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  • Explore four different quarters of Jerusalem and see how each has its own cultural flavour
  • Get a local perspective on life in the city, beyond the touristy bits of Old Town
  • Sample sweet and savoury local delights such as falafel, hummus, ka’ek, knafeh, and Armenian lahmajoun
  • Learn about the different ethnic groups who inhabit the city today
The Tastes of Old Town tour starts and ends in Jerusalem. The Tastes of Old Town is a food tour that takes 4 hours.

This Jerusalem tour serves up a little bit of everything, and all of it is far off the tourist trail! See the Old City with new eyes as you explore the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian quarters that define Jerusalem today — with plenty of food stops along the way.
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Itinerary
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 don’t venture through the alleyways that lead to the various communities that make the Old City what it is today.  That’s what we’re going to do on this tour! 

Your Jerusalem tour will go through all four quarters, exploring local life. We’ll learn about their cultures and traditions, and try a mix of sweet and savoury delights inspired by the different cultures. 

In the Muslim Quarter, we’ll visit the Small Western Wall, where you can pray privately without the crowds of the larger and more famous Western Wall. We’ll also visit a Sa’aleek coffee shop for a nice breakfast of hummus, ka’ek and tea. (Sa’aleek were basically tramps who wandered from city to city, and were mostly poets and authors.) From there, we’ll 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 you’ll get a glimpse of the various protocols governing the Church by the different Christian sects.  

In the Jewish Quarter, we’ll walk through archways, passing through residential areas housing Christian Assyrians and Armenians.  If we’re 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 won’t be able to eat any more, we’ll 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.
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  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Full payment of 108 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : In front of Herod’s Gate, on Sultan Suleiman Street, before entering the gate into the Old City.  Your guide will be wearing an Urban Adventures T-shirt or cap. Meeting end point : New Gate
CancellationCancellation for this Tastes of Old Town tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
Trip Details
  • Your Trip

    For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

  • Dress Standard

    Modest dress is required.  For men, that means short sleeves and shorts below the knee.  For women, short sleeves and dresses/skirts/shorts below the knee.  Please also wear good walking shoes.  

  • Tipping

    If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Closure

    If certain areas are closed for any reason (holiday, strike, etc.), your guide will find a substitute site to visit instead.

  • Additional Note

    There is a lot of walking on this tour, so be well prepared with proper shoes, water, sunscreen, hats, etc.  When it’s raining, some areas in the Old City can be slippery, so caution while walking is required.  

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