Enchanted Jerusalem Tour-Passover 2014

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A Nighttime Experience in the City of David
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This information relates to Passover 2014. For the regular schedule, click here >>

The evening tour begins with a breathtaking overlook from our “Beit Hatzofeh” lookout point which emphasizes the unique, low position of the biblical City of David in comparison with Jerusalem’s Old City walls. An impressive 3D movie reveals the city’s magnificent past, followed by a guided nighttime tour along paths that are lit up by stunning lighting, illuminating new and interesting artifacts from biblical times. The tour continues to the ancient Royal Acropolis (Area G), where we will conclude with an artistic light show projected on the antiquities, telling the story of the City of David through movement and sound.

Tour Track 
Essential Information 
  • Tour Duration: 1 ¼ hrs (est.)
  • There is no advanced reservation. First come first serve.
  • To reach the City of David by foot, exit the Dung Gate (the gate in the wall of the Old City which is adjacent to the Western Wall), turn left and after about 50 meters, turn right. 
  • Bus lines that reach the Old City: 1, 2, 3, 38. The 43 stops right by the City of David.
  • There are lockers where one can keep personal belongings (for a fee). There is no room to store baby strollers.
  • There is a coffee shop with hot/cold drinks and sandwiches, as well as a charming store. 
Prices 
Price List Adult Child (5-18) 
Enchanted Jerusalem
45 NIS
Passover Deal:
Buy 4 tickets for the guided tour, get 1 child ticket free!
35 NIS

 

Opening Hours 

Wednesday- Thursday, April 16-17 | 16 – 17 Nissan
  • Guided tour in English at 8:00pm
  • Guided tours in Hebrew every half hour between 6:30pm and 9:00pm (except at 8:00pm), ie: 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm etc. 
Directions 

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

If you are coming in a private vehicle, it is important to know that it is hard to find paring 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.

 
 
For groups arriving by organized bus which do not require parking: From the entrance to Jerusalem, via the Ben Hinnom Valley, to the Givati Lot:
 
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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