Tel Shiloh
shiloh sears tower
shiloh horned altar
bethel olive press sign

Private tour to Shiloh and Bethel

Private Tour to Shiloh and Bethel

Nestling in the pastoral Samaria mountains, Shiloh and Bethel were both religious centers of the Israelites. Today these sites bear fantastic archaeological finds that attest well to the biblical accounts.

Explore Ancient Shiloh

Shiloh was a religious center of the Israelites in the pre-monarchical period. According to the bible the ark was kept in Shiloh, in the tabernacle, for several centuries. Later, in the Byzantine period several churches were built at the site, one of which was turned into a mosque. Today, Tel Shiloh bears rich archaeological finds and an innovative visitor center. Its top floor offers an audio-visual presentation, and panoramic views of the site and its surroundings.

Track Jacob’s Dream Site

Jeroboam temple bethelAt the northern edge of modern Bethel is one of the highest summits in the region. The water reservoir at its top provides one of the best vistas in all of Israel. The coast, the Jordan valley, the Moab mountains and even mount Hermon can all be seen from this viewpoint. By local tradition north of the tower is the site of Jacob’s dream (Genesis 27), Deborah’s burial (Genesis 35:5), and Jeroboam’s Temple (1 kings 12:28-29). While most scholars identify biblical Bethel at Beitin, 2 miles to the south, this site bears certain finds that can be attributed to the biblical narrative.

Visit a local winery

If you are an oenophile you will find some great wineries in this region as well. Being 850 meters above Sea Level, the vineyards of Samaria provide some of the best wines in all of Israel. Tura winery or Psagot winery are a great place to end a day tour of this region, leaving a taste for more!

What’s included

  • 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

What’s excluded

  • Site entrance fees
  • Meals and snacks
  • Gratuities

What to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Some cash

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    Did you Know?

    The Bible records the ark taken from Shiloh during the 11th century BCE and later lost. This led to death of Shiloh’s high priest, and the tabernacle relocated to Nov. Shiloh is never mentioned again in the Bible as an inhabited site. Excavations at Shiloh uncovered evidence of the site’s destruction in the mid 11th century BCE. It is a significant match to biblical narrative documented in the book of Samuel.

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    Hillary T., USA

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    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!

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