Gibeah, Nebi Samuel, Beit Horon, Ayalon Valley, Neot Kedumim, Tombs of the Maccabees, Abu Gosh:
We start in Jerusalem at Gibeah which is linked to King Saul and Tribe of Benjamin. Then we drive to Nebi Samuel, traditional site of the tomb of the prophet Samuel and a spectacular view of the hills of Samaria, the heartland of the Northern Kingdom in Bible days, as well as of Jerusalem. Next we drive to Beit Horon where Joshua met the Canaanites in battle and later, the Maccabees fought the Greeks during the time of the heroic struggles to keep Jewish law and study of the Bible alive. We continue to to Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve to view the restored flora and fauna of the Land of Israel as it was in antiquity. Then we visit the traditional tombs of the Maccabees located in the forest near Neot Kedumim. Next we drive to the Ayalon Valley, where Joshua called the moon to stand still during that same battle of Beth Horon. finally we return to Jerusalem via Abu Ghosh, the site of biblical Kiryat Ye’arim, where the Holy Ark of the Covenant was kept by the Israelites after its return from Philistine captivity and before David brought it to Jerusalem.