Featured Attractions Around Gush Etzion
This desert fortress is both the palace and the gravesite of King Herod.
Take a fascinating archaeological tour of the site. Start your tour by viewing a short film about Herod.
On Fridays you can join a guided tour at no additional fee. Detailed instructions on how to get there can be found on the Parks and Nature Authority site.
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Summer Hours: Sunday-Thursday & Saturday 8:00-17:00 | Friday & Holiday evenings 8:00-16:00
The Biyar Aqueduct was built by King Herod during the Second Temple Period to supply water to Jerusalem.
A watery, enjoyable hike awaits you in the underground tunnel. The Aqueduct is part of the water system constructed by Herod to convey water to Jerusalem and the Temple. During the course of your hike you will walk through a tunnel whose flowing waters are thigh-high.
(Make sure you equip yourself with a flashlight, a change of clothes, and water shoes).
Hours: Sun-Thurs 9:00-17:30 | Friday- 9:00-14:00
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The Kfar Etzion Field School arranges tours, and guides groups of youth, adults, soldiers, teachers, tourists, and students throughout Gush Etzion, the Judean Hills, Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, and the Judean plain.
At the Field School you can rent bicycles, join organized tours, and learn to drive a jeep.
Gush Etzion ATV’s offers 1-2 hour long off-road ATV tours through one of Israel’s most historic and beautiful landscapes.
Every ATV has a speaker so you can hear your personal guide share the rich story of Gush Etzion and experience it live. This makes Gush Etzion ATV’s the most adventurous and most inspiring tour in Israel.
You can choose to experience the Gush’s one of a kind breathtaking views while driving the vehicle yourself or by being driven by one of our trained guides.
Hours: Must coordinate in advance.
Set in the heart of a forest, overlooking breathtaking scenery, Deer Land Park awaits you. We offer a wide variety of attractions: a nature reserve, petting zoo, and one of the largest sports challenge facilities in Israel. Our activities include a climbing wall, 360 degree swings, bungee trampoline, paintball, archery, marksmanship, horseriding, 4X4 jeep rides, and the longest zipline in Israel – 400 meters long and 120 meters high above a canyon.
Summer Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:30-17:30 | Fridays 9:30-13:30
When was that last time you held a two meter long lizard?! A four meter snake?! Huge tarantula? Pet rabbits and chicks…feed a camel…ride a donkey?
Shlomo’s Animals is an exotic animal farm with over 100 different species from Israel and all over the world. At the farm you will enjoy: Children’s petting corner, sitting area, shade, snacks stand, tutorials, explanations and a rare opportunity to feel and see some of the world’s rarest animals!
Hours: Must coordinate in advance.
Sunday-Thursday 10:00-18:00 | Friday 10:00-16:00
The Gush Etzion Heritage Center tells the story of the establishment of Gush Etzion, from its early beginnings to the fall of the Gush during the War of Independence and its rebirth. The site includes a sound and light show and a memorial to the heroic defenders of Gush Etzion. In the words of David Ben-Gurion when he declared the establishment of the State of Israel: “If Jewish Jerusalem exists… it is first and foremost due to the fighters and settlers of Gush Etzion.”
Hours: Must book in advance.
The cluster of Israeli communities known as Gush Etzion is often symbolized by “The Lone Tree,” a centuries old oak that you can visit at a strategic Judean road junction. Located in between Alon Shvut and Rosh Tzurim, the site includes a three-dimensional topographic model of the entire Gush Etzion, playgrounds for children, public toilets, and an explanatory voice recording telling the story of the tree.
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The farm is located in Sde-Bar, near Mount Herodion in eastern Gush Etzion and overlooks the Dead Sea.
The farm was established to assist children with disabilities and engaged in therapeutic riding and sport riding.
You can come, by appointment, and enjoy a variety of activities that take place on the farm.
Horseback riding in Tekoa. Imagine breathtaking views, the quiet and a lot of horses…
Hours: Sun-Thurs 8:00-19:00 | Fri 8:00-13:00. Requires prior coordination.
Gush Etzion Winery is situated in the heart of the Etzion Bloc, surrounded by vineyards. The scene, so typical of the areas of Bordeaux and Provence, is now typical of Gush Etzion as well. As in other wineries, most of our activity is focused on production. Bringing grapes to the winery, crushing them, fermenting, straining, aging – all the fascinating processes that must take place before the wine reaches the bottle and the goblet. We also operate a visitors center where our activities are no less fascinating. Since the wine is kosher lemehadrin, no contact is permitted between the visiting public and the wine-making process.
Here you are offered the choicest of our wine selection, and so your sense of taste comes into play. During the grape harvest, the winery and the winegrowers invite the wine-loving public, including children, to join in harvesting the grapes at dawn. A tour of the winery and breakfast are included.
Visitors Center Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00-17:00, Friday: 9:00-13:00