Tours & activities in Jerusalem

Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour

Discover the archaeological secrets of the City of David on this 3-hour, partially underground tour

ABOUT THE Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour

The 3-hour Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour meets at the Jaffa Gate, as your expert licensed guide takes you back in time 6,000 years to uncover the archaeological secrets of the City of David and the Old Testament. Not for the faint-hearted – expect underground tunnels, narrow passageways and some wading through water on this incredible, adventurous tour.

 

Mysterious references in the Old Testament uncovered

For centuries, historians could not understand King David’s mysterious reference in the Old Testament to Jerusalem being captured. However, in the past 150 years, intense research has been focused on the underground tunnels visited on this tour, and historians now believe it’s here, in the part of the tunnels known as Warren’s Shaft, that David’s capture of Jerusalem took place. As these historic waterways provided water from the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s only water supply, the tunnels were fiercely protected.

Some of Israel’s most important ancient sites

On this three-hour tour, you’ll discover some of Jerusalem’s most important ancient sites, such as the Silwan Necropolis, holding the tomb of the Phaoroh’s daughter, Jerusalem’s early water system, and also its first palace; we ask, did King David himself live here?

An underground adventure

This is not your standard walking tour. As part of the tour is underground, you will navigate through narrow tunnels , it is not for the faint-hearted. However, if you can brave it, your reward will be some of the most incredible archaeological sites in one of the holiest places on Earth.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Your City of David Tour starts just outside the Jaffa Gate

  • The Gihon Spring, giving life to Jerusalem and fiercely protected
  • Silwan Necropolis, holding the Tomb oft he Phaoroh’s Daughter and the Tomb of the Royal Steward
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel, carved out underneath the City of David
  • Warren's Shaft, believed to have allowed David to capture Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem’s first palace - was King David here?
  • The Canaanite period and water system

TOUR SCHEDULES

2:00 PM
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What’s included
  • Local licensed English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Please note that on this tour we enter narrow tunnels
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

Where the famous FREE Tour gives you a good overview of the city, the themed select tours give you a more in-depth look at some of the most fascinating periods or neighbourhoods of Jerusalem.

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