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Israel Itinerary: From the Sea of Galilee to Haifa

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From the Sea of Galilee to Haifa, take the high road as you travel through the north-west of Israel. This Israel itinerary will allow travelers to explore this incredibly diverse and beautiful country. 

From hiking to historic synagogues to white sand beaches, there is truly something for every type of traveler in Israel. So, check out Visit.org‘s Israel itinerary for the three best destinations in the northwestern part of this great country.

sea of galilee

                                             Experience the sheer natural beauty of the Sea of Galilee.

Destination #1: The Sea of Galilee

Start your journey 695 feet below sea level, and no this isn’t at the Dead Sea.

Here, you won’t find the center of the earth either. However, you will find yourself happily sitting on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret.

The Sea of Galilee, which is the lowest freshwater lake in the world and largest lake in Israel, is beautifully surrounded by small and historic villages.

After, venture into the historic city of Tiberias for a couple days and relax on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Bring a translator along to explore these areas as you indulge in the small city scope. Tiberias, The Old City, features many beautiful and scenic spots for visitors to experience up close.

jordan valley

                                 Get a view of  Jordan Valley when you hike in Israel’s national parks.

  • Tour Israel’s national parks

Hike up Arbel National Park and climb 181 meters above sea level, and about 390 meters above the Sea of Galilee. This famous cliff offers breathtaking views of Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, snowy Mount Hermon, and more.

The scenery from Arbel National Park’s famous cliff exemplifies the diversity of Israel at its apogee. In addition, cliffs like Arbels’ aren’t commonly found in Israel. As a result,  it is home to many different plants, bird, and high land animals.

  • Learn about religion in Israel

Along your hike up through the park you can find hundreds of caves, both manmade and natural dating back to prehistoric times. In addition, find your way to the Arbel Synagogue. This site still holds the ruins of an ancient synagogue built in the 4th century CE and later destroyed in the 8th century.

Arbel Synagogue was a hidden treasure until the early 20th century, when the structure was discovered. Now, it is believed to be one of the oldest synagogues in the world.

Destination #2: Kufr Kanna

After a day in the sea and one in the sky, travel about 20 minutes west from Tiberias to stop at Kufr Kanna on your way to Haifa.  

Here you’ll find Sindyanna of the Galilee. This nonprofit organization promotes equality, mutual respect and peace for all.

Tension between neighboring nations is prevalent in Israel. However, here Jewish and Arab women are able to unite. This cooperation allows them to produce beautiful fair trade products.

israeli olive oil

                                              Taste delicious Israeli olive oil with Sindyanna of the Galilee.

  • Sample Israeli Olive Oil

Join the visionary organization in various workshops specific to your desires. Learn about the traditional olive cultivation and oil production. Sample delicious Israeli olive oil. Then, meet the basket weavers. These Jewish and Arab women weave together to create beautiful pieces. Finally, learn how to weave a basket yourself. Or participate in a cooking workshop with local chefs.

The engaging workshops available at Sindyanna allow for a multitude of options and experiences for visitors to choose from to suit the needs of each group.

Destination #3: Haifa

After,  carry on your trip to the “Capital of the North” also known as Haifa. The third largest city in Israel and arguably one of the most lively.

Enjoy the summer weather along one of its many options of beautiful bright beaches, wild nightlife clubs and alternative music scenes.

  • Discover Israeli wildlife

If you’re still itching to get another hiking fix in, don’t worry, the fantastic Mount Carmel is the place to do it.

This mountain is considered a symbol of beauty and bloom. Celebrated for it’s ‘godly vineyard’, it is composed of beautiful exotic flora and fauna that has existed for over 3000 years.

Take the family out for a leisurely hike. Play eye-spy and look out for the incredible Israeli wildlife the country is known for. Mount Carmel is home to various species, ranging from wild boar to chameleons.

Bahá'í World Centre

                                               Experience the culture of Haifa at the Bahá’í World Centre.

  • Revel in the culture of Haifa

If you’re in Haifa in September, check out The Haifa International Film Festival.  This weeklong event takes place annually. As such, it magically turns the city into a beautiful film attraction.

Otherwise, sit back and relax in Haifa and let the city do the work for you. The creative and vibrant city has amazing art and cultural attractions throughout the city year round.

To extend this, explore the Bahá’í World Centre.  Comprised of the Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, this administrative site holds other holy sites as well. Created in the late 19th century, this beautiful gold-domed shrine is surrounded by breathtaking landscaping and architecture. This picturesque centre looks like it’s own paradise with palm trees and a view of the mediterranean sea from afar.

Book an immersive travel experience with Visit.org to add on to your Israel itinerary!