City Of David And Underground Jerusalem Day Trip From Tel Aviv

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    7:15 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Your centrally located hotel in Tel Aviv or our alternative pickup location is at the Grand Beach hotel Tel Aviv
  • 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.

Overview

Discover the City of David in Jerusalem on an essential day trip from Tel aviv. Formerly the settlement where King David established his Kingdom, the City of David is now a thriving archaeological park where ongoing excavations confirm many a Bible story.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Departing from Tel Aviv in your air-conditioned coach, your first stop is the Mount of Olives for scenic views over Jerusalem. From this vantage point you will see Temple Mount Esplanade of the Old City, where heaven is said to meet earth.

Traveling along the Kidron Valley you will pass the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed prior to his Crucifixion, before continuing to the walls of the Old City. From here, take a short drive to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David the second King of Israel, famed for the David and Goliath battle. Close to his tomb is the Hall of the Last Supper, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples.

Enter the Jewish quarter via the Zion Gate (Davids Gate) and explore the four Sephardic synagogues from the 16th century, which have been restored to their former grandeur. Envisage how the wealthy Jerusalemites lived it up over 2000 years ago at the excavated Herodian Mansions. Once occupied by the rich, Jewish Temple priests and their families, these former luxury mansions were built on terraces (one of top of the other) so that each one had an unrestricted view of the temple.

Just south of the Old City, your day trip will head over to the narrow ridge running down from the Temple Mount. This hilltop ridge is the area of Jerusalem known as the City of David, captured by King David over three thousand years ago. Above ground, the City of David is a vibrant hive of activity, but it is underground where recent excavations reveal the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. Here you can sense the geographical significance of this striking ancient city before returning to Tel Aviv.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop off

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Entry fees

Entry/Admission - City of David National Park

Entry/Admission - The Four Sephardic Synagogues

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

A moderate dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Please refrain from wearing shorts. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Jan-2018

    This tour was amazing!

  • 05-Jan-2018

    Was the most horrible experience, I use all the time Viator, but it was a nightmare. The guide was rude, cheat the schedule, etc. he took us to a specific restaurant to eat, he said they were using good species, he ordered as a local type of sandwich with a drink, the restaurant charged 45 if it had chicken. Later he took us to an expensive shopping store and he waste one hour of our trip, he doesn't allow us to buy another place because he started to scream. At the end of the tour, he moved us under a parking lot and with low temperatures we were waiting for our bus 60 minutes. The tour ends at 3:30 PM. in Jerusalem after we back to Tel Aviv.
    My advice is never to use it, if you would like to have relaxed, and see all holy places, take a bus from your hotel 400, in Jerusalem in the terminal, take the bus 1 cost 1 shekel, and it leave you at the door of the old Jerusalem, the first trip take about 45 min, depending of the traffic and the other 4 minutes, total is 17 shekels. I use to travel a lot around the world, but this was a terrible experience, I did it because the according USA news was not safe, but was safe.

  • 01-Jul-2017

    Walking thru the tunnels of the old water system was nice. Some of the spots are under construction, which is a distraction. Tomb of David was said that he is not and never was buried there but not really explained why. Mt Scopus and Western Wall was a repeat of the Old/New Jerusalem trip. Otherwise tour was very nice and guide very passionate about the sites.

  • 02-Dec-2016

    One of the highlights of my Israel adventure. Charlie the guide gave me knowledge and showed a passion that was admirable to witness. I this trip with a strong heart. Good luck travellers.

  • 20-Sep-2016

    Fantastic tour! Visiting the Tomb of King David and the Jewish quarter was fantastic, although since the Jewish Quarter was completely destroyed by the Jordanians when they controlled Jerusalem in the mid 20th century you are seeing a very clean and very modern quarter where people live and raise their families. The guide Yoav spent a lot of time explaining the importance of the sites to the Jewish people which came together powerfully when we saw the Western Wall at the end. I think to have seen the Wall without the background would have really taken away the impact.

    Later we toured the City of David and the excavations under the city where the water was fed into Jerusalem and then returning to the Western Wall via the old sewers completely dry and out of use for hundreds of years. At the end of the tunnel once you are under the Western Wall you can actually see two massive stones from the Jewish Temple that fell from the Temple Mount down to the street below, crashing through the street and into the sewer. Talk about a moment frozen in time.

    One tip for this tour... When exploring the water system you can take the dry route or the wet route... The wet route takes you through then caves where the water still runs... Everyone that took the wet route said it was awesome! Just remember to bring shoes you don't mind getting wet you get wet up to your knees and a flashlight or cell phone.

  • 28-Sep-2015

    An excellent tour. Yoel was a great tour guide. It was a good balance between covering a lot of territory but also having some personal time, especially at th Western Wall. I would say that this tour involve a lot of walking, with much of it on hills. So a participant needs to be prepared for this. Still, a great experience.

  • 05-Sep-2015

    The guide was quite knowledgeable about the City of David. My complaint, however, is the method of transportation. We were transferred and had to wait several times before and after the tour. Rather than a direct route to Jerusalem, we had to go to a central meeting place and wait for different buses to take us to our destination. This was particularly troublesome when the tour was completed and we were quite tired.

  • 03-Sep-2015

    Itamar was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable. Made the tour fun and exciting. I highly recommend this tour. One caution - If you have any fear of enclosed areas the underground tunnels are very narrow.

  • 02-Sep-2014

    This was really interesting - it took us to places we hadn't been before. It would be useful to have known in advance about needing a torch for the tunnel but at least we were prepared for the water!

  • 05-Jun-2014

    You'll se the Mount of Olives just from the bus window. From the old city you'll just see the jewish quarter, missing on all the others. The city of David is charged extra. For the money you won't see much, although nice, probably not worth the money. The lunch was also overpriced and you have just 3 choices (pita, pita or pita - last one is vegetarian). I suggest you take the trip on your own with a book guide. Thats what we did after this experience. On the other hand if you don't like planning and don't want to see everything, this may be suited for you.

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