Spend time with Herod the Great, legendary builder and King of Judea. Departing from Jerusalem, we travel to Herodium, Herod’s palace complex in the desert. From the base to the summit, we will discover Herod’s life and work, and the site of his final monument. This is an opportune time as the archaeological park has just been substantially developed and the theater, loggia and majestic staircase and entranceway with frescoes have been renovated. This is an incredible tour and one of my most popular ones.
Although past you can read one of my reviews of the Museum’s monumental exhibit at Popular Archaeology.
Here is an excerpt from the NYTimes article when they interviewed the Herod the Great Tour guide:
Shmuel Browns, a tour guide and expert on Herodium… “They’ve built things from what was found that you could never imagine from what you saw at the site,” Mr. Browns said. “The message is very, very strong about who Herod is and what he did. He wasn’t intimidated by topography, he wasn’t intimidated by material, he wasn’t intimidated by lack of water.”
“He’s a fascinating character,” Mr. Browns added. “He just got very, very bad press.”
The tour of Herodium is a half day so it is efficient use of your time and reasonably priced. For those interested in following the Herod the Great theme proceed to the Israel Museum to uncover the artifacts, including the reconstructed sarcophagus on display in the archaeological wing of the museum or other sites in Jerusalem that are associated with King Herod. If you have more time I also guide all the archaeological sites that display King Herod’s architectural genius – Masada, Cypros, Jericho, Hyrcania, Phaesael, Caesarea, Sebaste, Banias and Omrit.
David Laskin hired me to guide him and wrote up our King Herod the Great Tour for the NY Times travel section http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/travel/herod-the-greats-israel.html?_r=0. Contact me to arrange your own personalized tour in Herod’s footsteps.