terrace, art gallery
Room amenities: Tea & coffee making facilities, mini refrigerator, television, free wireless internet, hairdryer, air...
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