My Judean Hills Day Tour is a suggested itinerary for anyone that wishes to tour the Judaean Hills. Famous biblical stories such as David & Goliath were taking place right here!
Tel Lachish is the site of an ancient Near Eastern city, now an archaeological site and an Israeli national park. It is mentioned in the Amarna letters. According to the Hebrew Bible, of the cities in the ancient Kingdom of Judah, Lachish was second in importance only to Jerusalem. According to the prophet Jeremiah, Lachish and Azekah were the last two Judean cities to fall before the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.
The Assyrian Siege Ramp
Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park is encompassing the ruins of Maresha, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple, and Beit Guvrin, an important town in the Roman era when it was known as Eleutheropolis. Archaeological artifacts unearthed at the site include a large Jewish cemetery, a Roman-Byzantine amphitheater, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics, and burial caves.
Sidonian Burial Caves
We shall have our little rest trying some delicious wine accompanied with a light lunch. In my opinion, Clos de Gat is one of the best wineries in Israel so it's totally worth it.
Tel Gezer is an archaeological site in the Judaean Hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is now an Israeli national park. In the Hebrew Bible, Gezer is associated with Joshua and Solomon. It became a major fortified Canaanite city-state in the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE. It was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt. The Amarna letters mention kings of Gezer swearing loyalty to the Egyptian pharaoh. Its importance was due in part to the strategic position it held at the crossroads of the ancient trade route, Via Maris, linking Egypt with Syria, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia, and the road to Jerusalem and Jericho, both important trade routes.
The Sataf is situated on the western fringes of Jerusalem. Sataf offers many stunning hikes in nature, where you can also see olive orchards and agricultural plots on ancient agricultural terraces going back to the 15th century.