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Underground Tour: From the City of David to the Western Wall
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Underground Tour: From the City of David to the Western Wall

By City of David National Park
Recommended by 90% of travellers
90% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
The City of David National Park (aka Jerusalem Walls National Park) is best explored with a guide to explain the underground tunnels, commissioned by Herod the Great. You’ll hear fascinating facts about excavated artifacts, walk along Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare during the Second Temple period, and reach the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ages 5-99, max of 9 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, French
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Highlights
  • Tour the City of David, now open to the general public
  • Follow a guide into the underground tunnel, built in ancient times
  • See the southwestern cornerstone of the Temple Mount
  • Walk under Old City Jerusalem and reach the Western Wall

  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - City of David National Park
What's not included
  • Snacks and drinks can be purchased onsite
  • There are lockers onsite that one may use to store small items. Cost: 10 NIS (about $2.50)


Start:
  • Ma'alot Ir David St 17, Jerusalem
    The City of David is located right outside the Dung Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. When exiting the Dung Gate from inside the Old City, turn left and then make an immediate right. The City of David Visitors Center will be on your left.
End:
  • Dung Gate, Jerusalem
    The tour ends by the entrance to the Davidson Archaeological Park, right inside the Dung Gate.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13107P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems.
  • The tour route passes through an underground tunnel and also includes many steps. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or those using wheelchairs.
  • The tunnel is dry, and measures approximately 150 meters from the point of entry on this tour route. Visitors can expect a 10 minute walk through the tunnel.
  • The highlight of this tour is the Pilgrimage Road and the foundation stones of the Western Wall. Visitors who are interested in walking through Hezekiah's Tunnel are invited to join our tour titled "Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David".
  • Most travellers can participate
  • The tour route is not conducive to the use of strollers.
  • Souvenirs, unique gifts, and gorgeous jewelry inspired by archaeological finds can be purchased onsite at The City of David Store.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13107P1

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ma'alot Ir David St 17
    Ma'alot Ir David St 17, Jerusalem
    The City of David is located right outside the Dung Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. When exiting the Dung Gate from inside the Old City, turn left and then make an immediate right. The City of David Visitors Center will be on your left.
    See address & details
  • 1
    City of David National Park
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    Overlook Palace Excavation Givati Excavation Pilgrimage Tunnel Jerusalem Archeological Park
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  • You'll end at
    Dung Gate
    Jerusalem
    The tour ends by the entrance to the Davidson Archaeological Park, right inside the Dung Gate.
    See address & details
About the operator
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  • City of David National Park
    1,161
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Joined in May 2008
  • razbol
    0 contributions
    Great show
    A must see show with friends or family. Creatively done casting images on the surrounding walls. Music was beautiful.
    Written 11 August 2023
  • TheWolfofBoca
    0 contributions
    Water tunnel tour- you had me at water!
    A must experience when you are in town, literally a 2 minute walk from the dung gate near the Kotel. Walk out of the Dung gate turn left, then turn right and it’s right there, they tell you and show you the story of the ancient city of David, where King David held court, right next to the holy Jewish temple, they walk you through the history of Jerusalem and then you walk through the ancient water tunnels it’s around a half mile trek in complete darkness to bring a flashlight, head lamp, or buy a flashlight for 6 shekels before you go into the tunnel, only cash or coins no credit card machines down there, the water is cold but only goes up to your shins, make sure you take the under ground drainage system back up to the top of the hill rather than the shuttle.
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Dreamtowander
    0 contributions
    Informative and fun
    We took the guided tour of the excavations and the water tunnel. It was fun to wade through the tunnel and also learn of the engineering and historical significance. Definitely a must visit.
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Mfandml
    0 contributions
    Excellent experience
    Very interesting guided tour of excavated areas, including history and walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel. The wet side of tunnel is well worth it. Bring shorts, wet shoes and a flashlight. It might be challenging if you suffer from claustrophobia but it is really cool
    Written 12 May 2023
  • netaj2018
    0 contributions
    Terrific tour
    In March 2023 we took a Biblical City of David tour with Oren being our guide. What a great guide he was! As with the most of ancient ruins you need someone to explain, what you are looking at. Otherwise it’s just a pile of stones in front of you. Oren loves being a guide and it showed in everything he was telling us about. His enthusiasm was simply contagious. The pouring rain on that day did not really spoil the mood, because the facts we learned from our guide and the things we saw were so exciting. Oren was engaging the group with questions and stories. We would really recommend the tour and the guide.
    Written 5 April 2023
  • FatherofIssac
    0 contributions
    Must to do when visiting Israel
    Group guided tour and walking through the water tunnel in knee deep water was a memorable experience.
    Written 24 March 2023
  • pgreenld
    0 contributions
    Amazing site - highly recommend to go with a guide
    This site can be toured on your own, but we found a guide to be an absolute bonus (for a fee, of course). The archeology here is phenomenal, but linking it to the scriptural accounts augments tremendously.
    Written 3 March 2023
  • AilsaE512
    0 contributions
    Water tunnel is amazing
    We have just got back from doing this and loved it. We took shorts and flip-flops./sliders to change into at the visitor centre, and left our stuff in the lockers, do the water tunnel, which was an amazing experience. We were in it on our own and used phones as light, and I would strongly advise turning the lights off and standing still just to get a sense of how isolated you are in the centre. We then walked back to the start along the drainage channel, which ends up at the new excavations by the car park
    Written 21 November 2022
  • GranZorro
    0 contributions
    The Hebrew Bible comes alive - not to be missed!
    The story of the discovery of Kind David's city - below the walls of the Temple Mount - is in itself a fascinating feat of archeological "detective work". The tour through the excavations and the tunnels is not only an extraordinary experience, but it also confirms the biblical narrative concerning both the site itself and Jerusalem in general point by point. Take the 3 hours or more needed for this visit and go. Highly recommended.
    Written 18 November 2022
  • trumpet1234567899
    0 contributions
    touring with Maya
    excellent, i would suggest this trip for all . it was an amazing experience.asdfklajsdhflkajsdhflkajshdflkjashdflkjhasdflkjhasdklfjhalkdsfjhlakdsjfhlkdsajhlkasjdhflkasjdhflkajsdhflkjahsdflkjahsdklfjhalkdsjfhalksdjhflkasdjhflkasjhdflkasjdhflksajhdflkjasdhflkjashdflkjhasdfasdf
    Written 17 November 2022
  • 619jeffry
    0 contributions
    Back to the beginning of David's city
    The City of David National Park demonstrates the evolution of David's city from the earliest times. Archaeologists are still discovering clues to the early city. The remains of the early city can be found near the Western Wall, near the Dung Gate. There are quite a few stairs to climb, but it's worth the effort. By the way, David's son, Solomon built the Temple.
    Written 15 November 2022
  • R5842UIdavidj
    0 contributions
    Great site! Bring your water shoes
    One of the highlights of our time in Jerusalem. If you are interested in history, especially biblical history, don't miss this. We had a good tour guide that explained things well and left time for questions. Hezekiah's tunnel is a must see. We shoes that you can walk a good distance in water. The water can get up to mid thigh in places. Once out of the tunnel, you have 3 choices to get back to the top. Take the tram. We did not due to Sukkot crowds. It would have taken longer. The 2 options for walking back up are strenuous. The drainage tunnel has a lot of low ceilings so, you are bent over for a good portion of that walk. However, the overall experience is fantastic.
    Written 10 November 2022
  • NyFunnygirl
    0 contributions
    Interesting History of the Area and Times.
    We had an excellent tour of the site. It is relatively new in its expanded form. We did the dry tunnels, though there is an option to go through the longer wet ones. Lots of stairs and uneven terrain so be prepared. History and archaeology was knowledgeable presented by our guide.
    Written 10 November 2022
  • LiziLon
    0 contributions
    The Haleluia show was very disappointing
    The show has no purpose. It has no historical sequence, it focuses on a very limited historical period (the destruction of the First Temple until the establishment of the Second Temple) without giving an overall picture of the origin of the Jewish people (even in brief flashes). I saw a number of free light shows in Jerusalem (mainly at the light festivals in the summer). Each of them was much better than this performance which costs quite a bit and gives a pinch
    Written 31 August 2022
  • Londoner16
    0 contributions
    Hallelujah evening - overpriced and overrated
    We booked the evening son et lumière show "Hallelujah" at the City if David. It's very expensive, and not really worth it. First they show you the archeological excavations themselves, but the explanations are brief and uninformative. Nothing is said about dates or historical context. Then there is a projection of a story on the walls of one part, where you sit in an amphitheatre. The visual special effects are quite impressive, but that's the only good thing about it. It's a quasi-historical quasi-mythical account of a Jewish return from Persian exile to rebuild Jerusalem, with backward references to the biblical story of David. But again historical explanation is lacking and it's quite confusing. The narrative is low-grade and patronising, as well as propagandistic (the modern resonances of a Jewish return from exile to rebuild Jerusalem, in the teeth of hostile forces who don't want the Jews there, are not exactly subtle). Well worth missing.
    Written 16 August 2022
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Matt
2 contributions
Feb 2020
The young lady that acted as our Tour Guide, was very energetic, good speaker and very knowledgeable about the area and the history. The only downside was that the underground portion of the tour was not accessible on that day, which is the main reason most folks take the tour.
Written 10 March 2020
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,554 contributions
Mar 2020
We did not know what to expect when we went to the City of David. There was so much to see with numerous trails to follow. The 3D film at the start is very impressive. Well worth a visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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Navigate472190
1 contribution
Mar 2020
Arrived on 6 March to take this tour. Went to ticket counter and got wrist bands.

When tour guide started tour, he mentioned that the tour underground was changed because of construction/repairs to the underground. He would be adjusting the tour to other above ground places within walking distance.

We should have been notified of this by email when they changed course. We did not need a redundant tour since we already saw the places they were to take us.

If you do this tour, be aware that the underground portion may not be open.

We did not complete the tour and asked for a refund. 2 others from New Zealand did the same and cancelled as well for the same reason.
Written 9 March 2020
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A C
Florida54 contributions
Feb 2020
This tour is wonderful, however it was very hard to actually make contact with the tour guide. Nobody seemed to know where we had to meet. Also the tunnel is under repair and they don't take you to the tunnel. Now, the tour is really GOOD but the logistics of getting together are really aggravating. They gave us a free tour for us to see the tunnel, alone but we did not see it as worth it as we did not know why we were looking at. You should clarify where to meet and take out the tunnel until it is finished. BUT we would take it again, the guide was wonderful.
Written 4 March 2020
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adys607
30 contributions
Apr 2019
The underground Tour is the most vivid illustration of the great rebellion against the Romans 200 years ago and the way of living 3000 years ago in the time of David
Written 12 February 2020
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Liselotte Vinde N
Denmark3 contributions
Jan 2020
Very informative would recommend
Guide was very knowledgeable - very interesting and quite powerful to walk in the footsteps of Jesus
Written 28 January 2020
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ronone
Malvern, Australia132 contributions
Dec 2019
The City of David tour takes you through the tunnels and other areas of the original city of Jerusalem ending up at the well. The tour guide was over enthusiastic and provided too much information extending the tour probably 1/2 longer than need be. Interesting thing to do in Jerusalem - bring your walking shoes, you can also go through knee high water so if you decide you want to do that have appropriate clothes and footwear - our tour operator did not tell us about this
Written 4 January 2020
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ydeng1
Cleveland, OH120 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a worthwhile tour with a fair amount of it conducted underground walking in the water drainage tunnel below the Pilgrimage Road. It is easy to hit your head down their in this narrow low space not designed for those in advanced stages of pregnancy or those with very large abdomens. Furthermore, it is easy to get claustrophobic down there too. I advise going to the Davidson Center before taking this tour. By the way, this underground tour allows you access to areas not accessible without a guide. It is worth the modest cost; 2 times are available 11 am and 3 pm.
Written 2 January 2020
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Justin
Arlington, VA17 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This tour has a little something for everyone. It has a lot of information about ancient Jerusalem...the issues faced by David, etc. the tunnel portion of the tour was terrific. There is a wet and dry version. I did the wet and, well, prepared to get wet. Water was over 70 cms high in some places. Kids loved it. Just wear shorts and water shoes and not sneakers and jeans like I did. The water does have a story but I don’t want to ruin the tour. Location is just outside of the Dung gate, down the hill and to the right. So it’s easy to combine with an old city tour etc.
Written 30 December 2019
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corinnejoybrown
Denver, Colorado77 contributions
Oct 2019
This was the highlight of our trip in the heart of Israel. It's spectacular. Unimaginable in many ways- a true glimpse into the past. If in Jerusalem, it's a must-see.
Written 18 December 2019
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Underground Tour: From the City of David to the Western Wall provided by City of David National Park