Map of Israel & Favorite Touring Sites

NORTH
Tel Dan
At the head of the Dan Spring, major source of the Jordan River, in 930 BCE, the Israelite city of Dan became site of Jeroboam’s northern altar (I Kings 12:28-30). Remains of the altar and impressive city gates have been excavated and are there for us to see.As some 250 million cubic meters of water emanate here, Tel Dan is one of our most gorgeous Nature Reserves with winding paths crisscrossing the various tributaries through lush vegetation.

Tzfat (Safed)
Jews and Christians alike have been visiting this scenic town perched high-up in the mountains of Upper Galilee for years—it’s the home to Jewish Mysticism or Kabbala which took root there just after the Spanish Expulsion of 1492.
Tzfat Klezmer Festival
This annual 3-day event has taken place every August since 1988. The streets of mystical Tzfat (Safed) fill with thousands of visitors celebrating this uniquely-Jewish ‘soul’ music. Many open and free street performances; others in closed halls.

Hanita Stockade and Watchtower Museum
In 1938, a bold plan driven by Menachem Usishkin led to the overnight establishment of a number of new settlements on land that was bought by The Jewish Agency. The object was to establish Jewish presence in the furthest reaches of The Land, prior to arrival of the Peale Commission. Kibbutz Hanita was set up on the high ground of the Ladder of Tyre range, adjoining our border with Lebanon. The kibbutz operates a small but fascinating museum and restoration.

Keshet Cave
A natural karstic cave produced by many thousands of years of seepage into the limestone of Ladder of Tyre range. Then, the roof collapsed, leaving a spectacular natural arch. We approach and cross it in such a way that we never see what we’ve crossed until its too late to ‘chicken-out’. An unsurpassed view of the entire Western Galilee too.

Karmiel Dance Festival
This annual 3-day event has taken place every summer, since 1988. The streets and halls of Karmiel swell with tens of thousands of visitors celebrating dance in all its forms— folk, classical, contemporary, modern—Israeli and international. If your plans call for you to be here during these dates, we’ll be happy to include one of the colorful amphitheater shows in your itinerary. The last family who was with me for opening night deemed it absolutely AWESOME!

Galilee Olive Festival
Olives have grown in The Land of Israel for thousands of years. Our Olive Festival takes place in central Galilee from mid-October through mid-December each year. See the olives being harvested, learn the symbolic role of olive oil in both Judaism and Christianity, learn its health value and its non-culinary uses. See the oil pressed, taste the freshly-pressed oil—as many as four varieties—and take some home with you. As most Galilee olive oil never leaves the Galilee, this is about the only way you’ll get it.

Haifa—Bahai Shrine
Haifa has long been home to one of the Bahai faith’s two sacred sites—the Shrine of the Bab on the slope of Mount Carmel. The site has been extended to encompass 8 terraces below the Shrine and 8 above it. Devout Bahai ascend these terraces—a highly spiritual experience— in the course of their pilgrimages. Subject to booking, the terraces are open to the general public, who are guided as they descend.

German Colony
A long-neglected, recently-restored section of Haifa’s lower city was the first to be established by Templars who came to settle the Holy Land in 1868. After World War II, the Templars were returned to Germany. This neighborhood is now becoming a trendy scene of Haifa’s night life.

Akko
Crusader City--Akko was a major port during the First Crusader Kingdom (1099-1187), and would become Capital of the Second Kingdom (1191-1291). Major recent excavations offer us our best picture of this period—its history, and architecture. Gan-Garoo
One of the very few petting zoos anywhere in the world with kangaroos and koalas, brought to Israel under license from Australia and carefully maintained in their natural habitat.

Gan Hashelosha (Sachne)
Natural mineral springs whose waters remain a constant 28º C all-year round. A great place to relax and enjoy nature’s wonders, at any time of year.

Hammat Gader
Known for over 2,000 years for its natural warm and cool mineral spring baths. Today, these facilities have been beautifully modernized, plus the addition of water-slide park, trained parrots, alligators, and great food—Kosher Chinese-Thai and St. Peter’s Fish.

Arbel Cliff
A dramatic vista onto the Sea of Galilee, Upper Galilee, Golan Heights. A new access road brings us to within 5 minutes’ easy walk to the vista. If we are just a bit adventurous, we might descend the cliff on foot too!

Tzippori
Roman city in Galilee, seat of The Sanhedrin under Rabbi Yehuda the Prince when the Mishna was codified. Tzippori raises many intriguing questions about the interactions between observant Jewish society and Roman society in the 3rd century CE (AD).

Mt. Gilboa
The northernmost peak in the Samarian Mountains, enclosing the Bet Shean and Charod Valleys on the south. Scene of Saul’s final battle against the Philistines, Mt. Gilboa is a beautiful Nature Reserve, home to the Gilboa Iris—a magnificent wild flower—reminiscent of an orchid—which blooms in deep purple hues in mid-March. Fantastic views--on clear days, all the way to Mt. Hermon.

JERUSALEM
Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center
This amazing site employs state-of-the-art computer graphics to present the history of the Temple by acclaimed archaeologists who excavated here, and its significance through the eyes of an imaginary pilgrim who made his pilgrimage here during its existence. We may walk the original south steps that led to the Hulda Gates, and a portion of the original Therapion (Central Valley Road)—both from the Second Temple.

CENTER
Mini-Israel
Perfect concluding stop where we might review all that we’ve seen in a comprehensive tour—in miniature—on a scale of 1:25.

TEL AVIV
‘White City’
A World Heritage Site--A unique mix of architectural styles during the evolution of the world’s first Jewish city. Of greatest interest is Modern International, known here as ‘Bauhaus’ after Walter Gropius’ school in Germany. This style came into use in the 1930’s, and remained popular until the 1950’s. Most of the 4,000 buildings constructed in this style were still standing in the 1990's. 1,000 have been designated for restoration, 120 of them for stringent preservation.

Palmach Museum
Story of The Palmach (Striking Force) which played so key a role in events leading up to and including the War of Independence. Their ‘museum’ has no artifacts or documents. It is an experiential exhibit—conveying their legacy through the stories of individuals and groups. Visitors join the group of young recruits from its establishment, and advance through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence. Three-dimensional décor, films—some documentary and some modern, and various special effects aid in telling the story.

SOUTH
Bedouin Hospitality
Bedouin are descendants of the Nabateans—nomadic peoples who have lived in our region from the beginning of recorded history, and probably earlier. Our Patriarchs were Bedouin. We visit camps that are owned and operated by real Bedouin. After a camel ride through the desert, we are seated on cushions in their tent, and introduced to the Bedouin culture as it came down through the generations. We're hosted for Bedouin coffee, tea, and perhaps a meal—either a light mid-day meal, or a full-course meat meal (kosher).

Bet Hayotzer Museum
Details the history of the Dead Sea Works. Models, maps, and a discussion of Israel's largest single industry and its contribution to the Zionist dream.

Flour Cave
Near Mount Sodom which is entirely salt. Flour Cave is so-called because of the chalky surface that resembles flour. After we explore this fascinating cave, and are duly-covered in flour-like chalk, we return to our vehicle and continue our journey.  

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