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Itinerary for the north

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Itinerary for the north

My daughter and I are Jewish and visited the area this past January on a Jewish Heritage tour. Our friend is Chirstian and has no particular agenda. My agenda is to spend time in Safed and Akko (David Miro and lunch) and visit a few important Christain sites as well as Haifa and Tiberias.

We will have 2 & 1/2 days to spend in the north. I re-worked the order a bit and I know there are a lot of sites here but please help me prioritized what is worth seeing or should be saved for next time : ).

Day 1 Sunday leave Jerusalem by car by 9:00

Nazareth

Beit She’an

Beit Alpha

Gan Hashlosha

Day 2

Safed

Capernaum

Tabgha

Church of Multiplication

Mount Beatitudes

Tiberias promenade for dinner

Day 3

Akko

El Carmel, Druz village

Mount Carmel (look out point)

Haifa Bahai Gardens

Caesarea aqueduct

drive to Ben Gurion to arrive by 8 to return car and have dinner and then midnight flight to US

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Haifa, Israel
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1. Re: Itinerary for the north

My suggestion to cover most of your wish

Day 1 - leavie Jerusalem, take RT#1 East to RT#90 North, Beit She’an, Beit Alpha, Gan Hashlosha, Nazareth

Day 2 - Suggest reorder Capernaum, Church of Multiplication = Tabgha, Mount Beatitudes (Opening hours: 8.00 - 11:45, 14.30 - 16.00), Safed, (I would skip Tiberias promenade for dinner and drive to Akko and sleep there, in order to have early start);

Day 3 - Akko, Suggest to skip on Daliat El Carmel the Druz village, Mount Carmel look out point at the top of the Bahai Gardens, Caesarea aqueduct

Tel Aviv, Israel
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2. Re: Itinerary for the north

If you want to visit and tour the Bahai Gardens check the times carefully. The tours are usually around mid-day, making it difficult to spend time anywhere else before or after and still allow enough time to drive to the gardens, park the car, then return to the car. You start at the top of the gardens and slowly walk down, so you will either have to leave your car at the bottom and get to the top to start, or vice versa. It's about an hour's drive from Akko to Haifa. So if you want to spend quality time in Akko, skip the gardens. There is a promenade at the top of the gardens, offering a nice view of the Bahai complex and Haifa, worth driving to on the way south from Akko to Caesarea.

If you want to visit the Druze village, best to do it on Day 2, though it isn't exactly on the way to Akko. Giora's suggestion to spend the night in Akko is the best idea. You could have dinner in Daliat, and shop for souvenirs. If you leave it until day 3, you may end up having to repack all your luggage on the way to Ben Gurion - the main reason for going to Daliat is shopping, and lovely things are to be had at usually good prices.

What do you want to see in Nazareth? I don't know what the visiting hours are for the main churches, but take into account that you aren't likely to be there in time on Day 1 (based on Giora's itinerary) to see them. If you want to sightsee on Day 2 in the morning, that may not give you enough time to do everything else on Day 2. If you are thinking about Nazareth in terms of important Christian sites, that's a place I'd leave for next time and concentrate on the sites around the Sea of Gallilee this trip.

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3. Re: Itinerary for the north

I hope you are planning to leave sufficient time to get to the airport. Arriving at 8, after driving south means you are going to be traveling during rush hour! It is going to take longer than it would at other times of the day.

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4. Re: Itinerary for the north

Tours of the Bahai Gardens are only from top (only Bahai allowed to start from bottom) and on specific hours, thus suggested only to have the view from the top (one can go down two stair cases)

Long Island, NY
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5. Re: Itinerary for the north

Thank you all for your suggestions and advice - they are very much appreciated and very helpful.

Is there parking at the top of the Bahai Gardens? And in general, is there fairly easy parking at these sites in the north? I assume that in the center of cities it is less so.

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6. Re: Itinerary for the north

Eve

There is parking on the street at the top of Bahai Gardens (Yefe Nof street), note that if it is marked white/blue you should pay at the machine (on the street) and hang the receipt inside the window. For most attraction in the north, you will find no parking issues.

Tel Aviv, Israel
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7. Re: Itinerary for the north

There is street parking on Yefe Nof, but it could take you time to find a spot and that spot could be some distance from the entrance to the Baha'i Gardens. If you are just going for the view, it won't matter, but if you are planning on taking the tour, you will have to allow time enough time to find a spot and then walk to the entrance.

Some of the sites around the Sea of Galilee have limited parking (Tabgha and Capernaum come to mind). If there are lots of tour buses, it may take time to get in (and out again) and to find a parking spot.

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8. Re: Itinerary for the north

I think you have too much on Day 1, and if you have to cut, cut Nazareth. For a Christian, the sites on the northwest shore of the Kinneret are the most important -- it was there that Jesus based his ministry for all but the last week of his life. Yes, he grew up in Nazareth, but that's it -- the real story was in that small area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The area has significance in First Century C.E. Jewish history as well -- Migdal, Korazim, and the synagogue ruins at Capernaum are spectacular.

For Haifa, I think looking at the Baha'i Gardens from the top on Yefe Nof may be enough unless you have a particular interest in the Baha'i faith. I enjoyed the tour, but you are doing a lot with limited time, so you will need to prioritize.

Douglas Duckett

Visiting New York City

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10. Re: Itinerary for the north

So, GilSH972, other than your repeated diatribe against an entire community because you met one angry man and think that they should somehow censor/silence/control him (how well does that work in your community?), your other contribution to this forum is to make an anti-Semitic "joke" about Jews and money?

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