The Old City of Jerusalem is chock-full of surprises! With four different quarters assigned to the Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Armenians, the city is a mix of cultures and traditions from all around the world.
No tourist comes to Jerusalem without going to the Old City at least once. For many who have extra time, they go over and over again, but many dont venture through the alleyways that lead to the various communities that make the Old City what it is today. Thats what were going to do on this tour!
Your Jerusalem tour will go through all four quarters, exploring local life. Well learn about their cultures and traditions, and try a mix of sweet and savoury delights inspired by the different cultures.
In the Muslim Quarter, well visit the Small Western Wall, where you can pray privately without the crowds of the larger and more famous Western Wall. Well also visit a Saaleek coffee shop for a nice breakfast of hummus, kaek and tea. (Saaleek were basically tramps who wandered from city to city, and were mostly poets and authors.) From there, well head to the market and try a traditional Arabic dessert, washed down, of course, with strong Arabic coffee.
Next up, our Jerusalem tour will lead us to the Christian Quarter, going through the Coptic community and down to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where youll get a glimpse of the various protocols governing the Church by the different Christian sects.
In the Jewish Quarter, well walk through archways, passing through residential areas housing Christian Assyrians and Armenians. If were lucky on a Monday or Thursday, we might even witness a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and visit the Four Sephardic Synagogues.
And just when you thought you wont be able to eat any more, well head to the Armenian Quarter and sit in a restaurant for a well-deserved rest, and dig into authentic Armenian pizza, called lahmajoun.
Lastly, with a trip through the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, our tour will end at the New Gate.