[Sample itinerary from a recent Family Tour in Israel]
JERUSALEM OLD CITY
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
City of David – Hezekiah’s Tunnel – At the City of David, you’ll encounter fascinating archaeological discoveries from both the First and Second Temple periods. In Hezekiah’s tunnels, you’ll wade in the darkness through knee-deep water and learn about how King Hezekiah built this intricate system of tunnels in order to protect the freshwater Gihon Spring from the encroaching Assyrian forces.
Davidson Center – Impressive collection of archaeological discoveries from the First and Second Temple periods, including a drainage channel containing rare artifacts from the destruction of Jerusalem. The Center also houses a 3D model of ancient Jerusalem which allows visitors to imagine what it might have felt like to walk through the ancient walled city.
Lunch en route, on your own.
Jewish Quarter – Walking exploration of the rich history and culture of the Jewish people through the many fascinating historical, archaeological, and religious landmarks in the Old City, including the Cardo, the Broad Wall, the many synagogues and yeshivas, and the Western Wall.
The Western Wall (Kotel) – The holiest site in the world for the Jewish people, this section of wall is the sole remnant of the Second Temple. Jews come from all over the world to visit and pray at this holy site, and many choose to write a prayer on a slip of paper and leave it in the cracks of the wall.
Dinner on your own at the hotel or a local restaurant.