Tours & activities in Jerusalem

Shabbat Experience

Experience a genuine Shabbat in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter

ABOUT THE Shabbat Experience

The Jewish people invented the concept of the weekend, and the day of rest, and for that, we can all be grateful. Join the 2-hour Shabbat Experience on Friday nights at the Jaffa Gate as your expert local guide introduces you to one of the most important aspects of traditional Judaism.


Powerful prayers at the Western Wall

Chances are you will have seen the Western Wall on either the Free Tour or the Holy City Tour, but you haven't really grasped its power until you have seen it in the golden hours before Shabbat begins. As people begin to arrive at the Wailing Wall and offer their sincere and powerful Shabbat prayers, you will understand that you are witnessing one of the most important elements of the traditional Jewish faith.

Inside the Old City's Jewish Quarter

Focused on the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, your local and licensed guide will take you to some of Jerusalem's most important Jewish sites. Discover the Hurva (ruined) Synagogue from the outside as your tour guide explains some of the different aspects and movements of Judaism, and talks you through the external characteristics of the Jewish Orthodox.

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The Shabbat Experience starts just outside the Jaffa Gate

  • Explore Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter
  • Contemplate the marvellous Hurva (ruined) Synagogue from the outside
  • Learn about the different aspects and movements of Judaism
  • Be moved by the prayers at the Wailing Wall
  • Understand the external characteristics of the Jewish Orthodox
  • Be grateful for the day of rest and ask, "whose great idea was that?"
  • Try traditional challah bread and grape juice typically consumed on Friday nights to celebrate the Sabbath



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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local licensed English-speaking guide
  • Piece of challah bread
  • Grape juice
Additional Information
  • This tour usually finishes at the Wailing Wall, but you can also walk back to Jaffa Gate with the guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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