Drive west this morning toward the Negev stopping at Tel Arad, to visit the fortress built by the kings of Judah and its wonderfully preserved temple.
Visit Tel Be'er Sheba
to see the ruins of the fortress town from the period of the First
Temple, and recall the biblical account of Abraham’s treaty with
Abimelech king of the Philistines.
to the Judean foothills past Tel Lakhish, destroyed by Sennacherib in
his 701 BCE invasion of Judah. Pass Tel Maresha, fortified by Solomon’s
son Rehoboam, and believed to be the birthplace of King Herod.
through the Jewish National Fund’s picturesque British Park, and climb
up Tel Azekah, to view the Elah Valley, the scene of the contest between
David and Goliath. Drive on through the Ayalon Valley, where Joshua
made the moon stand still, to Tel Aviv.
Enjoy the evening in the big city – dining, strolling and people-watching on Rothschild Boulevard, Sheinken Street, or at the Tel Aviv Port, among many other possibilities.
Overnight in Tel Aviv