Day 1, Sunday: Israel's ancient coast – Ports of conquerors.
Ancient City of Caesarea Ruins: After breakfast we’ll say farewell to Tel Aviv and head north along Israel’s coast. We will travel to the Caesarea National Park which contains an impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Hippodrome- a 20,000 seat horse racing arena, and the Roman Aqueducts.
National Maritime Museum – Haifa: Head towards Haifa and take in the breathtaking view from the famous Mount Carmel along the way. Next, you’ll relive Israeli and international maritime history at this incredible museum. Its unique collection includes thousands of artifacts which enable visitors to gain a true understanding of maritime history, including mythology, ship architecture, naval battles, ancient to modern seafaring, and ethnology of seafaring societies.
Acco Fortified Walls – The Crusader City: Next we’ll head to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world- Acco, dating back to the time of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BCE). A walk along the land wall and along the sea wall is a unique experience, which illustrates the military strength of the protected city. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore the local market!
Rosh Hanikra Grotto’s & Cable Car: Next stop is Rosh Hanikra to see the beautiful grottoes made from waves hitting the soft chalk rock. Ride from the mountain top down to sea level via cable car to explore the Grotto’s which have formed over thousands of years – truly a wonder of creation. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel.
Day 2, Monday: Northern Golan and Tzfat – The City of Kaballah.
Tzfat – Safed - The Holy City of Kaballah: Begin your day in Tzfat, the City of Air; one of the four holy cities in Israel. It has been a spiritual center since the 1600’s when it was the center of Kabbala (Jewish mysticism). One of Israel’s holiest cities awaits soul-seekers, nature enthusiasts, and historians to its cobblestone, art-lined streets, majestic mountains, and Kabbala-infused atmosphere.
Jeeping in the Golan Heights: Take an exhilarating ride through the Golan Heights via jeep! With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, you’ll venture up, down, and all around the luscious green hills of the North. Keep an eye out for bright and blooming fields of flowers and wild animals grazing!
Tel Facher Syrian Base: Learn about one of the fiercest battles of Israel’s history, the Six Day War, as you explore this Syrian base. Discover the valor of the Israeli soldiers who bravely conquered this territory in 1967. Survey the remnants of the base and wander through the trenches in the 50 year old footsteps of the heroic Golani soldiers who captured this mountaintop.
The Famous Banias Falls: This archaeological site was formerly known as the city of Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon. Today, it serves as a nature reserve full of luscious green and beautiful flora and ancient ruins- a sight to see!
The Battle of Tel Chai Court: Here you’ll step into the exact room where the battle of Tel Chai to learn about the heroic battle of Josef Trumpeldor and his comrades in 1920. Dinner & Overnight: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel, Northern Israel.
Day 3, Tuesday: Tiberias and the Jordan Valley – Blue Waters and Green Pastures.
Tiberias – the City of Water: Learn about Tiberias Old & New, the ancient city founded in the 1st century sits on Israel’s main source of fresh water, the Sea of Galilee. We will also discuss the famous sages Rambam & Rabbi Akiva, who are interred in Tiberias.
Beit Shean National Park: Go back in time to the Roman and Byzantine eras at this monumental history site! Fight fierce gladiatorial battles at the excavated amphitheater, or relive biblical times as you stroll down a colonnaded street along the ruins of ancient buildings.
Beit Alfa Ancient Synagogue: Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most known for its magnificent mosaic filled with intricate artistic detail. This stunning piece of art was created in the 5thcentury and is miraculously still very much intact. Enjoy an attention-grabbing film that tells the story of how the mosaic was made.
Gan HaShlosha National Park: Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, here you’ll get a chance to relax and rejuvenate at one of the natural pools or Jacuzzis that are idyllically situated below a flowing waterfall. It is the perfect place to visit year round, as the water temperature never goes below 82 degrees Fahrenheit!
Ascend to Holy Jerusalem – the Capital: End the day with a beautiful drive through the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem. You’ll stop at Mount Scopus as you enter the city to say the blessing of “Shehechiyanu” to celebrate the joyous occasion of entering the holy capital. The tour ends in Jerusalem. Farewell – we’ll miss you!
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