This port city on the Mediterranean, built by King Herod, boasts all the comforts available to and bestowed upon a citizen of the Roman Empire. Here we will see and 'hear' from important figures of the times.
We will visit the ancient Aqueduct that fed the large populace and explore inside a tunnel that was part of ancient Caesarea's water system.
A settlement from the Second Temple Period, this was home to the sect of Jews escaping the Roman conquest of Jerusalem. It is also where a local shepherd found the Dead Sea Scrolls which include the oldest known copies of the Old Testament ever found. Other literary treasures found with this trove include the “Yahad” scroll, the scroll of the “War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness”, and the “Temple” scroll.
This city of the Roman period enjoyed all the amenities of the ancient world: We will see the remains of the bath house, theatre, temple, elaborate central water fountain, and many other luxuries offered to their wealthy inhabitants.
In this town of the Mishnaic and Talmud period, and up to the Roman occupation, we will visit an ancient synagogue that contains adepiction of the Zodiac.
We will see the ancient Nile House villa, still adorned with abundant Mosaics, some almost intact. We'll walk in the Cardo and in Decumanus style streets with their engraved depictions of the Roman games and we will see the ancient water system that fed the Roman splendor of this town.
A city turned Necropolis, a burial city. We will see part of hundreds of Sarcophagi in the numerous burial caves in this area. Here also lies Judah haNasi, leader of the Sanhedrin in Beit She'arim and Tzipori.
Beit She'arim is also home to the famous statue of Alexander Zeid, founder of Hashomer, a Jewish defense organization, to safeguard the Jewish agricultural settlements in Palestine. He was murdered on this land.