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

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Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

If you've already made a booking, your ticket remains valid for a further date. It can also be transferred to a voucher valid for any of our tours and locations during the next 2 years. For more information, as well as refund options, please get in touch with info@neweuropetours.eu

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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The 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

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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local licensed English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • Please note that on this tour we enter narrow tunnels
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

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