City of David and Underground Jerusalem Walking Tour

Description Book now

City of David & Underground Jerusalem Walking Tour – Tomb of King David and Hall of Last Supper, Jewish Quarter, 4 Sephardi Synagogues from 16th Century, Western Wall, City of David Excavations. Pickup and Drop off from hotels at :Jerusalem,Tel Aviv, Netanya and Herzliya

About this activity
  • Printed or mobile voucher
  • Rapid confirmation
  • Live guide
  • Pick-up service
  • Secure Payments

Tour Description: 
 
From the elevated position on the Mount of Olives we have a panoramic view of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We look out beyond the Jewish cemetery on the mount's slopes towards the Temple Mount where the Second Temple once stood until it's destruction in 70AD. Our drive along the Kidron Valley takes us past an ancient cemetery and at the foot of the mount we see the burial tombs of Absalom, King David's 3rd son; Zechariah, a First Temple priest and the tomb of the sons of Hezir. We also have a view of the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. We reach Mount Zion where we visit the Tomb of King David. Within the tomb is David's cenotaph covered with a velvet cloth with embroidered symbols of a lyre and crown. Men and women sit in separate areas in this holy Jewish site where they can recite prayers facing the cenotaph. We continue our tour into the Old City through the Zion Gate and into the Jewish Quarter where we see a complex of four Sephardic synagogues which date back to the 17th and 18th century. The Yochanan ben Zakai Synagogue, Istanbuli Synagogue, Emtsai Synagogue and the Eliahu Ha'Navi Synagogue were found desecrates, burnt and in disrepair when the Israelis reclaimed Jerusalem following the Six Day War. The historic buildings have since been fully renovated and restored. Our next stop is at the Byzantine Cardo, once the main thoroughfare of the city, today we can see the findings of ongoing archaeological excavations and in part of the restored Cardo, ancient Crusader stores are used for modern shops.Through the Jewish Quarter we pass the excavated foundations of an ancient wall which stood 2,700 years ago during the reign of King Hezekiah (Is 22:10). We go beneath the present day streets to discover the 2000 year old Herodian mansions. The original mosaics and the ritual bath can be seen clearly. The complex of mansions gives great insight into the lifestyle at that time. We arrive at the Kotel, the 2000 year old Western Wall, once part of the outer walls of the Second Temple which stood on Temple Mount until the Temple's destruction in 70AD. Here you'll have a chance to place a prayer note between the stones of this ancient wall. We exit the Old City through the Dung Gate where we can explore the excavation site of the City of David which dates back 3000 years. We can marvel at the ingenuity of the Canaanites and Hezekiah who constructed tunnels to bring a water supply to the people within the city walls. These tunnels are described in Chronicles II 32:2-4 and in Kings II 20:20 – "…the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and conduit, and brought water into the city…" We rest at the Spring of Gihon and contemplate that it was here that Zadok the priest anointed Solomon king of Israel. (Kings I 1:38-39). 



Language Schedule

 
 
English   *     *    
               
 

What To Expect

This City of David Tour and Underground Jerusalem Tour starts as we take in the view of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. From here we can look down on an ancient Jewish cemetery and beyond the Old City walls to Temple Mount, site of the Dome of the Rock. On the slope of Mount Scopus, we view the Garden of Gethsemane and adjacent Church of All Nations with its stunning mosaic façade. The tour pauses at the Kidron Valley’s ancient Jewish burial tombs then we rejoin the bus and continue on to the Old City. The Jerusalem tour takes us through the Zion Gate into the Old City’s Armenian Quarter where the tour guide will tell us about this unique community and their history. From here the tour continues into the Jewish Quarter to see the excavated 1500 year old Byzantine-era Cardo, once the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem. Later the Crusaders build shops along this route where modern stores now fill the historic spaces.The highlight of any Jewish Jerusalem tour is the Western Wall; the last surviving part of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70AD. Jews come from across the globe to pray at the Western Wall (Kotel) and place a prayer note between the wall’s ancient stones. 
We leave the Old City via the Dung Gate and enter the City of David to tour underground Jerusalem. This excavated city is believed to have been the original settlement in Jerusalem dating back 3,000 years. Ingenious subterranean tunnels were carved out of the rock to bring water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam at the City of David. We pause at the Spring of Gihon before concluding the tour.



Language Schedule

 
 
English   *     *    
               
 

What To Expect

This City of David Tour and Underground Jerusalem Tour starts as we take in the view of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. From here we can look down on an ancient Jewish cemetery and beyond the Old City walls to Temple Mount, site of the Dome of the Rock. On the slope of Mount Scopus, we view the Garden of Gethsemane and adjacent Church of All Nations with its stunning mosaic façade. The tour pauses at the Kidron Valley’s ancient Jewish burial tombs then we rejoin the bus and continue on to the Old City. The Jerusalem tour takes us through the Zion Gate into the Old City’s Armenian Quarter where the tour guide will tell us about this unique community and their history. From here the tour continues into the Jewish Quarter to see the excavated 1500 year old Byzantine-era Cardo, once the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem. Later the Crusaders build shops along this route where modern stores now fill the historic spaces.The highlight of any Jewish Jerusalem tour is the Western Wall; the last surviving part of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70AD. Jews come from across the globe to pray at the Western Wall (Kotel) and place a prayer note between the wall’s ancient stones. 
We leave the Old City via the Dung Gate and enter the City of David to tour underground Jerusalem. This excavated city is believed to have been the original settlement in Jerusalem dating back 3,000 years. Ingenious subterranean tunnels were carved out of the rock to bring water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam at the City of David. We pause at the Spring of Gihon before concluding the tour.

Remarks
 
 This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
 Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
 This tour operates with a minimum of 2 participants
 

Additional Information

The tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
     

The tour does not include:

  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees (approx. 10$ per person)
     

Notes:

  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 2 participants
  • It is possible to have pick ups/ drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees
Remarks
 
 This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
 Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
 This tour operates with a minimum of 2 participants
 

Additional Information

The tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
     

The tour does not include:

  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees (approx. 10$ per person)
     

Notes:

  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Modest dress is obligatory for visits to holy sites; covered knees and shoulders
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 2 participants
  • It is possible to have pick ups/ drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees

Agent Sign In

Agent Sign up (New Agent Registration)