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3 Days in Jerusalem: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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The living home of the world’s three major religions, Jerusalem is also a vibrant city for outdoor sightseeing. Stroll along pedestrian walkways and streets lined with Ottoman architecture, past lively sidewalk restaurants, street vendors and outdoor markets. From the ancient Old City to the original City of David, Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Israeli West, you’ll discover a captivating mix of ancient and modern.

Day 1: The Old City

Settled 6,000 years ago, the City of David is one big archaeological site running south of Temple Mount. King David built his palace here, and Jesus and his disciples shared the Last Supper at a site nearby. The Old City is north of the City of David, and it’s here that you’ll get a shiver down the backbone as you walk through history. Old City highlights include the David Street souk for bargaining, the open-air market surrounding Damascus Gate in the Muslim Quarter, the preserved Roman and Byzantine road in the Jewish Quarter, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Day 2: Jerusalem’s Museums

With so much history and so many faiths, Jerusalem has more than five dozen museums and hundreds of historic sites to explore. Admire swirls of calligraphy at the institute for Islamic Art, the archeological discoveries of the British Mandate at the Rockefeller Museum, and imagine how life was lived in the days of Jesus at the Wohl Archaeological Museum. There are several moving museums devoted to the holocaust at Yad Vashem, and the wonderful Israel Museum combines art and archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and a fascinating model of old Jerusalem.

Day 3: Biblical Day Trips

Many visitors to Israel make the pilgrimage to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus, only 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Jerusalem. The Church of the Nativity is the focus, built on Manger Square over the grotto where Jesus was born. The parables and gospels come to life on a day trip to the Sea of Galilee, with its historic town of Tiberias. The tour also visits Nazareth in Israel’s north, the childhood home of Jesus and site of the Greek Church of the Annunciation.

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, null
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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Discover two of Israel's must-see sights on this memorable day trip from Jerusalem. You'll explore the legendary ruins of Masada and King Herod's palaces, and ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem

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Wonder at ancient Petra and other highlights of Jordan on this 2-day tour from Jerusalem with all meals, transport and overnight accommodation at a Bedouin ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Overnight Tours
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Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Visit the Holy Land sites of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on a day trip from Jerusalem. You'll journey across Israel’s coastal plains to explore the city of ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00
Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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Little Town of Bethlehem Half Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Take a half day tour from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, and discover the town famed as the birthplace of Jesus. Tracing the events of the Nativity, this ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Cultural Tours
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Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Experience the ancient and biblical treasures of Bethlehem and Jericho on this thought-provoking full-day trip from Jerusalem. Discover fascinating religious ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

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While you’re in Ashdod Port, visit the holy sites around Jerusalem and Bethlehem on this full-day shore excursion. After admiring views of Old Jerusalem from ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Jerusalem Full Day Tour, Jerusalem, Ports of Call Tours
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Jerusalem Full Day Tour

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Your tour starts with a breathtaking view from Mount of Olives, where you can bask in stunning panoramic views of the Holy City. This is followed up with a ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.00
Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Day Trips
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Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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Discover the roots of different religions and cultures on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. These ancient Holy Land towns will provide you ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Private Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip, Jerusalem, Cultural Tours
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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Private Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

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When your cruise ship docks at Ashdod Port, head out on a full-day tour and explore the historic holy towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem with a private guide. ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.59
Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour, Jerusalem, Ports of Call Tours
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Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour

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See Old Jerusalem’s holiest sites through Jewish, Christian and Muslim eyes on this revealing 4-hour walking tour. Accompanied by an impartial guide, walk up ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.75

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