A personalized visit to the farm and surrounding area for the whole family. Weekend visits can be arranged in advance for Ramat Rachel Hotel guests and others. Activities include a tour of the nearby archeological site and specially arranged activity at the farm itself. We end the visit by preparing pita bread together on an outdoor oven and enjoying them with delicious tea made with herbs from the farm’s garden.
Duration of activities: 2-3 hours
Cost: NIS 400 per family (4-6 persons)
For registration and further information, call Eyal’s Farm: 02-6702930, 050-6323804.
• Mud sculptures: We’ll learn about different types of soil and use them for creative construction.
• Recycled paper: We’ll learn how to recycle used paper.
• Compost making: We’ll see how compost is made on the farm and how it can be done in your backyard as well.
• Tour and nature lookout: We’ll tour the farm and the surrounding area, exploring the flora and fauna along the way.
The hotel reception staff is very familiar with the surrounding landscape and interesting sites. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the staff’s advice and planning assistance as well as the hotel’s car rental and tour booking services.
An observation deck, constructed around a perfectly formed scrub oak tree, serves as a major attraction for visitors to the site. The observation point was designed by the sculptor Ron Morin and consists of hand-made boulders embedded with plaques providing a description and history of the surrounding area.
The observation deck provides a panoramic view of the golden Dome of the Rock in the Old City, Mount Sc opus and most of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Stairs lead down from the deck to an ancient stone quarry where construction material for the buildings in the adjacent archeological site was mined.
Mitzpeh Yair is a living memorial for Yair Engel, a third generation member of Ramat Rachel and grandson of two of its founders. Yair died in a diving accident in 1996 during his military service.
Adjacent to the hotel grounds, is a fascinating archeological site where artifacts and remnants dating as far back as the First Temple through the Byzantine eras were found. Visitors to the partially excavated site will be able to view the ruins of a Byzantine-era church, a Roman camp, as well as water cisterns and ritual baths from an earlier period.
Mitzpeh Rachel overlooks and takes its name from the tomb of the biblical Rachel, which is located just off the Jerusalem – Bethlehem road.
The Park of Olives is an artistic environmental project planned and realized by the artist Ran Morin (1987-1997), which includes 200 olive trees planted in concentric rows leading to the Olive Columns monument.
The Olive Columns are situated on top of the Ramat Rachel Mountain, on the axis connecting the center of Jerusalem to Herodion, overlooking the ancient main entrance to Jerusalem – the ‘Patriarchs’ Road’.
The olive trees, symbolizing strength, fertility, and peace, continue to thrive due to an advanced irrigation system and the devoted attention of the garden’s caretakers.