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Get a registered tour guide as there is far too much history here to try to tackle it all alone. This list captures maybe 2% of the places and not 1/10,000th of the amazing details.

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Masada National Park

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Climb it before dawn to watch the sun rise. This was a palace of King Herod, a genius builder, that became the scene of one of the great last stands in history.

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Ein Gedi Reserve

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

One of the most beautiful spots on earth. An oasis where King David hid from Saul.

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Qumran National Park

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

An interesting historic settlement, and the location of the recording of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Western Wall

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

The center of it all. Go on a Friday evening to see the Orthodox welcome Shabbat.

  • West Bank, Jerusalem

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The Western Wall Excavations

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

A way to get a look at the depth of the history in Jerusalem

  • Western Wall, Jerusalem

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City of David

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Walk the streets of history

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  • Ma'alot Ir David Street, Jerusalem, Israel
    מעלות עיר דוד, ירושלים

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Hezekiah's Tunnel

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Discussed in the Bible. Very cool, especially if you want to take the wet path

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Pool of Siloam

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Another chance to “walk the original paths”

  • Jerusalem

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Tower of David

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Actually built by Herod the Great who really was one hell of an architect

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The Wohl Archaeological Museum

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

See the homes of the Kohenim from 2000 years ago

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Cardo

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Walk the Main Street of Byzantine Jerusalem, and from time to time peek down through time to the thousands of years before

  • Jerusalem

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King David's Tomb

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

The burial place of King David

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Fascinating history here and obvious religious significance. Ask about the ladder out front.

  • Christian Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel

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Via Dolorosa Street

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Actually the stations of the cross are all over the place and I don’t feel like making so many posts right now, but go to all of them

  • Via Dolorosa St, Jerusalem

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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Budget a day here (a day you likely don’t have - in fact you should tack on an extra week to your trip on top of whatever you had originally planned)

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Yad Vashem

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

This is another day to do it properly.

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Mount Herzl

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Go with someone who can tell you the stories of the people who fought and died for freedom and dignity, and who rest here.

  • Jerusalem, Israel

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Mount of Olives

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Fascinating history and views

  • Mt of Olives, Jerusalem

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Dead Sea

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Many places to go, but try it. Float in the sea and cover yourself in mud. You won’t regret it.

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Caesarea National Park

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Netanya, Israel • Recommendation • 

Another marvel built by Herod, and surrounded with Crusader walls. Again, spend time here and go with a guide.

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Rosh Hanikra Grottoes

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Tyre, Lebanon • Recommendation • 

Just gorgeous (gorges?)

  • Israel

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Tiberias

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

One of the four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tzfat, and Caesarea, sitting on the Yam Kineret.

  • Israel

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Tzfat

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

Spend time in this ancient city. Walk the Streets. Welcome Shabbat with the Kabbalists who are waiting here for the Messiah

  • Israel

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Bahá’í Gardens

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

An incredible group of people and some of the most beautiful curated gardens you will find anywhere. Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, home of the prophet Elijah.

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Acre

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

The oldest continually-inhabited site on earth. Visit the remains of the Crusader fortress

  • Israel

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Sea of Galilee

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

The Sea of Galilee

  • Sea of Galilee

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Jordan River

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'Ajlun, Jordan • Recommendation • 

More of a creek, but an important one

  • Jordan River

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Cave of the Patriarchs

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Hebron, Palestine • Recommendation • 

The burial place of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

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Eilat

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Go SCUBA diving and swim with dolphins in the Red Sea

  • Israel

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Old City

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Bat Yam, Israel • Recommendation • 

The ancient port of Jerusalem

  • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Be'er Sheva

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

See the desert bloom. Try to arrange to spend a night or two with the Bedouin

  • Be'er Sheva, Israel

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Castle Crusade

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

Crusader Tiberias from the Crusader States period

  • Tiberias, Israel

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Jordan Star National Park

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

Belvoir Castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller. Maybe peruse your copy of James Mitchener’s “The Source” while you’re here

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Nazareth

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

If you really want to chase down the JC side of things

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Mount Hermon

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

A beautiful way to see the Golan

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Armenian Quarter

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Walk the streets through Jerusalem’s old city

  • Armenian Quarter, Jerusalem

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Makhtesh Ramon

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Beautiful desert-scape. Best seen from the air

  • Makhtesh Ramon

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Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park

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Ashdod, Israel • Recommendation • 

Hand-carved caves

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Gan HaGat

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Tel Aviv, Israel • Recommendation • 

A 2200 year old wine press in a garden

  • hagat Tel Aviv

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Western Wall tunnel

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

They keep finding more so always return here, but see subterranean Jerusalem, walk the original Streets, and come as close to the Holy of Hokies as anyone can

  • Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

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Tel Hazor National Park

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

How deep into history do you want to go?

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Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot

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Ramat Gan, Israel • Recommendation • 

A modern complement to Jerusalem’s Israel Museum

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  • קלאוזנר 15 תל אביב יפו, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Ades Synagogue

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Beautiful

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King David Hotel

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Grab a drink at the iconic hotel where the British overlords sat and oppressed the locals while playing them off each other

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Zedekiah's Cave

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

An ancient man-made quarry rich in history

  • Jerusalem, Israel

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Beit She'arim

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

An ancient and beautiful necropolis from the time of the Mishnah following the First Jewish Revolt against Rome

  • Israel

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Sha'ar HaGolan

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

Another signpost to the development of civilization

  • Israel

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Sde Boker

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

One of many kibbutzim you can and absolutely should visit

  • Sde Boker, Israel

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Mount Tabor

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Haifa, Israel • Recommendation • 

Another iconic biblical site

  • Mount Tabor

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Valley of Elah (Terebinths)

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Historic and a place for a beautiful walk

  • Israel

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Mount Sodom

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Home of the original pillar of salt

  • Mount Sodom

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Church of Nativity

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Jerusalem, Israel • Recommendation • 

Not quite a manger anymore

  • Bethlehem

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Red Canyon

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Israel is full of beautiful wadis and oases to hike around, but this is a pretty cool formation

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Timna Valley Park

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Beersheba, Israel • Recommendation • 

Home of the mines of Solomon, and another nice hike

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