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Maccabiah 2017 in Jerusalem: Tours, Activities, Discounts & More

Throughout Maccabiah 2017, participants will have access to special tours, activities and discounts, offering an eclectic array of opportunities to experience Jerusalem from unique vantage points and get up-close-and-personal with the city’s many communities and cultures.

How to use your discount card? Your special offer booklet will wait for you at the room of your hotel. In order to get the offers please tear off your discount card out of the booklet, sign it at your concierge hotel (both in Jerusalem and around the country), add your Maccabia ID and show it at the sites counters. The discount card is a family card: valid for the Maccabia participants as well as for your families and escorts.

Check out the full list right here!

The complete guide of the Maccabiah 2017 events

Tours, Activities and Experiences for Maccabiah 2017

Yad Vashem


“There are many museums in the world, but the source is here at Yad Vashem. This is the heart and soul of Jewish memory…”  (Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Elie Wiesel)

We invite you to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as part of your Israel experience.

Admission to Yad Vashem is free.

Yad Vashem offers Maccabiah participants a special 15% discount on books at the Steimatzky bookstore on site.

Address: Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281988

Please note that on 4 July, the Museum will close at 16:00

Contact Yad Vashem by E-mail now

Smart Tour Segway Tours & Bike Rentals



Get 30 NIS off a variety of Smart Tour Segway tours to various parts of the city and an extra free hour when you rent a bike for 2 hours!

Where: Meet at First Station, 4 David Remez Street, Jerusalem
Cost: Varies by tour
Contact by phone: +972-(0)72-3290771
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

Plan your experience with Smart Tour now

Old City Train


Get 15% off the Old City Train, the easiest family-friendly transportation around the Old City, including activities, audio tours and special tours just for Maccabiah 2017!

Where: Meet at Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Contact by phone: +972-(0)72-3290760
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017


Segway Tour in City of David

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Get a generous discount on Segway tours from the City of David that will take you to the promenade views of Armon Hanatziv for an unforgettable experience.

Where: Meet at Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
Cost: 155 NIS (55 NIS discount!)
Contact by phone: +972-(072-3290779
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

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Old Yishuv Court Museum Theatrical Group Tours

Experience the stories of the Old Yishuv, where Jews lived in the Old City until 1948, through engaging theatrical performances. On Fridays, you can also add a culinary tasting to your tour.

Where: Old Yishuv Court Museum, Or HaHaim Street, Old City Jerusalem
Cost: 1300 NIS for groups of up to 50 people
Sign-up: 072-3290748

Artists’ Colony – Hutzut Hayotzer


Walk through the picturesque lane to experience moments of creativity, inspiration and see the local artists at work in Jerusalem’s Hutzot Hayotzer neighborhood. Maccabiah 2017 participants get 15% off purchases at participating galleries and studios!

Where: Hutzot HayotzerJerusalem
Cost: Free entrance
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

Artist Menucha Yankelevitz

A visit to an international painting gallery to see the artist in the studio and hear his personal stories.

Where: Jerusalem, Israel
Cost: 30 NIS
Sign-up: Call 052-7645732 or write to menuchay@013net.net
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017


Couscus and love stories In the oldest house in Ein Kerem

Learn how to make couscous and get advices about love, how to find a respectable groom and many more humorous tips for life from poet and writer Shoshana Karbasi in Jerusalem’s charming Ein Kerem neighborhood.

Where: Ein KaremJerusalem
Cost: 220 NIS
Sign-up: 050-2452800
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

Hen Hamakom-Efrat Hallamish – The taste of life in the City of David

A taste of life in the oldest area of Jerusalem in an intimate setting featuring discussions, unique photos and more

Where: City of David Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: 34-115 NIS per person (groups only, price per person varies by group size)
Contact by phone: +972-(0)72-3281836
Sign-up: Register now! (advance registration required)
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017


Maale Film School

An exclusive encounter with a film director and screening of 3 short films

Where: 20 Shivtei Yisrael Street, Jerusalem
Cost: Free for anybody with Maccabiah 2017 badge
Sign-up: Register now! (advance registration before July 10, 2017 required)
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

Sandemans Jerusalem Tours

In addition to the usual free Old City walking tour, Sandemans will be offer Macccabiah participants 15% off on its Holy City, Mount of Olives and Shabbat Experiences tours.

Where: Meet at Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
Cost: Free-25 Euro (varies by tour)
Register now!
Promo Code: MACCABIAH2017



A special art program for Maccabiah 2017 visitors and participants at the studio of local Jerusalem artist Shanina Touso

Where: Jerusalem
Cost: 20-180 NIS
Sign-up: Contact via Facebook (advance registration required)
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

The Kurdish Women in the Yemenite Valley

Experience the warm hospitality of Kurdish culture, stories of Kurdish women in Jerusalem, dance, music, traditional food and more!

Where: Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: 220 NIS per person (groups only, price per person varies by group size)
Sign-up: 052-6444790 (advance registration required)
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017


Tur-Sinai Organic Farm

Tours of the Tur Sinai organic farm

Where: 1 Ze’ev Tur Sinai Street, Jerusalem, IsraelJerusalem
Cost: 10 USD
Sign-up: Register now!
Promo Code: MACCABIA 2017

Explore Jerusalem by Yourself

Another great way to get introduced with the city is simply exploring it by yourself. Take a look at the following list of locations, click on one that sounds intriguing, and go on a “self-guided” tour:

Yemin Moshe Neighborhood, German Colony (Emek Refaim St)Mahane Yehuda MarketArmon Hantiziv PromandeYMCA Jerusalem (360 Lookout), The Chords Bridge, Nachalat Shiv’a Neighborhood, Kiryat HaMemshala (The Knesset and The Supreme Court),Kennedy memorial Lookout, The Ethiopian Church, and The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

You can also download the audio tour guides of the Old City for Apple and Android devices for free.

Where to Stay in Jerusalem

Looking for accommodation while you’re in town for the Festival of Lights 2017? Check out our complete listings!

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Restaurants in Jerusalem


Don’t go to the festival on an empty stomach! There are plenty of amazing restaurants near the Old City, whether your looking for a quick bite, something romantic or family-friendly!

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