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City of David - Tours of Biblical Jerusalem

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Come Discover Ancient Jerusalem at the City of David

 

Pass through the underground tunnels  through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated. Walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was born.

 

Tour Track 
Start Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center
  • A guided tour of the City of David includes:
  • A panoramic view of the surrounding area
  • Dr. Mazar’s Palace Excavation- an impressive structure from the period of the Judean kings.
  • The Royal Acropolis (Area G) and remnants of remarkable homes from the Biblical Period.
  • The underground water system from the time of Abraham including recent discoveries of the Canaanite fortress that guarded ancient Jerusalem’s main water source- the Gihon Spring.
End Point:
The City of David- Visitors Center
Essential Information 
  • Tour length is 3 hours.
  • The tour includes walking through an underground tunnel.For those that choose to walk through the water tunnel, water shoes and flashlights are required (available for purchase at our Gift Shop).The use of candles or walking barefoot is strictly prohibited. Entrance recommended for those 5 years and older.
  • The water may reach up to 70cm (28 inches).
  • Please notice that the tour includes walking up and down stairs.
  • Babies and toddlers may join the tour in a front baby carrier only. No strollers please.
  • There are storage lockers at the site for your convenience at a cost of 10 nis. We apologize but there is no room to store baby carriages.
  • The Old City is closed off to private vehicles.
  • In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza). Turn left and shortly after (approximately 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side.
  • Transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost- 5 NIS.
Prices 
Ticket Adult Child(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance Fee 29 15
*3D Movie 13 13
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour 60 45
Guided Tour for "Matmon" card owner   35 32
Biblical City of David- Guided Tour-booked online 56 42

Group over 30 people

Ticket Adult Child(5-18), senior citizen
Entrance Fee 23 14
*3D Movie 13 13

* Registration is required ahead of time.
*Tickets to the 3D movie may only be purchased together with a site entrance ticket.
** Senior citizen- Women from the age of 60, men from the age of 65

Private Tour Guide Prices 
Up to two hours 390 nis
Up to three hours 500 nis
Up to half day 610 nis
Full day 810 nis
Expert guide - 4 hours 940 nis
Expert guide - 8 hours 1200 nis

One may book a tour with a private tour guide through advanced registration of a minimum of 8 business days.

Opening Hours 

Opening Hours at the City of David National Park

Day Winter Schedule Summer Schedule
Sun- Thur 17:00 - 8:00 19:00 - 8:00
Friday 14:00 - 8:00 16:00 - 8:00

Guided Tours

Tour Winter Schedule Summer Schedule
  Sun - Thur Friday Sun - Thur Friday
Hebrew Tour  10:00, 14:00 10:00 10:00,14:00 10:00
English Tour  10:00, 14:00 10:00 10:00, 14:00 10:00

 Saturdays and Holidays the site is closed

Directions 

How to reach the City of David National Park – Safe, Convenient Directions

 
If you are coming in a private vehicle, it is important to know that it is hard to find parking near the Western Wall and the City of David. Therefore, we recommend coming to the Karta Parking Lot and the Mamilla Parking Lot located near Jaffa Gate (from there, you can come by foot or with a taxi)

Arrival from the entrance of Jerusalem:

After you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance of 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 signals, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional signal, where you should turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next signal, where you will turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a signal, 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 signal, continue straight, and merge onto Agron Street, which will lead you eastward toward the Old City. At the next signal, 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.
 

Arrival by shuttle from the First Railway Station

The “Free to the Old City” service allows you to park your car for an all-day fee (16.80 NIS per day or 13.40 NIS for “Yerushalmi” resident card holders) at the First Railway Station and enjoy the ease of free shuttles to and from the Old City!
The “Free to the Old City” service begins operating in July 2014; the shuttle will depart from the First Railway Station parking lot to 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 begins to run at 7:00AM.
On Fridays, the shuttle runs until one hour before the Sabbath begins, and on Saturday night, it resumes operation after the Sabbath has ended, until midnight.
Driving Directions
From the entrance to Jerusalem, look for the “wings” signs which will lead you to the railway station parking lot. You can also use WAZE – search for “Free to the Old City.”
 

From the entrance to Jerusalem, via the Ben Hinnom Valley, to the Givati Lot:
 

For groups arriving by organized bus which do not require parking: 

After you have passed the Gesher HaMetarim (Bridge of Strings) at the entrance of 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 signals, and at the third, when you see the Wolfson Towers to your left, turn left. After a short ascent, you will reach an additional signal, where you should turn right at a flashing yellow signal for pedestrians onto Binyamin Metudela Street. Drive the length of the road until you reach the next signal, where you will turn left onto Azza Street. Continue driving on Azza Street. Before the next intersection with a signal, 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 signal, turn right onto Keren HaYesod Street and continue on it down southwad toward via the next four signals. At the fifth signal, turn left toward the Han Theater and Jerusalem’s old train station. The road veers right immediately after the signal and leads you to a traffic circle where you can only turn left, facing eastward, until Derech Hebron Street, where you will turn left at the signal on the road that will bring you down past Mount Zion Hotel (on the right) and the Begin Heritage Center (on the left). Go down on the road to the Sultan’s Pool, and turn right at the signal toward 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 (opposite you, you will see 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 toward the wall of the Temple Mount, until to your left you see the Givati Lot and to the right, the entrance gate of the City of David, with a large gold harp above it.
 

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 toward the Giva’a Tzarfatit (French Hill). At the Giva’a Tzarfatit intersection, turn right, and when yiou reach the next intersection near the Giva’a Tzarfatit bridge, where the new light rail train also passes, you should continue straight toward the Old City. At the next signal, turn left at the sign pointing to Ma’ale Adumim and Mount Scopus. At the second signal, turn right toward 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 signal, where you will see the impressive building of the Rockefeller Museum to your right. At this signal, continue straight, and at the end of the descent, at the signal, turn right to “Tzir HaOfel”; above you on the right, you will see the wall of the ancient Temple Mount. Continue with the road along the length of 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). 
 
For those interested in arriving by foot from Jaffa Gate (Karta/Mamilla Parking Lots) to the City of David
 
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 with the road leading to the walls of the city, pass the Zion Gate and the Jewish Quarter parking lot, and continue down the road until the traffic circle at the entrance of the Western Wall. At the circle, turn right toward the Dung Gate and exiting the gate, turn left. Descend, about 200 meters and turn right toward the entrance to the City of David, with the large gold harp above it.

Option 2: Walking through the streets of the Jewish Quarter. From the Kishle (Police Station) continue with the road until the first alley turning 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 toward the Dung Gate. Exit through the Dung Gate, go down about 200 meters and turn right toward the entrance to the City of David, with the large, gold harp above it.
 
 

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)


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