One of the most important builders of the land of Israel is of no doubt, Herod the Great, who was crowned by the Romans as King of Judea.
As part of his ambitious plans, he built the city of Caesarea, the largest and most planned city of his time, and he names it after his benefactor – Caesar, and reconstructs a luxurious temple on the hills of the new city in honor of Cesar Augustus.
The tour through the city is fascinating because of the magnificent monuments like the Roman theater, the hippodrome, the Hipodamic streets, the bathhouse and the aqueduct which channels water to the city from the distance sources, the Sebastus port that becomes the central port of the time in the ancient land of Israel.
The tour of Caesarea is fascinating by the mere encounter with the heroes of the past and the antique culture which is revealed before us.
The Crusaders have ruled over large parts of Israel for 200 years and have left their imprint on the land. Our tour will include various Crusaders’ sites across the country: the fortress of Belvoir, the Montfort castle, Yehiam , Akko, Caesarea, Apolonia, Ramla, Ramallah, Latrun, Abu-Gosh, Jerusalem, Eleutheropolis (“city of the free” – Beit-Goverin) and more.
Biblical mounds are mentioned in the bible many times, and they are considered as having a special universal cultural importance. These mounds are characteristic of different regions throughout the Middle-East and in particular Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Eastern-Turkey. Among more than 200 hills in the land of Israel, the Tel-Megiddo, Tel-Hazor and Tel-Beer-Sheba, represent some of the best examples for life during the Iron Age of the Levant area.
Known for its ground water collection systems, serving urban localities of the time.
These Tels (mounds), represent the encounter of cultures and human values, which are expressed by building styles of the antique world in Egypt, Syria and the countries of the Aegean sea and form a unique and special style. These Tels, are a testimony for a culture which disappeared – the Canaanite cities and the biblical cities of the Iron Age, which were characterized by urban planning, fortifications, palaces and technologies for collecting water.