One of the oldest port cities in the world, enchanted and mysterious, rich with legendary stories – from Hercules to the heroic tales of the war of independence; the old city of Akko is truly a captivating and out-of-the-ordinary tourist destination.
On both sides of its walls, Akko offers a variety of all kinds of attractions,
and we definitely recommend seeing as much as possible.
Tours of the ‘Knights’ Halls’, the different khans and the templer tunnel
are the closest thing to time-traveling; while places such as the colorful market, the enchanted garden, and the old port are beautiful spots for a walk, a meal, or just a cup of coffee.
In 2001 the UNESCO organization declared the old city of Akko as an international heritage site, and in 2008 that title was augmented by the stunning Baha’i gardens located both in Akko and in Haifa.
Other than the archeological ruins and different museums scattered throughout the city, you’ll also be able to enjoy the swimming beaches, shops and restaurants, and the unique
‘Akko Theatre Festival’ held annually during the Sukkoth holiday, known as an enticing cultural experience due to it’s many shows and one-time-only performances.
1. Odem forest & ‘The Deer Forest’
Odem forest is Israel’s version of the enchanted forests mentioned in fairytales.
Located 1100 meters above sea level, this beautiful forest which once covered much ofthe Golan region, now spreads over 4 square/km.
Scattered among the trees and meadows are the ‘Jubbot’, which are very large crater-like
holes in the basalt rock that layers the region. Don’t miss The Big Jubba, which is 250
In the heart of Odem forest is ‘The Deer Forest’ which serves as a home for deer, antelopes, gazelles and bambis that were brought to the forest from aro und the world.
You can meet the animals up-close and even feed and pet a few.
Interactions are monitored by the site’s tour guide who will also teach you about the
animals. Other children attractions include: pony rides, Gymboree, a dry inner-tube slide, an omega, and pedal carting.
2. The Spring Trail
For the hiking enthusiasts – this is a must. Along the southern ridge of the Golan Heights are quite a few unmarked trails which overlook the Sea of Galilee and surrounding region.
The spring trail passes through these smaller trails and leads to natural springs, small fruit orchards, cacti, abandoned Syrian bunkers, and a number of breathtaking vista points.Yet the true highlights of this trail remain to be the three water spots along the way: The ‘Mitzpe Hashalom’ spring which hides amongst the cacti and fig trees, the magical circular natural pool of ‘Ein Shoko’, and the elongated swimming pool at ‘Ein Shwuirech’. The trail begins at Mitzpe Hashalom and is 10.5 km in length at a moderate difficulty level, usually a 5-6 hr hike, and you are advised to bring a bathing suite. The trail is mostly one-way, so it is wise to secure in advance a ride back that will wait for you at the bottom.
3. The Hermon Mountain
Most folks consider the Hermon a wintertime destination in light of its ski park,
yet the tallest mountain in Israel has so much more to offer during the rest of the year as well. The official site is 1600-2040 meters above sea level, and spreads over 608 acres. Due to the height and location of the Hermon site, the drive to and fro is an attraction within itself, since the roads are rich with views and fun spots such as the Sa’ar waterfall, the Nimrod fortress, and countless streams, trails, and restaurants. During the long summer season, the site offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a trip to the mountaintop in a special visitor lift, guided tours of the local plant and animal life, an interesting tour which explains the battle history and strategy of the location, and of course the ‘extreme’ sleds which are exclusive to the site, surrounded by gorgeous views and reach speeds of up to 45 km/hr!
For those interested, it is advisable to check with the site in advance for
information regarding opening hours and the availability of different activities.
Abundant with art, rich with flavors, and surrounded by natural groves.
No wonder this Galilean town is a feast for the senses.
The name Rosh Pina means corner stone, and is derived from Psalms 118:22:
“The stone which the builder refused, became the corner stone”, which resembles the firstwave of settlers in the region that subsequently left due to harsh conditions, and the second wave of settlers from Romania (later aided by the baron Rothschild) that decided to use the deserted settlement as the building block for the town now known as Rosh Pina.
The streets and alleys are home to many shops and galleries offering art, furniture, jewelry, metalworks, musical instruments (including a rare harp store by the name of Wood song) and much more, from antiques to present-day brands, including two big shopping malls.
You can also choose from a wide range of restaurants and cafes, leaving no palate unattended.
We recommend visiting the restoration site which preserves some of the original settlement from the early 19th century, and to see up-close some of the old buildings plus the beautiful audio-visual exhibition which relays the the history of Rosh Pina.
A formative ingredient in the picturesque landscape – is the surrounding natural grove. Rarely do we find an urban setting bordering one of nature’s havens, and in this case it’s easy to incorporate a serene pastoral hike into a shopping spree, by taking just a few steps in the opposite direction.
Those of you interested in a true hike will find a moderate trail leading from Rosh Pina to Zefat located further up the mountain. The trail is 4 km long, and lined with berry bushes, olive and fig trees, and even a few natural springs, as the Rosh Pina stream flows close by.
Rosh Pina is indeed an unusual corner of Israel; loved by visitors of all ages as she mixes a glimpse into the history of the Zionist settlers with an artistic cultural experience amidst a rural Israeli backdrop.
1. Hamat Gader
Pampering both body and soul is the name of the game at the Hamat Gader hot springs resort which allows you to have a pleasurable healing experience, in addition to an out-of-the-ordinary brush with nature.
On site there are four active hot thermal springs rich with minerals.
The hot water flows out of the earth from an estimated depth of over 2 km,
with one of the springs – ‘Habosem’, gushing out 500-700 cubic meters per hour,
at a steady temperature of 42 degrees Celsius.
The healing properties of the thermo-mineral waters have been known far and wide for thousands of years, and are great for different kinds of orthopedic pains, metabolism, and skin conditions and much more…
In addition to the baths and the array of treatments offered, Hamat Gader is also known for it’s on-site exotic one-of-a-kind animal life, which includes the biggest crocodile farm in the middle east, a diverse petting section(without crocodiles :), a mini safari, and even an entertaining parrot preformance where the birds amaze the audience with their talents ranging from bicycle riding to gambling!
The resort is located not far from the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, 150
meters below sea level.
2. Hayarden (The Jordan) Park
About 2 km north of the Kineret you’ll find ‘Hayarden’ (Jordan) park, encompassing
an area of 250 acres, at the center of which flows the famous Jordan River. The park is an ideal destination for enchanting riverside walks due to both the lush vegetation and ruins along the river banks, and the comfort and accessibility of the trails for all ages. There are several private operators who work on site, offering different activities for the whole family, such as kayak and/or inner-tube rides down the river, guided night tours to the dim light of oil lamps, bicycle rides and carting.
While parking and some of the activities do cost money, the entrance to the park is free 24 hrs a day, which means the park is a great and highly accessible place to come to for a walk or a picnic at any hour of the day…
3. Ein Gev Harbor
A great tourist destination for anyone who would like to spend some quality time on the shores of the Kineret and in it’s waters. The harbor is located on the eastern shore of Israel’s sweet-water sea, and provides a variety of cruises to choose from: bird-watching cruise, romantic cruise at sunrise/sunset, historical cruise, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and witness up-close this beautiful and immeasurably important body of water.
Inside the harbor you’ll be able to enjoy good restaurants, a picturesque boardwalk, a local train tour, art gallery, museum, and a special experience for the children at “Grandpa Yossi’s Woodshop”, where they will be able to build their own toys with the guidance of Yossi and his wife Yochi.
Once a year, during the passover holiday, kibbutz Ein Gev hosts the “Ein Gev Festival” for choires and vocal groups.
The Ein Gev swimming beach is right next to the harbor, and includes a large lawn area equipped with picnic tables, shade giving gazebos, showers and bathrooms, and a lifeguard!
Keshet (Arch) & Namer (Tiger) Caves
A short walking distance from one another, you’ll find two rare and beautiful gems of nature, surrounded by trails and abundant with some of the most wondrous vista points in Israel.
If you’re in the area – this duo is a must.
Close to kibbutz Admit there’s a parking lot, which is also the beginning point of a walking trail that’ll overwhelm you from the very start with its grand views of the ocean to the west and the Carmel ridge to the east.
The trail is comfortable and easy for all ages, and leads you down to the Keshet cave, which is actually a natural stone arch that was left standing after the rest of the cave’s ceiling collapsed (hence the name – Keshet, which means arch or rainbow).
It’s an impressive and rare spectacle to behold, and the adventurers in the group will also have the option of rappelling down from the height of the arch.
A mile down the path lays the Namer (tiger) cave, and though you won’t come across any tigers, you will see… stalactites.
Here it is wise to come equipped with a flashlight in order to see this ancient hidden world. The trail that weaves around the cave’s rocks is a little more challenging, requiring a bit of a climb, which is quite worth it.
This cave is also surrounded by breath-taking views, and we recommend stationing yourselves at one of the vista points before twilight, to witness the sunset in all it’s splendor.
The caves and surrounding trails are located a half-hour drive northwest of kibbutz Moran near highway 899, and are open and accessible to the general public on most days of the year.
2. Rosh Hanikra
This marvelous ocean-front nature reserve located at the northern tip of Israel’s shoreline, is a work of art made of rock and water, sculpted to perfection by the forces of nature.
The hidden caves were carved by both water and wind over many years, nestling within them various naturally formed rock sculptures that combined with the echoing sounds of the rolling waves – create an audio-visual experience that leaves even the greatest of cynics awe stricken.
The site offers guided tours, suspended cable car, boardwalk, audio-visual presentations, and the remains of an old gateway to Lebanon.
A suitable destination for visitors of all ages, plus we also recommend inquiring in advance as to the site’s opening hours, since they change depending on the season and the weather.
3. Monfort Lake in Ma’alot (Agam Monfort)
For those of you just looking to play and have some fun – the Monfort lake park offers an abundance of choices for the whole family.
The lake which is located at the center of the park spreads over 12 and a-half acres, surrounded by lush lawns and different recreational playground structures.
The entrance to the park is free, and there are many attractions to choose from (some of which do cost an additional fee), such as: kayaks & pedal boats, indoor ice-skating, amusement park, carting, swimming pool, camping grounds and restaurants.
The natural wood grove that surrounds parts of the park is an ideal place for picnics.
Many activities and events take place on park grounds throughout the year, so it is highly recommended to inquire in advance as to the different occurrences and their respective times.
1. Manara Cliff
A destination for the whole family which incorporates a panoramic view with a bit of extreme sports and fun attractions for the kids.
The site is best known for the longest suspended cable car ride in Israel as it stretches from the town of Kiryat Shmona to the height of the cliff – 742 meters high, overlooking an epic view of parts of the Galilee and Golan regions.
The cable car stops at three locations on it’s route, each location offering a different variety of activities.
The lowest of the three stops offers a mountainside slide that reaches speeds of up to 40 km/h, plus a bungee-trampoline with a vertical bounce of 9 meters.
The middle stop features a 200 meter long omega as well as a 42 meter rappelling wall, while the upper stop consists of hiking trails, guided tours, environmental workshops, a small train ride and a toddler playhouse.
The different activities are subject to weather conditions and the age of the participants. It is recommended to find out specific information in advance through the site itself.
2. Hermon Stream Natural Reserve (Banias)
A unique nature reserve located at the foot of the Hermon Mountain where the Golan meets the Hahula valley.
Here await you a suspended bridge, an ancient cave, old temple ruins and the tallest waterfall in Israel… among other attractions.
The Banias waterfall pours powerfully from 10 meters up to an enchanted pool surrounded by vegetation, easily observed from the wooden balcony built alongside the water.
Down the path from the waterfall is the first suspended bridge of it’s kind built in Israel, made of steel & wood and stretching over a 100 meter region that was made accessible only recently.
Near the Banias spring, a wide stairway-like path leads up to the Banias cave.
The five potholes carved into the mountainside are ruminants of an old Pan temple, from which the region’s name was derived – Panias (Banias – in arabic).
At the cave’s entrance you’ll see ruins from a temple built by king Hordus. Downstream there’s an operational windmill, in addition to a few abandoned ones containing architectural structures from the roman and crusader eras.
The paths are accessible to all ages.
3. Kfar Bloom – Kayaks & Rafting
An adventurous destination which promises a fun and invigorating experience. You can choose either the moderate family route or the longer and rougher challenger route.
The moderate route is known as a bonding family experience in a pastoral landscape on the waters of the Jordan River. It is 4 km long and lasts an hour-and-a-half.
A smooth ride in either a professional river boat which seats 6, or a kayak for couples. The route ends with a small waterfall which adds a bit of excitement and a lot of smiles.
The longer route is better suited for adrenaline seekers.
8 km long, combining smooth rafting with some rougher stretches, in addition to a few waterfalls. This route uses rafting boats only, with a minimum age requirement of 18.
The surrounding site also offers a challenging rope park, a wet omega ride, a climbing wall, archery and more…
1. The Monkey Forest in Yodfat (Ya’ar Hakofim)
A rare opportunity to witness these small human-like creatures up close in a pastoral little zoo where you can learn about the different types of monkeys that were brought to Israel,such as baboons, small squirrel-monkeys, and the larger cockroach monkeys.
For the safety of both monkeys and visitors – the monkeys are kept in large fenced areas that allow visitors to observe their activities and behavior.
The zoo is home to other kinds of animals as well: deer, alpacas, pelicans, peacocks, and different pets and winged creatures, some of which you will be able to come in contact with in the petting area.
For your convenience, the site also has a cafeteria, shady rest spots, and a playground. So perhaps man did not come from the ape – but that doesn’t mean he can’t visit him (:
2. Miniature Golf – Farod Park
A fun recreational destination which boasts an 18 hole course that includes challenging holes such as a double loop, spiral, pinball, mounds, and an array of odd and creative angles.
The course is suitable for adults and children age 6 and up, no prior experience necessary and all the equipment is supplied on site.
Within the park you will also find a paintball firing range, an entertaining play-area for the kids, a variety of playground structures scattered throughout, and the cabin cafe located in the lovely garden, with a view of the surrounding mountains.
The site is open year-round. You are advised to inquire in advance about opening hours.
3. The Ammud Stream (Nahal Ammud)
Known as one of the most enchanting natural wonders of the Galilee, the Ammud stream runs from the Dalton heights to the northwestern region of the sea of Galilee, with many beautiful trails found alongside.
The stream got its name Ammud (which means: pillar) due to a giant naturally formed rock pillar standing tall above the ground near kibbutz Hukuk, downstream from Moran.
We highly recommend hiking the upper section of the stream located near Moran, a 2-4 hour hike, easy and enjoyable for the whole family, with many fruit tree groves along the way which are still irrigated using the ancient method of earth-dug waterways weaving themselves between the trees. You will also see some old windmills, a natural spring and a beautiful pool full of clear spring-water.
Winter opening hours: Long trail 8:00 – 13:00, Short trail 8:00 – 14:00
Summer opening hours: Long trail 8:00 – 14:00, Short trail 8:00 – 15:00
There is an organized parking lot at the entrance with porta-potties and drinking fountains. An entrance fee applies.
For questions and directions call: 04-6999984 or 057-7762026.
4. The Apiary and Biblical Eco-village of Michmanim
Roni & Rocky of Michmanim will gladly welcome you to peek into the world of bees inside their see-through glass hives, introduce you to different steps and procedures involved in honey-making, and taste various kinds of honey (purchase if you like), all… for free and subject to advance notice.
A more in-depth group tour is also available at a payable fee.
The extended tour also includes guided professional honey tasting, a tour of the Michmanim village with vista points and stories along the way, and of course a tour of the biblical eco-village which aims to reconstruct the lifestyle of biblical times, where you will sit in the beautiful stone khan and learn about epitherapy – healing methods based on the use of various bee products.
In addition, you’ll get to know all about propolis, queens’ food, flower pollen, natural wax, bee stings, and finally the honey itself and how it can be used for home remedies.
For scheduled visits call: 04-9881337 or 052-2476768.
Poised and ascended, the city of Zefat overlooks the Sea of Galilee to the east and the Meron mountain ridge to the west, as she blends holiness with art, and ancient times with modern days.
Being one of the four holy cities, Zefat is considered to be a priceless gem in the Jewish tradition and the history of Israel.
Archeological findings indicate that the city’s story began no less than 4000 years ago!
As time went by, the city was conquered and re-conquered several times by different peoples such as the crusaders, the ottomans, and the druses; constantly retaining her status as the capital of the Galilee due to her altitude and relevance to the region.
The frequent change of the guard resulted in extreme periods of cultural prosperity and bankruptcy, as well as countless wars and battles that left the city abundant with scars and stories, which are an inseparable part of her charm.
The Jewish quarter in the old city is regarded by many as a “tour of the soul”.
The old stones from which the roads were paved and the houses were built attribute to
the mystically beautiful ambience of the streets, turning each stroll into a moving experience. Here you can visit the old synagogues, each with it’s own history and special
characteristics, providing for a rare glimpse into the Jewish tradition in general, and in the region especially. There’s also the old cemetery where several prominent Jewish figures were buried, such as Ha’ari and Rabbi Yosef Karo.
In addition, the old city offers an array of one-of-a-kind activities such as: climbing up to the fort of the crusaders, museum visits (the art of print museum, the doll museum, ‘Beit
Hameiri’ museum and more), and of course – a walk through the abandoned Arab
quarter known as the artists’ neighborhood, which is an hypnotic cultural mosaic in
itself, with all it’s old stone houses and inner courtyards, the overhanging grapevines, and leftover ruins of old paintings and statues that still ornament the alleys. Here you’ll also find the beautiful and highly recommended ‘Yitzhak Frankel Museum’, and the ‘White Donkey Inn’ which hosts music concerts by night, and different treatments and workshops by day (all arrangements should be made in advance).