Acre, one of Israel’s norther beach cities that is rich with history from all cultures and has meaning to all religions. Acre also benefits from one of the very rare natural harbors on the coast of the Land of Israel. This location helped it become one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited since the Middle Bronze Age some 4000 years ago. The most organized way to tour is to go to the Old Acre Visitors Center, located in the Old City at 1 Weizmann Street, in the Enchanted Garden area (or otherwise park in the main Lighthouse parking area, where you can enter the Old City via the underground Templars Tunnels). In the Visitors Center you can buy tickets combining the places that most attract you. Acre is not exactly on the main tourist trail, but there are plenty of awesome things to check out;
The state of Israel was split into regions all the way back since the biblical days. Today you can find modern names of places or even places that kept the historical name by being in the vicinity of the original city. Regions on the other hand were split into 12 as the tribes of Israel, but today it has been split not by tribes but by terrain. The Galillee for example takes up most of Israel’s northern regions, but it was split into 5: the Upper Galilee, the Lower Galilee and the Galilean finger. All three regions are exponentially different, and we at Tellavista will give you an Idea for a tour in each region of the Galilee.
The Upper Galilee, The Keshet Cave
The site known as Keshet Cave is located in the Upper Galilee, just a few miles from Israel’s border with Lebanon. Long ago, there was an actual cave here, but it collapsed, leaving and just part of the arched limestone ceiling intact. Pottery artifacts found by archeologists at the site date back more than 3,000 years, to the time when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River into what was then called Canaan. At more than 1,300 feet above sea level, the magical view through the arch frames the Western Galilee and the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea (In Hebrew, the word “Keshet” literally means arch, bow or rainbow). From this spot, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Haifa Bay, the grottoes of Rosh HaNikra, the Carmel Mountain, Mount Meron and the Yehi’am Fortress. Below are the meandering waters of the Bezet Stream.
The Lower Galilee, The Arbel Cliff
Mount Arbel is a stunning mountain in the Lower Galilee that overlooks the Sea of Galilee. And oh boy, does it provide some amazing vistas of the area!
The cliffs can be seen for miles around, but actually being at the top of the cliffs is one of those must-do moments – it truly is a magical place to catch some amazing views of the Golan Heights, and even of Mount Hermon. And not only the views are mouth-watering, there are some spectacular hikes in the area, including access to part of the Jesus Trail. The national park that is located here also includes remnants of an ancient community that once inhabited this mountain top, and you can explore ancient ruins of a synagogue, and even hike down to some trails in the cliff-face that reveal an amazing cave fortress in the cliff. Not amazingly easy to get to, so if you have a mobility problem you’ll probably want to skip that little detour… The highest point of the cliff at Mount Arbel is some 181 meters above sea level, and some 390 meters above the Sea of Galilee. The cliff itself was created as a result of the Syrian-African Rift and the geological faults that produced the valleys.
The Galilean Finger, The Dan River
The largest tributary of the Jordan River, the pristine Dan River in the north of Israel is a wonderful destination for lovers of the nature. Located in the Golan Heights at the base of Mount Hermon, the Dan River offers kayaking, white water rafting, camping, hiking, fishing for fresh trout, and even archeological remnants at the Tel Dan National Park. For those wanting to truly experience the Dan River, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and white water rafting opportunities abound. From a relaxing paddle along serene waters to an adrenaline-boosting ride across choppy waters, any experience is at your fingertips.
Every year around Hanukkah time, a lot of special events happen around the country. Mainly you will find a variety of theater shows in English and in Hebrew, but that is not what we are going to bring you here. What we want to bring you, are special events that are happening within local attractions, that you might have even been before. So here is a list of special events happening around Israel this Hanukkah.
The Biblical Zoo, Jerusalem
From December 26-until January 1st, the zoo will be offering many cool activities for the whole family. The activities include circus acts like juggling fire, an interesting workshop busting myths about animals and treasure hunts. One of the coolest events happening is that the trainers will hand the animal pinatas for them to break and enjoy a new way of feeding. Occupying the paths, you will find the animal trainers that will answer questions you have about the animals, so come prepared!
Kiftzuba, Kibbutz Tzuba
For those of you who have never heard of Kiftzuba, It’s an Adventure park for families with tons of fun things for kids to do. From bouncy castles, arcades, and so much more. On Hannukah, There will be extra activities like chocolate workshops where you can make a menorah and at 16:30 everyday there will be a parade, which at the end, they will have the candle lighting ceremony.
Kibbutz Tzuba, 02-534-7952
Derech Hatvlinim, Bethlehem of the Galilee
One of the great things about the spice farm, is that just by getting there you know you’re going to have a great time because it smells amazing! Part of the Hanukkah activities you will be able to find are: Creating aromatic candles for the menorah, taking a guided tour of the farm and trying spices you probably never tried before, A latke cooking workshop and so much more! So if you find yourself in the north for the holidays, make sure to stop in Bethlehem and smell the spices.
Bethlehem of the Galilee, 04-953-3405
The Tel Aviv Farm, Tel Aviv
When you arrive on the Tel Aviv arm on Hanukkah, you will step in the shoes of the Maccabi’s, and go on a journey to find the oil for the Temple. Part of the holiday activities are family candle lighting and baking pita bread on a hot open oven. On the farm itself, you will find a variety of animals, some that can be petted too. Another great activity fo the whole family.
Ganei Yehishua Tel Aviv, 03-6138286
The fall season in Israel usually means, it’s time for the high holiday’s. During the High Holiday’s you will find many different spiritual experiences around the city of Jerusalem, whether if you can take a tour of the old city while reciting the traditional Slichot, hearing the blowing of the Shofar at the western wall and many more amazing spiritual rituals around the city of Jerusalem.
For those of you are not staying in the Jerusalem area over the holiday’s, here are some cool activities that you can enjoy with your entire family:
Yad Mordechai Honey Tour
Since Rosh Hashana’s motto is: have a happy sweet new year, the Yad Mordechai kibbutz is all about having a sweet year. At the beehives in Yad Mordechai, you will learn all about how honey is made, partake in courses that involve cooking with honey and taste some of the freshest honey in the world.
For more information: http://www.funinjerusalem.com/yad-mordechai-tour/
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if you happen to travel Israel during this magical time, you get to experience the story of Christmas in a whole other way. This is where it all took place! Less commercialized than the Christmas experience in other countries, the Israeli experience offers a different perspective. We have gathered for you all the best things to do to get a memorable Christmas in Israel.
Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday of lights. Like any other Jewish holiday, there is a biblical story behind it, with varied and mystical meanings. Throughout the years there have been many traditions formed regarding the celebration of this holiday – lighting candles in the Hanukkiah (the Hanukkah Menorah), eating latkes and sufganiyot (the Jewish version of doughnuts) and playing dreidle are just some of the examples. If you are travelling Israel right now, or you plan on doing so during Hanukkah, here are some of the main attractions.
Taking a trip with little children can get quite tricky. Doing it right starts with the planning of the trip and continues throughout the entire time. And don’t forget that many times your goal is more than just surviving, if you follow the tips below, you might even enjoy the trip.