February 5, 2015

Archaeological Tours


Based on the company’s unique formula of teaching archaeology through educational, hands-on activities, Dig the Past’s Israel programs offer a unique and dynamic way to visit Israel. We specialize in archaeology-centered educational tours and programs for families, though visitors of all ages are welcome. Dig the Past’s friendly and courteous guides possess extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in both archaeology and education. Programs combine archaeology, history, and modern developments; we use archaeological and other sites as educational tools to give participants a meaningful and unforgettable experience. Each program can be tailored to visitors’ interests, needs, and time allowances, as well as the number and ages of participants. Whether you’re a first-time or veteran visitor to Israel, we would be happy to show you Israel’s most fascinating archaeological and historical sites.

For additional information, contact dig@digthepast.org. See a selection of tours below.



Introduction to the Old City of Jerusalem: Learn about the dense history and archaeology of Jerusalem’s old city, home to Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Armenians. Includes visits to the City of David, the Jewish Quarter, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall Tunnels.

Jerusalem: Religion and Conflict: This tour provides an overview of why Jerusalem is one of the holiest and most contested cities in the world, with an emphasis on current archaeological developments. Visit the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the Mount of Olives as well as other locations in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian quarters of the Old City.

Jerusalem – Modern Capital of the State of Israel: Get to know the “new” neighborhoods of Jerusalem and sites including Yad Vashem, the Knesset (Israeli parliament), the Supreme Court, the Mahaneh Yehuda open market (shuk), Mea Shearim, and the Israel Museum.

The Neighborhoods of Jerusalem: Each neighbourhood of Jerusalem has its own unique character, history, and archaeology. Tours include Rehavia, Yemin Moshe, the German Colony, and Musrara.

Dead Sea and the Judean Desert – Visit this fascinating and mysterious area, rich with history, archaeology, and natural beauty. Sites include Massada, the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi Oasis, and the Qumran Caves.

Shfela – the Foothills Leading up to Jerusalem: Visit an archaeological excavation at Beit Guvrin, a stalactite cave, and the Elah Valley, the battleground between David and Goliath.

The Sea of Galilee: An overview of the history and archaeology of the sea and its surroundings as well as religious sites. Includes visits to the Beit Shean amphitheater, Kochav Ha’Yarden Crusader fort, Sea of Galilee, and Capernaum.

The Golan Heights – Discover the archaeology and natural wonders of this fascinating area as well as its political implications. Includes a visit to the volcanoes on the border with Syria, Gamla, the Golan Wineries, and a kayak excursion on the Jordan River.

The Western Galilee – Learn about the archaeology, politics and history of Israel’s beautiful northwest. Visit two of the most important archaeological sites in Israel: old Acre (Akko) and Caesarea, and visit the Lebanese border, the Rosh Ha’Nikra caves, and Haifa’s Baha’i Temple.

Jaffa and Tel Aviv: The past and present are inseparable in Israel’s cultural, beachside metropolis. Visit the ancient harbor of Jaffa and its archaeological sites, the Jaffa Flea Market, the first neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Independence Hall, and the new Port.