10 Things to Do in Beit Shemesh That You Shouldn't Miss

October 14, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Beit Shemesh (Hebrew: בֵּית שֶׁמֶשׁ‬,; Arabic: بيت شيمش‎; Latin: Bethsames, Beth Shamesh or Bethshamesh and most often Beth-Shemesh in English translations of the Hebrew Bible) is a city located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Jerusalem in Israel's Jerusalem District, with a population of 109,762 in 2016. The history of Beit Shemesh goes back to pre-biblical times. The modern city of Beit Shemesh was founded in 1950.
Restaurants in Beit Shemesh

1. Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

Road 3866, Beit Shemesh, Israel +972 2-991-1117
Excellent
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

Reviewed By SunnydaleHuis - London, United Kingdom

A beautiful cave that has been largely untouched for god knows how long - the atmospheric lighting is man-made and the humidity is fixed to preserve the site but everything else is natural. If you can tolerate the ridiculous educational film beforehand, it is a beautiful experience.
The only thing I would note is that there are no dates on any of the signage - we were informed this is because the signs kept getting taken down by the strictly orthodox who didn't want to hear about the world being older than 6000 years.

2. Azimut ATV tours

Meshek 78, Moshav Naham, Naham, Israel
Excellent
50%
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3.5 based on 47 reviews

Azimut ATV tours

Reviewed By VisitIsrael - Israel

Went with a group, but took awhile to find the place. No one could explain by phone. When we arrived couldn't figure out where the entrance was and couldn't call due to lack of reception. Guide was very nice and professional, but office insisted on everyone paying even the mothers whose kids fell asleep and are staying on the bus. Service is not their greatest asset. There are better options.

3. Wine Tours in Israel with Israel Wine Journeys

7 Maharil Diskin, Beit Shemesh 9956404, Israel
Excellent
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5 based on 40 reviews

Wine Tours in Israel with Israel Wine Journeys

Wine tours in Israel exclusive & personalized. Enjoy an Israel wine tour and see why our repeat clientele choose us over and over. Discover charming boutique wineries. Sip fine wine with winemakers. Explore scenic wine regions. Visit vineyards and barrel rooms. Experience Israel's world class wines and wineries for yourselves with a wine tour in Israel.

Reviewed By Tracey B - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

From my first contact with Yakov I was impressed by his obvious depth of knowledge of Israel's various wine regions. As it was our first visit to Israel and we knew little about Israeli wine we really relied on Yakov to create a good day...MoreThanks so much Tracy. It was great showing you around. Looking forward to the next time!

4. The Biblical Museum of Natural History

5 Ha-Tzaba, Beit Shemesh 9906118, Israel +972 73-213-1662
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5 based on 27 reviews

The Biblical Museum of Natural History

The Biblical Museum of Natural History is a unique institution that is part zoo, part natural history museum, and part Torah education center. It showcases the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of Scripture, as well as related zoological topics from the Talmud. The large species are exhibited as taxidermy specimens, while live exhibits are maintained for smaller species, and there are also a large number of biological artifacts of religious significance. Visits are conducted via guided tours, which include hands-on experiences! Through the exciting and interactive tour, visitors learn the identities and symbolism of the animals of Scripture, lessons in Jewish values, law and history, and the natural history of Biblical Israel.

Reviewed By robodocny - New York City, New York

Live, stuffed - animals with a biblical theme. The young kids, the teens , the parents and grandparents all loved this hands on museum. Off the beaten path in the industrial part of town

5. Sorek Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

Near Beit- Shemesh, Beit Shemesh, Israel +972 2-991-1117
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Sorek Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

Reviewed By הלאידר ש - RLZ

The cave was discovered when workers blew up rocks in a quarry. For millions of years, there were wonderful shapes of rocks, stalactites and stalagmites made. Cave is also called Avshalom Cave.
To get there you have to go down about 150 steps from the parking. The decline is not difficult. Enter the cave wite a group if you came alone do not worry you will attach to a group that can not enter without a guide.
With a little imagination you can see the wonderful sculptures. Do not miss the "Romeo and Juliet" - stalagmite and stalactite who need only a few millimeters to unite, but for almost 50 years remains remote from each other.
Before leaving, lift your hand to catch a drop - for good luck.
pleasure is guaranteed

6. Adventure Israel - Day Tours

Moshav Neve Michael, Beit Shemesh 99865, Israel
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5 based on 19 reviews

Adventure Israel - Day Tours

Adventure Israel runs action-packed adventure tours across Israel. Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Caving, Hiking, Camping, Survival Skills, Team Building and more. We provide over-the-top service with a smile and pride ourselves in our focus on safety, fun, and our ability to create truly unique Israel experience that is customized to each of our clients requests. All of our guides are friendly, fluent English speakers, officially licensed and passionate about the outdoors. We look forward to adventuring with you!

Reviewed By שמואל ש - Beit Shemesh, Israel

Hired adventure Israel for a day of hiking repelling and rock climbing. We had an amazing experience with them Ariel is easy to work with and was always making sure we're enjoying. Natan the guide was great! He was very professional. Natan is amazing especially with kids and people who needed motivation and support.
Our group consisted of young kids teenagers and adults and we all enjoyed! Defently recommend using them

7. Aussie Guide in Israel

Rabbi Yanai St, Beit Shemesh, Israel
Excellent
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5 based on 15 reviews

Aussie Guide in Israel

By sharing stories and experiences, I provide tours that bring history, archaeology, Bible, nature, fun and laughs together - for all age groups, religions and backgrounds. I truly love my land, its rich history, natural beauty and the diversity that Israeli culture offers. As a licensed tour guide with the Ministry of Tourism, it's my privilege to be able to show you around and share this passion with you. I am also a commercially licensed driver and offer private transport options. I look forward to the opportunity of showing you Israel and what my small, yet remarkable country has to offer.

Reviewed By Marcia M - Charlotte, North Carolina

My husband and our friends spent two days with Paul on our first visit to Israel. We couldn't have asked for a better guide! He was friendly, accomodating, fun, but mostly jam-packed with knowledge! We learned that certified tour guides in Israel go through a two year long program. Well Paul must have been at the top of his class! He brought ancient history to life and gave context to everything we saw. He did a beautiful job of blending the ancient, the old and the modern and made us excited to hear more. He is a great storyteller and his passion for the country is contagious. We are very grateful and couldn't recommend him more highly!

8. Tzora Vineyards

Kibbutz Tzora, Judean Hills, Beit Shemesh, Israel +972 2-990-8261
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Tzora Vineyards

Reviewed By Ann C - Nashville, Tennessee

Pretty little flower garden and nice atmosphere for tasting room however at 60 NIS per person/ $15.60 USD) this was an overpriced tasting.
We did not have Reservations to taste and were squeezed in and then rushed.
In front of our small group they placed small pieces of two types of locally made cheese, bread and olive oil. We assumed that they were going to tell us something about the cheese or which wine to pair with the cheese however after we were given a very small amount to taste of 5 wines, 1 white, 3 red and a dessert wine, the cheese still remained in front of us, we had to ask if we could try it. Our host then explained that we could of tasted it while we had the wine...not what we expected...if they had to rush and not give a proper tasting we should have been encouraged to come back another time with a reservation (which we did not realize we needed).
The wine was OK however we felt overpriced for the quality.
Later we were told that if you purchased a bottle 30 NIS of your tasting price is applied to the purchase of one bottle...still not worth purchasing one of the ones we tried.

9. Moti Barness - Private Guide to Israel

Beit Shemesh 90815, Israel
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5 based on 9 reviews

Moti Barness - Private Guide to Israel

Reviewed By worldtravelerprof - Atlanta, Georgia

We have had the pleasure of Moti Barness (Private Guide to Israel) guide us privately on both of our trips to Israel. Mr. Barness is very professional, extremely knowledgeable and accommodating to whatever we want to see, visit, etc. Very comfortable Land Rover vehicle, clean and always prompt. He volunteers to take photos, make helpful suggestions, etc. You simply cannot do better than selecting privateguidetoisrael.com whether you are staying a week or more in Israel or staying only a day or two on a cruise. He will pick you up and return you as you wish.

10. Flam Winery

Flam Winery | Yaar Hakdoshim, Beit Shemesh, Israel
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Flam Winery

The story of FLAM winery is a family story. A family that lives, breathes and produces wine for more than 50 years. Surrounded by vineyards, the FLAM Winery is located at the heart of the Judean Hills surrounding Jerusalem, between the Kisalon river and the Kdoshim forest. The winery operates in the classic European Family Estate model.

Reviewed By TravelDaph - New York City, New York

The setting is exquisite and all the wines, especially the Rose and Merlot are absolutely delicious. We had a cheese pairing and tasted about 4-5 wines, all incredible. A personalized experience with a staff member who went into great detail describing each wine. Overall an exceptional experience. I will certainly return to Flam during my next visit.

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