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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road (no. 35) opposite Kibbutz Bet Guvrin, Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
08-681-2957
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Ranked #9 of 179 attractions in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Ancient Ruins
Description: This 1,250 acre national park is filled with 2,000 year old archaeological sites that visitors can explore.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We made a reservation many weeks in advance, by email, figuring this was the type of experience our 12 and 14 year old boys would love, and we were right. Our guide Eitan picked us up at a gas station near the park entrance and brought the group first to the dig site. We could have stayed there much longer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We did Dig For A Day through Archeological Seminars: http://www.archesem.com/dig.asp. We went with our 8 year old son. Everyone in the group found many items of pottery. Some also found bones and shells. Great time had by all. Expect to get dirty! Lena was an awesome guide - very enthusiastic and fun, as well as extremely knowledgeable. After dig, explored... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A visit to Bet Guvrin is a visit in time.A civilisation which exisited about 1600 years ago.The caves are well excavated and it is possible to imagine how people lived then.

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Chicago
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went in the middle of Summer was extremely hot so take lots of water. I froze a few bottles and believe me it paid off big time. The actual diggibg was such fun but to short about a Hour I uncovered a huge pot if I had more time I am sure I could have found the entire over... More

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Tucson
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had a wonderful time at this dig, uncovering a lot of "stuff" - our group found shells, pottery, and pieces of metal. A member of our companion group found a human jawbone... If you don't mind getting dirty, this is one of the highlights of our trip

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Los Angeles, California
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9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is so fun, you get to pay to dig in the dirt. If you find anything you give it to them and then on the way out you get to take home broken pottery (the trash lol). I loved it!

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Woodland Hills, Utah, United States
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very cool experience exploring the many underground homes, olive presses, tombs and pigeon aviaries. It's like an entire village underground! It is a little drive from Jerusalem, but it is well worth it. Visit also the Bell Caves not too far away - MASSIVE caves with eerie acoustics.

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New Albany, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We visited Beit Guvrin/Maresha in combination with the Dig For A Day through Archesm. We were staying in Jerusalem and rented a car for one day. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there and we left from Jerusalem about 8:30 am. We spent the first half of the day exploring all the caves in the park. There is an... More

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A visit to Bet Guvrin National Park is a wonderful way to enjoy the relaxed scenery of Emek Ha'ela, the beautiful caves and their diverse functions, and the peek into this area history. The various caves are accessible either by a long trail, or by driving a car between them. Entirely by foot would be a wonderful day trip of... More

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Tampa, Florida
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We visited Beit Guvrin Tel Maresha park in conjunction with Dig for a Day. We got there early so we could explore the park. The Bell Caves are wondrous and impressive and because it was a drizzly day we had them to ourselves. It is actually a good spot on a rainy day because the Bell Caves are underground. The... More

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