A Jerusalem holiday leaves your senses tickled, your heart transformed and (just maybe) your pants a little more snug. The city is spilling over with powerful places, from the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum to the Israel Museum. Walking through the Old City you might forget which century you’re in—don’t worry, your smartphone still works. But packages to Jerusalem also open up the world of the New City, where modern cafes and colourful markets lure you to spend the cash you were saving for falafel takeaway. It’s all for the best; the other passengers on your flight home may not appreciate their flavourful waft, anyhow (spoilsports).
It’s true: A holiday in Jerusalem is bound to be a moving experience. But while the city is revered by three of the world’s major religions and all but covered with sacred relics, there’s nothing wrong with adding a dash of fun to your pilgrimage. For example, after a morning at the Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall), visit the Arab Quarter and navigate narrow cobblestone streets to pick up snazzy souvenirs from vendors. Go see the Dome of the Rock, a feat of architecture and hallowed ground for Jewish and Muslim people, then get your sample on at the Machane Yehuda Market. The market’s bite card is a must-buy. No, you shouldn’t expect a sultry nibble on the ear; this card lets you taste the best of vendor’s fare—one bite at a time.
OK, you really want to put your trivia team to shame when you get home? Trek your way through the City of David, an archaeological site and the venue of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Heads up: The tunnel leaves you waist-deep in water. Don’t wear your expensive trousers.
You’ll want to take a bit of Jerusalem home with you, and a piece the Western Wall is out of the question. Stick to the boutiques, malls and antiquities dealers throughout the city. The Jerusalem Mall is not exactly in the city centre, but a trip here can mean some new duds and an afternoon at the movies. Back in the heart of town, places like Alan Baidun’s well-known shop sell quality antiques (with export papers, to boot). Some local designers have set up their own retail spaces, so pick up this year’s flowy runway dresses or sharp shirts.
The food in Jerusalem will have you bowing your head in thanks, and it’s not just about the falafel (gasp!). Yes, the pickled veggies and fries you’ll find in the city’s falafel make it pop. But a food tour of this holy city should also include knafeh (dough with melted goat cheese and sweet rosewater…drool) and fantastic challah bread.
Booking cheap Jerusalem holidays with lastminute.com.au means you still have money to explore the fun side if this hallowed destination. After dark, the New City is hopping with locals and tourists alike. Rowdy DJs and smoky dancefloors are just a sample of what you’ll find.
Choose one of lastminute.com.au’s cheap Jerusalem packages today, and you’re on your way to pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If you want to explore greater Israel, book one of our Jerusalem car hire options and grab a map—the Holy Land is waiting!
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You don't need to pay top dollar to have a decent night's rest in Jerusalem. The King David Jerusalem, located at 23 King David Street, and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, found at 26-28 Agron Street, are both comfortable and cheap as chips. But if a little luxury is something you can't turn down, The David Citadel Hotel or the Mamilla Hotel - The Leading Hotels of The World ought to fit the bill.
Another option is to set up shop within a short stroll of Western Wall, one of Jerusalem's most popular attractions. Check out either The Sephardic House (0.4 kilometres away) or the Mount Zion Boutique Hotel (1 kilometre away).
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