Israel is a land that has so much to offer to archaeology fans. So that’s why I’ve listed here several archaeological day tours you can take when visiting Israel. You’ll find here different regions to explore like the Golan Heights and Jerusalem. And all of them are known as important archaeological sites in Israel. In fact, some were declared at some point, a world heritage site by UNESCO. I hope you’ll have a great time while visiting Israel!
In this Jezreel Valley archaeological tour, we will explore key sites in the Jezreel Valley like Tel Megiddo National Park and Ancient Beth Shean. In addition, we would end by checking out The Byzantine Synagogue at Beit Alfa.
Israel has a rich history and is dotted with archaeological sites. Masada National Park is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Israel. On our tour, we would explore the site thoroughly! Starting with the Museum just under Masada and then we'll take the cable car or just walk up to have a detailed tour
The Jerusalem Christian Archaeological Tour explores Jerusalem from an archaeological perspective but emphasizes sites that are important to Christianity. We would start by visiting Mt. Olives and see from up close tombs that were used for burial dated to the Second Temple Period by Judeo Christians. Then we will go on exploring archaeological sites like the Garden Tomb and the Church of the Holy Sepluchre. If time permits we will see residential homes that belonged to the upper crust of 2nd Temple Jerusalem, the Siloam Pool, and the Pool of Bethesda.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The pool of Bethesda (John 5)
The pool of Siloam (John 9)
This tour focuses on the ancient biblical tel of Jerusalem. The City of David wasn't integrated into the current Old City Walls that were built by Suliman the Magnificent in the 16th century. While we will tour the site we will get to know the different water systems, get to see the ancient city walls, and observe from up-close on homes of Israelites dated to the First Temple period and much more.
In this Jerusalem archaeological tour, we would explore various archaeological sites all over the Old City. Key sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter and the Herodian Mansions in the Jewish Quarter.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Davidson Archaeological Park
The Golan archeological tour encompasses different sites from various periods. Tel Dan is famous for its Canaanite Gate (Abraham Gate). Another Megalithic site dated to the Early Bronze Age is Rujum Al-Hiri. Of course, we can't skip Susita and Gamla National Park dated to the Roman Period.
The Galilee archaeological Tour will explore sites like Sepphoris which was in 55BCE as the Capital of the Galilee in the 1st century. We'll explore ruins of ancient synagogues around the Sea of Galilee like Chorazin. Another spectacular archaeological site to visit is the abandoned crusader fortress of Monfort perched in the green hills of the Upper Galilee.
Our Northern seashore archaeological tour can start in the Old Jaffa visitor center where there is a nice little museum for what is one of the oldest cities on the Medditarnean Sea. Then we will head north to Apollonia National Park, a crusader fortress, today in ruins. Up next will Caesarea National Park, real archaeological heaven where you can see a well-preserved Roman city dated to the time of Herod the Great.
In our last archaeological tour, we will explore the Negev Desert. We will focus on the famous Nabataean cities situated along the Negev desert that was forming part of the Incense Trade Route. First Avdat National Park and then Shivta and Mamshit. we will learn all there is to know about the Nabataean Kingdom and how they survived in these extreme conditions.
Mamshit National Park
Avdat National Park
Shivta National Park