Travelling to the North of Israel takes visitors to lush green landscapes, rugged seaside views, and fascinating historical and biblical sites — Nazareth, Akko, Sea of Galilee, Safed and Haifa among the most popular. There’s so much to see in the Galilee and Golan areas that a well-thought through itinerary is indispensable not to miss any highlight.
You can rely on public transportation and taxis to access the main sites but you’ll need to get familiar with buses timetables before embarking on your adventure.
Renting a car and staying a few nights over is the most advisable formula for independent travellers.
To this, you can add on fun, exciting and memorable activities such as a horseback riding in the Jordan Valley, snorkeling in Caesarea, and a hot balloon ride taking in views of Nazareth. For thrill-seekers, why not try a jeep tour in Merom Golan and Quneitra Valley, a speedboat tour in Nahariya, or rock climbing at Matzok Gitta in the Upper Galilee. Adrenaline high guaranteed!
With a dedicated licensed tour guide you’re certain to explore a considerable number of sites in the shortest available time, learning about the history and the culture of the destinations you’re taken to by air-conditioned bus.
A day tour featuring Caesarea, Akko (Acre), Rosh HaNikra and Haifa offers you the chance to discover historical sites dating from the Roman and Crusaders times, as well as natural wonders like the Carmel Mountain.
Christian travellers will be enthusiastic about the Nazareth, Capernaum and the Jordan river Day Tour that stops at some of the most famous churches and sites commemorating the life of Jesus.
Meanwhile a day tour to Safed and the Golan Heights is an excellent way to find out more about the mesmerizing source of Jewish mysticism, the stunning surrounds of the Hula Valley, and the northernmost mountain range.
These day tours are particularly suitable to visitors staying in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Herzliya which are pickup and dropoff points.
For travellers that want to explore the region in more depth and in tailor-made fashion, private tours that focus on your interests are recommended.
Whether it’s Israel's West Coast and its beautiful sites of Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra and Akko or the Jewish/ Christian pilgrimage itinerary you came to Israel to experience, you’ll be driven around in a private car and enjoy the knowledge and availability of your private tour guide.
Specialised thematic tours include exploring the five religions of Haifa or visiting Israel’s famed wineries.
If you have more time, the North of Israel warrants a deeper and longer visit.
Ranging from two to 15 days, organised vacation packages covering the various sites in the North as well as around the country of Israel, and focusing on specific angle such as Christian or Jewish, are a wonderful way to take in the integrality of Israel’s most intriguing spots.
Thoughtfully designed itineraries, transfers from and to the airport, comfortable transport and accommodation, as well as the guidance of a licensed tour guide ensure you’ll feel truly immersed in the heritage and nature of the country.
The cities of Haifa, Akko and Nahariya have railway stations and can be used as departing bases to travel to Caesarea, Rosh Hanikra, Meggido, Nazareth, Tiberias, Beit She’an, Safed and Rosh Pina which are accessible by bus. Taxis to specific sites of interest are required.
You can find a clutter of hot spots in the vicinity of each other, such as Nazareth, Capernaum and Tiberias as distances are never the issue in Israel. Public connections between the sites are, though, and demand careful planning. Guided tours help make the journeys more seamless and carefree.
Since you’ll surely enter religious sites while touring the North of Israel, it’s recommended you take something to cover your shoulders or mini skirts (ladies) and avoid shorts (ladies and gentlemen).
A year-round destination, the North of Israel is at its most pleasant during spring and autumn. Dress up warmly as sometimes the winter can be bitterly freezing. Summer is cooler than in the southern regions, but expect temperatures around 30-40C with some heatwaves. Check the specific times for the main religious holidays as they will affect your planning.