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The Story of the Hasmonaean and King Herod 7 Days Tour

The Story of the Hasmonaean and King Herod   7 Days Tour

The Story of the Hasmonaeans and King Herod - Seven-Day Tour

Day 1: Jerusalem – An Old and Ancient City

Experience for yourself the spectacular Herodian architecture throughout the Old City - the model of the Second Temple in the Jerusalem Museum; the Western Wall; the Western Wall tunnels; the Davidson Center excavations; the Castle of Antonia; Herodian foundations under the Damascus Gate; Jerusalem’s Citadel, also called the Tower of David


Day 2: Jerusalem - Beyond the Walls of the Old City

Rockefeller Museum; the Mount of Olives; the Kidron Valley Tombs; the Pool of Silwan (Shiloah); The City of David and aqueduct; the Gihon Spring; Tomb of Herod`s family; Sanhedrin caves


Day 3: Jerusalem’s Vicinity - Herodion and Hebron

Herod’s Judean desert fortress; Herodion – one of the last Zealot strongholds; the district headquarters of Bar Kochba during his revolt (now a national park); Herod`s burial place

Hebron - During the war against the Romans, Hebron was conquered by the Zealot leader, Simon Bar Giora. We will visit the Cave of Machpela, (burial place of the Patriarchs/Matriarchs) This unique site has similar construction to that of the Temple area


Day 4: Judean Desert - Jericho and Qumran

Jericho was the second most important city after Jerusalem in the period of the Second Temple. The sites we visit in Jericho - Herod`s winter palace, Hasmonean tombs of the second temple; the Roman road and aqueduct. Qumran was the home of the Essene community during the period of the second temple. In Qumran we see the caves which housed the Dead Sea Scrolls for over 2000 years, while exploring the Essene lifestyle and elaborate water system


Day 5: Judean Desert - Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and Masada National Park

The oasis of Ein Gedi was Bar-Kochba's headquarters in the Judean desert, flourishing during the during the Second Roman-Jewish War. At Ein-Gedi we see the castle fortress, which dates to the time of King Herod. Masada, Herod’s famous royal citadel and later, the last outpost of the Jewish Zealots, is found on the top of an isolated rock in the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea. The tour to Masada includes a visit to the site while listening to the moving story of the last Zealots


Day 6: Ashkelon, Jaffa and Caesarea

First we visit Ashkelon, the birthplace of King Herod, and a Jewish community during Herod's life; then on to Jaffa an important harbor during the Roman War known for its Jewish revolt against  Vespasian’s 10th Legion; Caesarea, where King Herod developed the bay area as an important sea port and where Vespasian later made his headquarters


Day 7: Safed, Maale Gamla and Beit Shean National Park


We visit Safed, which, during the 67 C.E. revolt, was a stronghold in the First Roman-Jewish War; Travelling southeast for about 35 minutes brings us to Maale Gamla, often known as the "Masada of the North,” originally fortified by Josephus. It fell into Roman hands only after a long and severe struggle; A short 45 minute trip south from Gamla takes us past the Sea of Galilee to Beit Shean, an important Jewish center during the late Hasmonean era and a center for rebellion in the First Roman-Jewish War of the First Century. We find here the Ruins of Scythopolis, a Roman-built city that was one of the 10 cities in the region comprising the Roman Decapolis; Journey back to Jerusalem through the Judean Valley

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