Archaeological Seminars Institute

Archaeological Seminars Institute

Archaeological Seminars Institute
5
Historical & Heritage ToursArchaeology Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dig-for-a-Day is a hands-on experience that combines excavating, sifting, pottery examination, and touring of an archaeological cave system. The experiences last approximately three hours and is led by professional guides under the auspices of the Israel Antiquities Authorities. Our excavation site is located within Beit Guvrin National Park, the ancestral home of King Herod, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vast underground labyrinths of man-made rooms have been systematically uncovered by Dig-for-a-Day over the past four decades with stunning discoveries made that can now be found in museums. Dig-for-a-day is an eye-opening adventure for those who seek the thrill of an authentic archaeological dig, but with limited time. The program is open to all ages and is offered year-round and in most weather conditions (the excavation takes place underground). Participants should be physically active and feel comfortable exploring underground, partially enclosed spaces.
Jerusalem, Israel

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles180 reviews
Excellent
168
Very good
8
Average
2
Poor
0
Terrible
2

baba2006
toronto16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
We just spent 2 weeks travelling in Israel with our 7-year old daughter.
This was honestly the best day - fun for our whole family. We rented a car from Jerusalem and it was easy to find the meeting point.
Our guide was Asaf. He was knowledgeable and funny- for adults, kids and teenagers. In fact I told him I wished we’d found him earlier for our tour of old Jerusalem.
We dug in a cave and found 2200 year old pottery. One doesn’t keep what is found but there are piles of pottery to pick from as you leave the tour.
Then we walked through an amazing labyrinth of underground tunnels.
our favourite day as a family. Don’t miss this!!!!!
Written January 3, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elona23
Fairfield, CT175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We liked the dig (Mom plus three kids, 13, 11 and 8) BUT wish there was a bit more in terms of the historical context of the place. Our guide was snarky and sarcastic, and while he was funny, he spoke REALLY fast and told us 2000 years of history in about 2 minutes. The dig would have been more awesome with some more context and less sarcasm.

Advice: read about the history for a few minutes before going!

When you enter the park, which is a national park, the Dig For A Day guides do not mention that you are surrounded by AMAZING caves worth exploring for their artwork and formation. You do not need a guide, and our kids LOVED using the map and seeing the caves in the park. They are also about 40 degrees cooler than the air.

Advice: After the dig, follow the map and visit some caves and tunnels, it is safe and fun, and COOL.

While they will let you dig with open toed shoes, you might miss out on the last adventure. You will be sitting in dirt, so dress appropriately.

Advice: wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind ruining.

Written August 12, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NYC-globetrotter18
New York City, NY53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Their Archeological Dig for a Day program is amazing. Experiance a real archeological dig and unearth items not touched by anyone in over 2000 years. Learn the history of the area, and go spelunking through un-excavated caves. Great program for families.
Written May 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rich L
Plainview, NY30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I cannot begin to describe the excitement we felt on our dig at Bet Guvrin in Maresha National Park. We were part of a group of 8 that descended into a cave to search for artifacts. After a quick demonstration of techniques, we were given tools and buckets, and went to work scraping at the soil. Invariably, everyone encounters bits of ceramic, bones, pieces of pots, etc. that date back 2.200-2,300 years. Yes, you are the first person to touch these things in thousands of years. Everything, of course becomes the property of the archaeological dig to assist in their efforts to reconstruct the past, but as a consolation, you do get to take home pot shards of the period that they have deemed superfluous to their efforts. The best part of the dig was my discovery of part of a handle from an amphora with an Ancient Greek inscription on it.
Written September 12, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

craig6610
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Excellent program which was amazingly well organized. Very interesting look into archeology and unearthing relics that had not seen the light of day for over 2000 years was fascinating. The tour through the caves was fantastic and if you are claustrophobic the alternative tour is equally interesting. At the end of the tour suggest leaving time for a walk through some of the fully excavated caves especially cave #7
Written August 27, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gary p
Wellington, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
My husband and I did this with our 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son. This was definitely a highlight of our first trip to Israel. The explanation is spot on with the activity that you do. There is a place to wait if you don't want to crawl through the cave and a few people in our group decided to skip that part. What made it so incredible, though, were the guides and people that worked there. They were fun, patient and knowledgeable. They really made the experince one that my family will never forget. We left with such a warm feeling and we thank every person that works there.
Written January 16, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Klockner
NJ62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Wow! That was awesome. No, not in the roller coaster way. It was awesome in the way that combining history and hands-on really brings Israel to life. This was a 3 hour experience led by people who really care. The guides connected with everyone, including our 4 and 10 year olds, and made this such a great experience. We then spent another 45 minutes in the park exploring other caves.

Book it in advance and enjoy a very special morning with great people.
Written April 17, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ayala N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
dirt, history, caves, candles and real life artifacts- awesome!
My 15 year old son actually found a 2000 year old coin!!
The kids (from 5-15) were entertained because it was the right balance of fun, dirt and exciting cave walks. Not too history focused which would have lost their interest and it was hands on which got them all in involved.
As for the adults it was a lot of fun, interesting and informative. BUt as always when traveling with kids the best part was the kids loved it.

Josh Rocker, NYC
Written August 26, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Eve B
Chicago, IL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Dig for a day (OK, a few hours, not a day) was one of the highlights of our trip to Israel. The dig in Beit Guvrin, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was fun and educational. We loved digging up ancient relics ourselves (even found an ancient copper coin), as well as crawling in a largely unexcavated cave system. The guide was knowledgeable and informative.
Written July 16, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dnb1234
Chicago, IL200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
I went here after hearing great things about it and I did not know what to expect. I came out of the dig knowing a lot more about it's history and a tiny piece of rock stuck in my finger. I would go back in a heartbeat and I loved finding pieces of pottery, skulls and bones. We dug in Lucy and she had many great hidden artifacts. You have to make a reservation prior to arrival and I recommend dedicating a half of a day to it because you will not want to leave. It is great for all ages that would be willing to dig and use some tools. This was the highlight of my trip! After we finished digging we crawled through the 89 Cave Systems, which was very dark but very interesting to see how, the people survived and lived way back when.
Written February 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 171

Archaeological Seminars Institute, Jerusalem

All Jerusalem HotelsJerusalem Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Jerusalem
All things to do in Jerusalem
Day Trips in Jerusalem
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars