- Full day trip of the City of David, Jerusalem
- Enjoy panoramic views from the Mount of Olives
- See the Tomb of King David and the Hall of the Last Supper
- Explore the Jewish quarter and visit the Zion Gate, Sephardic Synagogues and Herodian Mansions
- Witness ongoing excavations at the City of David
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
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What You Can Expect
Traveling along the Kidron Valley you will pass the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed prior to his Crucifixion, before continuing to the walls of the Old City. From here, take a short drive to Mount Zion to visit the tomb of King David – the second King of Israel, famed for the David and Goliath battle. Close to his tomb is the Hall of the Last Supper, where Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples.
Enter the Jewish quarter via the Zion Gate (David’s Gate) and explore the four Sephardic synagogues from the 16th century, which have been restored to their former grandeur. Envisage how the wealthy Jerusalemites lived it up over 2000 years ago at the excavated Herodian Mansions. Once occupied by the rich, Jewish Temple priests and their families, these former luxury mansions were built on terraces (one of top of the other) so that each one had an unrestricted view of the temple.
Just south of the Old City, your day trip will head over to the narrow ridge running down from the Temple Mount. This hilltop ridge is the area of Jerusalem known as the City of David, captured by King David over three thousand years ago. Above ground, the City of David is a vibrant hive of activity, but it is underground where recent excavations reveal the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. Here you can sense the geographical significance of this striking ancient city before returning back.
The tour was great. I was picked up within ten minutes of the scheduled time, and a lady entered my hotel lobby announcing my name clearly so that I knew it was my tour. We drove to a location to switch busses and another location at a hotel to get the proper guide (jews only are allowed in the jewish quarter of the City of David, I presume, and similar for other places) and use a restroom before the tour.
It was incredibly hot out, but the pace of the tour was just right. We tried to stick to the shade and we made what I felt at the time was slow progress through the City of David -- I realized later that I'm too excited to walk fast and that by midday the heat had gotten to me and I appreciated the pace. My group was small, 6 people, and the tour guide's explanation were very thorough and interesting. He answered all of our questions and engaged with the history buffs in respectful debate about events that had occurred. The length of time for lunch was a bit short but I should have spoken up and my request would have been accommodated. At all stops there was enough time for everyone to get their fill of the place.
At the end of the scheduled tour the guide offered to take us a bit farther through the tunnels, and we agreed. This gave a bit of an extra portion to our day and really rounded out the experience because the tunnels took us back closer to the archaeological sites that we had seen from afar earlier in the day.
Highlights of the tour were: site of the last supper (it's just an empty room... but still...), jewish quarter of City of David (places of worship, food, restaurants, shops, courtyard), walk past and through underground tunnels (where people hid while city was being sacked) and see old parts of the wall of the city, walk past active archaeological sites. It was a holiday when I went so we were not allowed inside some places -- maybe that's why we had time for more tunnels. :)
The guide was very knowledgable. He showed the two students and myself unique points of view, and gave us time to ask questions.