Day 4 – Rosh Hanikra, Upper Galilee
We are leaving Haifa and are on our way to spending 2 nights in Kibbutz Nof Ginosar on the sea of Galilee.
The spectacular Rosh Hanikra right on the Lebanese border is a geological formation of caves (grottoes) that took thousands of years to form. A short cable car ride takes you down to the cave area where you are face to face with fierce sea.
After the caves we moved on east to Bat Yaar, a dude ranch. But we didn’t come for the dudes nor the ranch. We took a jeep tour. We drove through the Biriya forest, stopped at famous grave sites, collected (or stole, still not sure) lychee and enjoyed nice views of the Galilee.
After a nice lunch at Al Basha near Rosh Pina we moved on to Manara Cliffs for their cable cars and zip lining. We had to wake up the zip lining attendant as we were the first ones to do it THAT WEEK. luckily he remembered what to do. From the top cliff you have magnificent views of the Hula valley. Finished the day in style with a great dinner at Roberg’s.
Day 5 – The Golan Heights
This was a jam-packed day. Spent most of the morning in Katzrin where we visited a reconstructed Talmudic village and the remains of its ancient synagogue (below). You got a fairly good sense of how life was like 2000 years ago. Also visited the nearby Golan Olive Oil factory where we got an interesting tour.
We then climbed Mt Bental for more sweeping views of the Golan and Syria, and crawled through former Syrian bunkers (well we walked actually – trying to sound dramatic). Lunch was right there at Coffee Anan, a pun on the former UN leader (Anan means cloud).
After lunch we went to De Karina chocolate factory where you get to participate in a chocolate workshop among other things. A bit more Disneyland than I expected. We then cooled off while water rafting at Kfar Bloom before a nice dinner at Dag al Hadan, a restaurant with its own trout farm situated on the Dan river.