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Golan Heights Day Tour

Golan Heights Day Tour
Golan Heights Day Tour

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Golan Heights View of Megiddo, with an overview of the triangular border, the ancient synagogue of Katzrin, Mt. Bental, view of Kuneitra Valley and stop at former Syrian fortifications

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Tour Description 
 
Our tour begins as we leave Tel-Aviv traveling north on the coastal road along the Mediterranean Sea and passing the cities of Hertzilya and Natanya. We turn inland and travel through the plain of Armageddon as mentioned in Revelations. From here we can see Megiddo site of an ancient Biblical city . When we reach the southernmost point of the Sea of Galilee we stop to look down on the sea from above and take in the gorgeous pastoral vista. The panoramic view which lies before us has the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in the foreground and the undulating Golan Heights forming a dramatic backdrop. We cross the Jordan River at the foot of the Golan Heights and begin our ascent passing through Hamat Gader. Today Hamat Gader is a popular spa destination just as it was for the Romans almost 2000 years ago. We continue on through the lush green countryside until we reach the Shalom Observatory. From here we have a stunning view looking back at the Sea of Galilee beneath us. It is easy to understand the strategic importance of the Heights as we see the Israeli city of Tiberias in the distance on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. We travel on to Katzrin where excavations have uncovered a village from the Mishnah and Talmud periods. The village has been partially restored and we can see the archaeological findings which include a synagogue, houses and an oil press. Here we can also see evidence of former volcanic activity in the Golan Heights as black basalt rock forms part of the landscape. We continue on to Katzrin, a city sometimes referred to as the Capital of the Golan. As far back as the Middle Bronze Age this location has been occupied, and later the Romans, Mamluks, Ottomans and even French have ruled this picturesque city. Here we visit the Golan Antiquities Museum where we see findings from the region and the nearby archeological site. The museum displays artifacts and has audiovisual presentations about the city of Gamla. We learn of Gamla, the historic Second Temple Era Jewish city which has been excavated nearby. We continue to Mount Bental to see what remains of Syrian fortifications. The Syrian bunkers, base and trenches were captured by the Israeli's in the Six Day War of 1967. From here we can see how close Syria is as we look down on the Syrian city of Kuneitra just beyond the Canadian UN forces which have protected this peaceful border since the cease fire in 1974


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What To Expect

This Golan Heights tour sets off traveling north and takes you up the coast before turning inland and traveling through the Plain of Armageddon and past Megiddo. We travel through the green pastures and rolling hills of the Galilee and look down on the Sea of Galilee. To the east of the Sea of Galilee the Golan Heights await us. We make our way up the Golan Heights through the small communities, vineyards, farmlands and forests. We pass Hamat Gader famed for its hot springs that have been enjoyed by man since the Roman-era. We reach Shalom Observatory high on the basalt cliffs of the Golan. It is clear why this point is of such strategic importance as we can even see as far as Tiberius on the opposite shore of the Sea of Galilee.
The next stop on this Golan Heights tour is Katzrin, the site of excavations that revealed a settlement from the 1st century Mishnah and 4th century Talmudic periods. Parts of the village have been restored including the synagogue, homes and an ancient oil press. We stop in modern-day Katzrin to visit the Golan Antiquities Museum. Here we see archaeological findings from the Golan and a short film about the Jewish Second Temple Era city of Gamla. 
The tour continues to Mount Bental where parts of Syrian fortifications have remained. We walk through the Syrian trenches and bunkers that were taken by the Israeli forces in the 1967 Six Day War. Since 1974 this has been a peaceful border and from this elevated location we can look over into neighboring Syria; the Syrian capital is just 50 km from here. The Golan Heights tour comes to an end as we drive through the lush countryside leaving the Galilee behind and make our way back towards Tel Aviv

Language Schedule

 
 
English *     *      
 

What To Expect

This Golan Heights tour sets off traveling north and takes you up the coast before turning inland and traveling through the Plain of Armageddon and past Megiddo. We travel through the green pastures and rolling hills of the Galilee and look down on the Sea of Galilee. To the east of the Sea of Galilee the Golan Heights await us. We make our way up the Golan Heights through the small communities, vineyards, farmlands and forests. We pass Hamat Gader famed for its hot springs that have been enjoyed by man since the Roman-era. We reach Shalom Observatory high on the basalt cliffs of the Golan. It is clear why this point is of such strategic importance as we can even see as far as Tiberius on the opposite shore of the Sea of Galilee.
The next stop on this Golan Heights tour is Katzrin, the site of excavations that revealed a settlement from the 1st century Mishnah and 4th century Talmudic periods. Parts of the village have been restored including the synagogue, homes and an ancient oil press. We stop in modern-day Katzrin to visit the Golan Antiquities Museum. Here we see archaeological findings from the Golan and a short film about the Jewish Second Temple Era city of Gamla. 
The tour continues to Mount Bental where parts of Syrian fortifications have remained. We walk through the Syrian trenches and bunkers that were taken by the Israeli forces in the 1967 Six Day War. Since 1974 this has been a peaceful border and from this elevated location we can look over into neighboring Syria; the Syrian capital is just 50 km from here. The Golan Heights tour comes to an end as we drive through the lush countryside leaving the Galilee behind and make our way back towards Tel Aviv

Additional Information

The tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
     

The tour does not include:

  • Food and drinks
     

Notes:

  • Recommended good walking shoes, hat & water
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 3 participants
  • It is possible to have pick ups/ drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees

Additional Information

The tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • A fully qualified and licensed tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
     

The tour does not include:

  • Food and drinks
     

Notes:

  • Recommended good walking shoes, hat & water
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 3 participants
  • It is possible to have pick ups/ drop offs in different cities. However, we do not disperse to specific drop off locations

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 1 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification on the day of the tour.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees

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