City of David Group Tour plus Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting

Per person$85


  • Ride the train 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


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.


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.


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.

What’s included



Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Jerusalem


Local Transportation

The IsraelRail Rav Kav Card is valid for local buses, trains and the Light Rail in Jerusalem

Included in the Mahane Yehuda Bite Card

  • A Taste of Georgian or Jerusalem traditional Baked Goods Imaruly – savory pastry stuffed with cheese or spinach or half a serving of Sabih or Sambusak hummus
  • A Taste of Kubbeh Soup or Stuffed Vegetables Moroccan cigar, kubbeh and stuffed grape leaf or red Kubbeh soup
    *Tasting is available until 16:00.
  • Meat Patty or Mashroom a la Plancha or A Taste of Hummus – Freshly made Angus meat patty or portobello mushroom a la plancha or A Hummus plate with pita bread
  • A cup of fresh health juice
  • A taste of Israeli Boutique Beer with popcorn or A choice of three dim sum
  • A Taste of  Fresh Coffee or Artisan Ice cream – Cappuccino/espresso/mint tea or A scoop of ice cream

Guided Group Tour

City of David 3-hour guided group tour


Map of Jerusalem

8-10 hours


Meet a local IsraelRail representative at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana train station in order to receive your travel itinerary packet


Arrive to the Mahane Yehuda Market around 11:00 AM to start strolling and tasting!

Meeting Point

For Mahane Yehuda Market – Take the train from the Hahagana train station to the Itzhak Navon Station in Jerusalem. Jump on the Light Rail just a few stops to the Mahane Yehuda Market.

For City of David – Aim to arrive at Jaffa Gate at 13:50 PM. Your Sandemans tour guide will be holding a red umbrella and the tour will begin at 14:00 PM. Sandemans-meeting-point

Dropoff Point

The tour finishes within a 10 minutes walk from the Jaffa Gate at the Dung gate.


Tel Aviv Train Station
Start at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana Train Station

Meet a local representative of IsraelRail and collect your travel itinerary packet which includes your itinerary, the IsraelRail card and a map

Itzhak Navon Station Jerusalem
Arrive at Itzhak Navon Jerusalem Station

Arrive at the Jerusalem Itzhak Navon station after a short 34 minute ride. Exit the station and take the Light Rail towards Heil Ha’avir station

Mahane Yehuda Jerusalem
Mahane Yehuda Market Tasting

Get off the Light Rail at the Mahane Yehuda Market station.

Jerusalem Bite Card - Yalla Basta
Taste, Explore and Discover the Market

Use the Bite Card to enjoy the market at your own pace and taste some of the best of Mahane Yehuda’s foods and beverages. Download the free audio guide!

Sandemans Red Umbrella Jaffa Gate
City of David Group Tour

Meet your Sandemans tour guide at the Jaffa Gate – The guide will be holding a red umbrella. The tour starts at 14:00 PM. Your Jerusalem City of David Tour lasts for 3 hours

City of David Jerusalem
Jerusalem City of David 3-hour Tour
  • The Gihon Spring
  • Silwan Necropolis
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Warren’s Shaft
  • Jerusalem’s first palace
  • The Canaanite period and water system
Jerusalem Old City
Continue exploring Jerusalem on your own

After the guided tour feel free to discover more of the Old City or other parts of Jerusalem

Tel Aviv Allenby
Heading back to Tel Aviv

The last train leaves from Jerusalem Itzhak Navon Station at 21:30. We recommend leaving arriving 20 minutes early, not to miss the last train!
Arriving back in Tel-Aviv you can exit any station


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 Hahagana train 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.


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