Private Safed, Kibbutz, And The Golan Heights Tour
Private Safed, Kibbutz, and the Golan Heights Tour
You'll be forever glad you chose this truly distinctive Holy Land tour experience exploring the heart of the Upper Galilee on this full-day private tour. It combines the charm of Safed, the historically significant Golan Heights and the chance to witness everyday life in a kibbutz.
After meeting your professional tour guide on the pier in Haifa, they will drive you to the northern Israeli town of Safed, approximately 90 minutes away, via the famous route described in James Michener's book, "The Source." Located 3,200 feet above sea level in the mountains of the Upper Galilee, this somewhat modest-sized community is also the highest city in Israel with magnificent commanding views east to the Golan Heights, north to Mt. Hermon and Lebanon, west to Mt. Meron and the Amud Valley, and south to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Historical sources indicate that Safed was founded in the 2nd century A.D. during Roman times, and local legend is that the city was founded by one of Noah's sons after the great flood. During the 13th century, it became the center for many Jewish scholars who founded the Zohar and Kabala theories. Today, Safed has seen a rebirth and resurgence of popularity, becoming once again a center for Jewish learning. This utterly charming mountain enclave, with its quaint cobblestone streets, has also gained a reputation as being a haven for artists. Your visit in Safed is approximately two hours and includes a visit to the town's vibrant artist colony as well as the ancient Synagogue Quarter.
Leaving Safed, you will make your way down from the mountains toward the Sea of Galilee, along the way passing Kurazim, a village that was famous during the time of the Second Temple, the Mishna and the Talmud. Enjoy a picturesque view of the tranquil waters as you travel along the shore before crossing the Jordan River and ascending to the Golan Heights. During Roman times and throughout the Byzantine period, cultural and religious centers flourished here and permanent Jewish settlements, including Kfar Harub, existed until the Islamic conquest. Kfar Harub has since become Kibbutz Kfar Haruv, which was resettled by Americans in 1973.
The afternoon segment of your tour includes a scenic 45-minute drive through the countryside, passing Hamat Gader, known for its hot springs, and for being the international point where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Israel meet. A final stop will be made at the Yardenit baptismal site where the Jordan River separates from the Sea of Galilee. In this naturally scenic and symbolic setting, pilgrims from around the world come to perform baptismal ceremonies. During the relaxing 90-minute journeys back to Haifa, pass by Beit Shearim, the well-known 2nd century Jewish burial ground.
Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 45 guests maximum. Groups with more than 22 guests may be accommodated upon request. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
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Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.