This day starts with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before joining the OUTstanding Gay bus guided tour to Jerusalem (all included): Start with Mishkenot Sha’ananim (in Hebrew- Peaceful Habitation) and ‘YeminMoshe’– the groundbreaking, first Jewish neighborhoods to be built outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, on a hill directly across from Mount Zion. ‘Yemin Moshe’ neighborhood, named after Moshe Montefiore, was abandoned during the Independence War. However, after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, the neighborhood became a home to academics, writers and artists. The iconic, famous windmill, still standing in Mishkenot Shaananim neighborhood today, was the first factory established outside of the walls. Montefiore founded the mill to provide cheap flour to the neighborhoods population. In our modern time, these neighborhoods are a home for galleries, restaurants, cafes, as well as the Jerusalem Music Center. They have become a home for artists and intellectuals.
Continue to Mount Zion and visit King Davids tomb, the Room of Last Supperand the Dormition Abbey and before entering to the Old City through Zion Gate and on to the Jewish Quarter. Together we tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo once the ancient Roman road at the heart of the city. Our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. For the grand finale, we make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, revering the Tomb of Jesus Christ.
Drive back to Tel Aviv and start your pride weekend with tonight’s main event party in Tel Aviv or a drink at Shpagat gay bar.
Overnight in Tel Aviv.