Jerusalem is a complex city of contrasts, history and undeniable beauty. Sandwiched between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, it is one of the world’s oldest cities and is considered a spiritual site for multiple religions. Its energy is perhaps most palpable in the Old City, which is encircled by ancient walls. The 2000 year-old Western Wall is one of the most significant sites to Judaism, while in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to be built on top of the place where Jesus was nailed to the cross. This has made it a place pilgrims travel from across the world to see. The Old City is a sensory experience, with its haunting calls to prayer, incense and bells ringing out from the buildings built from distinctive rose stone. Despite its deep historical and religious roots, the city is also taking large strides toward the future. We’ll introduce you to its modern side on our Jerusalem cruises, starting at Mahane Yehuda Market, which fuses traditional fruit and vegetable stalls with ultra-hip coffee vendors and edgy craft beer sellers. The contemporary neighbourhood of East Jerusalem is brimming with cafes, experimental art galleries and plenty of bookshops to spend an afternoon wandering around.