Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just found out the we are heading to Masada and the dead sea with a couple of Jeanne's coworkers tomorrow. Saturday we are going to hang out at the hotel. Sunday we are trying to find the right day tour for the Mt of Olives.

Here is our Itinerary for our trip north:

Day 1: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra

Exit north to Caesarea, the ancient Roman Capital and port. Walking tour of theatre and archaeological ruins and excavations. Continue to Haife, Mt. Carmel, scenic view of Bahai garden, city and port. Drive to Rosh Hanikra to
visit the limestone grottos and view border with Lebanon. Return via Acre to visit the Crusader underground city and crypt. Walk through the Old City market. Overnight in north.

Day 2: Nazareth, Tiberias & Sea of Galilee

Continue north via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Onwards via Kafer Cana to view the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Stop to view the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Drive via Tiberias to the site of baptismal on the Jordan River.Return via scenic view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

Day 3

Drive north along the coastal road, on route stop at overlook on Megiddo and continue to Beth Shean, the extensive excavations of an ancient Roman city. Drive through the Jordan Valley, stop at the Baptismal site on the Jordan River. Ascend to the Golan Heights with an overview from Hammat Gader of Triangular Border with Syria, Jordan & Israel, on route to the Shalom Observatory. Onwards to the city of Katzrin the Talmudic capital of the Golan. Ascend to Mt Bental, overlook Kuneitra Valley. Short stop for overview of former Syrian fortification. Descend to the Hula Valley for overnight stay at Kibbutz hotel.

Day 4

Take a short tour of a kibbutz settlement. Visit the Banyas Reserve (Caesarea Philippi) the source of the Jordan River- with its flowing icy water. Then onto visit the crusader castle fortress Ka'alat Nimrod and then onto Birkat Ram a natural lake located on an extint volcano at the foot of Mt Hermon. Drive south to Safed to visit ancient synagogues and the artists quarter. Return to hotels.

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