Day 7: Jerusalem
Today we begin after breakfast with a magnificent view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down to the Kidron Valley and enter the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, where we will view the Basilica of Agony. In this area are the oldest olive trees in the Holy Land, dating back to ancient times – a living witness to Jesus’ arrest by the Romans.
We continue along the Kidron Valley, viewing the Tomb of Zachariah as well as the Tomb of Absalom – King David’s son. We will enter the Old City via the Dung Gate, then proceed to the Wailing Wall – the remnant of Solomon’s Temple, the holiest Jewish site – and touch its ancient stones.
We will ascend the Temple Mount where we will view the dome of the Rock. We will continue to the famous Tunnels from the Hasmoni era and out to the Via Dolorosa and the Arab Market – the Shulk, with is hundreds of stories selling many types of artifacts. We will visit the Holy Sepulchre – the largest Church in Jerusalem.
We then move onto the Jewish Quarter where we will see the renovated Cardo and its excavations. We will visit the Calaphas’ House where Jesus was kept. We end the day with dinner and an overnight stay in Jerusalem.