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The tour guide, Myan, was unbelievablely knowledgable on the subject. Did not like the bus, very small and crowded but we did not have to spend much time on it.
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.
We enjoyed this tour immensely. Avi was a wonderful tour guide. I would recommend this tour to anybody of any faith. Really great!
The trip was wonderful as the guide, Meir, had a comprehensive background and was more than glad to answer questions. The route was excellent as well.
Our tour guide, Zahi Shaked, was excellent, knowledgable and enthusiastic. However the tour was significantly shorter tan advertised.
Ok let me start off by saying that this trip was very interesting. But I also need to say... bring your sheckles... There are alot of places off the beaten path with this excursion and...well... they all have seperate admission fees. Regardless of that I would still have done it again. Make no doubt this is a walking trip and you will cover many miles so bring good shoes. You are able to see many different denominational synagogues that although the common denominator is Judiasm there are differences in each building. You are taken through the City of David and to the Western (Wailing) Wall which is a beautiful experience. For the "Underground" you go through the excavation sites that have unveiled many layers of history. It is amazing to see how the city was destroyed and artifacts left behind... rebuilt and then destroyed again leaving another layer of history. As long as you bring your wallet it is a stellar trip.
The guide was amazing and very helpful and knowledgeable. We had a small group of 4 people on the trip and it was arranged to more to our likes than a large groups would be. Very interesting sights!
There was not Underground Jerusalem on the tour we were above ground the entire time. We did go through 1 tunnel in the City of David but that was only 15 minutes of the entire day which I felt was disappointing. I also did not remember the entrance fee to the City of David was not included in the tour and was surprised by this. Good tour but not as described.
Was disappointed in this tour as guide did not seem to know the underground tunnels were part of the tour and was quite off hand with our enquiries.Ended up leving the tour and doing tunnels by ourselves