This private tour is devoted to sites in the beautiful region of the Judean lowlands, a region of low hills, 250–350 m above sea level – The Shephelah (שפלה). Named also “Biblical Tuscany”, this area combines perfectly Biblical stories, rich archaeological sites, stunning views – and great wineries. Le’chaim!
Explore Biblical Sites
We start the day with a visit of Tel Lachish. Lachish was the second most important city in the Judean kingdom. It was conquered by the Assyrians in 701 BCE, and dramatic remains of the battle can be seen to this day (!). Nearby we could also visit the site some suggest to be Biblical Ziklag, the site where David turned from a bandit to a King..
Next we head to the Battle site of David and Goliath. From Tel Azekah we will review the battle site and the battle, and possibly visit the intriguing site Khirbet Qeiyafa. Alternatively we can explore the underground city of Maresha and the Roman Ampitheatre at Beit Guvrin.
Sample local wine and art
Alternatively, we could also end the day with an ATV tour in the Sfelah, crawl in Bar Kokhba caves at Khirbet Midras or Tel Goded, visit the David Gerstein Studio, or go for some wine tasting in a local winery!.
If we have more then one day for touring this region we could also visit sites like Luzit Caves, Stalactite cave (Soreq cave), Emmaus-Nicopolis, Beit Jimal, The “Philistine Street”, Khirbet Hanot / Goliath’s Burial Place?, Deir Rafat, Anne Frank Monument, or the impressive Holocaust monument– “Scroll of Fire” Monument. We could also combine it with a Vegan Cooking Workshop.
Another option is a Jeep tour in the Shephelah to less known sites such as Khirbet Beit Loya / Beit Lehi, Tel Goded, Tel Yarmuth, Timnah / Tel Batash, Tel Tsafit / Biblical Gath and Ekron / Tel Miqne.