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Northern Israel route

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Northern Israel route

We will be leaving from Jerusalem by rental car on Sunday May 11 and have 3 full days. We would like to take the scenic route north and will be leaving early in the day and taking Hwy 90. We would like to see Tiberias, The Galilee, The Golan Heights (?), Tzfat, Rosh Hanikra(?) Nahariya and Akko the first 2 days. The first overnight will be in Rosh Pina. The second night we are staying with friends at Kibbutz Magal (40 minutes south of Haifa) and the third day we would like to see Caesarea and Netanya.

Can you please tell me the best route and some highlights of the places I mentioned and what the best things to see and some things perhaps to skip for lack of time. We would like to see as much as possible in the time that we have and get a taste of as much culture and beauty as we can in the short time we have.

Any suggestions on highlights and routes will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Northern Israel route

The first day drive to the Golan Heights. Its about a three hour straight drive via road 90. The second day concentrate on the Galilee and Zfat and on your way south go to sites along the coast. Transversing the Galilee can be time consuming during rush hour as well as the drive south in any if the roads. So keep this in mind.

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Agree with Chana suggestions. On the way from Jerusalem you may stop at the impressive Beit Shean's archaeological site. Also you can visit unique Hamat Gader thermal bath. Stay the night at one of the B&B (Zimmer) on the golan. The second day can be dedicated for the Lake of Galilee surrounding attractions. Suggest to stay the night in Rosh Pina or Safed. On the third day you can start with Safed, drive to Acre and back. (I believe adding Rosh Hanikra will be too much)

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Thank you for your replies. I read some of your posts also and checked out google maps. It seems that we can leave from Jerusalem and take the Hwy 90 route to Beit Shean. The first day we can also visit sites such as Capernaum, Biriya Forest, Mount of Beatitudes. Would like to see Gamla Nature Reserve in the Golan but it seems abit too far considering we only have 2 days in the north. The second day we would like to see Rosh Pina (where we will be staying) Safed and Akko before returning to Kibbutz Magal area to stay with friends. It seems that we will be stuck in traffic if we visit Tiberias. The third day we would like to go to Caesarea (is that the same as where Caesarea Philippi is?) and Netanya before our 6 am flight the next day. We really want to avoid traffic jams. Can you comment on our route.

Your comments are appreciated. Thank you. Jack

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Your itinerary is somewhat ambitious so you should decide on your priorities for each day.

Caesarea is on the coast between Netanya and Hadera. Caesarea Phillipi is called the Banias nowadays and if you say Caesarea Philipi to anyone in Israel they will have no idea what you are talking about.

If your flight leaves at 6 am then you should get to the airport around 2:30 am. You need time to return the car and take the shuttle to the terminal. The airport is very busy at that hour as there are many early morning departures.

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Caesarea is NORTH of Hadera, not as indicated above! ( Netanya is South of Hadera)

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BTW Ceasarea Phillipi/Banias is in the Golan.

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Biriya Forest is nearby Safed, thus if you want to visit there it is better on the second day with Safed.

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Thank you all for your replies. I have refined our trip to be more realistic. May I please have your comments to see if my choices are good and that they are doable.

Day 1.Leaving from Jerusalem going to Beit She'an/Beit Alpha Synagogue/Biriya Forest/Rosh Pina

Day 2. Safed/Akko/Zippori -staying with friends at MoshavGan HaShomron (not too far from Caesarea)

Day 3. Caesara/Netanya/to Tel Aviv for free tour at 8 pm and to airport by 2am for 6 am flight

Have done some research and would like to go to Belvoir, Kursi, Tiberius, Nazareth and,Afula but realize may not have time.

Your comments and route advice will be much appreciated.

Thanks.Jack

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There is very little to see in Tiberias. And unless you are interested in railway history or collect bus stations you can definitely skip Afula. If by chance railway history is your thing, you should visit the restored Turkish railway station (it closed in 1948) there. But if not, don't bother going to Afula.

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