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Kidron Valley
Kidron Valley

Kidron Valley

Behind Old City Walls, Jerusalem, Israel

The Basics

You can explore Kidron Valley’s historic tombs, churches, and gardens on many tours of Jerusalem. The valley is included in walking tours of the Old City and can also be visited on the way to other Israel highlights such as Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea. Kidron Valley is also an integral part of tours that trace the footsteps of Jesus, which are popular among Christians.

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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kidron Valley is a key biblical site not to be missed by history buffs and religious pilgrims.
  • Dress and act respectfully when visiting the religious sites and tombs in the valley.
  • Bring water with you because some parts of the valley are hot and remote.
  • To avoid navigating the valley’s steep trails, view it from the Temple Mount or Mount of Olives.
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How to Get There

The Kidron Valley stretches across the Judean Desert from Jerusalem to toward the Dead Sea and can be accessed from the Lions’ Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem or by walking down from the Mount of Olives overlook. You can walk through the valley on your own or join a guided tour to make sure you don’t miss any important sites.

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When to Get There

You can visit the valley year-round, but if visiting in the summer arrive in the early morning or late in the evening to avoid the midday desert heat. Tourist attractions in Israel are typically busiest during religious holidays such as Easter and Passover so to avoid crowds, skip visiting around these holidays.

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Significant Sites in Kidron Valley

When passing through the valley from the Old City to the Mount of Olives, you can visit many ancient burial sites and see tombs that date back to the second temple period such as the Pillar of Absalom, the Tomb of Benei Hezir, and the Tomb of Zechariah. When you near the Mount of Olives you’ll reach the Garden of Gethsemane, an ancient olive grove known amongst Christians as the site where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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