Jerusalem: One of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem was named as “Urusalima” on ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, probably meaning “City of Shalem” after a Canaanite deity, during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BCE). During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
1. Visit to Haram Esh-Shareef sanctuary and prayer at the Aqsa Mosque and Dome of The Rock (for Muslims).
2. stroll through the Old City markets to the Holy Sepulchre Church, traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
3. Jaffa Gate and David’s Citadel, Dormition Church, the Armenian Quarter, Jerusalem wall and gates
4. Visit to Mount of Olives with its maqams and churches. Walk traditional Palm Sunday route to Dominoes Flevit Church (where Jesus wept over city of Jerusalem) and the Garden of Gethsemane.
5. Tour the Silwan neighborhood to explore the archaeological site.