There are hundreds of archaeological sites to visit in Israel dating back to ancient times. Israel is covered – layer upon layer – by history of centuries-past, offering tourists a chance to step back in time and retrace these routes. With so many choices, however, visitors can find it hard to choose which archaeological sites to visit. This list includes 5 of the most-celebrated archaeological sites you should consider visiting on your next trip.
Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is undoubtedly one of the most amazing places in the world. It is a walled city crammed full of history and religion. The walls of the Old City were rebuilt in the 16th century by Ottoman emperor, Sultan Suleiman. Within the Old City lie narrow streets and buildings brimming with history. The Western Wall is the holiest place in the world for Jews and is the last remaining outer wall of the Temple. The Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque sit above it, whilst the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is located just around the corner.
The Old City also has a number of archaeological museums, including the Tower of David Museum and Davidson Center. Regardless of whether you are interested in archaeology, the Old City of Jerusalem is somewhere you have to visit in Israel. Joining our Old City Tour is bound to leave you mezmerized and this thrilling Old City and Yad Vashem Tour will be an eye-opening journey. Our 3 Day Insider Jerusalem Package Tour is the perfect way to see all of the holy city highlights.
The port city of Caesarea was built by King Herod the Great. A deep sea port, the city flourished throughout Herod’s rule. After Herod’s reign, Caesarea continued to flourish, particularly during the Byzantine period when the city was a major commercial hub. Over time, Caesarea fell into ruin and disrepair, and only in the past 50 years or so, has the site been excavated to create one of the best archaeological stops in Israel.
Akko sits on the Mediterranean coast in the north of Israel, and is known as a vibrant city teeming with culture and diversity. The history here belongs to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Arabs, Ottomans, and more. The Old City of Akko has one of the oldest ports in the world and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relatively recent excavations and conservation efforts have been made to preserve underground findings and showcase the many exciting artifacts that are still being unearthed to this day. Combine two sites in one and take our Caesarea, Akko, and Haifa Day Tour to see these ancient port cities.
Majestically situated in the Negev Desert, aside the Dead Sea, Masada is a symbol of Jewish heroism and one of the iconic sites of Israel. The climb to Masada has consistently been an iconic activity, for Israelis and visitors alike. New cable cars have been added to make the site accessible for everyone to enjoy the wondrous views from one of the most ancient fortifications in history. Stare in awe across the desert and marvel at surrounding natural wonders with this Ein Gedi, Masada, and Dead Sea Tour.
Like the Old City of Jerusalem and Akko, Jaffa is still inhabited today. The port city out of which the modern metropolis that is Tel Aviv grew, Jaffa Port is thought to be one of the oldest ports in the world. Known to have been used as early as the Bronze Age, or even the alleged Biblical location of ‘Jonah and the Whale’, Jaffa is a notable gem. Magnificently restored and conserved, the quaint alleyways of the Old City and harbor of the port are fascinating to visit, and tours like this Sunset Walking Tour and this Jaffa and Neve Tzedek Half Day Tour are sure to leave you breathless.