Guided Tour Of Jerusalem: The Biblical City Of David

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    Ma'ale HaShalom/Ma'alot Ir David, West Bank, Jerusalem
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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

Come join in on a three hour adventure as we rediscover Ancient Jerusalem-israel">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

Know More 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.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Jan-2020

    “The Biblical City of David” was a 3-hour Viator sponsored morning tour booked in advance. The meeting place (and in fact the entire tour) was just south of the Old City near the Dung Gate. Starting with a brief film, our guide Yosie told us the area predates the current Old City to the north by hundreds of years - back to the 10th century BC. It too was a walled city of roughly 11 acres, oblong shaped, spread across a small hill and surrounded on both sides by steep valleys. There have been extensive excavations the past 20+ years.

    During peak tourist times each tour is packed to capacity of 30. Ours had only 6. The archaeology was fascinating but the highlight for most visitors is the opportunity to walk through one of the tunnels . . . either the short dry tunnel which conducted water until another had been dug to divert it . . . or the tunnel that was later dug to divert the water for easier access and which remains partially flooded to this day. Winter is rainy season in Jerusalem and the water is deeper than in summer. The other 4 on our tour chose the water tunnel despite air temperatures in the 50’s, water up to their knees and about 10 minutes of continuous bending beneath the low ceiling. It also was unlit so flashlights or headlamps were a necessity. During peak tourist times, it is filled with a continuous progression of adults and children shrieking and splashing from one end to the other. The dry tunnel is shorter, well-lit and far easier to pass through. We opted for that (we're in our 70's) and were glad. My only regret is that we went the day after arriving and were still tired from a 14-hr flight. This was an excellent tour and a great experience. Highly recommend it.

  • 19-Dec-2019

    Interesting and informative tour. Unfortunately we were unable to go to the water tunnel because of high level of cold water. And no special footwear was available as posted on the site. But we went through dry tunnel and felt breath of ancient times! Still very good and interesting tour. Special thanks to our guide!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 20-Jan-2018

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

  • 15-Dec-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 07-Jul-2017

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

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