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Presenting Jerusalem from Mount of Olives

My name is Danny Herman, yet being an archaeologist for many years,  I am known as “Danny the Digger“.

With my team we provide Private and VIP tours across Israel, with optional extensions to Jordan and Egypt

We cater many clients, institutions, and companies, especially High-Tech companies.

Over the years we also handled quite a few VIP projects. Just to name a few: Dr. Oz, Go Daddy’s CEOGoogle’s VP, Apple’s VPSamsung’s President王石 Wang Shi, a few Noble Prize Winners, and even A Nigerian King.. 

Occasionally Danny appears also on various TV shows, such as this presentation of Herodium   – 

Or several other sites –  


Judge G.T., Australia

We have just had 10 wonderful days with Danny. His extensive qualifications and experience as an archaeologist give him a depth of knowledge beyond any tour guide. Added to that, his guides are provided with warmth and humour, but always with a genuine respect for the historical and religious significance of the sites..


The Small Print

How long is a tour?
We work on a daily basis, and for about 10 hours

Where do we Meet?
It’s a private tour!. We meet at your hotel, or where ever you want!.

What is the cost?

My nice new comfy SUV..

Unfortunately it is hard to cash livestock, gold ingots, or even Saracean slaves any more.. :-). Being so, the cost is $600 USD for a day tour by foot.

For a tour + transportation I charge $650-$850 (up to 5-6 passengers, and depends on mileage).

Please note that we DO NOT offer group tours, of any sort. THANKS

Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2019

My “Hall of Fame” Tripadvisor award

But how good are we?..  

Well in 2019 we were awarded, again (for the Ninth time!..), with a “Certificate of Excellence” by “Tripadvisor”!.

And on “Google My Business” we have also received over 200 reviews, all with raving reviews :-).

Director G.H., Switzerland

Danny Herman goes beyond “guiding”. He is definitely NOT JUST ANY TOUR GUIDE. Danny plans, suggests alternatives, tailors tours, continually adjusting destinations according to his clients’ energies and interests… coming up with even more fascinating alternatives.. He is ideal for VIP executive tours. We highly recommend Danny for visitors to Israel looking to know the country in-depth.. (From “TripAdvisor“).


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(02/20) A Rare Look at the Back Side of the Golgotha

Not every day do you get to be SOOO fortunate to have a private tour by one of the highest officials of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre  , but last week it actually happened to me! It started with a tour request of Jerusalem by the governor of Naxos, Mr. Ioannis Margaritis When we met he mentioned his cousin had a high function in the church of the Holy Sepulchre. When we met him I realized – he wasn’t kidding!. Father Bartholomew took us first to the John the Baptist “Prodromos” church  in the Christian Quarter , which he is in charge

(1/20) Visiting a Tomb of a Real Princess

Princess Alice of Battenberg  is a remarkable figure in the royal history of Europe. Born in 1885 in Windsor Castle, London to Second degree cousins (Ludwig von Battenberg and Victoria Princess of Hesse), it is perhaps not that surprising that she was death from birth. In 1903 when she was only 18 years old, Princess Alice was married to Andreas Prince of Greece, who she met a year earlier at the Coronation ceremony of Edward VII in London. The couple had four children, before being ousted in 1917 by Constantine, brother of Andrews from the Greek throne. Andreas and Alice

(12/19) The Location of Placing the Ark of the Covenant in Beth-Shemesh Discovered?

The book of Samuel mainly documents the struggles of the tribes of Israel against the Philistines, a struggle that eventually led to the kingdom by Saul and David, and the creation of Jerusalem as their capital. According to the Bible, the most sacred object of the tribes of Israel was the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Tablets, the instructions of the God of Israel how to worship it. Given to Moses at Mount Sinai, the tablets in the ark were carried through the wilderness, and once the Israelites of conquered the “Promised Land” the ark was placed first

(11/19) David’s first capital discovered? The Quest for Biblical ZIKLAG.

Ziklag was was Biblical town within the kingdom of Achish , the Philistine king of Gath, and later part of the kingdom of Judah. According to the book of Samuel (I Sam. 17), although David slew Goliath, a native of Gat, he later approached Achish, king of Gat, seeking asylum from Saul. Achish gave him the site of Ziklag, where David and 600 of his man and their families settled for 16 months. David then raided against other villages, acting more like a bandit, and later even attempted to join Achish and a philistine army to fight Saul. His request

(10/2019) New Museum opens in Petra

In my last visit to Petra   I was pleasantly surprised to see a new Museum has being opened next to the main entrance to Petra. Free of charge (at least for now..) this new museum is a result of a $7M grant from Japan, and its spectacular modern design is made by Japanese architects Yamashita Sekkei. Its galleries present about 300 objects, 50 of them presented to the public for the first time. Additional artifacts are expected to be presented on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York. My favorite gallery was of the presentation of some

(9/2019) Impressions of a Mysterious Cultic center found in the City of David – Malchizedek’s shrine? or Shalem’s stone?..

 Eli Shukrun is a friend since my years as an archaeology students at the Hebrew University. We took some classes together and stayed friends since. Later he joined me, and became a tour guide as well. Last week I happen to meet him while both of us were guiding at the City of David  , and he invited me to join his presentation to his group of his own dig at the City of David at a section not opened yet to the public. Of course my group and I happily joined, and we were indeed taken to an area I didn’t know

(8/2019) New church found with decoration alluding to the “miracles of the multiplication of Loaves and fish”

 In a recent article in “Haaretz” a sensational new discovery was presented – a mosaic floor of another church found in Hippos-Sussita . A discovery of an ancient church is not that rare, and four churches were already discovered in Sussita alone, but this was the first to be found at the site with an almost complete mosaic floor intact, and its decoration include fish and baskets, two of baskets even bearing 5  loaves of bread, matching the textual description of the “Miracle of the mulitplication of the loaves and fish (Mark 6).  While it is indeed tempting to suggest that

(7/2019) Roman Military Camp Uncovered near Armageddon

In the early 2nd century CE two imperial legions were stationed in “Provincia Syria Palestina” – Legio X “Fretensis”  in Jerusalem, and Legio VI “Ferrata” , somewhere near Tel Megiddo (known also as “Armageddon”). The exacat location of the camp of the sixth legion was confirmed only in surveys conducted east of Biblical Megiddo in 2013 and 2015, and only this year (2019)  a joint expedition began excavating at the site. Heading to Tel-Aviv after a day touring the north with a couple (the Straffs), I noticed the trucks of the expedition spread in the fields of the site, and decided to

(6/2019) New Podcast about Jesus and Archaeology

A chance meeting between Dr. Ilan Abeksis and I led to a set of audio recordings (podcast) about Jesus, the Bible and Archaeology. True that it is all in Hebrew, but eventually it will also be recorded in English.. one day.. Here are the chapters loaded so far – https://dannythedigger.com/lama

(5/2019) WE made it again!

Am so happy to honored to recieve the “Certificate of Excellence” again!. For the 8th year!! :-).  And its no longer just me. We’re a team!. Fredi Wiesner, Pini Refael, Edan Geva,  Moshe Gross, James Elgrod, and many more. All striving to provide the same – the best touring experience possible of the Holy Land!  Thank you all, and stay tuned for the new company soon to air – “Israel Premium Tours“!. 

(4/2019) Rare Gold coin Byzantine coin found in the Galilee

Located in the center of the lower Galilee, Sepphoris was founded in Hellenistic times, and was heavily expanded in the first century CE. Joseph, the (step) father of Jesus, may have been employed in the construction of the city. In the late third century CE Sepphoris was also the seat of the Jewish Rabbinical court (the “Sanhedrin”), as well where the important book of Jewish Law (the “Mishnah”) was codified. But in the Byzantine period, both the Sanhedrin was moved to Tiberias, and eventually outlawed, and the Pagan temples of Sepphoris, like in all the Roman Empire, were abolished, and

(3/2019) Seal impression of an Eunuch from the time of King Josiah found in Jerusalem

  Jerusalem in the time of the Old Testament was based mostly around the Gihon spring, in the area called now “City of David” or by local Arabs – “Silwan”. It is a narrow slope descending from the Temple Mount down to the meeting point of the Kidron and the Hinnom valleys. Since the 1980’s an ongoing excavation and development project is held at the site by “Elad” organization, yielding numerous exciting discoveries, from different periods. The latest discovery relates to the last years of Jerusalem, before the violent destruction of the city by the Babylonians, in 586 BCE. The

(2/2019) Ring of Pilatus found in Herodium?

In 1969 Prof. G. Foerester of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University conducted archaeological excavations at Herodium / Herodion, a fortified desert palace complex built by King Herod in the first century and named after him. Among the hundreds of artifacts uncovered in these excavations was a copper alloy sealing ring left in a destruction layer of the site that dates to year 71 CE and attributed to the Roman conquest of the site. The finds were all stored at the Hebrew University, yet recently the ring was cleaned and re-examined, and proved to bear an image of

(1/2019) Evidence of the ark found at Kiryat Yaarim? Or quite the opposite..

Kiryat Ye’arim is mentioned in the Bible as a Judahite town situated near Jerusalem during the period of the judges and King David (11th and 10th centuries BCE) According to the first Book of Samuel (ch. 7), the Ark of the Covenant was stored at Kiryat Ye’arim for 20 years after it was returned from  the Philistines, who had captured it in a battle at Eben-haezer, yet later were smitten with disease. The text says the ark was stored “in the house of Avinadab in the hill” before King David conveyed it to his new capital of Jerusalem after uniting