Every city in this world has its own story to tell the world. Some of the cities make their place in the long-lasting history of mankind. Art, culture, literature, heritage, and all these things make a city enriched. For travelers around the world, visiting old cities and getting familiar with the culture and history is not a new thing. The ancient city of Jerusalem has attracted visitors for decades for its enriched history, culture and is considered a holy city for the people of all religious beliefs. People wanting to make a Jerusalem tour soon, here is a travel guide that will help to explore the city and its vast history.
Jerusalem is located in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, situated in the Middle East. It is the capital of Israel. Monuments, historical buildings, sculptures, arts, various religious beliefs make Jerusalem a city of wonders and is a world heritage site since 1981.
For a tour in Jerusalem, first, you have to land in the Tel Aviv International Airport Israel. There are no airports in Jerusalem. After landing there, you have to get on a bus. There are only two buses from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. You can take the 480 bus from Arlozorof train station, which is in the north of Tel Aviv. You can also take the 405 bus from the Central Bus Station, which is in the south of Tel Aviv. Both of these head directly to Jerusalem bus station. Both the 480 and 405 bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem cost NIS (Israel currency) 18 for a one-way trip.
After reaching Jerusalem, you will find many hotels to stay in. There are 5-star hotels as well as hotels at affordable prices. To plan your tour and hotel booking services, visit the website: elijahtours.com/destinations/jerusalem-city-travel-daily-tour/
Jerusalem, although being an ancient city, has museums, memorials, sculptures, galleries, and markets to visit. Moreover, there is Cafe, bars, and restaurants are there to which highlight the culture of the city in spices and tastes.
In the southeastern part of the old city, Temple Mount, or as the locals say, Al Haram Ash Sharif is one of the few places on earth that are as religiously significant as it. Temple mount is revered by Jews as the location of the First and Second Temples.
Two of Islam’s most significant buildings- Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located here as well. Entry to the mosque is prohibited for non-Muslims, but all visitors can walk around the premises. The Dome of the Rock is one of the significant works of Islamic architecture. Its interior is decorated with marble stones and contains Quran inscriptions.
The Christian Quarter in the old part of the city is commonly believed as Christ’s crucifixion site by the Christians. Here you can find continuous chime of church bells, narrow streets, and tall buildings. It is home to many Christian residents. The Quarter’s signature attraction is its “Church of the Holy Sepulchre”, this place is believed to be the crucifixion place of Christ.
The Jewish Quarter holds massive stone blocks of the Western Wall. The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites of Judaism. This is an important place of worship for the Jews. It is believed that the wall once supported the Second Temple. The Muslim Quarter is situated at the Damascus Gate on East Jerusalem. Here destroyed monuments, palaces and artifact buildings can be found.
The Yehuda Market is another attracting place in Jerusalem. It is an open-air market filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Tea leaves, cheese, spices, bread, and pastries can be bought at the cheapest rates here. The Israel Museum is the center of art, culture, literature, and ancient history.
It fulfills the thirst of a traveler of knowing Jerusalem’s history in deep. Jerusalem private tour will be incomplete without visiting the western edge of the city, The Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem is a memorial site that holds sad memories. Over five million Jews were killed here in the Holocaust. It commemorates the memories of the lives that were lost.
Tasty food makes a traveler’s Private tour in Jerusalem more enjoyable. The price is cheap, and the quality of the food is amazing. To start with, Baklava, famous street food in Jerusalem is made by Shawar Bakery & Patisserie. This hundred-year-old bakery can be found in the Christian quarter of the old city. The second one is Hummus, a famous sweet dish to relish for sweet lovers. The third one on the list is Jerusalem bagels. It is always covered in sesame seeds and is eaten by dipping into olive oil or hummus.
Another mouth-watering dish is Halva, a dense sweet dish that is mostly found in the old part of the city. All types of Shawarma like lamb, chicken, and beef, are found all over Jerusalem. Machneyuda is one of the best restaurants in Jerusalem, located in the Yehuda market place. It is famous for its dessert items mostly. Another famous dish of Jerusalem is called Kanafeh. It is a Middle Eastern cheese pastry that’s soaked in sugar syrup.
April-May and September-November are the best time to visit Jerusalem when it is spring or summer. Spring and autumn season are comforting for travelers and remain less crowded at that time. In winter, the temperature moves down, and the weather remains harsh. For the private tour in Jerusalem, there are things that you must need in your packing list including:
Walking shoes- It is better to explore the city on foot rather than a taxi.
A headscarf- Inside some religious buildings, women need to cover their heads properly.
Long trousers- Trousers are needed to visit mosques as shorts are not allowed inside.
Long skirts- Mini-skirts are prohibited inside mosques for girls. So, you need to wear long skirts.
A Private tour in Jerusalem is enjoyable and provides a lifetime experience. The city is very different from what people are used to seeing in the news; it has a lot to offer, and it will be a stupendous journey for you!