Guided Tour Of Jerusalem: The Biblical City Of David

Overview

Come join in on a three hour adventure as we rediscover Ancient Jerusalem, just a five minute walk from the Western Wall. Jerusalem was born over three thousand years ago on a small hilltop called the City of David. Today, countless archaeological excavations are continually revealing incredible discoveries that are changing our understanding of Jerusalems history throughout the ages. The stones are revealing their secrets, and the City of David's expert guides are excited to share them with you.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day

Details about this tour

While the modern city of Jerusalem bustles with life above ground, below ground, the ancient city of Jerusalem is being rediscovered, one pickaxe at a time. The City of David, located outside the Old city Walls actually predates the Old City by hundreds of years. Measuring only 11 acres, Jerusalems birthplace is unsurprisingly one of the most extensively excavated sites in the region.

The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid.

The journey continues to an excavation that might very well be the site of King Davids Palace. Archaeological excavations revealed foundation stones from the 10th century BC, the period when King David lived and ruled. Bullae, clay seal impressions bearing Hebrew names from the Bible were found, as well as a tower that was part of ancient Jerusalems city walls during the days of Nehemiah, who lived during the Second Temple period.

Stop at the Royal Acropolis, also known as Area G, to see First Temple homes which were destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem, before descending underground into the water system, originally used by David and his men to conquer Jerusalem.Pass through the Gihon Spring Citadel, which protected Jerusalems main water source- the Gihon Spring, before entering the highlight of our tour-a walk through Hezekiahs Tunnel . The Springs waters still flow through the tunnel, making for a fun and wet Jerusalem adventure. An alternative, dry route is open to those who choose.

Up next is Jerusalems famous Siloam Pool, and the Herodian Road and Water Channel. Visitors who choose may finish their tour at the Siloam Pool and take a shuttle (for a small fee) up to main entrance.The Herodian Road was the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period. Abutting the road is a water drainage tunnel that collected rainwater and brought it outside of the city. It also served a s a refuge for Jews who were trying to exit the Old City and escape the Romans. An incredible amount of important and rare artifacts were found in this tunnel and channel that have greatly contributed to our understanding of events. The tour concludes in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation,just a five minute walk from the Western wall. the largest archaeological excavation in the region, which is continually revealing new layers of Jerusalems history, from the Biblical to the Islamic period.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - City of David National Park

Exclusions

  • Flashlights for the water tunnel are available for purchase in the City of David Store. Cost: 5 NIS (about $1.50)
  • A shuttle service is available for 5 NIS (about $1.50) to bring visitors from the Siloam Pool at the bottom of the site, back up to the main entrance.
  • There are lockers onsite that one may use to store small items. Cost: 10 NIS (about $2.50)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The tour route includes multiple steps, as well as places with uneven surfaces.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Walking through Hezekiahs Tunnel requires the use of flashlights and water shoes (both can be bought at the site). The use of candles, as well as walking without shoes is absolutely prohibited.

Entrance to Hezekiahs Tunnel is recommended from age five. The water is 70cm high (a little over 2 feet high).

Babies may be carried through Hezekiah's Tunnel in a front carrier, but not in a back carry. One may rent a baby carrier in the City of David.

The tour route is not conducive to the use of strollers.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Yona L
    02-Aug-2019

    Enjoyed the tour a lot. Guide was knowledgeable and the tour very educating. Cold water part on a hot day was a blessing

  • karenm1000
    07-Jun-2018

    This tour was outstanding and full of history. Our guide was excellent. Be sure to do the water option in the tunnels. It is not deep and there's no way you'll fall over and get wet, which was one of my worries. The tunnel is too narrow for that. Great tour!

  • mary c
    20-Jan-2018

    Excellent guide who was both informativ and engaging. The weather was terrible but the time flew by. Highly recommended.

  • ogbomoh
    15-Dec-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • Genneth
    05-Dec-2017

    This was my favorite tour while in Jerusalem. Going through Hezekiahs Tunnel was really neat and I recommend it. The water level did reach my thighs Im 52 but only for a brief moment. Oren was very energetic, well-informed, and the perfect tour guide.

  • elisabeth
    12-Nov-2017

    Just marvelous, I'd recommend this tour to everyone. As a matter of fact, I'm going to take the tour again, next time when I'm in Jerusalem!

  • Evan P
    05-Sep-2017

    Really interesting and great, well-informed guide- definitely worthwhile! The coolest part was trekking through Hezekiah's Tunnels- an underground system that was built to divert a water source to the other side of the mountain. The water still flows and you will get wet- perhaps to your waist- recommend some kind of water shoes or sandals. If you're taller, watch your head, because the ceiling is very low in places. And definitely bring a flashlight- it's pitch black without- they sell throw-aways at the ticket booth.

  • Tara Z
    07-Jul-2017

    The tour guide was funny, intelligent and very engaging. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip!

  • Deborah B
    06-Jul-2017

    After having walked an hour to get here because the bus didn't show up, we were already exhausted and 5 minutes late. When we went to the window to claim our tickets that were reserved online ahead of time, they had no such reservation under my name. I gave them the confirmation number and that did not help. They never did find our reservation. I have booked other trips with Viator for this week and I sure hope we don't have the same experience. By the time we connected with the group, there were not enough seats for the two of us to sit together. It was difficult to hear the tour guide unless you were right next to her. We were not told ahead of time that we needed a flashlight. I saw them at the counter when we checked in, but they were not mentioned to us.

  • Dalia K
    09-Jun-2017

    The tour was brilliant, provided by a qualified tour guide. The speed with which he spoke and moved the tour along was just right for everybody, none felt rushed or got bored through certain parts of the tour. He was well organised and offered a spare head torch to one of us. The guide was very knowledgeable, with good sense of humour, too. Facts were accurate and all questions asked were answered. At the end of the tour our guide offered to those who were interest to walk with him through other tunnels back to the place where we started tour ends not in at the start point, so we had an additional tour free of charge!!!
    And last but not least - we were in Jerusalem in May when temperature reached plus 37 C. Tunnels tour was just a perfect choice.
    Super, highly recommended.

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