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The Galilee is Certainly a Hidden Gem of Israel!

Even in ancient times it was documented by the first-century historian Flavius Josephus was so impressed by the area that he wrote, "One may call this place the ambition of Nature."

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Even in ancient times it was documented by the first-century historian Flavius Josephus was so impressed by the area that he wrote, "One may call this place the ambition of Nature."

There is a vast array of natural beauty, from the lush green Biriya Forest, to the glimmering sea coast, the Hula National Park, the Jordan River, to the spectacular mountain range; you can view the whole northern coastline from the Rainbow cave, which is very popular with mountain climbers.

The Galilee is not a large region; in fact a mere 80 miles separate its northern border-the peak of Mount Hermon from its southern most boundaries along the Jezreel Plain, the site of biblical Armageddon!  Its eastern reaches the far edge of the Golan plateau, lie only 50 miles from the Mediterranean Sea in the west.  It is only a one hour drive from one end of the Galilee to the other and it is also a short hop from major attractions all around Israel: a two hour drive to Tel Aviv, under three hours to Jerusalem or the Dead Sea.

Imagine taking in the lush green environment around you as you sit in the shade of an ancient olive tree, the rolling mountains, the beautiful sea and  the relaxing spa’s, a place to bask in the sun on a quite beach, or walk along a cobblestone lane still echoing with footsteps of history. Its mystical atmosphere takes the visitor far away from the frantic world we live in today.

Mysticism & Kabbalah

There are many biblical & historical references to the area, The Galilee’s ancient sites have been preserved and restored the old city of Acre, the town of Safed (the birth place of Kabbalah), the antiquities of Hazor (world famous trading center 4,000 years ago), and Dan, to name a few.  But the jewel in the crown is the famous lake that has several names; this includes The Sea of Galilee, also Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Kinneret, Sea of Tiberias or Tiberias Lake. 

The Galilee Mountains were the birthplace of Jewish mysticism. Shimon Bar Yohai, regarded as the first Jewish mystic, lived in the Galilee in the second century CE.

Walking on Water

Galilee Many of Jesus miracles occurred on the shores of Lake Galilee;  including walking on water, calming a storm, and feeding five thousand people (in Tabgha). In that era there was a continuous flow of development of settlements and villages around the lake and plenty of trade and ferrying by boat.

The gospels of Mark (1:14-20), Matthew (4:18-22), and Luke (5:1-11) describe how Jesus recruited four of his apostles from the shores of Lake Galilee: the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and the brothers John and James. One of Jesus' famous teaching episodes, the Sermon on the Mount, is supposed to have been given on a hill overlooking the lake.

We hope to welcome you to the Galilee, and help you discover a new and relaxing, Hidden Gem of Israel.

 Sites & Attractions

Bird-watching and bird-ringing center located on the international axis of bird migrati...
Prehistoric Museum of the Khula Valley, displaying prehistoric utensils and remains of ...
The purpose of this site is to preserve the Palmakh's heritage and to pass it on. There...
Museum in the artists' village at Ein Hod in the center of the Carmel, exhibits works o...
The holiest site to members of the Bahai faith, which is based on equality and toleranc...
Visitors step into the Bible and experience Nazareth as it during the time of Jesus and...


Seafront hotel with private beach at the southern end of Acre. Rooms face the Mediterra...
Set at the foot of Masada, one of Israel’s most popular parks, the Masada Guest House i...
The Poriya hostel, located on the Southern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is a convenien...
The first hotel in Tiberias. A good starting point for tours of the city. The hotel has...





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