If you’ve already toured most of the popular sites in Israel, or if you are a fan of Biblical stories – this tour is for you! This specially designed private tour follows the story of the Ark of the Covenant, from the battle leading to its capture by the Philistines, to its return to the Israelites at Beth-Shemesh, and its aftermath. We will visit battlefields, archaeological sites, and crawl into a big underground cave. So fetch your Indiana Jones hat and whip, and let’s go!
Follow the Ark in Philistine Captivity
After defeating the Israelites at Even Ha’ezer, the Philistines captured their holiest object – The Ark of the Covenant – and took it to Ashdod, and later to Gat and Ekron. Ancient Ashdod was dug up in the 1960’s and later all covered back up. Ancient Ekron was intensively excavated in the 1980’s-1990’s. Most of the site is also covered back up. However, a rich presentation of the finds made at the site can be seen at “The “Philistine Street” in a kibbutz near the mound. This will be our first stop, and presentation of the subject.
Spot the Ark in Tel Beth-Shemesh
The ark was sent back to the Israelites from Ekron and received in the town of Beth-Shemesh. Biblical Beth-Shemesh has been excavated since the early 20th century. Recently, a sensational discovery made at the site links to the ark’s presence the site. A big flat slab of stone, found in a room behind an animal sacrificial area, may have been the very spot where the ark was kept.
Track biblical Kiryat Yaarim
The Bible indicates that soon after, unfortunately, the Ark had to be moved again, as it had inflicted a plague. It was taken from Beth-Shemesh to Kiryat Yaarim. This site is suggested to be on the hill above the Arab village of Abu Ghosh. In the 19th century a church was built at its hilltop, called Notre Dame de l’arche d’Alliance. In recent years an archaeological expedition is digging around the church. They hope to find remains from the Biblical account time frame mentioning to the Ark.
In Search of Beit Oved Edom Ha-Giti
After being crowned and establishing Jerusalem as his new capital city, David came to Kiryat Ya’arim, aiming to bring the ark to Jerusalem. But causing the death of Uzzah, the ark was placed for three months at a site called “Bei Over Edom Ha’giti”. New research at Motza, a site halfway between Kiryat Yaarim and Jerusalem, uncovered an Iron age temple. Is this the very temple where the ark was kept?
Guiding done by a licensed and expert private guide
Transportation in luxury level van or SUV
Pick-up and drop-off at any address
Free Wi-Fi and chilled bottled mineral water
Site entrance fees
Meals and snacks
What to bring
Hat and sunscreen
Modest clothing if visiting holy sites (no shorts or bare shoulders)
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Danny knows the sites of Israel from so many different perspectives- not the least of which is the archeological expertise he brings to the table. Danny is one of a kind - I'd recommend him for any length of tour for any age group on any day of the week! My experience was eye opening and life-shifting. Loved every moment. Best tour guide experience I've ever had!
Hillary T., USA
Daniel provided the single best guided tour experience our family has ever had! Daniel's knowledge of the Holy Land is the very best - and he magically weaved lessons on history, archeology, and religion into every site visit - in a way that fascinated my entire family (inc 2 teenagers, 2 young adults). We all learned and had experiences we will never forget. The entire experience was top notch and well planned - Danny knows everyone and how to get things done. Don't hesitate. Book Danny the Digger now!
J.B. T., USA
My husband and I just got back from an 8 day tour of Israel with Danny. It was fantastic!! Danny is incredibly knowledgeable and related so many interesting details and facts about his country. Every day was a great day. Danny is simply the best!!
Robyn W. USA
Danny is incredibly knowledgeable on the biblical, historical and political information surrounding all the sites… As a Christian, Danny has offered me so much insight into the life of Jesus as well.
Richard E., USA
We are a Christian Family of five from the United States. Danny gave us an outstanding tour of Jerusalem and Herodion. His Archaeology background and knowledge of the Old and the New Testament is impressive and his explanations brought the holy sites to life... Our three teenage children loved his tours!
Joan D., USA
…It was truly one of the best tours I’ve experienced (and I’ve traveled all over the world). Your archeological and academic background and knowledge, cultural perspective and ability to weave history, personalities, fact and symbolism together into wonderful stories made it all come alive in a magical way.
Sue D., Cook Associates M.D.
Thank you so much for the tour yesterday. Was simply superb!
Ofer A., InterCure VP
I’d been looking forward to this trip for years; it wouldn’t have been nearly the highlight it was w/o you, your knowledge, insight and friendship. I can’t thank you enough for that..
Brit R., M.D. in Royal bank of Canada
I learnt more about the Bible with Danny in a day than I have ever had attending Sunday school or church. The tour was just excellent!
John M., UK
Seeing places like Tel Hazor and Tel Dan with an expert on archaeology explaining how we know what we know about these times long ago was a special treat.
Prof. Jonathan G., Columbia U.
Let me say to you and you may use this as a sincere testimonial: You Danny the Digger are an outstanding guide, educator, archeologist and political pundit providing exciting and most intelligent information to the visitor on events of the past, their impact on the Jewish world and our concerns with the future. I have been to Israel 100+ times but notwithstanding, one always learns particularly from people like you.
Tom H., CJA Chairman, Canada
I recommend his services wholeheartedly for the synagogue group I will be leading this coming October/November. While his certification is currently specific to archaeology, my experience is that he will be fully able to handle the range of explanations that our group will need, in order to have a meaningful tour.
Rabbi Michael P., USA
We really enjoyed touring with you Danny. Your knowledge of all aspects was truly impressive and made the tours extremely interesting…
Tom F., Intel VP
Danny’s obvious love for Israel shines through his every word. Beyond the historical / archaeological / holy sites, Danny was more than willing to show us areas off the beaten path. He greatly enriched our Israeli experience and was worth every shekel!
Hedy L., USA
Thank you again for the fantastic day! You were excellent and we enjoyed ourselves very much!
I.L., Citi Bank Managing Director
The day with you actually inspired me so much and it was definitely one of the best trips I had ever!
B.L., Galaxy Entertainment Group VP
The best guide I ever had!
John S., Wyeth CEO
..he is an excellent English speaking tour guide.. He is highly recommended… but call soon as he may get booked up!
Jamie S., Israel
Thank you so much for a fantastic and interesting 2 days seeing some of the most incredible places in Israel and in history. We really appreciated your knowledge and insight.
Tom and Deborah A., USA
Our private guided tour to Jerusalem in the night was unforgettable. Danny was awesome!
M.S., Capgemini Consulting
Our most heartfelt thanks for making our trip to Israel such a fantastic experience… we have been there before, however, under your guidance we saw it in a new and more comprehensive way.
Max and Gittel L., USA
I found his references to the history of the land and its current politics very astute and interesting. He would be an ideal candidate for who may want a really in-depth and unforgettable experience.
Myrna and Martin O., Canada
Thank you very much for your guided tour and excellent archeological observations… Your expertise and laid-back manner really made for a wonderful evening.
Ray W., USA
I am still under huge impression from your tour! Thank you so much for it!!! You’re the best tour guide ever!!!!
Elena P., Ukraine
Hi Raphael. We are very happy to see that you had such a great experience… Danny: Thank you for providing our client such a great service!
Marcel K., American Express Platinum Service
…Jerusalem Tour… was an absolute thorough enlightening, and very pleasant Experience. Looking forward to our next excursion…
Raphael S., Mira Nof Agencies
Everyone — even the tired teenager Orly — agreed that our historical archaeological tour with you today was a major highlight of our trip. You are an extraordinarily gifted teacher.
Pamela N., USA
We had the extreme pleasure of being guided.. by you… Great memories of a great trip. Thanks for your good work.
Thomas R., USA
..You are an excellent guide, probably way over qualified and for our purpose, just terrific…
Ari R., USA
We have really enjoyed our time with you.. I learned so much from your explanations… I really think I will remember this trip forever. Todah Rabbah!
Dorit Sh., USA
I would like to thank you once again for the really good time we had in Israel, thanks to you. The whole experience… had an amazing impact on me, it made me see things in a different light, thank you for that.
Mieke Van der V., Holland
We had a glorious, eye-opening time, from Masada to the kibbutz… Your knowledgeable, incisive remarks and explanations made our time with you an experience to remember.
Sandy and Tom H., USA
I wanted to thank you for making our first trip to Israel such a spectacular one… You were the perfect guide... You really made the Bible come to life…
Jennifer and Stuart Z., USA
I wanted to thank you again for the perfect tour of Jerusalem! The conference guests were extremely impressed with your knowledge and found it to be a very interesting experience. It was a great success!
Prof. Nisan L., Tel-Aviv University
Danny, I truly enjoyed the tour of Jerusalem. You did an excellent job of getting through 4000 years of history in two hours – with excellent detail... Thanks again.
Bruce B., Motorola VP
..my trip to the Holy Land will last my entire life…I really appreciated how you wove the history from the New Testament into our tours…You taught me so much. Please don’t think me presumptuous- I am very sincere. It was a privilege to spend time with you.
Pam H., USA
Thank you again for a wonderful, enlightening day yesterday. Leena and I truly appreciated you guidance through the Old City and will cherish the experience forever. I wish you all the best.
Leena and Alan D., UK
If you decide to go to Israel and get to know its history and culture, I strongly recommend to take Danny as a personal guide. You will learn 10 times more than with group tours, and all of that in a very relax atmosphere. And he is also just a fun guy to hang out with.
Guy de L., Johnson&Johnson
Danny is the best, believe me!
Thierry D., Chief AUDI Test Driver
I now understand what they mean when they say the right guide can make the country come alive. I certainly experienced that. I have already told some friends about how terrific you were.
David and Joan L., USA
Danny, what a wonderful two days we had with you in the Galilee!! My 13-year-old grandson now thinks he wants to be an archaeologist and my son-in-law now says he’s a “raging Zionist”
Posy M., USA
..Danny the Digger on the other hand was simply outstanding. The tour of Jerusalem was perfect – his knowledge was the best of any guide I have had… it was probably the best tour I’ve had since I have been coming to Israel.
James N., USA
I wanted to say thanks for the great experience and also tell you how much I enjoyed our discussions... You go down in my books as one of the great people I have had the pleasure to meet while in the country...
Officer Brian H., Boston PD., USA
Danny has taught a number of courses for my Dept. in recent years.. In addition, he guides our visitors from partnering institutions, as well as academic tours… Danny succeeds in delivering an outstanding, informative, multi-faceted experience… He is both charismatic and humorous, and has excellent English… I recommend him highly..
Keri R., Summer Courses & Special Academic Programs, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
My parents cannot stop talking about how you made this trip so amazing!! .. We just loved how you made everything so interesting and educational. Thank you again for everything!!... Israel is lucky to have you.
Dalia S., USA
From private tours to meetings with key religious figures in the old city, and helicopter rides – everything was unbelievable! I highly recommend his services, especially if you’re looking for something incredibly special and/or need to impress VIPs.
C.P., Communications Director | HP Software
He is definitely NOT JUST ANY TOUR GUIDE. Danny plans, suggests alternatives, continually adjusting destinations according to his clients’ energies and interests… coming up with even more fascinating alternatives… He is ideal for VIP executive tours.
G.H., Maus Frères VP, Switzerland
Danny… the trip was fantastic. You were unbelievable. Your knowledge was only surpassed by your desire to tell us everything you know about a subject… I don’t think we could have had a better overall trip from anyone else no matter what.
Robert L., USA
You are not only the best (by far) tour guide we’ve ever had, but you are also a fine and admirable person. It’s wonderful how your passion for archaeology and for Israel shines from you. Your knowledge regarding all aspects of the tour is exemplary.
Vivienne and Ari (Andrew) W., Australia
Imah, Johanita and myself would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding hospitality and guidance that you gave us… Many thanks for a wonderfully memorable stay in Israel..
Peter and Johanita E., New Zealand
Your guiding was very professional and informational. Your way of explaining with the relevant jokes made the tour extremely interesting. I am sure that our non-Jewish guests were very impressed with the tour and their encounter with bustling Jerusalem and the holy sites for various religions.
Jacqueline G., CECAM Israel
We have to say without reservation that it was the most informative, interesting, and fulfilling tour we have ever been on. Your leadership, experience, contacts, and expertise made the trip exceptionally worthwhile for us. It will long remain our “trip of a lifetime.”
Bob and Judy E., USA
Danny, I cannot thank you enough for all the kindness you showed Anna and myself. You really outdid yourself and accommodated us with tremendous grace and poise.
Ted and Anna K., USA
We were EXTREAMLY fortunate to get Danny Herman as our PERSONAL guide. Danny Herman’s expertise contributed IMMENSELY to making this a SPECIAL, TRIP-OF-A LIFETIME.
Dennis B., Texas Instruments cheif sceintist
This man is not a tour guide – this man is an archaeologist who happens to give tours. Unbelievably deep and wide knowledge of the history of religion and Israel. Great service, tailors a tour to fit your available time. Very friendly and engaging, just a delight to be around.
Jerry D., USA
My experience with Danny exceeded all my expectations and provided me with a complex, informed perspective on what at the very least is a complex place… I will definitely engage Danny again–he’s terrific!
Teri D., USA
Thank you for such an amazing day. We had a great time and no doubt you are the best guide for Jerusalem!
Chloe M., UK
Not only are you a great maggid of the history of the Jewish people and their homeland but you are an awesome photographer. I know that the trip is not over, but it has already exceeded our expectations.
Cliff K., USA
I want to thank you for a truly wonderful and educational tour. The kids thought you were amazing!
Jeff R., USA
… He exceeded our expectations in every way. We learned so much history including the archeological record, gained enormous perspective… His company and demeanor is welcoming and warm. He will make you feel like a lifelong friend.
Melanie B., USA
…from all the tour guides I meet in Israel, you were absolutely the best. Honestly you have a gift…
Ehima S., India
We were very pleased to meet you and the tours we had were one of the best ever… I experienced and learned more than I could have hoped. We look forward to seeing you next time we are in Israel…
Marc L., University of British Columbia, Canada
Thank you for the outstanding tour of Jerusalem. It is hard to imagine how we saw so much in one day, but the orientation and information, as well as your delivery, was spectacular..
Ed M., Emory University School of Medicine
.. thank you for such a wonderful experience. You truly did an outstanding job!
Mark G., Endochoice CEO
With you as our guide, the history of our biblical origins indeed came to life. We learned so much from your knowledge, much too much to remember.
Chris and Rose K., USA
I want to apologize for not writing sooner as you certainly deserve an excellent review of the tour you provided us… Your patience, your knowledge and personality created memories for us that are so precious… thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Brenda I., USA
Thanks again for the great day out with my family… it was just one more great day on the road with new friends. You are a blessed man, congratulations.
Paul F., USA
I just wanted to thank you again for making our trip so memorable. Thinking back over our eleven days, I realize again how much we learned about Israel’s history, politics and culture because of you and just can’t thank you enough. Plus, you’re a super fun guy, which is a true bonus. 🙂
Vicki G., USA
You made our trip so much better by bringing us to sites and persons not on a traditional radar.. wow! What a thrill for those encounters and for your solid guiding throughout the two days..
Bob S., USA
..it was a fabulous day. Thanks a lot!! We were all impressed by your knowledge, professionalism, and skill.
Jorge, O. USA
It was a pleasure to have met you, while the tour and the insights gleaned from it made for a very pleasurable day, one we will surely remember for the rest of our lives.
Dr. Adrian G., Malta
Just a note to thank you Danny for the MOST enjoyable time spent with you… we will never forget a memorable few days. Our thanks also to Freddie.
Heather B., UK
… We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and listening to your extensive knowledge of history and present day in Israel. We will be forever changed by our trip.
Julie S, Canada
Thank you for your guide today around Jerusalem. It was very enlightening and made me ponder upon religion and ways of life…
Yoon H., SVP Samsung
Danny is terrific. He is equally qualified introducing the first timers to the most popular sites in Israel and, on the other hand, instructing the experts regarding the obscure and little known sites few are aware of.
He has a vast knowledge of Israeli archaeology and history, as well as a firm grasp of the things that are important to both Christians and Jews. In addition, Danny presents himself on camera not only as a knowledgable expert, but an engaging and likeable character with a personality all his own.
Kipp Adler, Director, TBN
Danny was fabulous! His English is flawless, and his historical and archaeological knowledge is unparalleled. We used several guides during our time in Israel. Danny was by far the best.
Joseph K., USA
Danny’s scientific approach to explaining the sites, religious and secular, is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. With his background in archaeology, he’s a fantastic wealth of knowledge.
Ken C., USA
Danny is an outstanding guide! It is an experience I will never forget.
Randy B. USA
Thank you for an amazing couple of days, we could not have seen half of what we wanted without you. Everything was perfect!
Allison W,. USA
Danny thank you again, that was a magical day. Everyone had a terrifc visit, I will highly recommend to anyone coming to use you!
Jen F., Samsung NEXT
Thanks very much for a really special day. I loved being able to go to the special places for Christians.. an everlasting experience for me… And thanks… for your professionalism and deep knowledge and dedication...
Ann D., New Zealand
Thank you so much for your time today, we loved every second! Also thanks too for extra effort to find my uncle 🙂
Carolyn H., New Zealand
Hi Danny, I want to thank you again for such an amazing day! The group absolutely loved your guidance. Even our most senior participant was very impressed by your immense knowledge and attention to detail. So thank you again!!
Einav, R., Amazon Israel
Hi Danny.. All of us really enjoyed the tour and appreciate what a great guide you were. Prior to the tour we were supporters of Israel. Since the tour our support has increased, and we are better at explaining the challenges Israel faces… thank you for providing us a great tour
Lietzke D., USA
He makes biblical history fascinating and the tour is very comfortable despite occasional heat and crowds… I would book Danny again if I’m lucky enough to return.
Jane T., Australia
We really enjoyed your knowledge and your company… to you and your family הרבה ימים מאושרים לבוא.
Jeff B., USA
I simply can’t say enough of how truly SPECIAL our time was touring with you!! Having a tour guide like you that is not only extremely knowledgeable but also has such a passion for Israel was just wonderful… We just loved our 3 days with you!!
Elizabeth A., USA
Thank you for a remarkable day. You are a brilliant man
Jonathan P., Antenna Media CEO
My husband, Mordecai, and I recall with great pleasure the tour of the Stations of the Cross, which you led for a group of medical scientists…Your tour and the trip were both very memorable.
Ellen B., USA
..You were great. You have the knowledge of both archaeology and tourism that made this a very special trip..You were a really good tour guide and I really enjoyed the trip.
Claire F., USA
I have to say Danny , that whirlwind trip to Israel was one of the best holidays of my life. Much of that is due to you..
Jason I., Ireland
..I wanted to thank You once again for being such a wonderful guide and making our trip so meaningful.. I have already told some friends about how terrific you were..
David and Joan L., USA
Danny — you gave our IDC group one of the best presentations yet!! thank you very much…
Paul H., Canada's Ambassador
..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 humor..