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Biblical City of David Tour- A journey back in time to the place where it all began

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Come discover Biblical Jerusalem’s secrets. Walk in the footsteps of kings and prophets in the place where many of the Biblical stories took place.
Pass through underground tunnels through which the city was conquered.
Descend into the hidden spring where kings were anointed, andwalk through the cool waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, flashlights in hand.
Join us on a magical journey as we explore ancient shafts, tunnels, walls and
fortresses in the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was born.
 
 

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Important Information
• Free gift when you book a family tour: City of David puzzle, 250 pieces. Until supplies last.
We recommend buying tickets in advance for all tours in order to guarantee a spot.
A free shuttle service to the Old City called “Free to the Old City” enables you to park
your car in the “First Station” parking lot at a day-rate and take a free shuttle to and from
the Old City! The bus leaves from the parking area of the “First Station” and stops at the
Dung Gate- a two minute walk to the City of David!
The tour includes entrance to the 3D movie in the City of David. 
To reach the City of David on foot: When coming from the Old City, exit through the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Kotel Plaza), and turn left. After about fifty meters (about 55 yards), turn right and the City of David will be on your left. 
Private vehicles are not permitted entrance to the Old City. 
Bus lines that reach the Old City: 1, 2, 3, 38. 
Walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel requires the use of flashlights and water shoes. Both can be purchased at the site. The use of candles, as well as walking without shoes is absolutely prohibited. 
Entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel is recommended from age five. The water can reach 70cm high (a little over 2 feet). 
Babies may be carried through the tunnel in a front carry only. One may rent a baby carrier from the City of David National Park. 
There are many steps at the site. 
There are lockers onsite that one may rent to store small items. There is no area to park strollers. 
There is a snack shop with hot/cold drinks and sandwiches, as well as a jewelry and souvenir store.
 
For additional information and to a make a telephone reservation, call the Reservation Center.
 
Prices 

 

Price List  Adult Child (5-18)/ Soldier/ Senior Citizen
Biblical City of David 60NIS  45  NIS
Biblical City of David+ Old City Train 
70 NIS
55 NIS
Biblical City of David-Matmon members (Phone/Ticket Office) 35 NIS 32 NIS
 
* 7% discount will be given for online reservations
 
 

 

Opening Hours 
From August 2- 29, 2017 | 10 Av to 7 Elul
 
Guided tours in English- Sunday- Thursday at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Fridays at 10:00am and 12:00pm. 
Guided tours in Hebrew- Sunday- Thursday, every hour on the hour between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Fridays, between 9:00am and 1:00pm.
 
To book a tour in English
 
 
Guided tours in French on Wednesday’s only during the above time period at 12:30pm. The dates are: Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The tour does not include the 3D movie. Discounted cost: 50 NIS for adults, 35 NIS** for children. 
 
To book a tour in French
 
 
Tour Length: About 3 hours (French- 2.5 hours)

 

Directions 
If you are coming in a private vehicle, please note that it is hard to find parking near the Western Wall and the City of David.
Therefore, we recommend parking in the First Station parking lot and taking the free shuttle or parking in the Karta or Mamilla parking lots near the Jaffa Gate and walk or take a taxi
 
Free Shuttle from the First Station
 The “Free to the Old City” service allows you to park your car for an all-day fee (17.10 NIS per day or 13.60 NIS for “Yerushalmi” resident card holders) at the First Station and enjoy the ease of free shuttles to and from the Old City!
The shuttle will depart from the First Station parking lot and stop at the Dung Gate – just a two minute walk from the City of David.
The shuttle operates from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, every 20 minutes. On Monday and Thursday, the shuttle starts its run at 7:00AM.
On Fridays, the shuttle runs until one hour before the Sabbath begins, and resumes one hour following the conclusion of the Sabbath, until midnight. 
 
How to reach the First Station:
Once you enter Jerusalem, search for the signs with the wings symbol which will direct you to the First Station. 
 
 
The Old City Train
New! Enjoy the ride to the City of David on the Old City Train, before embarking on your tour of the City of David. 
 
Before you enter the City of David to dive into the depths of the ancient city and get to know her up close, hop on the train and learn about the area around the City of David. The Old City Train takes guests on a fascinating and fun tour, from the Mamilla Parking Lot, through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters, to the City of David. Along the way, learn about heritage sites and the history of the general area.
 
Cost: Only 10 NIS when you book a ticket for a tour of the City of David. Regular price: 30 NIS.
 
 
From the Entrance to Jerusalem
Once you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance to the city, continue straight to Zalman Shazar Street. To your right, you will see the large, prominent buildings of Binyanei HaUma (the International Convention Center). The road veers to the right; continue with it to Ben Zvi Blvd. Pass two traffic lights, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional traffic light. Turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next traffic light, and turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a traffic light, you will pass the Prime Minister’s Residence on your right, and continue toward “Kikar Tzarfat,” with the Kings Hotel on your left. At the traffic light, continue straight, and merge onto Agron Street, which will lead you eastward toward the Old City. At the next traffic light, continue straight and cross over King David Street; on your left, you will see the Mamilla Parking Lot, and immediately after it, the Karta Parking Lot.
 
From the entrance to Jerusalem, via the Ben Hinnom Valley, to Givati
This option is for groups arriving with a chartered bus who do not require parking. 
 
Once you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance to the city, continue straight to Zalman Shazar Street.
To your right, you will see the large, prominent buildings of Binyanei HaUma (the International Convention Center).
The road veers to the right; continue with it to Ben Zvi Blvd.
Pass two traffic lights, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left.
After a short ascent, you will reach an additional traffic light.
Turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until the next traffic light, and turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street.
Before the next intersection with a traffic light, you will pass the Prime Minister’s Residence on your right, and continue toward “Kikar Tzarfat,” with the Kings Hotel on your left. 
Before the traffic light, turn right onto Keren HaYesod Street and continue southbound for the next four traffic lights.
At the fifth traffic light, turn left toward the Han Theater and Jerusalem’s First Station.
The road veers right immediately after the traffic light and leads to a traffic circle where you can only turn left, facing eastward, to Derech Hebron Street, where you will turn left at the traffic light onto the road that will bring you down past the Mount Zion Hotel (on the right) and the Begin Heritage Center (on the left).
Drive down the road to the Sultan’s Pool, and turn right at the traffic light towards Mount Zion, and immediately, turn sharply right again toward the Ben Hinnom Valley road.
This pretty road will lead you down the Ben Hinnom Valley descent to the intersection where you will turn left.
There is a brown sign pointing left which says “City of David” on it.
At this intersection, turn left and a little bit afterward, left again, so that you will be going up the “Ma’alot Ir David” Street towards the walls of the Temple Mount, until to your left you see the Givati Lot and to the right, the entrance to the City of David with its large gold harp. 
 
 
From the entrance to Jerusalem via Wadi Joz to the City of David
Ascending to Jerusalem after passing Mevaseret Zion and the turn at Motza, exit at the interchange leading to Highway 9, according to the signs marked Ma’ale Adumim/ Mount Scopus. Drive through the Arazim Tunnel, paying attention to the signs leading towards Giva’a Tzarfatit (French Hill).
At the Giva’a Tzarfatit intersection, turn right, and when you reach the next intersection near the Giva’a Tzarfatit bridge, where the new light rail train also passes, continue straight towards the Old City.
At the next traffic light, turn left at the sign pointing to Ma’ale Adumim and Mount Scopus. At the second traffic light,  turn right towards Wadi Joz (there is a sign pointing right to Wadi Joz).
The badly-paved road turns between garages in a generally southern direction. While driving, you will reach a turn in the road where you should continue left with the road, until it brings you to a traffic light, where you will see the impressive building of the Rockefeller Museum to your right.
At this traffic light, continue straight, and at the end of the descent, at the traffic light, turn right to “Tzir HaOfel”; above you on the right, the ancient walls of the Temple Mount are visible. Continue driving on the road alongside the walls until a place where you can get out opposite the City of David, at the foot of the Temple Mount (about 100 meters before the Dung Gate). 
 
 
From the Jaffa Gate (Karta & Mamilla Parking Lots), on Foot
After you enter Jaffa Gate into the walls, continue through the paved stone plaza and before the entrance to the marketplace, walk to the right, continuing with the road toward the Kishle (Police Station). 
 
Option 1: Continue walking along the road that follows the walls of the Old City, past the Zion Gate and the Jewish Quarter parking lot, and continue down the road until the traffic circle at the entrance to the Western Wall.
At the circle, turn right towards the Dung Gate and exiting the gate, turn left. Descend, about 200 meters and turn right towards the entrance to the City of David, with its iconic gold harp.
 
Option 2: Walking through the streets of the Jewish Quarter.
From the Kishle (Police Station) continue with the road until the first alley where you turn left.
On your right, there is a sign that says “Armenian Patriarchy Street”.
Continue down the road toward the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter Square.
Cross the square and go down in the direction of the Western Wall.
Just before the entrance to the Western Wall, turn right towards the Dung Gate.
Exit through the Dung Gate and make a left.
Go down about 200 meters and turn right towards the entrance to the City of David, with its iconic gold harp.
 
 
Public Transportation and Navigation via GPS/ WAZE
Bus lines to Jaffa Gate: 20, 60 (From the Central Bus Station)
Waze -  Mamilla Parking Lot
 
Bus lines to the City of David: 1, 2, 38 to the Western Wall
GPS – Ma’alot Ir David Street
Waze – City of David (no parking)/Mount Zion Parking Lot (public parking lot – payment required)
 
One may also park for free on “Derech Jericho Road” and walk to the City of David (~5 minute walk).
On Waze: Mount of Olives Information Center
 
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