In researching our upcoming trip to Jerusalem, I've noted that some sites offer guided tours in English, but they have to be reserved in advance. So, in order to do that, it's gotten me thinking about how we might spend our days in Jerusalem, so we can book those tours in advance. Here are the tours that I've found that need to be reserved in advance:
Western Wall Tunnel Tour
Archaeological Park & virtual reconstruction model
Are there others that I should be aware of?
In planning our days, I want to book these tours, but also allow plenty of time for walking around and soaking in "Jerusalem". There is also the Israel Music Festival - we'll want to take this in during the evenings. The schedule will be on line in April.
I'd appeciate any comments on the following very rough plan -
1. Monday, June 9th, Shavuot
Shavuot sunrise- walking with thousands of people to the Western Wall. We are so excited to start our time in Jerusalem with this experience!
Since this is a holiday & also our first day in Jerusalem, any suggestions for the day?
Tuesday, June 10th
Yad Vashem English tour at 11:00. get there before to sign up.
Take the tour of the Herzl Museum – advance booking advised.
Israel Museum open from 4 p.m. – 9p.m. (we might catch this later in the week)
Wednesday, June 11th
Private guide in the Old City
Thursday, June 12th
Private guide in the Old City and another neighborhood
Friday, June 13th
Ticho House Friday morning concert at 11:00. A good place for lunch afterwards. Can also walk to the market at Mahane Yehuda afterwards.
At sundown, be at the Kotel
Shabbat: possibly attend Kehillat Shira Hadasha http://www.geocities.com/shira_hadasha/
Saturday, June 14th
Israel Museum. The Old City is open. Neighborhoods to walk in on Shabbat: someone on this forum suggested "Lots of people go to the Tayelet (Hass Promenade) and various parks on Saturdays. There are great parks in Jerusalem - great place to eat, play games, do people-watching... Yemin Moshe is also a nice place to walk."
Sunday, June 15th
Knesset, must book English tour in advance
Supreme Court tour in English at noon. Daily. Free but arrive by 11:45 for security checks.
Could combine with Israel Museum or Bible Lands.
Monday, June 16th
These two tours must be reserved in advance:
Western Wall Tunnel Tour
Jerusalem Archaeological Park
Free afternoon concerts at the Jerusalem Theater – recorded live at 5 p.m. for the Voice of Music. Tickets distributed from 4 p.m. on a first come first served basis.
Tuesday, June 17th
Last day! Leave open for whatever