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From Jerusalem: Golan Heights Day Trip

Product ID: 245197
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This Golan Heights tour takes you north through the Plain of Armageddon and past Megiddo into the Galilee. Visit the Golan Antiquities Museum and see archaeological discoveries from the Golan plus a film on the ancient Jewish city of Gamla.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup from Jerusalem main hotels at 5:50 AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the lush countryside of the Galilee, Israel’s northern region, home to the Sea of Galilee
  • Have a fascinating introduction to a controversial and scenic area
  • See landmarks that go from ancient history to the Six Day War
  • Get an early start on the day for even more sightseeing
Full description
Your tour begins as you leave Tel-Aviv, traveling north on the coastal road along the Mediterranean Sea and passing the cities of Hertzilya and Natanya. Turn inland and travel through the Plain of Armageddon as mentioned in Revelations. From here you can see Megiddo, the site of an ancient Biblical city. When you reach the southernmost point of the Sea of Galilee, you will stop to look down on the sea from above and take in the gorgeous pastoral vista. The panoramic view which lies before you has the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in the foreground and the undulating Golan Heights forming a dramatic backdrop. Cross the Jordan River at the foot of the Golan Heights and begin your ascent passing through Hamat Gader. Today Hamat Gader is a popular spa destination just as it was for the Romans almost 2000 years ago.

Continue on through the lush green countryside until you reach the Shalom Observatory. From here, you will have a stunning view looking back at the Sea of Galilee beneath you. Travel on to Katzrin where excavations have uncovered a village from the Mishnah and Talmud periods. The village has been partially restored and you can see the archaeological findings which include a synagogue, houses, and an oil press. Here you can also see evidence of former volcanic activity in the Golan Heights as black basalt rock forms part of the landscape. You will continue on to Katzrin, a city sometimes referred to as the Capital of the Golan. Visit the Golan Antiquities Museum where you can see findings from the region and the nearby archeological site. The museum displays artifacts and has audiovisual presentations about the city of Gamla. Learn of Gamla, the historic Second Temple Era Jewish city which has been excavated nearby.

Then, head to Mount Bental to see what remains of the Syrian fortifications. The Syrian bunkers, bases, and trenches were captured by the Israeli's in the Six Day War of 1967. From here you can see how close Syria is as you 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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Insurance
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Tour is not suitable for children under the age of 4
• At 5:50 AM, transfer from Jerusalem to join the tour in Tel Aviv
Organized by

Israel Click Tours

Product ID: 245197