7 Ways to Have the Best Vacation in Jerusalem
Seven is frequently regarded as a lucky number, particularly in Western society. It is, nonetheless, extremely auspicious in Jewish culture. Why? Seven denotes God’s creation of the world (six days for the physical, then a seventh day of rest – for Jews, this is the Sabbath).
Passover, the Jewish feast of liberation, lasts seven days. A rabbi will pronounce seven blessings under the Jewish wedding canopy, where the bride and groom stand. The seven species with which the land of Israel is blessed are mentioned in the Bible. The menorah (candelabrum), Israel’s national symbol, has seven branches! So, when it comes to arranging your dream vacation in Jerusalem, we thought we’d keep up the tradition and provide you seven suggestions to make it everything you wished for…
1. How long should I plan on staying? When is the best time to visit?
What is the best amount of time to spend in Jerusalem? So, how long does a piece of string usually last? No, truly, Jerusalem is remarkable, magical, and stunning to the point where some may claim that you might spend a lifetime there. But let’s assume you’re not planning on staying in Israel indefinitely, which means you’ll need to plan your itinerary around the amount of time you have available (factoring in places such as the Galilee, the Negev desert, the Golan Heights and – of course – the non-stop city of Tel Aviv).
We estimate that you’ll need at least two full days to see the key sights (the Old City’s infinite sites, the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, and Mahane Yehuda Market), but you’ll be on your feet all day and only scratch the surface of the city. Allow 3-5 days if you have extra time, as this will allow you to travel at a more leisurely pace and explore Bethlehem, or perhaps go on a day trip.
2. What kind of vacation should I go on?
How you travel is mostly determined by your budget and personality. Guided Jerusalem day excursions are great for anyone who does not want to travel alone or who does not want to deal with problems and inconvenience throughout their vacation. There’s a Jerusalem tour package to suit your needs, whether you’re interested in history, religion, or archaeology, and Israeli tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about everything that makes the country so fascinating.
However, traveling independently is simple and safe, and if and when you feel the need for companionship, you can always join a guided Jerusalem day trip. Because you’ll be landing at Ben Gurion Airport (approximately 40 minutes away), You will need to travel to Jerusalem on your own power (either by train or with an airport shuttle) if you are driving from Tel Aviv. Once you’ve arrived in the city, there are a variety of day tours available, including ones for art lovers at museums, foodies in Mahane Yehuda Market, and history fans within the Old City’s ancient walls.
3. Is a Visa Required? What Happens If I Lose My Driver’s License?
No visa is necessary for a huge number of tourists, and you will be granted a 90-day stay at Ben Gurion Airport. You will need to apply for a visa if you are not one of the lucky people protected by this Exemption Agreement. In Foreign Ministry website has more information on the subject.
Renting a car is simple and inexpensive; all you need is a valid driver’s license and your passport to get started. Just keep in mind that the driving may be a little more ‘chaotic’ than you’re used to.
4. Should I reserve a hotel or a hostel?
Jerusalem has a plethora of lodging options, ranging from the budget-friendly to the extravagant. It goes without saying that a large part of this decision is based on financial considerations (and, no, we’re sorry, but staying in Jerusalem is pricey no matter how you slice it). There are, however, a plethora of modest motels and apartments to rent that are both clean and cozy.
The Agron Hostel, located between central Jerusalem and beautiful Rehavia, is a good option if you want seclusion but still want to be comfortable. The Austrian Hospice (managed by monks and nuns) is likewise located on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, and its terracing offers spectacular views.
5. What’s the best way for me to fit in as much as possible?
Jerusalem is a city with a lot to see both inside and outside the walls of the Old City. You don’t want to miss the ‘classic’ attractions, such as the Western (Wailing) Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, not to mention the surrounding Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and perhaps a tour of the city’s underground tunnels, whether you have two days or twenty! Fortunately for you, we’ve already done the legwork and created a list of the city’s most popular activities and tours.
While we’re on the subject, travelers should visit the city’s museums and art galleries, as well as take a stroll around some of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods (tranquil Ein Kerem, bustling, lively Nachlaot, and the trendy German Colony). Combining Jerusalem with other sights is another way to approach it. A 10-day classic tour to Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Northern israel is a memorable experience. Or, for pilgrims, why not take a package tour?
If you want to be alone while exploring with one of our knowledgeable guides, book one of our Jerusalem private tours, which may be tailored to your particular needs. Many people have never heard of Jerusalem’s landmarks, such as Marc Chagall’s beautiful stained glass windows at the Hadassah Hospital. They are a must-see for every modern art aficionado, with their stunning color and each window showing one of Israel’s twelve tribes.
The Museum of Islamic Art, located near Katamon, is another hidden gem that is often ignored. It tells the story of Islamic art from the beginning, with antique Quran pages, pottery, glass, and luxury items like jewelry and ornaments.
6. What Should I Read in Order to Prepare?
Before a trip, there are usually a slew of questions to be answered. Get some fantastic travel tips and ideas for your next trip from our blog, as well as additional travel inspiration.
7. Is It Risky?
Many travelers who are visiting Israel for the first time are apprehensive. We’re delighted to allay your anxieties by assuring you that traveling in Jerusalem is extremely secure (but if you wish to walk near Mea Shearim or the city’s eastern outskirts, you might want to hire a guide). Walking the streets is extremely secure, but if you want a little more comfort, there are many of day trips available.
Public transportation is both inexpensive and efficient, and it is a great way to get around.