Discover the legacy of the City of David hiding in the underground passages of Jerusalem. Explore the ancient tunnels on this guided walking tour of the Holy City's historic centre.
After meeting at the iconic Jaffa Gate, a stone portal in the historic walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, you'll start your guided walking tour of the ancient city. Your first stop will be the archaeological site housing the remains of the Gihon Spring.
The holy scriptures talk of a natural water source that made it possible for humans to settle here and therefore found the ancient City of David. Learn why the spring is also known as the Fountain of the Virgin and how important it was in Biblical times. Explore the Hezakiah, or Siloam Tunnel, whose ancient passageways are said to have been constructed to protect water from the Gihon Spring from potential sieges.
To truly appreciate the incredible feats of engineering carried out in 8th century BCE Judah, you'll then enjoy a guided tour of the Siloam Tunnel. As you explore the subterranean passages, marvel at the in-depth knowledge of hydraulics that was put into practice in the Middle East throughout ancient times.
Your walking tour will continue to the Silwan necropolis, the most important ancient cemetery in Israel, before finishing the tour with a visit to Warren's Shaft, so named in honour of the British archaeologist who discovered it, Charles Warren. This ancient series of underground passageways were also part of the city's fiercely protected crucial water supply.
A large part of this guided walking tour is carried out in narrow underground tunnels, and as such it is not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.
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English guided walking tour
Students with valid student cardUS$ 36.80
Children under 13 years oldFree
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge of Jerusalem history.
Entry to monuments visited on the tour.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Jerusalem local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).