Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights

A Day to the Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights

 

It is quite a long ride (about 2 hours either from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem) to the Sea of Galilee (we call it Lake Kineret).

We arrive to Tabgha by the lake, where we visit the Church of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Fishes and Loafs, commemorating the traditional place where Jesus fed 5,000 men with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.

Then we drive shortly to visit Capernaum, the remains of Kefar Nahum, Jesus hometown by the lake, presenting the reconstructed ruins of the largest ancient synagogue in the Middle East as well as Simon Peter's House.

We leave Capernaum and cross the Jordan River, where it enters to the Sea of Galilee and drive up to the Golan Heights. Our first stop is the viewpoint on top of Mount Bental, a nonactive volcano and an abandoned Israeli fort, wherefrom we can look over to Syria, large areas of the Golan Heights, and the "Valley of Tears", a bleeding and crucial battlefield in the Yom Kippur War in October 1973.

Drive southward along the Basaltic plain plateau of the Golan Heights, all the way to the "Peace Vista", an amazing viewpoint over the Sea of Galilee and northern Israel from what had been the Syrian side until 1967 (The Six Days War).  

We descend from the Golan Heights, driving on a steep winding road, stopping by an abandoned Israeli stronghold, looking over the "3 borders meeting point" (Israel, Syria and Jordan)

 

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Visit one of Golan Heights famous wineries

Visit and tour Gamla, both a nature reserve and a breathtaking view over the ruins of a leading fortified Jewish city fighting the Romans and destroyed in the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans, a little less than 2,000 years ago

Stop by Um-Al-Kanatir and walk downhill to visit the reconstruction of a very impressive ancient synagogue

Walk uphill to Hippos (Sussita) to tour around the ruins of a prominent gentile city, part of the famous Decapolis in Roman and Byzantine periods.

Hammat Gader – the most popular hot springs and spa, located on the Yarmuk’s river bank, under and in between the Golan Heights at one side and the Jordanian Gilad Mountains in the other side.

 

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