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Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David

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Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David

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Go deep into Jerusalem’s biblical history with this tour of the City of David, a 3,800-year old site that’s outside the old city walls. Trace the story of Jerusalem through the ages as you explore archeological excavations. See the First Temple homes at the Royal Acropolis, and visit the Citadel that protected Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s main water source. Take an adventurous walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, then visit the Givati Excavation, where digging underneath a modern parking lot has revealed golden coins, a queen’s palace and Roman amphorae.
  • City of David archeological site tour
  • Explore active digs, an ancient tunnel and early Jerusalem's landmarks
  • Learn about recent finds at an active site
  • Fun experience, perfect for history buffs
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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)
Ma'ale HaShalom/Ma'alot Ir David , Jerusalem

The City of David is a 5 minute walk from the Western Wall and is right outside the Dung Gate of the Old City. When exiting the Dung Gate, turn left and then right. Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60. To the Western Wall: 1, 2, 38.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY City of David
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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, Mar 2020
Extremely knowledgeable staff. Individual attention to all participants. Very hands on. Will definitely go again.
, Feb 2020
Very knowledgeable your guide. We learned a lot. The tour guide was very animated. We can tell he knew the story very well.
, Feb 2020
We loved the whole thing , our guide was informative interesting and friendly. The whole experience was great
, 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.
Biblical City and Herod's tunnel
, 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!
A Holiday Highlight!
Ellena B
, Oct 2019
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.
Very interesting
, 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
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Glad you enjoyed!
Lots of history, fun and interesting in this tour
, May 2019
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.
This tour was outstanding and full...
, 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!
Excellent guide who was both...
mary c
, Jan 2018
Excellent guide who was both informativ and engaging. The weather was terrible but the time flew by. Highly recommended.

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