Old City of Jerusalem Essential Tour

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Basic Information
Total time
2 h 30 min
English (check the calendar)
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Meeting point
"I love Jerusalem" sign at the Tzahal Square - end of the Jaffa Street near the Old City. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella.Go to map
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If we had to choose the most important city in the world, what would it be? A capital of a great empire, like London, Paris, New York or Beijing? Perhaps, but to over half of the world’s population it has to be Jerusalem. The most important city for the Jews and the Christians, and considered to be the third most significant site for the Muslims, the city is so charged with history, meaning and symbolics that it often ignites the unfortunate human tendency for conflict. Today it is placed in a vulnerable limbo between the Israeli and Palestinian claims, fascinating with its iconic monuments and atmosphere swathed in myth.

The history of the Old City of Jerusalem is rich and complex, spanning over 3,000 years. Originally inhabited by the Canaanites, the city was conquered by King David in the 10th century BCE and later became the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. The city was subsequently conquered by numerous other empires, including the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans, each of which left their own indelible mark on the city’s history and culture. Today, the Old City is home to some of the most significant religious and historical sites in the world, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

On this tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, visitors will have the opportunity to explore all four quarters of the city and experience the rich history and culture of each. In this tour we will walk through parts of the Armenian Quarter, where visitors can explore the rich history and culture of the Armenian people and the Armenian Orthodox Church. From there, visitors will proceed to the Jewish Quarter, home to numerous historical and religious sites, including the Western Wall and the Hurva Synagogue. Next, visitors will touch on the Muslim presence in the city, viewing the Golden Dome of the rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and explore the Christian Quarter, with the most important site of Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified and buried. This tour of the Old City of Jerusalem is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave visitors with a deep appreciation for the city’s rich history and cultural significance.

On this tour, we will see and visit:

  • The Jaffa Gate

  • The Tower of David

  • The Armenian Quarter

  • The Jewish Quarter

  • The Western Wall

  • The Christian Quarter

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre from the outside

The tour ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


Meeting Point
"I love Jerusalem" sign at the Tzahal Square - end of the Jaffa Street near the Old City. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 5 people on them. If you travel in a party of 6 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Excellent tour of the Old City!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
6 months ago

I highly recommend visiting Jerusalem with Tzachi Samiya. He was clearly an expert not just in the history but also in today’s goings ons, showing and teaching us about the big hits but also several hidden gems. He was extremely generous with his time and happy to adapt the tour based on our interests.


Insightful Old city and Christian tour of Jerusalem with Seth

Rated 4.0 out of 5
7 months ago

Seth has great knowledge and thoughtfully prepared visuals to aid our understanding of the history. He also gave us understanding of the modern day life in the old city. He is both passionate and knowledgeable about history. I found him very amicable and patient with all the questions.

Jackie Aveling

Old City and Christian Jerusalem

Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 months ago

A very thorough introduction from the kind David. I did the Old City Tour and it was so nice I decided for the Christian walk too. Thanks


Aviel is the best

Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 months ago

Aviel gave us the most sincere and detailed introduction to Christian sites in Jerusalem we could have hoped for. It all just clicked. Plus he was just the nicest chap to chat with. Thanks!


Amazing tour of old Jerusalem

Rated 5.0 out of 5
8 months ago

We had a pleasure to have a walking tour of the Old Jerusalem with Tzachi Samiya. It wlas an amazing tour. We had a big grouo with us and everyone had enjoyed it. Tzachi had no proboem keeping everyone’s attention. His stories were captivating. He covered all aspects of the city: history, religion, and division. We went through Armenian, Christian, Jewishand Arab sections of the Old City. The tour actually ended up being a lot longer than 2.5hrs. We had a big group of people of different ages and we all learned a lot and enjoyed it


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