Ashkelon Tours

Visitors to the coastal city of Ashkelon will find it is a pleasant mix of ancient and modern. The sandy beach, marina and promenade offer some of the best Mediterranean beach amenities in the country. Just outside the modern-day city is the Archeological Park with some impressive remains in the Ashkelon Tel.

Visiting the ancient sites with an Ashkelon tour will include the services of a knowledgeable local guide who can explain the history and significance of the many relics. They include magnificent coffins from the Roman Period on Ha-Gefen Street in the Afridar neighborhood, two impressive Roman graves, the remains of Byzantine churches on Tsvi Segel Street in the Barne’a neighborhood and a Sheik’s grave from the Mamluk Period. The area also has the impressive city gate from the Canaanite Period about 4,000 years ago, many sculptures from the Roman period and the ruins of the city walls dating back to the 12th century Crusader Period. After exploring the ruins, take time out to enjoy the park’s other pleasures – the spacious lawns which are ideal for picnics and the public beach.

Ashkelon tours can take visitors to fascinating sites further afield. The Kibbutz Yad Mordechai is an interesting place to visit and focuses on more modern history. It includes a statue to the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Mordechai Anilewicz, and there is a small museum on site to the ghetto fighters.

Further along the coastal road towards Tel Aviv is Ashdod, another ancient Philistine city which features on many Ashkelon tours. Tel Ashdod is of great significance as it was one of the cities allocated to the tribe of Judah. It also stood on the coastal trade route which ran from Egypt to Syria. Ashkelon tours will also take in the bridge at the southern end of the city where the Israeli army halted the Egyptian army in the 1948 War.

Tours to Ashkelon are likely to include a visit to Rishon Lezion, a major wine-producing area founded in 1882 with the help of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Further inland is Rehovot with its Ayalon Institute Museum and Weizmann Institute of Science. The ruins at Beit Guvrin are also well worth visiting on one of the excellent Ashkelon tours of the area.