In ancient times, Jerusalem was known internationally for its beauty and grandeur. Thanks to recent excavations, one can now walk the streets of Second Temple Jerusalem and be amazed by the splendor of recently excavated sites in the Central (Tyropoeon) Valley. The tour will walk through a section of the Second Temple drainage channel, at the foot of the Temple Mount, where the monumental foundations stones of the Western Wall are observable. From there the tour will climb and exit onto the magnificent road where the pilgrims to the Temple walked some two thousand years ago.
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel, and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum houses encyclopedic collections, with exhibits dating from prehistory to the present day including archaeology, fine arts, and Jewish art. The Israel Museum features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In just over fifty years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Israel Museum built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.
The tour bus will depart from Leonardo hotel at 17:30 PM. Guided tour in the Old City (2 hours), dinner, and guided night tour with lanterns on the Old City Walls.