This private tour of Jerusalem’s new city starts with a panoramic view across the city from Armon HaNetziv lookout point (Haas Promenade) in the East Talpiot neighborhood. In the distance, you can see the Judean Hills and Judean Desert to the south. The tour takes you into Jerusalem’s new city, through the most interesting neighborhoods.
On route see important landmarks such as the Knesset (Parliament Building) and the Supreme Court building. Drive through the up-market Rehavia neighborhood, and past the Ottoman-era First Station, now a converted shopping and dining complex. See the luxury King David Hotel, and get a glimpse of quaint neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s new city that tourists don’t usually see. Next, visit the Great Synagogue, which can accommodate up to 1,400 worshipers and holds a comprehensive collection of mezuzah cases.
The tour continues to Jerusalem’s Me’a She’arim neighborhood where ultra-orthodox residents still live by fundamental religious laws. The next stop is Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market where open-air stalls sell fresh produce, baked goods, meat, fish, and household items. The market eateries are known for their delicious cuisine and you can opt to stop here for lunch or a tasting menu.
Visit the Israel Museum, the country’s largest cultural institution, and a world leader in art and archaeology. On the museum campus is the Shrine of the Book that holds the Dead Sea Scrolls that date back to c.408BC, and are the oldest copy of the First Testament in existence. The complex has a scale replica of Jerusalem as it would have looked during the Second Temple Period.
The final stop on this private tour is the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Here you can see authentic artifacts, video testimonials from Holocaust survivors, historic photographs, and documents all presented in state-of-the-art exhibits.
Additional Options in the Area:
1. Ammunition Hill
2. Bible Lands Museum
3. Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
4. Tomb of King David on Mount Zion
5. Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the Old City walls
6. Tasting tour of Machane Yehuda Market
7. Knesset, the Knesset Menorah, and the Rose Garden
8. Supreme Court
9. Biblical Zoo
10. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
11. Ein Kerem
12. Mount Herzl
13. Israeli National Military Cemetery