Mysticism and bird watching, nature reserves and raging battles - this journey to Israel's northern mountainous region will unravel the charm, the beauty, the history and the spirituality of this spellbinding region.All entrance fees are included!
Travel north through the Lower Galilee to the mountainous Upper Galilee to visit the picturesque city of Safed, the highest city in Israel, with warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters. Safed is one of the four holy cities in Israel and has been a spiritual and kabala center since the 17th century. Visit the city's thriving and scenic artist's quarter dotted with galleries and artists studios, and wander through the ancient alleyways of the Jewish quarter with its hidden corners and beautiful ancient synagogues.
Proceed further north through the Hula Valley passing Hula Lake Park (Agamon Hahula in Hebrew). Continue to the Tel Dan nature reserve - a wonderland of streams, a wild river and tall shady trees. The Dan River is the largest and most important source of the Jordan River, fed by the snow and rain of Mt. Hermon. Walk along the trail, crossing the stream and through the laurel, ash and buckthorne trees to a flour mill, that operated until 1948, and the ruins of a Canaanite city with the earliest constructed arch ever discovered.
Ascend the Golan heights and pass by Tel Faher (or Golani Lookout) a former Syrian outpost on the Golan Heights and the site of an intense battle during the Six Day War. Conquest of this outpost led to the liberation of the entire Golan Heights.
As we continue our ascent view the Nimrod Fortress, a medieval fortress situated on a ridge rising about 800 m (2600 feet) above sea level, dating back to Saladin and the Crusaders, which was ruined by an earthquake during the 18th century. We continue through the Druse villages of the Golan Heights until we reach our final stop - Mt. Bental, at just over 1,000 meters above sea level, a remnant of the long extinct volcanoes which were the source of the grey basalt stone that characterizes the region.
From the mountain top there is an amazing view of Syria, Mt. Hermon and the Valley of Tears - site of one of the fiercest battles waged during the Yom Kippur War.
We recommend to book the tour at least 24 hours in advance.
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