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How to Spend 3 Days in Jerusalem

How to Spend 3 Days in Jerusalem

Buried temples, traditional cultures, and vibrant cuisine make Jerusalem one of Israel’s most fascinating places, but it’s also a great starting point for visiting other sites. With three days in Jerusalem, you can cover the Israeli capital’s highlights and then swim in the Dead Sea, visit ancient cities, or check out desert scenery. Here’s how to plan.

 

Day 1: Begin Where It All Started

Kick off your first day in the city with a tour that covers key Old City Jerusalem landmarks, from the Western Wall to the Dome of the Rock. Visiting with a guide is a good way to understand  cultural practices that may need some interpretation. After a break for lunch, go underground to explore an even older section of Jerusalem. Touring the City of David, an active archaeological site, gives you a glimpse of discoveries from thousands of years ago. Alternatively, explore Old City neighborhoods, following narrow streets into each of the four traditional quarters: Armenian, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian.

Day 2: Go Beyond the Walls

Begin your second day with a delicious introduction to local culture. Head to Mahane Yehuda market for a tasting tour, with stops for strong coffee and sweet treats. Alternatively, take a food tour in one of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, linking up a series of family-owned shops, restaurants, and cafés as you learn about life in the city. In the afternoon, brush up on everything from contemporary artwork to archaeology at the Israel Museum, or visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center to see personal artifacts and exhibits. Book your admission and tours in advance online to save time.

Day 3: Day-Trip Destinations

Whether you’re most interested in ancient history, desert landscapes, or culture, Jerusalem is just a day trip away from some of Israel’s top attractions. Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Galilee are rich with Biblical sites, or you can head to the West Bank to learn about Palestinian communities. Trails and a cable car lead to the mountaintop archaeological site of Masada, and even the Jordanian site of Petra is within range. If you’re ready for desert scenery and relaxation, Dead Sea beaches are ideal for an afternoon of floating in the salty water; many tours feature access to private beaches. Combination tours allow you to sample a little bit of everything and be back in Jerusalem in time for dinner.

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from JerusalemDay Trips

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Combine a Masada tour and Dead Sea trip into one memorable full-day tour from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean desert by air-conditioned coach and pass the site of the famous New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan. Arrive at Masada and ride the cable car to the legendary mountaintop ruins of King Herod’s palaces. After a guided tour, drive to the Dead Sea. Relish the surreal Dead Sea floating experience and choose to take a therapeutic mud bath. Then, return to Jerusalem, passing the ancient city of Jericho on route.
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  • 9 hours
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Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from JerusalemDay Trips

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 this full-day guided tour from Jerusalem. Travel to the city of Nazareth, described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus. See popular Holy Land sites like the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. At the Sea of Galilee, see where Jesus performed miracles and walk the shores where he first taught his followers. Also, consider being baptized where Jesus was, in the Jordan River.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour

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Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world for Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike. Take this guided walking tour to better understand the city’s 4,000-year history and visit the important sites that make up its past. See Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located on the hill of Calvary, where Jesus was crucified and buried; and many more. Explore the fascinating history of this holy city.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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West Bank Tour from JerusalemDay Trips

West Bank Tour from Jerusalem

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Witness the world of the West Bank and explore its history and culture on this full-day guided tour from Jerusalem. See where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and where he was baptized in the Jordan River. Visit the town of Ramallah and see the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Stop at Jericho to see the oldest city in the world.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from JerusalemDay Trips

Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Experience the biblical cities of Bethlehem and Jericho on this full-day guided trip from Jerusalem. Travel through the Judean Desert to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. See the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the devil and the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus, the tax collector, climbed to get a better view of Jesus. In Bethlehem, see the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born, plus Manger Square, Shepherds' Field and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western WallDay Trips

Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall

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Get a panoramic look at the city of Jerusalem and visit some of its most well-known sites on this half-day tour. Look down on the city from atop the Mount of Olives, with a view of the Dome of the Rock, one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark. Visit Holy Land sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located where Jesus was crucified; and more. Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Machne Yehuda Tasting CardCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Machne Yehuda Tasting Card

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Explore Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market with the Bite Card — a culinary passport that takes in the most distinctive flavors of “The Shuk.” Follow a map of the market to sample rich sambusak and imaruly, savory pastries filled with spinach or cheese, and nibble aromatic Moroccan treats. Sip fresh juice, taste sizzling kebabs and sip fresh coffee with a locally-baked cookie. Discover the market at your own pace and immerse yourself in the scents and sights of Jerusalem’s most iconic market.
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Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from JerusalemDay Trips

Caeserea and Rosh Hanikra Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Explore Israel's ancient Roman cities and ports on this full-day guided tour from Jerusalem. See the ancient ruins and a large Roman theater in the town of Caesarea, and visit the Baha'i Gardens in the port city of Haifa. Travel back in time to a Crusader underground city in Acre and witness the spectacular Rosh Hanikra grottoes, a geologic formation on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 12 hours
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City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day TourFull-day Tours

City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day Tour

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Discover the City of David on this full-day tour of Jerusalem. Now an archaeological park, this region is home to ongoing excavations and artifacts that bring light to Bible stories. Get to see some of the archaeological activity firsthand after stops at the top the Mount of Olives, David’s Tomb and the Last Supper Room, and the Jewish Quarter, which you enter through Zion’s Gate (also known as David’s Gate). Jerusalem hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Skip the Line: Admission Ticket and Audio-Guide: The Israel Museum, JerusalemAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Admission Ticket and Audio-Guide: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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Skip long lines at the Israel Museum with pre-booked admission that includes parking and an audio guide. Pre-booking your Israel Museum tickets saves time upon arrival so you can get straight to exploring the Israel Museum’s fascinating exhibits, from the Dead Sea Scrolls to Jewish artifacts and works by modern artists.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 6 hours
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Skip the Line:1.5Hour AudioTour - Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line:1.5Hour AudioTour - Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center Ticket

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Visit Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and explore the moving exhibits at your own pace with admission to the museum and a self-guided audio tour. Using a pre-recorded audio guide, you’ll learn the personal stories behind the remarkable images and artifacts on display, with the flexibility to explore each one for as long as you want.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting TourFull-day Tours

Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour

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Taste your way through Jerusalem’s biggest outdoor market on a 3-hour, gourmet tour of Mahane Yehuda with a local guide. Have your lunch on the go as you visit a series of five market stalls for samples, and get an inside perspective on a foodie hotspot in the heart of Jerusalem.
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Petra Day Trip from JerusalemDay Trips

Petra Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Visit Petra on a full-day tour from Jerusalem by air that makes the most of your time in Israel. You’ll have four hours to explore Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was inhabited since pre-historic times, taking in cliff-carved temples, a Roman theater, and other Nabataean landmarks. This 16-hour tour includes plane tickets, entrance fees, a guided tour of the site, lunch, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Jerusalem.
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