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City of David Group Tour plus Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting from Tel Aviv

Highlights
  • Ride the IsraelRail along Highway 1 and pass the morning traffic jam
  • Stroll along the famous Mahane Yehuda Market
  • Audio guide – Listen and learn the history of the market
  • Taste a variety of local culinary dishes
  • The Gihon Spring, giving life to Jerusalem and fiercely protected
  • Silwan Necropolis, holding the Tomb oft he Pharaoh’s Daughter and the Tomb of the Royal Steward
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel carved out underneath the City of David
Description
Israel is fully accessible by public transportation! Ride the Israel Railway to Jerusalem. Once in the city use the Light Rail to hop on and off, stopping first at the Mahane Yehuda Market. In the afternoon jump on the Light Rail to the City Hall stop and join the City of David group tour starting from the Jaffa Gate.

MAHANE YEHUDA MARKET – SELF GUIDED

The Mahane Yehuda market Bite card enables you to be a Jerusalem native for a day and get a taste from the best stands in the market.  Moreover, the tour is accompanied by a fascinating audio tour, with all the stories and the legends behind the market.  The Bite card is suitable for Kosher observers. The Bite Card is comprised of 6 slips curated in order to give you a chance to try a variety of products, flavors and the aromas of the market – without having to depend on an organized group, or tour.

Whether you are a couple, a small group, or exploring on your own, you no longer need to feel confined to organized tasting tours of the shuk. Here at Mahane, we’ve worked with top tour guides and the most beloved and colorful shuk vendors to create Shuk Bites – a single map and punchcard that allows you to enjoy the abundance of the market whenever is best for you, to walk around at your own pace, and to enjoy all the best of the best of Mahane Yehuda’s foods and beverages.


CITY OF DAVID – GUIDED GROUP TOUR

The next part of the tour starts at the Jaffa Gate where you will meet your group to visit the City of David. You will see a Sandeman guide holding a red umbrella.
The 3-hour Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour meets at the Jaffa Gate, as your expert licensed guide that takes you back in time 6,000 years to uncover the archaeological secrets of the City of David and the Old Testament. Not for the faint-hearted – expect underground tunnels, narrow passageways, and some wading through water, however, if you can brave it, your reward will be some of the most incredible archaeological sites in one of the holiest places on Earth.
Included
  • Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Jerusalem and back
  • City of David 3-hour guided group tour
  • Mahane Yehuda Bite Card 6 tastings
  • Map of Jerusalem and travel itinerary
Additional Info
Departure Time
We suggest taking the 09:01 AM train arriving in Jerusalem Itzhak Navon train station at about 09:55 AM
Exit the train station and take the Light Rail 2 stops to the Mahane Yehuda Market.
If you prefer you can also take an earlier train, starting from 08:01 AM. Trains leave the Savidor Center Station every 30 minutes. Check the updated train schedule here!

What to Bring
Remember to wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a hat to protect against the sun & drink lots of water in the summer months.

Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours advance of travel date will incur a fee of $10 USD for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 hours advance of departure – the trip is non-refundable!

Unfortunately, these tours are not wheelchair accessible.

TRAIN STATION SECURITY CHECKS
Entry to all train stations is subject to a personal baggage check.

Every station entrance is manned by security guards who operate in accordance with Israel Police guidelines and are committed to upholding your dignity and safety during the security check.

Please be aware that lines may develop at the security check stations during peak hours in the morning and afternoon/evening (6:00am-9:00am and 15:00-19:00), so it is important that you arrive sometime prior to your train’s departure.

LOCKERS IN NAVON TRAIN STATION
Heading to Jerusalem for the day before your flight from Ben Gurion International Airport? Take the train from Tel Aviv and leave your luggage in the lockers at the Itzhak Navon station in Jerusalem.

In cooperation with:
Israel Railways, SANDEMANs NEW Europe and Yalla Basta