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Free day trips that will cool you off before the Fall

If you just landed in Israel, you should know that the school season starts on September 1st. Why is this important to you as a traveler? Because all of the free parks and water hikes will be clearing out for you to enjoy a nice and peaceful tour of Israel’s nature. So right before the Fall season starts, here are some free day trip ideas that will cool you off before it gets too cold!

Park Hamayanot

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If you are located up north, and have kids, this trip is for you. This water hike outside of Beit She’an, at the northern tip of the Jordan Valley, is perfect for families – the water won’t get higher than an adult’s chest and, at two hours, it’s not too long. Plus, you’ll be in the water the entire time. The kids will love the water pipes that serve as slides. At the end of the hike there is a large concrete-walled swimming pool that was built for officers during the British Mandate. Dry off here before heading back to your car.

Wadi Kelt

This is a very easy hike, in fact, there is hardly any hiking involved at all; rather the fun is in swimming in the spring pool. Each day an underground karstic cave fills up with subterranean water and only when the cave is full does it empty into a pool where the water remains for about 20 minutes before continuing on its journey. From the car park walk about 300 meters to an old British Mandate-era pumping station. Water flows out of the spring at this point into a pool which would have been part of the pumping station. After about 20 minutes the pool empties as the spring water continues on its course. In this area you can see the remains of ancient mosaics on the ground. A few meters downstream you can see the remains of an ancient aqueduct.

Syrian R&R Pools

The Syrian Army, before 1967, created Relaxation and Recreation pools at the local springs for their officers (only) in several spots on the Golan Heights. All of them are called Breichot Ketzinim (Officers Pools). One of the nicest is Ein Almin, just wonderful for a cool dip, family picnic or camping. You can meet young couples, groups of vacationers and families with young children. (No life saving service is provided.) The water, from the Jordan River basin, is crystal clear. After flowing through the pool water was used by the Syrians for local agriculture.

 

 

 

Travel the Galilee

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Best Winter Activities in Israel

Now that winter has set upon Israel, even though it’s land is mostly desert, it still gets cold in the winter. So what does one do hen it gets to be too cold outside, but still wants to experience the holy land? Here are some places for you to enjoy, while spending your winter in Israel.

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Travel South

One option is to go visit the southern cities of Israel, like Mitzpe Ramon or Eilat. Mizpe Ramon is the city that overlooks the Ramon crater that was created thousands of years ago. You can go and hike, rent bikes, drive an ATV or rappel down one of the many cliffs the crater has to offer.

If you prefer an ocean view and beaches, you can drive down to Eilat. Eilat is a city with plenty to do during the winter times. The ocean is always 22 degrees Celsius, so it’s nice and warm. There is the dolphin reef where you can check out the dolphins and even dive to swim with them. The Underwater observatory is a great day activity as well as you can check out over 2,000 species of fish living in the coral reef of the Red Sea. You can even rent one of our amazing apartments there for your next vacation!

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Activities to enjoy around Israel during the Jewish High Holidays

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/

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