Jerusalem, Israel
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Expand your sightseeing beyond Old Jerusalem on a 3-hour walking tour outside the city walls. Follow in the footsteps of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim families who moved outside the Old City in the 19th century, bravely living outside the walls’ protection. See the streets and monuments that first sprang up, learn how the communities lived together, and visit the Machane Yehuda market to see its food stalls and taste local specialities.
  • 3-hour walking tour outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls
  • Learn how Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities moved outside the Old City during the 1800s
  • Explore the original buildings of the area, including an Ethiopian church and Russian compound
  • Walk along some of the oldest streets and learn about their development
  • Visit the famous Machane Yehuda food market and taste some sweet and savory delicacies
  • Food tastings included
  • Small group of 12 travelers or fewer
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 12 near the New Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City walls. Then, begin your walking tour as your guide offers background on how and why Jerusalem developed outside the Old City in the 19th century.

Hear how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim peoples — for whom there was no more space within the Old City — dared to move outside the walls, bravely creating new lives beyond the protection of the ramparts, whose seven gates were closed at sunset each day to keep inhabitants safe. Learn, too, how Jerusalem drew British, French, Italians, Russians, Germans, Spaniards and Ethiopians, all of whom pushed for influence and control, but lived for a time in harmony and peace.

Stroll down streets past old stone mansions, and discover, how, as the communities developed, their different religions and cultures collided.

See monuments constructed to withstand bullets, bombs, and earthquakes, and view a Russian compound dating from the 1860s. Learn how it originally accommodated Russian pilgrims who came here after World War I, and see its green-domed Orthodox Church, former prison, and old police station.

Check out a lovely Ethiopian Church designed by the 19th-century German protestant architect Conrad Schick. Learn how Schick planned other important buildings on the same street, including his own home, Tabor House, one of Jerusalem’s most beautiful residences.

Afterward, delve into the Machane Yehuda market, established in the late 19th century. Explore the alleyways of fruit, vegetable, spices, nuts, bakery, and other stalls, and absorb the noise, color, and bustle. Visit various stalls to sample some delicious sweet and savory delicacies, and learn about the wares for sale.

After three hours, your tour concludes here, leaving you free to explore further or head back with directions from your guide.


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, May 2018

I was the only participant in this excellent tour led by David, a former University professor, who is a Palestinian refugee. He and his family
have lived within the Old City for 5 generations and the in-depth knowledge of not only historical places, but of his neighbors and fellow
Israelis made this a tour that completed a picture of Jerusalem-not just the Old City, as most tourists focus on, but the rich history
beyond the walls. Reading the blue plaques on historical buildings gives one an overview, but unless you hear the depth of history with
a guide, such as David, you leave with only a surface understanding of the events the people and the countries that culminated in
this fascinating city. Hopefully, more visitors take advantage of walking beyond the walls of Jerusalem, with David.

, Dec 2017

I very enjoyed the tour, because it was a perfect combination of cultural aspects and a very relaxing and tasty trip through the market. Dalia the guide was very keen on showing me the best stands and bites of the market!

, Sep 2017

An awesome tour.

, Jun 2017

Our guide now friend Uriel is excellent he is young, and he knows the territory, interesting details and side notes, and is very engaging and enthusiastic. We were fortunate to be a group of two, essentially a private tour, and spent a full three hours walking the neighborhoods outside the Old City walls, ending at the Machane Yehudi market for a refreshing respite and tour end. Granted there is much to see in Jerusalem, still we recommend that visitors take the time to explore Beyond the Walls.... and request Uriel if he is available.

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