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Samson Land (The Shfela)

This day tour is devoted to sites in the region between the coastal plain and the Judean Mountains – The Shfela (שפלה).

lachishWe start the day with a visit of Tel Lachish , the second most important city in the Judean kingdom.

Attacked and conquered by the Assyrians in 701 BCE the Assyrian assault ramp can be clearly seen to this day!

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qeiyafaNext we head to the “Elah valley” known mostly as the battle site between the “uncircumcised giant” and the “redhead shepherd” – David vs. Goliath.

Assessing the story we visit Khirbet Qeiyafa , and tel Azekah , and try to spot some pebbles in the brook (left from David’s shooting??..).

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mareshaAfter a lunch break we can explore the underground city of Maresha  and the Roman hippodrome at Beit Guvrin , and end the day with an ATV in the Sfelah  or some wine tasting in a local winery!.flam

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beth shemesh reservoirOOn the way back we can pass by sites related to the biography of Samson wikipedia s, such as Tel Tzora , or drive along the historical “Burma Road” , and if time and will permits, we can stop at Beth Shemesh , David Gerstein Studio , the Stalactite cave (Soreq cave) ,  Luzit Caves  Khirbet Midras Emmaus-Nicopolis Beit Jimal Bar Kokhba caves ,  The “Philistine Street”  , Deir Rafat Anne Frank Monument , or the impressive Holocaust monument– “Scroll of Fire” Monument .

Another option is a Jeep tour to less known sites such as  Tel Goded Tel Yarmuth Timnah / Tel Batash Tel Tsafit / Biblical Gath  and Ekron / Tel Miqne .

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wikipe The Shfela on Wikipedia
google-maps The Shfela on Google Maps

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