Like a suitcase bursting at the seams, Jerusalem stuffs historical thrall and religious intrigue in with a burgeoning culinary scene and a blossoming, albeit complex, cultural dynamic.
Perfect forFamilies | Foodies | Intellectuals | Romantics | Soul Searchers
When to goDecember-February | March-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
5 Days: Essential Jerusalem
Steeped in religious history, Jerusalem can take on different meaning for different travelers. Indagare can craft a customized itinerary that balances guided tours with special experiences of Jerusalem’s rich culture. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day 1-2: Old City Tours
Begin your stay in this ancient city with a visit to Mount Zion, the Tomb of King David. Then, take a guided tour of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross to the crucifixion and burial place of Jesus. In the afternoon, we recommend a special Indagare tour of Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born. Otherwise, take a food tour of the Old City, featuring such hidden culinary gems as a tahini factory in the back of a convenience store.
Day 3: The Dead Sea
This morning, tour the Israel Museum, which is one of the most comprehensive encyclopedic museums in the world, housing treasures in archeology, Jewish world culture and the fine arts. The museum’s main attraction is the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Biblical manuscripts in existence. After lunch, take a short drive to a beach club on the Dead Sea, which sits at the lowest point on earth.
Day 4-5: Yad Vashem and more
Visit Yad Vashem and tour the memorial dedicated to the Holocaust. Then, take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Mahane Yehuda open-air market with a culinary expert, who will take you on a special food tour for lunch. You can also drive with a guide through the Judean Desert to the mountaintop fortress of Masada, or go on an archaeological tour that includes the Western Wall and its tunnels, before shopping in New City.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
Located just around the corner from the Mamilla Hotel and David Citadel, the Waldorf offers an updated alternative to the historic King David.
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The King David Hotel
Jerusalem’s grande dame property, ideally located right outside the gates of the Old City, is adored by savvy travelers and visiting dignitaries.