Herod the Great's Israel tour


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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Hebrew (advanced)

King Herod through his monumental architecture

This is your opportunity to do a tour and learn about Herod the Great, based on the tour I did for David Laskin who writes for the NY Times Travel section. We could start at Herod's fortress at Cypros overlooking Jericho and the Dead Sea. We'll visited the ruins of Herod's third monumental palace in Jericho, straddling the river bed of Wadi Qelt.

We'll explore the complex at Herodium, both Lower Herodium outside the park and the palace/fortress on the manmade mountain. After winding our way through the tunnels we emerged beside the small Roman theater and discovered the site of Herod's tomb. We visited the Israel museum to see the artifacts associated with Herod and the Second Temple Period.

Herod built 3 temples to his patron, Emperor Augustus and we'll drive to find them, Caesarea, Banias and nearby Omrit.

This tour is best as a multi-day tour to give us time to become familiar with Herod and his monumental architecture.


Depends on your interests. Here are some of the sites associated with Herod the Great:
Herod's palace at Jericho
Jerusalem and Israel museum

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The tour starts from Jerusalem unless other arrangements are made.

End location: After the tour we return to starting place.

Duration: 8 hours

The 8 hours is per day. Depending on the distance, sometimes the tour runs over (no additional charge). The tour is best as a multi-day tour.


If you would like me to provide transportation please contact me in advance so that I can create a customized tour. I offer a 2012 Skoda Yeti for up to 3 passengers or Hyundai 6-seater minivan, both with air-conditioning. The tours themselves are walking tours at archaeological sites.

What’s Included

The tour includes building an itinerary, from 1 to 4 days, about Herod the Great, based on the client's interests.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

200 NIS (New Israeli Shekel) - To cover lunch, snacks and entrance fees.

What’s Extra

Client pays for lunch and their own entrance fees to sites that require them.

If you require transportation for this tour please contact me and I will create a customized tour.

A Recent Review of this tour

The tour was fascinating, and Shmuel was friendly, enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about everything that we saw. He even threw in several stops that weren't on the itinerary once he saw that we were interested. We came away with a much deeper appreciation of Herod, and of the archeological efforts that have gone into building our understanding of who he was and what he did. First rate!
Michael Hudec

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Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

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