Full-day city of David and Underground Jerusalem tour
Day trips & excursions

Full-day city of David and Underground Jerusalem tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday and Thursday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 9 hours
Do this because
  • Visit Mount of Olives, where you can see the City of Jerusalem spread out beneath you
  • Enter the Old City through the Zion Gate, you will head to the Jewish Quarter
  • See the Kotel and old city of David
  • Confirm your travel plans with guaranteed departure
What to expect

From the elevated position on the Mount of Olives, you have a panoramic view of the Holy City of Jerusalem. You can 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.

Your drive along the Kidron Valley takes us past an ancient cemetery and at the foot of the mount you see the burial tombs of Absalom, King David's 3rd son; Zechariah, a First Temple priest and the tomb of the sons of Hezir. You also have a view of the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, you will 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. Next, you will 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, Istanbul 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.

Your next stop is at the Byzantine Cardo, once the main thoroughfare of the city, today you 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, you pass the excavated foundations of an ancient wall that stood 2,700 years ago during the reign of King Hezekiah. You will 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. You then will 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. Then, you will exit the Old City through the Dung Gate where you can explore the excavation site of the City of David which dates back 3000 years. You 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. Finally, you will rest at the Spring of Gihon and contemplate that it was here that Zadok the priest anointed Solomon king of Israel.

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What's included
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drink
Reduced price
  • Student with ID (all ages)
  • Children (5-12 years)
Where

Pick-up from Tel Aviv at 7.15am, Jerusalem at 8.30am

Meeting point:

Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator whose contact information can be found in the voucher after booking.

What to remember
  • Dress code: shoulders should be covered and no shorts allowed in holy sites
  • Have small change available for the entrance fee
  • Change of vehicle required for transfers of pick-up and drop-off destinations to save time, avoid traffic and delay
  • There might be some delay (up to 20 minutes) due to traffic or other operational issues
  • Recommended to wear good walking shoes, bring a hat and water
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When
  • Monday and Thursday
  • Except May 28th 2020 and September 28th 2020
  • Pick-up from Tel Aviv 7.15am
  • Pick-up from Jerusalem 8.30am
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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