Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
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 Jerusalem’s 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.
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What's included :
- Professional guide
- Entry/Admission - City of David National Park
What's excluded :
- Flashlights for the water tunnel, sold at the City of David Store for 10 NIS
- A shuttle service (5 NIS) brings visitors from the Siloam Pool back up to the main entrance.
- There are lockers onsite that one may use to store small items. Cost: 10 NIS (about $2.50)
- While the modern city of Jerusalem bustles with life above ground, below ground, the ancient city of Jerusalem is being rediscovered, one pickax 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, Jerusalem’s 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 David’s 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 Jerusalem’s 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 leveled 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 Jerusalem’s main water source- the Gihon Spring, before entering the highlight of our tour- a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. The Spring’s 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 Jerusalem’s 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 as 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 Jerusalem’s history, from the Biblical to the Islamic period.
Departure Point :Ma'ale HaShalom/Ma'alot Ir David, Jerusalem
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Walking through the tunnels is not recommended for those with claustrophobia.
- Hezekiah's Tunnel, the water tunnel, is approximately 570 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 20-30 minute walk through the tunnel, with a longer times during busier periods of the year.
- The dry Canaanite Tunnel is approximately 120 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 5-10 minute walk through the tunnel. Flashlights are not needed.
- FLASHLIGHTS and WATER SHOES are needed in the water tunnels. Both can be purchased at the site. The use of candles, as well as walking without shoes is absolutely prohibited.
- Certain sections of the tunnel may require visitors to bend down slightly while passing a low ceiling or turn their shoulders to the side when the tunnel narrows.
- Entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel is recommended from age five. The water may reach 70 cm high (a little over 2 feet high).
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- 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.
- Strollers are not permitted on the tour.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- The tour route includes multiple steps, as well as places with uneven surfaces.
- Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.