Jerusalem, a city known for its complicated history and present-day conflicts is more than just stories told over in history books and news. Contemporary Jerusalem has a beating pulse. It is a vibrant city made up from the variety of colorful and special people residing within it. Jerusalem has its own feel, buzz, smells – and tastes.
We set out together on a journey to discover New Jerusalem with a visit to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood outside of the city walls built at the end of the 19th century. It was populated by Jews seeking to establish better living conditions than the harsh ones within the walls. We will go on to tour the picturesque neighborhood of Yemin Moshe, and learn of the deeds of one of the most iconic Jewish philanthropists – Moshe Montefiore. We will stop by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament where we will discuss the political and other challenges Israel faced over time, as well as see the Knesset’s iconic menorah statue. We will then visit the Israel Museum, with its huge model of the city during the 2nd Temple period, and the Dead Sea Scrolls chamber. Depending on your interests, a more extensive tour of the museum is certainly possible – one can wander within it for days and still find more to see and learn! However, if you are getting hungry, perhaps it will be just the right time to head out to the Machne Yehuda open market. We will end this great day by satiating our senses with the colors, sounds, smells, and of course the flavors found at every stand in the market.
The itinerary is one of many optional itineraries that can be planned as a day tour in the New City. We at Aizen Travel offer highly customized tours, based on a continuous dialogue with our clients. We make it our priority to tailor-suit tours based on preferences, needs, budget, and interests, ensuring your New City experience will be perfect. Changes can also be made on-the-go as your day with the guide unfolds.