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One of the highlights of my Israel adventure. Charlie the guide gave me knowledge and showed a passion that was admirable to witness. I this trip with a strong heart. Good luck travellers.
Fantastic tour! Visiting the Tomb of King David and the Jewish quarter was fantastic, although since the Jewish Quarter was completely destroyed by the Jordanians when they controlled Jerusalem in the mid 20th century you are seeing a very clean and very modern quarter where people live and raise their families. The guide Yoav spent a lot of time explaining the importance of the sites to the Jewish people which came together powerfully when we saw the Western Wall at the end. I think to have seen the Wall without the background would have really taken away the impact.
Later we toured the City of David and the excavations under the city where the water was fed into Jerusalem and then returning to the Western Wall via the old sewers completely dry and out of use for hundreds of years. At the end of the tunnel once you are under the Western Wall you can actually see two massive stones from the Jewish Temple that fell from the Temple Mount down to the street below, crashing through the street and into the sewer. Talk about a moment frozen in time.
One tip for this tour... When exploring the water system you can take the dry route or the wet route... The wet route takes you through then caves where the water still runs... Everyone that took the wet route said it was awesome! Just remember to bring shoes you don't mind getting wet you get wet up to your knees and a flashlight or cell phone.
Itamar was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable. Made the tour fun and exciting. I highly recommend this tour. One caution - If you have any fear of enclosed areas the underground tunnels are very narrow.
Who ever loved history this is amazing trip with great tour guide very recommended trip great for anyone!!
Eduard K USA
Great walking tour and our guide was very knowledgeable person.
A wonderful adventure through biblical history the guide was most informative and knowledgeable and patient with the different kinds of people in the group, all together a wonderful full day tour. which we would recommend to any one.
Natalie M Canada
This is a must. A lot of walking. Underground city has an option to see Hezekia's tunnel which requires water up to the knee...if i knew this I would have brought appropiate clothes to take this option. Make shure this is in the write up.....also payment into city of David is extra!!! Worth it though.
An excellent tour. Yoel was a great tour guide. It was a good balance between covering a lot of territory but also having some personal time, especially at th Western Wall. I would say that this tour involve a lot of walking, with much of it on hills. So a participant needs to be prepared for this. Still, a great experience.
This was really interesting - it took us to places we hadn't been before. It would be useful to have known in advance about needing a torch for the tunnel but at least we were prepared for the water!
There was only 4 of us on this trip, good guide and Jerusalem was amazing! loved going to the wailing wall and the breathtaking view of the graves on the mount of olives. Found the city of david abit boring and wished i had done the Holocaust museam in the afternoon instead. But Jerusalem is a must.
the scheduled tour guide left without us at the rendezvousd point, so the tour organiser very quicky brought-in a replacement who was excellent - we essentially had a private tour, so it ended-up much better than it would have been with a larger group!
Walking thru the tunnels of the old water system was nice. Some of the spots are under construction, which is a distraction. Tomb of David was said that he is not and never was buried there but not really explained why. Mt Scopus and Western Wall was a repeat of the Old/New Jerusalem trip. Otherwise tour was very nice and guide very passionate about the sites.
The guide was quite knowledgeable about the City of David. My complaint, however, is the method of transportation. We were transferred and had to wait several times before and after the tour. Rather than a direct route to Jerusalem, we had to go to a central meeting place and wait for different buses to take us to our destination. This was particularly troublesome when the tour was completed and we were quite tired.
George M United Kingdom
The trip was great, the guide terrible, he raced through everything in the morning and then dragged his heals for the last hour when there was nothing much to see, tight squeeze in parts of underground a lot of walking,
You'll se the Mount of Olives just from the bus window. From the old city you'll just see the jewish quarter, missing on all the others. The city of David is charged extra. For the money you won't see much, although nice, probably not worth the money. The lunch was also overpriced and you have just 3 choices (pita, pita or pita - last one is vegetarian). I suggest you take the trip on your own with a book guide. Thats what we did after this experience. On the other hand if you don't like planning and don't want to see everything, this may be suited for you.
Was the most horrible experience, I use all the time Viator, but it was a nightmare. The guide was rude, cheat the schedule, etc. he took us to a specific restaurant to eat, he said they were using good species, he ordered as a local type of sandwich with a drink, the restaurant charged 45 if it had chicken. Later he took us to an expensive shopping store and he waste one hour of our trip, he doesn't allow us to buy another place because he started to scream. At the end of the tour, he moved us under a parking lot and with low temperatures we were waiting for our bus 60 minutes. The tour ends at 3:30 PM. in Jerusalem after we back to Tel Aviv.
My advice is never to use it, if you would like to have relaxed, and see all holy places, take a bus from your hotel 400, in Jerusalem in the terminal, take the bus 1 cost 1 shekel, and it leave you at the door of the old Jerusalem, the first trip take about 45 min, depending of the traffic and the other 4 minutes, total is 17 shekels. I use to travel a lot around the world, but this was a terrible experience, I did it because the according USA news was not safe, but was safe.
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