A Guide to the Best Experiences in Jerusalem
Visit the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem | © Rostislav Glinsky / Alamy Stock Photo
Jerusalem has some sights that are very much its own and some experiences that take a little more effort to discover. Culture Trip’s curated list of the city’s best tours and experiences take you to the very heart of Jerusalem.
With such a diverse culture at the centre of the city, Jerusalem has a number of unique things to do that you can’t find anywhere else. Foodies can taste some of the finest dishes in the world, while art lovers can dive head first into the vibrant culture of the city. Here’s our pick of the best experiences to try in Jerusalem.
ClassMiddle Eastern Cooking & Meal Over the Beautiful Judean Desert
Discover the unique tastes, flavours and spices of Middle Eastern cooking, especially the Yemenite foods that form part of the host’s heritage. Israela is a first-class cook who has been preparing traditional meals for guests from all over the world for over 30 years. You will also discover aspects of Yemenite culture such as the music and clothing, as well as the layout of a kosher kitchen. The class takes places in Israela’s beautiful home. Guests will enjoy their finished meal overlooking the breathtaking Judean Desert.
ToursGroup Tour of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market
The Open Machane Yehuda Tour draws from the abundance of the shuk, allowing participants a taste of the lively atmosphere. The tour winds through the colourful streets of the market and through its history, as the story of the neighbourhood and its famed marketplace unfolds. Learn about important Jerusalem families who have lived in the neighbourhood throughout the years, the development of the Machane Yehuda Market and the contemporary transformations within. During the tour, you will have the chance to stop and taste some of the offerings of the most interesting stands of the market. Speak with the merchants and hear some of the fascinating and fun stories that have become a part of the unique history of the Machane Yehuda community. The tour will also include a short excursion to Nachlaot neighbourhood, to tell the unique story of the neighbourhood. A short break will be held under the famous, and still fruitful, ‘berry tree’ mentioned in Yossi Banai’s song.
ToursJerusalem Graffiti & Street Art Tour
*The tour is subject to a minimum of participants to take place. If tour is cancelled because the minimum of participants is not met, we will contact you. Through the writing on the wall we will feel Israel today through the tensions between secular Jews and ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the complex Christian-Muslim relationships and so on. We will see Jerusalem behind the scenes, young and kicking. This is a rare opportunity to join an artistic adventure of another kind.
ToursJerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour
See Old Jerusalem’s holiest sites through Jewish, Christian and Muslim eyes on this revealing four-hour walking tour. Accompanied by an impartial guide, walk up to the Temple Mount to see its Islamic shrines and learn about its significance to Muslims and Jews. Then, check out landmarks revered in both Judaism and Christianity. See the Western Wall and King David’s Tomb, and visit the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Hall of the Last Supper, as your guide recounts the potent religious beliefs that swirl around each of them.
ToursJerusalem: Mount of Olives Tour
Experience the full religious force of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives on this enlightening three-hour tour. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the hallowed sites of this legendary mountain ridge east of Old Jerusalem, and uncover the religious beliefs, stories and events that give it such spiritual importance to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. Admire the spectacular views of the old city from the slopes; visit the atmospheric Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations; take in the ancient Jewish cemetery; and discover other treasures and noteworthy sites along the way.
ClassHummus Cooking Workshop in Jerusalem
Make your own healthy, tasty hummus in this fun cooking class! Join a relaxed evening with friends and other travellers, and immerse into the delicious local cuisine.