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City of David National Park

City of David National Park

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Guided tours of the City of David National Park take you from a panoramic vista point overlooking Jerusalem to the underground depths of the ancient city. Along the way, learn the religious and historical significance of the city at active archeological excavation sites and take an adventurous walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel—a cave-like passage that channels water from Gihon Springs outside the city to the protected Pool of Siloam.

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Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
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$17.44 per adult
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Awesome
Extremely knowledgeable staff. Individual attention to all participants. Very hands on. Will definitely go again.
Joseph_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

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Informative
Maria_D, Feb 2020
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
Very knowledgeable your guide. We learned a lot. The tour guide was very animated. We can tell he knew the story very well.
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Understanding
Joanna_P, Feb 2020
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
We loved the whole thing , our guide was informative interesting and friendly. The whole experience was great
star-5
The tour was great. I was picked up...
Jennie D, Aug 2013
City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day Tour
The tour was great. I was picked up within ten minutes of the scheduled time, and a lady entered my hotel lobby announcing my name clearly so that I knew it was my tour. We drove to a location to switch busses and another location at a hotel to get the proper guide (jews only are allowed in the jewish quarter of the City of David, I presume, and similar for other places) and use a restroom before the tour. It was incredibly hot out, but the pace of the tour was just right. We tried to stick to the shade and we made what I felt at the time was slow progress through the City of David -- I realized later that I'm too excited to walk fast and that by midday the heat had gotten to me and I appreciated the pace. My group was small, 6 people, and the tour guide's explanation were very thorough and interesting. He answered all of our questions and engaged with the history buffs in respectful debate about events that had occurred. The length of time for lunch was a bit short but I should have spoken up and my request would have been accommodated. At all stops there was enough time for everyone to get their fill of the place. At the end of the scheduled tour the guide offered to take us a bit farther through the tunnels, and we agreed. This gave a bit of an extra portion to our day and really rounded out the experience because the tunnels took us back closer to the archaeological sites that we had seen from afar earlier in the day. Highlights of the tour were: site of the last supper (it's just an empty room... but still...), jewish quarter of City of David (places of worship, food, restaurants, shops, courtyard), walk past and through underground tunnels (where people hid while city was being sacked) and see old parts of the wall of the city, walk past active archaeological sites. It was a holiday when I went so we were not allowed inside some places -- maybe that's why we had time for more tunnels. :)
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Biblical City and Herod's tunnel
Traveler650414, Dec 2019
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
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!
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Very interesting
yunlev, Aug 2019
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
Enjoyed the tour a lot. Guide was knowledgeable and the tour very educating. Cold water part on a hot day was a blessing
star-5
Lots of history, fun and interesting in this tour
Cati_A, May 2019
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
All parts are very interesting to know and understand how was this city in an ancient time. Don't let to go to the water tunnels. It's 25 minutes but it worth it! Our guide was a little of, and not knowing very much more than the basics. I would like to have gotten a little more info about the history, but the good thing is that the place speaks for itself.
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Outstanding
SUSAN M, Jan 2020
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
“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.
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A Holiday Highlight!
Ellena B, Oct 2019
Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
We booked this tour as part of a family (two parent and three teenagers) trip around Israel. It turned out to be one of the main highlights, not just of our days in Jerusalem but of the whole holiday itself. Our guide was a wonderful gentleman from Brooklyn USA, who was extremely knowledgeable and helped bring David's old city to life. He was also very engaging and involved several members of our group in a humorous manner as we went around. The tour helps give background and context to various events in the Old Testament, finishing with a walk through Hezekiah's tunnel which really isn't to be missed. The pace was relaxed with multiple stops so accessible for most ages. Would thoroughly recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The City of David is a must-see for Israel’s religious visitors and history buffs.

  • Bring water shoes and a flashlight if you plan to walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel.

  • A tour of the City of David can be combined with a visit to the adjacent Old City.

  • There is a gift shop and bathrooms at the park visitor center.

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How to Get There

Parking is limited near the City of David National Park so it is easiest to arrive by public transportation or book a tour that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel. You can take bus lines 1, 2, or 38 or the free shuttle from First Station to the Old City’s Dung Gate. From there, it is a 3-minute walk to the City of David.

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When to Get There

In winter, the City of David is open from morning to early evening Sunday–Thursday, and it closes in early afternoon on Fridays. In summer, its hours are extended. The park is closed on Saturdays, and hours vary on national and religious holidays. Due to Jerusalem’s hot, crowded summers and cold winters, it can be best to visit in spring or fall.

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The City of David’s Nighttime Spectacular

Each night, the City of David is brought to life through a cinematic show projected onto antiquities at the Royal Acropolis and near the Western Wall. Attend the starlit showing for an entertaining and educational rendition of the destruction and rebuilding of Jerusalem. For the show, lights and images are projected onto the very sites where the story took place more than 3,000 years ago.

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