We took the guided tour and I was glad that we did. Otherwise we would have missed out on much vital information, that put the whole experience into perspective. The tunnel itself is absolutely amazing. The fact that they could dig it, starting from both ends and then to actually meet in the middle, just blows the mind. The walk through is not for the faint hearted or the claustrophobic. The tunnel is about 530 metres in length and is 61 cms. wide at its narrowest point. Water was thigh deep for approx. first 30-40 metres, then ankle deep for the rest of the way. I wore sneakers, but many of our tour were in bare feet and did not seem to be unduly inconvenienced. You definitely need a torch. I purchased a little one for 4 shekels & it was quite sufficient.
Then to have Lord Byron's poem "The destruction of Sennacherib" recited by a fellow tourist, was really very moving indeed !!!!!
This tour was the highlight of my entire visit to Israel.
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