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Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David provided by Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David

Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
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Tour snapshot
Venture into the City of David, located on a small hilltop in Jerusalem
Duration:
3h
Group size:
30
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Group size:
    30
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Learn about the City of David’s archaeological excavations, which continue to reveal new discoveries about Jerusalem’s ancient history. This tour of the national park takes you underground through the Canaanite Tunnel and Hezekiah's Tunnel—best explored with a guide to lead the way. Stop at the Royal Acropolis, pass through the Gihon Spring Citadel, and splash into the Siloam Pool.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Russian, English, French
Highlights
  • Guide explains the significance of the Royal Acropolis and the Citadel
  • Discover changing ideas that shape our understanding throughout the ages
  • Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel; flashlights available for purchase on-site
What to expect
  • While the modern city of Jerusalem bustles with life above ground, below ground, the ancient city of Jerusalem is being rediscovered, one pickax at a time. The City of David, located outside the Old City Walls, actually predates the Old City by hundreds of years. Measuring only 11 acres, Jerusalem’s birthplace is unsurprisingly one of the most extensively excavated sites in the region. The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey continues to an excavation that might very well be the site of King David’s Palace. Archaeological excavations revealed foundation stones from the 10th century BC, the period when King David lived and ruled. Bullae, clay seal impressions bearing Hebrew names from the Bible were found, as well as a tower that was part of ancient Jerusalem’s city walls during the days of Nehemiah, who lived during the Second Temple period. Stop at the Royal Acropolis, also known as Area G, to see First Temple homes which were leveled in the destruction of Jerusalem, before descending underground into the water system, originally used by David and his men to conquer Jerusalem. Pass through the Gihon Spring Citadel, which protected Jerusalem’s main water source- the Gihon Spring, before entering the highlight of our tour- a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. The Spring’s waters still flow through the tunnel, making for a fun and wet Jerusalem adventure. An alternative, dry route is open to those who choose. Up next is Jerusalem’s famous Siloam Pool, and the Herodian Road and Water Channel. Visitors who choose may finish their tour at the Siloam Pool and take a shuttle (for a small fee) up to main entrance. The Herodian Road was the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period. Abutting the road is a water drainage tunnel that collected rainwater and brought it outside of the city. It also served as a refuge for Jews who were trying to exit the Old City and escape the Romans. An incredible amount of important and rare artifacts were found in this tunnel and channel that have greatly contributed to our understanding of events. The tour concludes in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation, just a five minute walk from the Western Wall. the largest archaeological excavation in the region, which is continually revealing new layers of Jerusalem’s history, from the Biblical to the Islamic period.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Russian, English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Guide explains the significance of the Royal Acropolis and the Citadel
  • Discover changing ideas that shape our understanding throughout the ages
  • Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel; flashlights available for purchase on-site
What to expect
  • While the modern city of Jerusalem bustles with life above ground, below ground, the ancient city of Jerusalem is being rediscovered, one pickax at a time. The City of David, located outside the Old City Walls, actually predates the Old City by hundreds of years. Measuring only 11 acres, Jerusalem’s birthplace is unsurprisingly one of the most extensively excavated sites in the region. The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey continues to an excavation that might very well be the site of King David’s Palace. Archaeological excavations revealed foundation stones from the 10th century BC, the period when King David lived and ruled. Bullae, clay seal impressions bearing Hebrew names from the Bible were found, as well as a tower that was part of ancient Jerusalem’s city walls during the days of Nehemiah, who lived during the Second Temple period. Stop at the Royal Acropolis, also known as Area G, to see First Temple homes which were leveled in the destruction of Jerusalem, before descending underground into the water system, originally used by David and his men to conquer Jerusalem. Pass through the Gihon Spring Citadel, which protected Jerusalem’s main water source- the Gihon Spring, before entering the highlight of our tour- a walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. The Spring’s waters still flow through the tunnel, making for a fun and wet Jerusalem adventure. An alternative, dry route is open to those who choose. Up next is Jerusalem’s famous Siloam Pool, and the Herodian Road and Water Channel. Visitors who choose may finish their tour at the Siloam Pool and take a shuttle (for a small fee) up to main entrance. The Herodian Road was the main thoroughfare of Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period. Abutting the road is a water drainage tunnel that collected rainwater and brought it outside of the city. It also served as a refuge for Jews who were trying to exit the Old City and escape the Romans. An incredible amount of important and rare artifacts were found in this tunnel and channel that have greatly contributed to our understanding of events. The tour concludes in the Givati Parking Lot Excavation, just a five minute walk from the Western Wall. the largest archaeological excavation in the region, which is continually revealing new layers of Jerusalem’s history, from the Biblical to the Islamic period.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 13107P2
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Flashlights for the water tunnel, sold at the City of David Store for 10 NIS
  • A shuttle service (5 NIS) brings visitors from the Siloam Pool back up to the main entrance.
  • There are lockers onsite that one may use to store small items. Cost: 10 NIS (about $2.50)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Ma'ale HaShalom/Ma'alot Ir David, Jerusalem The City of David is a 5 minute walk from the Western Wall and is right outside the Dung Gate of the Old City. When exiting the Dung Gate, turn left and then right. Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60. To the Western Wall: 1, 2, 38.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Walking through the tunnels is not recommended for those with claustrophobia.
  • Hezekiah's Tunnel, the water tunnel, is approximately 570 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 20-30 minute walk through the tunnel, with a longer times during busier periods of the year.
  • The dry Canaanite Tunnel is approximately 120 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 5-10 minute walk through the tunnel. Flashlights are not needed.
  • FLASHLIGHTS and WATER SHOES are needed in the water tunnels. Both can be purchased at the site. The use of candles, as well as walking without shoes is absolutely prohibited.
  • Certain sections of the tunnel may require visitors to bend down slightly while passing a low ceiling or turn their shoulders to the side when the tunnel narrows.
  • Entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel is recommended from age five. The water may reach 70 cm high (a little over 2 feet high).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Babies may be carried through Hezekiah's Tunnel in a front carrier, but not in a back carry. One may rent a baby carrier in the City of David.
  • Strollers are not permitted on the tour.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • The tour route includes multiple steps, as well as places with uneven surfaces.
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Flashlights for the water tunnel, sold at the City of David Store for 10 NIS
  • A shuttle service (5 NIS) brings visitors from the Siloam Pool back up to the main entrance.
  • There are lockers onsite that one may use to store small items. Cost: 10 NIS (about $2.50)
Departure details
  • Ma'ale HaShalom/Ma'alot Ir David, Jerusalem The City of David is a 5 minute walk from the Western Wall and is right outside the Dung Gate of the Old City. When exiting the Dung Gate, turn left and then right. Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60. To the Western Wall: 1, 2, 38.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Walking through the tunnels is not recommended for those with claustrophobia.
  • Hezekiah's Tunnel, the water tunnel, is approximately 570 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 20-30 minute walk through the tunnel, with a longer times during busier periods of the year.
  • The dry Canaanite Tunnel is approximately 120 meters in length. Visitors can expect a 5-10 minute walk through the tunnel. Flashlights are not needed.
  • FLASHLIGHTS and WATER SHOES are needed in the water tunnels. Both can be purchased at the site. The use of candles, as well as walking without shoes is absolutely prohibited.
  • Certain sections of the tunnel may require visitors to bend down slightly while passing a low ceiling or turn their shoulders to the side when the tunnel narrows.
  • Entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel is recommended from age five. The water may reach 70 cm high (a little over 2 feet high).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Babies may be carried through Hezekiah's Tunnel in a front carrier, but not in a back carry. One may rent a baby carrier in the City of David.
  • Strollers are not permitted on the tour.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • The tour route includes multiple steps, as well as places with uneven surfaces.
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

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Just_Us_Dos
Houston, TX41 contributions
Mar. 2020
Our guide Gal was very well spoken and funny. The tour was informative and really fun going through the water tunnel! It really gave us a better perspective of the lay of the land. Definitely bring your water shoes and headlamp.
Written 16 March 2020
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Fraida L
3 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
The tour itself was great and informative but the information through TripAdvisor was terrible. The website gave a meeting point but that was just a bus stop. We had no idea where to go once we got of the bus. There was no one waiting and no signs directing us where to go. I had to borrow someone’s phone to call the place and they told us where to go. Because of all that we missed the movie that the tour usually starts with.

It also would’ve been nice if we had been informed that during the winter the tour takes the dry tunnel so we do not need water shoes and headlamps. We brought these because that’s what we signed up for. Granted it’s January and freezing so I emailed the day before asking what the situation was but couldn’t get a straight answer from them. The website should specify that.
Written 25 January 2020
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TravelDonCA
California214 contributions
Sep. 2019
This is an interesting walk from the Spring Gihon (where Solomon was made king) through a narrow tunnel along which the water flows. The water is about knee deep. It is interesting to note that the builders dug this by hand from both ends and met somewhere in between. We exited at the Pool of Siloam.

This is the pool where Jesus sent the blind man to wash and the man was healed of his blindness. It was fed by the Gihon Spring. It is sad because only part of the pool has been excavated. Supposedly, the Greek Orthodox church will not allow them to continue excavation onto church property. We were told that this is because the GO church often sides with the muslims and they do not want to give the Israelites any ammunition to bolster Israel’s claim to Jerusalem.
Written 3 January 2020
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Daniela O
Romania2 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Friends
It was a beautiful day.....
I hope to come back
Maybe next year will be a nice trip
And I will return with more pictures
Written 7 December 2019
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Happiness767382
SeaTac, WA10 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
The 3d movie was very informative. Guide was very knowledgeable. Walk through the dry tunnel was cool. Reserving the wet tunnel for a return trip in the summer.
Written 21 November 2019
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Traveler723810
Paramus, NJ52 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
For first time visitors this is a great place to catch up on 3000 of Jewish history and get a sense of perspective on life in Israel today. Definitely a place worth returning to from time to time as the archeological activity is ongoing and new finds help to shape current theories on the times of the Bible and Davidic Dynasty. Hezekiah’s water tunnel is always fun and refreshing but remember your water shoes - we went barefoot which was uncomfortable. I highly recommend our English language guide Ari Z who was very engaging.
Written 2 November 2019
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Frank M
Clearfield, United States8 contributions
Oct. 2019
This was I third trip to Jerusalem. Although we enjoyed our other tours on our previous trip this was the most informative and fun one. It comes with an excellent description of how the City of David came about and an explanation of how Jerusalem got its name and its boundries at various time periods. Perhaps, even likely, part of the ruins you get to see were the wall of David's palace. But the highlight of the tour is the walk through Hezekiah's tunnel. Unless you are claustrophobic, this is a must. Although they sell small flashlights in the gift shop, I would advise bringing a good one from home. Fortunately, several people on our tour knew this and our little flashlights were only needed in a few spots. DO NOT MISS THIS TOUR.
Written 30 October 2019
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AlCouper
Dumbarton, UK6 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Family
The tour was excellent from start to finish and Hannah our guide was a fountain of knowledge who was very enthusiastic and passionate about everything she shared. Very good value for the cost in comparison to other tours.
Written 19 October 2019
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16tarab
Houston, United States10 contributions
Sep. 2018
This was the thing I enjoyed the most on my first trip to Israel. LOVED it....we did the "WET TUNNEL" tour, and our guide was fantastic. If you really want the "FEEL" of Ancient Jerusalem, this is it.
Bring water shoes, and a flashlight. You can buy them there, but at 69 Shekels for a pair, it ain't cheap.
The 'wet' tour does take you through 'thigh' high water for a few minutes, but since it was really hot that day, it was refreshing.
Written 17 August 2019
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LeoraRoth
We are thrilled that the City of David was the highlight of your trip! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.
Written 14 September 2019
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Rodrigo Villasenor
2 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Couples
Good tour, amazing place, the group was a bit too big for one guide. Your questions are not always answered.
Written 11 August 2019
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LeoraRoth
Dear Rodrigo, Thanks for your input. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to get them answered for you. Please send me an email at leora@cod.org.il
Written 13 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Don't miss this!
One of my very favorites! Fabulous and faith building. When you see how high the wall are, you can't imagine the t
KimGTravels
KimGTravels
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Marvelous Adventure But Physically Challenging
Exciting adventure exploring this ancient and significant water supply system excavated under the reign of King Hez
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מקום מהמם וחשוב הדרכה מרתקת ומסבירה פנים נותנת לך הרגשה כאילו חזרת בזמן בימים חמים הכניסה לנקבות מרעננת המים קרים
boaz9r
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Great attraction with the family
Great attraction with the family specially during the Summer walking in the water, the story of the guided tour mak
gisellew165
gisellew165
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Strill remember visiting this after 50 years
I visited this back in the 1960s and still remember it well, utterly fascinating. So much so that I still remember
Cynthia V
Cynthia V
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Visit the tunnel on a hot day
Depending on the weather the water in the tunnel can be up to the top of your thighs. Visit on a hot day so you cl
John B
John B
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Not sure how they carved this, but...
There are two tunnels...the "dry" tunnel and the "wet" tunnel. We chose the dry tunnel...don't try it if you are n
Carol D
Carol D
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A walk on the "wet" side
Part of our tour of the City of David is a walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel. There are actually two tunnel options "
Rob Y
Rob Y
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Must like tight spaces
A very interesting "walk" through the tunnel carved out when Hezekiah was getting water into Jerusalem I would wea
Steve D
Steve D
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Excellent Walking Trip
This is very well done and presented. It is amazing to think that so many thousands of years ago that they would un
CarlG198
CarlG198
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A really fun and different type of tourist attraction
Definitely bring swim wear so that you can take the wet tunnel. The water level reaches a maximum height of 70cm.
ChrisJS51
ChrisJS51
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Authentic ancient artefact
You can either walk down the steep hill to the Pool of Siloam, or wade waist-deep through Hezekiah's tunnel to get
246hughw
246hughw
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Israel tour
well worth a walk through this tunnel, a real feat of engineering in its day. a warning however, it is not for you
Rick T
Rick T
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See how water was made available in the city of David.
Amazing series of tunnels and cisterns used for the water system from Siloam Springs in the valley. See the possib
sweetcreekmoon
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Hezekiah’s Tunnel was at the top of my list.
Don’t wear boots unless they are waders and why in the world would you bring waders. This was at the top of my “mus