Beit Guvrin National Park 02-586-2011
This is a great family activity outside of Jerusalem on Tel Maresha in Beit Guvrin. The Dig for a Day program runs three hours. The activity includes: digging, sifting, pottery examination and touring the National Park of Beit Guvrin with an exciting crawl through unexcavated cave systems. Excavations are of the Hellenistic or Second Temple level. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed shoes, and bring water to drink. Do not bring valuables with you. Children under five years old are the parents’ absolute responsibility.
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For the Dig for a Day (doesn’t include park entry) Adults: $30 Children (5-14) $25
National Park Beit Guvrin Adult 23 NIS Child 12 NIS
Meet at the Beit Guvrin gas station. There your guide will greet you and lead you (still in your vehicle) up through the National Park to the dig area. Digging is done in rain or shine since it is in underground caves.
By Car: From Jerusalem take highway 1 going towards Tel Aviv. Exit at Beit Shemesh. This road becomes Route 38. Continue straight (past Beit Shemesh, kibbutzim and moshavim, etc.) on this road for about 30 minutes, until you come to a ‘T’ junction. There you turn RIGHT towards the Beit Guvrin National Park (orange Park sign, route 35 on a map). Continue about 700 meters, or two minutes, up the road. On your right you will see a large gas station (Delek) with a restaurant. That is the meeting place.
By Taxi: If you take a taxi to the dig, you must arrange return transportation in advance, as there are no taxis at Beit Guvrin. Have the driver wait with you at the gas station while you are checked in and then follow our staff car into the National Park. The driver who picks you up at the end of the activity (three hours later) must pick you up at the same place in the Park and not at the gas station.
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