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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

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Address: Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: 08-681-2957
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Description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological...
This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
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Great fun trip

We went as a family on this trip. It was such fun the tour guide missy really got everyone involved and got the kids excited. It was just as good for the children as it was for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went as a family on this trip. It was such fun the tour guide missy really got everyone involved and got the kids excited. It was just as good for the children as it was for the adults. I took my baby with and was unable to go through one cave, however they had an alternative cave to go... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Only one hour by car from Tel Aviv. The park has some wildlife as well as well maintained trails among native plants. There is a roman amphitheater, caves. You can also sign up ahead of time to do an archeological dig, great for families.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was one of our big highlights. Great day digging in Cistern and learning the history of the site. Huge fun caving afterwards - not for you if you don't like dark or cramped spaces. We had a blast. Child wishes to go back for a week and just dig all day! Don't miss the olive press.

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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is an important archaeological and historical site, comprising remains from many time periods- the ancient city of Maresha from the days of King Solomon and the First Temple; caves, storage areas, living quarters, work spaces and underground passageways from the times of the Second Temple; burial cabes from Talmudic times and also from Roman and Greek times; the bell... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

was lots of fun. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because they didn't escort us out of the park and it was difficult to figure out how to exit the park. We were on our own and that wasn't fun.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This beautiful national park is not in Jerusalem : It is about an hour drive both from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem , 40 minutes drive from Beer Sheva , 15 minutes drive from Kiriyat Gat . A very large national park , listed by UNESCO in 2014 as a World Heritage site . A few walking and bicycle trails .A... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We visited on a beautiful day and visited several sites--the Sidonian burial caves, a dwelling cave, and the Bell Caves. The Sidonian caves were cool but very chalky--you will get dusty, The Bell Caves were spectacular--the ones we could get in. Many were closed due to the danger of collapse. The signs showing biblical plants were interesting. The facilities are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A place you can see the history of the land of Israel and understand the connections of the Jews to their land.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My group only had 2 hours at this area and we went away wishing we had spent the entire day there. We volunteered in a dig in Cave 89 named Lucy. One of our group found an entire plate that our guide said was "museum quality". Our guide was Missy and she was fantastic - energetic and passionate about archaeology... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

You can enjoy Bet Guvrin on two levels - take a walk unguided, gawp at the spectacular caves and read the descriptions explaining the strange carvings and archeological discoveries, or take a guide and enjoy a deep-dive into life here over 2000 years ago. Either way, there's a lot to take in, but the second option means you should allow... More 

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