The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 8, Girl age 3, & Boy age 2.
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Description: The Old City of Jerusalem offers many historic locations and biblical attractions for visitors to see and experience. Visit the Western Wall, experience a walk along the Cardo, see the Herodian Mansions, and explore the Western Wall Tunnels. A must visit regardless of your religion, the history of this area is rich and fascinating for all ages. Other attractions include the Zion Gate, the Ramban Synagogue which is over 700 years old, and Batei Machsa Square.
Our Experiences: We spent the bulk of our time in the Jewish Quarter. The history of the Jewish quarter in the old city is incredible. The grown ups in our group really enjoyed the tour, and the historic structures are incredible. We also saw shops, cafes, and other modern amenities as well. The hidden alleyways and cobblestone streets were fun to explore for all ages in our group, and the kids enjoyed all of the history that they found. This would be a great choice for kids who are more serious, but all kids will like touring the Old City and learning about the past in exciting new ways.
Address: Nr. Ophel Rd., Silwan, Jerusalem
Phone: 00972 2 626 8700
Hours: Open Sunday through Friday, closed Saturdays and on National Holidays. Summer hours are 8am to 7pm except on Friday, which are 8am to 3 pm. Winter hours are 8am to 5pm except on Friday, which are 8am to 1 pm.
Admission: 25 NIS for park entrance fee, a movie and guided tour costs 60 NIS
Description: Hezekiah’s Tunnel is considered a feat of engineering that is amazing, and it is a 1,500 foot long tunnel that was created in 710 BCE. The tunnel was built on the orders of King Hezekiah, and it was designed to protect the Gihon Spring that provided the water for the city of Jerusalem. There is an ancient Hebrew script in the tunnel that describes the creation of the waterway, and it details how two teams started at the opposite ends and then worked towards each other until meeting in the middle.
Our Experiences: All of our kids loved the tunnels, from the toddler to the teens, and the grownups also had a great time on the tour as well. Today the tunnel is a tourist site that is well developed but the experience is still a fun adventure for most families. Make sure to rent a flashlight for 4 NIS (or bring your own) before entering the tunnel because it is long, narrow, and pitch black. The level of the water varies and it is icy cold no matter what season you visit in, and at times it can reach the thigh of an adult so it may be much higher than this on younger kids. The tour takes 45 minutes to complete, and this is not a place for anyone who is claustrophobic or afraid of the dark. Everyone in our family highly recommends Hezekiah’s Tunnel for families who like adventure and excitement along with history. If your kids are not afraid of the dark and adventurous, this approx 45 min walk is loads of fun.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips