Saturday, August 27, 2011

From Haifa Port: Late Summer Tour of Galilee and Golan- Jewish orientation

Your tour guides: Mark Zober and Marilyn Farber – mobile phones MZ (054) 590-0223
MF (054) 533-1945

On a Sunday

8:30 AM Pick up at Haifa Port

9:30 Visit Zippori National Park: The city of Zippori (Sepphoris), described by the first century CE Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius, as "the ornament of all Galilee," is located on a hill in the Lower Galilee, midway between the Mediterranean and Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), with abundant spring water and a fertile valley around it.

12:00 Noon Visit Safed: Located at an elevation of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Safed is the highest city in the Galilee and of Israel. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters. Since the sixteenth century, Safed has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias; since that time, the city has remained a center of Kabbalah, also known as Jewish mysticism.

Due to its beautiful setting surrounded by pine forests and its mild climate, Safed has become a summer holiday resort frequented by Israelis and foreign visitors alike.

3:00 PM Vist Gamla: Known sometimes as the "Masada of the North," Gamla is most famous for its strong defense against the Romans in the Jewish Revolt in 66 A.D.  The site is bordered on all sides by deep wadis of the Golan Heights 

4:30 PM Peace Vista: Wonderful overview of Sea of Galilee

5:30 PM Tiberias Marina Promenade : Tiberias is a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Kinneret), Lower Galilee, Israel. Established in 20 CE, it was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius.
Tiberias has been venerated in Judaism since the middle of the 2nd century CE and since the 16th century has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem,  Hebron and Safed.[4] In the 2nd-10th centuries, Tiberias was the largest Jewish city in the Galilee and the political and religious hub of the Jews of Palestine. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for devout Christians. Tiberias has historically been known for its hot springs, believed to cure skin and other ailments, for thousands of years.

7:00 PM Return to Haifa Port

Depending on time and interest - also go to Har Bental to overlook and bunkers and stop at Capernaum and or Mt. of Beatitudes...even for Jewish oriented tour.

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