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The 'Heavenly' Jerusalem

A walk along Jerusalem's Ramparts and a tour of the Quarters of the Old City

 
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The sages of old spoke of two Jerusalems; a Jerusalem of 'above', a heavenly Jerusalem, and a Jerusalem of 'below', earthly Jerusalem. This tour works on many levels too, first we will experience the 4 quarters of Jerusalem from above, from the ramparts of the Old City. With expert knowledge of the history of the town you shall see Jerusalem throuh the eyes of all its inhabitants throughout the ages. Then we shall go on a Spiritual Journey to the Holy Sites of 3 religions.
We shall follow the journey of pilgrims throughout the ages and walk up the via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We shall also follow the older route of pilgrims to the Temple Mount, holy to both Jews and Muslims.
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  Itinerary:
We will start at the Jaffa Gate and gain an overview of the History of Jerusalem by walking around the Ramparts of the City up to the Lions Gate.
Next we will follow in the foot steps of the Pilgrims down the via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
We will then go through the Arab Shuk to the Jewish Quarter where here will be an overview of the Temple Mount.
We will end with a visit to the Western Wall and lunch.
  Where and When:
Meet up location: Inside Jaffa Gate Plaza (Omar Ibn Al Khattab st.) outside the Tourist Information center.
I can meet you at your Hotel if preferred.
End location: I can either accompany you to your hotel / a taxi to your hotel or we can finish for lunch in the Jewish Quarter Plaza where there are many fine restaurants and cafes and plenty of museums for your afternoon activities.
Duration: 4 hours
Winter: The Ramparts walk will be slippery in wet weather and may be cancelled.
Summer: The Ramparts walk CANNOT be done at noon, its too hot, it must start in the morning or past mid afternoon.
The Christian Part of the Tour cannot be done on Sunday or on a Holy Day.
Any tour to the Muslim quarter cannot be done on a Friday or Muslim Holy Day (the western ramparts are closed on Friday).
The Jewish Quarter section of this Tour cannot be done on certain special 'Hol HaMoed' days.
  Restrictions:
As a religious Jew I cannot work on holy days and I have mild restrictions for my Church visits. I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your car /I can arrange for a separate car & driver. I am not permitted to guide in certain areas due to legality.
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TOUR PRICE:  (duration 4 hours)
250 USD (for up to 10 people)
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  Estimated Local Cash Needed:
124 Shekels - The entrance fee to the Ramparts is 14 shekels.
The entrance fee to the roof of Aish HaTorah (the best vantage point in the City) is 10 shekels.
Lunch and taxis are typically 100 shekels, depending on where you eat and where you're coming from it may be more or less.
  What's Included:
My Services as a licensed Tour Guide.
A shopping break in the Arab Shuk.
A 2 hour walk of the Ramparts of the Old City
A 30 minute Walk up the Via Dolorosa and visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Guiding will take place in front of the Church)
A Walk to the Jewish Quarter and Coffee Break
An overview of the Temple Mount, the Mosque of El Aksa and Dome of Omar.
A Visit to the Kotel
We will end at lunch time in the Jewish Quarter.
  What's Extra:
The tour participant is responsible to bring their own water (1 liter minimum) and all other relevant items like a hat and sunscreen.
I would recommend experiencing Middle Eastern Food, buying lunch in the Jewish Quarter at one of the many fantastic eateries. For something a little bit special I can recommend a meal in the new Mamilla development or one of the fantastic restuarants in Yemin Moshe.
Additional spending money for snack and souvenirs in the shuk is also recommended.
  Details:
Tour #: 20330
Tour Type: City, Cultural
Transportation Method: The Tour itself is a Walking Tour, the steps can be slippery, please wear sensible shoes.
To get to the old city and the start of the tour, you can use a taxi or, depending on the location of your hotel, use the bus, tram (if its working by the time you arrive!) or walk.
Activity Level: Moderate
Friendly: No.
You must be able to climb many steps that may be a little bit slippery.
Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for mature teenagers or kids who are history enthusiasts.
Language(s): Spanish (basic), Hebrew (advanced), French (basic), English (fluent) explanation
Maximum travelers: 10
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