Depending on the client's interest, the tour can have a Christian or a Jewish emphasis.
Day 1The tour will begin with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives of the Temple Mount, the Golden (or Mercy) Gate, Mount Zion, and the valley of Jehoshaphat.
Groups with a Christian orientation will walk down the hill towards the Kidron Valley and Gethsemane, visiting the Church of Dominus Flevit on the way. We will visit the site of the Bethesda pool and follow the Via Dolorosa, by the eastern market, to the Holy Sepulcher, stopping at the Lithostrotos-Ecce Homo.
Groups with Jewish interests will go directly from Mount of Olives to the Western Wall to visit the Southern Wall and Chulda gates, walking on the original steps where Jews entered the temple over two thousand years ago. We will visit the Davidson Center and the excavations of the southern part of the Western Wall where, among other things, we will have the opportunity to walk on the road constructed during Herod's time as well as view a mikveh – a ritual bath used before entering the temple.
Both groups will tour the Western Wall Tunnels, where the whole length of the Western Wall has been exposed, including a bus-sized cornerstone weighing 570 tons, stopping right across from the Holy of Holies, the most sacred site for traditional Judaism. We will then go through the colorful market to the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem.
Day 2: We will visit Mount Zion and David's tomb, the Last Supper room, and Schindler's grave. Additional options include the new city of Jerusalem, with the spectacular design of the Supreme Court building; the Holocaust museum Yad-Vashem; and various Jerusalem neighborhoods.
In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to Domaine du Castel in Yad Shmona at the Judean Hills, one of most picturesque wineries in Israel with quality wines to match. Its wines were chosen as wines of the month by Decanter magazine, and Wine Advocate rated all its wines 90-93.
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