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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Jerusalem

The Basics

The Western Wall—also known as the Kotel—is the holiest site in Jerusalem due to its status as the last remnant of the Second Temple built by Herod in 19 BC. Today it forms one side of Temple Mount, and this section of the wall rises 187 feet (57 meters) up. The Western Wall is divided into two areas—there’s a small southern section for women and a much larger northern area for men. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in on the action at the wall, it’s backed by a large, sloping plaza where you can stand back and just take in the scene.

The site is commonly visited on half- and full-day Jerusalem sightseeing tours departing from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Many tours also visit Bethlehem, the Dome of the Rock, or the Dead Sea.

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Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
star-4.5
$50.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Old Jerusalem City tour
Omri our tour Guide did cover every thing.He is excellent in what he does. The rain did not prevent him from doing all the stations . We are satisfied.
Lin1221, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

star-5
Excellent Tour
nadiasm2001, Jan 2020
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
This was a great tour is a very comfortable bus. We stayed with the guide who was very knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. He was very helpful in guiding us to the Places where we wanted to go after this half day tour. It is a good tour and I would definitely recommend it.
star-5
What a fantastic day!
LouisVLover25, Aug 2019
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv, Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall, and the Dead Sea
It was worth the price of a private tour. My tour guide, Avishay, was knowledgeable, professional and quite. funny. I was am to customize the tour to meet my needs. I was able to tour at my leisure.
star-5
With tour guide Sheffer Meir
Trail14306985629, Dec 2018
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Jerusalem Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall and the Dead Sea
With him i visited and learned so much of Jerusalem and Bethlehem....it was all what I hoped for....thank you Shaffer!
star-5
Recommended tour.
luneytune, Oct 2018
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
4 star-good tour,and the 5th star goes to zelhi, the guide who was very informative and funny,excellent guide.
star-4
A great tour to see the most...
Laureen A, Nov 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
A great tour to see the most important spots of the city and well managed by the guide. The half day allows you to then leave and go back to explore a bit more on your own without time constraints. The only downside part is the shop and lunch spots they take the group to as its organised for tourists and not the best prices... But you are better on your own to discover other places.
star-5
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw...
Mike G, Dec 2017
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw the Western Wall and went throughout the city of Jerusalem and we saw all the stations of the cross. Ami was very detailed in his descriptions. We only saw the Dome of the Rock from above the city, I would have liked to visit the mosque.
star-5
Very professional guide with...
Josef M, Sep 2017
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv, Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall, and the Dead Sea
Very professional guide with friendly approach! Really recommend to follow our experience.
star-5
It was a fantastic tour, and Zahi...
TIMOTHY E T, Jul 2016
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Jerusalem Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall and the Dead Sea
It was a fantastic tour, and Zahi was wonderful. We learned so much and had shops time. Kudos!!!
star-5
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had...
Zachary C, Nov 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the significance of each site as we made our way through Jerusalem. Highly recommended!
star-4
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our...
Lawrence L, Oct 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide Avi was very knowledgeable and knew his facts. He was a very nice person too. Our driver too was excellent and we felt very safe at all times. We are very glad we chose Viator/Bein Harim.
star-4
This trip is good, except we were...
Judy X, Oct 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
This trip is good, except we were joined a half tour, actually. That means the group is seprated into two parts, we were the part stop at Jerusalem, and there is another part, will continue to the dead sea. So it will be a little confused if you don't know the process of the tour.
star-5
great tour guide. so many valuable...
Norbert D, Apr 2017
Private Tour: Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv, Including Old Jerusalem, Western Wall, and the Dead Sea
great tour guide. so many valuable information. very kind and flexible enough. amazing experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress modestly while you’re here—a good general rule is to be covered from the shoulders to below the knee.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a headscarf or kippah head covering for your visit; these can be borrowed at the entrance.

  • You’ll find a security checkpoint before you reach the wall; it typically takes a few minutes to get through this safety measure.

  • You don’t have to be Jewish to pay your respects at the wall—it’s open to any person of any faith.

  • During Shabbat, photography isn’t allowed, and at other times, it’s best to exercise sensitivity when pointing your lens.

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How to Get There

The Western Wall plaza forms the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. Dung Gate is the nearest access point by taxi and intercity bus 1 or 2.

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When to Get There

The large crowds that gather here can really add to the atmosphere, but if you’d rather have peace and quiet, try visiting early in the morning or in the late evening on a weekday. Bar mitzvahs are often held during Shabbat, or on Monday or Thursday mornings, and those times can be busy with celebrating families, too. The same goes for Jewish holidays.

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The Western Wall Tunnel

The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel beneath the buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. There have been many Herodian discoveries (plus the uncovering of a Hasmonean Aqueduct) since excavations began in the 19th century and again after the Six-Day War in 1967. Join a Western Wall Tunnel tour to see this slice of Jerusalem history.

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