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Private tour to the Judean Foothills

Exclusive Private Tour to the Judean Foothills (the Shephelah)

Embark on an exclusively curated tour that immerses you in the enchanting landscapes of the Judean lowlands, also known as the Shephelah (שפלה). Often labeled as “Biblical Tuscany,” this region brings together biblical sites and stories, stunning views, archaeological marvels – and exceptional wineries!

Tracing the Ark in Tel Beth-Shemesh

Start your journey with the exciting new discovery at Tel Beth Shemesh that relates to where the Ark of the covenant was kept. The discovery consists of a substantial rectangular stone echoing the dimensions of the ark. Dating to the 11th century BCE this may have been the very rock on which the ark rested after its return from Philistine captivity (1 Samuel 6:15). The site also provides great panoramas of the Sorek stream and locales associated with biblical Samson.

Explore David and Goliath Battle Site

Next, head to the Battlefield of David and Goliath. From the top of Tel Azekah your guide will review the battle site and assess related archaeological discoveries. Below, in the Ella valley, you will have an opportunity to spot pebbles similar to ones David used. Nearby, explore the underground city of Maresha, possibly the hometown of the prophet Micah, and the Roman Amphitheater at Beit Guvrin.

Savor Local Wines, Art and History

Lunch can be combined with a visit to one of the local wineries, sampling some of the region’s renowned wines. Flam, Clos de Gat, and Castel are just some of the famous wine labels from this region. If time and will permit, conclude the day with one of the following options:

  • Visit Emmaus-Nicopolis, possibly biblical Emmaus, where Jesus appeared after his resurrection (Luke 24:13-35).
  • Visit the studio of internationally acclaimed Israeli artist David Gerstein.
  • Journey along a section of the 1948  “Burma Road”, a strategically hidden path paved by the Jews during the War of Independence to ensure the supply route to Jerusalem.

What’s included

  • Guiding by a licensed, 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
  • Modest clothing if visiting holy sites (no shorts or bare shoulders)
  • Some cash

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