Realistic Family Itinerary for Three Days in Jerusalem

The one thing that takes up most of my “me” time after the kids go to bed is planning our adventures. Austin works SO hard while we’re on assignment- typically 9-12 hour workdays at work, plus another 2-3 hours of administrative work at home, that he does not care what we do on the weekends, just as long as I’ve planned it all out. When I’m starting to plan an outing to a new city, I pick the things that are “must-see” sights, things that my boys (ages 4 and 18 months) will enjoy, and things that we cannot do/see anywhere else in the world. With these things in mind, I plan our days to be just right- not too much in one day, but enough that we leave without regrets. In planning a good sight-seeing day, I group things together by geographical proximity. We did not have much time for pure kid-friendly fun, but my kids are used to visiting cultural/religious/historical sights and there’s typically dirt to dig in and interesting things to learn and explore. To further help with geographical planning, I found a neat, interactive map of Jerusalem.

Day 1: Mt. of Olives: This is a doable walking itinerary (with a stroller!), depending on the starting location. Everything in Jerusalem is very close together! We started from the very cheap and worn out Mt. of Olives hotel, right next to the Church of the Ascension

 

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Garden of Gethsemane

Day 2: City of David and the Dead Sea (only if going to the Dead Sea by rental car)

 

 

 

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Western Wall

 

Day 3: Bethlehem and Israel Museum

  • Shepherd’s Fields
  • Milk Grotto
  • Church of the Nativity
  • Israel Museum in Jerusalem- we never made it, but it supposedly has a good children’s wing and the Dead Sea Scrolls, among many other things!

 

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Shepherd’s Fields

 

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