Underground Tour: From The City Of David To The Western Wall - Jerusalem

Overview

Recently opened to the general public! Come explore an underground tunnel commissioned by Herod the Great, who is widely recognized as the greatest builder of ancient times. Highlights of the 1.5 hour tour include seeing and touching the south-western cornerstone of the Temple Mount, walking along Jerusalems main thoroughfare during the Second Temple period, and hearing about the incredible artifacts discovered inside the tunnel, including a bell made of pure gold, a Roman sword, and a Temple seal.

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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 guided tour begins in the City of David at a lookout point that enables a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The Old City and the Temple mount to the north, the Mount of olives to the east, the City of David is spread out before us to the south, and the Mount of Zion to the west. A brief explanation is given about the site and what one can expect to see.

The first stop is an excavation that might very well be the site of King Davids Palace. Archaeological excavations revealed foundation stones from the 10th century BCE, 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 the city walls during the days of Nehemiah, who lived during the Second Temple period.

Next up is the Givati Parking Lot Excavation, which as its name implies, used to be a parking lot, before becoming the largest archaeological excavation in Jerusalem. A platform system allows visitors to see the excavation below, which is still active. Discoveries span the ages, uncovering layers of life in the city from the First Temple Period until the Islamic Period. The guide will provide an up-to-date picture of the discoveries made at the site.

The tour continues below ground, through a water-drainage tunnel that collected rainwater and channeled it outside of the city. Abutting the tunnel runs a road that was the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period. Built by Herod the Great, the tunnel also served as a refuge for Jews trying to escape the Romans. Inside, numerous artifacts were found that tell the story of Jerusalem and its destruction. The climax of the tour comes towards the end, as we behold the impressive foundation stones of the Temple Mount, which lay hidden for thousands of years.

Exit the tunnel beneath Robinsons Arch, located inside the Old City walls, and onto the grandiose road where the Jewish pilgrims walked, two thousand years ago.

The 1.5 hour tour concludes with a brief explanation of the site, and an invitation to return to explore other exciting sites inside the City of David.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Snacks and drinks can be purchased onsite
  • 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

Not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia.

Not recommended for participants with back problems.

The tour route passes through an underground tunnel and also includes many steps. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or those with wheelchairs.

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

Souvenirs, unique gifts, and gorgeous jewelry inspired by archaeological finds can be purchased onsite at The City of David Store.

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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

  • Claire M
    26-Aug-2019

    We were a little late joining our group, however anything we missed was covered by our fantastic guide. Overall a fantastic insight to the history of Jerusalem and the ancient international influences the city of David endured.

  • Allen W
    05-Aug-2019

    We took this tour with two kids age 7 and 10. It was very interesting, and highly recommend. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and inclusive with the group

  • Curtis C
    09-Jul-2019

    The history the guide told us at various points around the area was fine but the sun was unbearable. Best part and coolest, literally, is last half hour underground and cool.

  • Linda G
    19-Jun-2018

    It was brilliant, with an excellent guide. Could go again tomorrow!

  • Michelle S
    05-Apr-2018

    Great tour. Very informative and engaging.

  • Maclean113
    23-Feb-2018

    We took the 90 minute City of David underground tour and it was amazing!! Our guide was brilliant and really knew her stuff, including reading passages from the Bible in both Hebrew and English that were appropriate to the section of the tour we were standing at which really brought it to life - she even told us about real factual evidence that had been discovered that is actually described in the Old Testament I wont spoil the surprise by telling you. Then you get to walk through the ancient drainage system dating back to King Herod and see evidence of market stalls and the foundations of the Western Wall - Brilliant!!!!

  • Antony P
    15-Nov-2017

    A wonderful tour which bought the history of Jerusalem and the Bible so alive. Thank you very much!!

  • Erik V
    23-Oct-2017

    Good value for money! Its very nice to visit the tunnels, and the explanation by the tour guide was very enthusiastic. We recommend this tour.

  • Bonnie K
    02-Oct-2017

    Once again the experience was extremely informative. Given that this was our first trip to Israel, the information we got on the tour was great. The tour guide was extremely well informed on the history !

  • Jennifer J
    27-Jun-2017

    We went to the ticket booth in the City of David with our receipt. The woman at the booth told us where to meet the tour guide. We had a wonderful time traveling from the City of David to the Western Wall. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I learned a lot of information. Thank you for an amazing tour!

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