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Upper Galilee and the Golan Travel Guide

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Plan Your Upper Galilee and the Golan Vacation

"Israel's Little Tuscany" has long been a nickname for the Upper Galilee. The green countryside, the growing numbers of both large-scale and boutique wineries, and the laid-back atmosphere have attracted urbanites on weekend jaunts as well as adventurous travelers.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Old City of Tzfat While the tiny historic synagogues offer a rare taste of Jewish houses of worship from bygone days, the galleries are saturated with contemporary colors and shapes.
  2. Kayaking on the Jordan River A cool ride downriver can be a strenuous adventure or a tame family float; either way, it adds an interesting accent to a trip to the northern Galilee.
  3. The Hula Lake Nature Reserve The Hula Reserve provides shelter for birds, some 500 million of which fly over the Hula Valley twice a year on migrations between Europe and Africa.
  4. Hermon River Nature Reserve Hike to the Banias Waterfall and the Crusader ruins, and pick up a freshly baked pita from the Druze mill along the way.
  5. Gamla This is the site of the Jews' heroic last stand following a siege by the Romans in AD 67. Aside from its history, it offers a challenging hike or an easy amble, all with glimpses of wildlife.

When To Go

When to Go

Unlike other parts of the country, there’s no best time of the year to tour the Upper Galilee and the Golan. The range of colors is wonderful in spri...

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