Spend a day or more 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.
After a lunch-break, we proceed to the Israel Museum to uncover the artifacts, including the reconstructed sarcophagus on display in the archaeological wing of the museum. You can read one of my reviews of the Museum’s monumental exhibit at Popular Archaeology.
Here is what the NYTimes wrote about 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.”
You can include sites in Jerusalem that are associated with King Herod on your tour. I also guide all the archaeological sites that display King Herod’s architectural genius – Masada, Cypros, Jericho, Caesarea, Sebaste, Banias and Omrit. I spent three days guiding David Laskin who writes for the NY Times travel section about King Herod. You can read David’s article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/travel/herod-the-greats-israel.html?_r=0 and then contact me to arrange your own personalized tour in the footsteps of Herod the Great.