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One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

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One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

We'll have been in the Galilee since Tuesday, with not much time for sightseeing. Before heading to Jerusalem for 5-6 nights then to Tel Aviv for 4-5 nights, we might be able to join a group for the following tour, on Shabbat. The question is, are we better off doing maybe just part of the following on our own, or does the tour seem like a good opportunity to see a lot? It will be our only day of an organized tour; the rest of the stay will be at our leisure.

The tour:

Head to Zfat, city of Mystical Judaism (Kabbalah). Explore the narrow alleyways lined with ancient synagogues and artists’ galleries. Pause in the quaint town of Rosh Pina to learn about the pioneers who settled the land.

Drive to Agmon Ha’Hula, a unique wetland on the migratory path of birds between Europe and Africa. Rent a bicycle or golf cart and explore the area.

Ascend the Golan Heights and peer deep into Syria from atop Mt. Bental.

Watch the Oz 77 presentation about a crucial battle during the Yom Kippur War

Then enjoy nature walks at the Banias and Tel Dan, sources of the Jordan River

Dinner & Overnight: the Galilee

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1. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

This is a great itinerary for a tour up north. I say go for it.

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2. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

Thanks, Dave. If we can, we will!

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3. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

Definitely go for it - it is a good itinerary and probably the easiest way for you to see all these sites, with the added benefit of having a guide to explain and add to the experience.

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4. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

A lot of what you are seeing on this tour would be difficult without a guide. Tzfat has great synagogues to see, but not so easy to find and know what you are looking at unless you are bringing reference materials with you.

Same with Rosh Pina, great history but better with a guide.

There is a ton to do and see on this tour, it will be an exciting and very long day!

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5. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

Sounds like a great tour, but check that everything written will actually be open if the tour is on Shabbat. For example, I'm almost sure that the artists galleries in Tzefat are closed on Shabbat, and I'm wondering which of the synagogues will be open and which will be in use for prayers and not really wanting a group of tourists.

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6. Re: One May day (Shabbat) tour: Zfat, Golan Heights, and more

Good catch Debi - the options in Tzfat will be limited on Shabbat - however, everything else on the itinerary should be open.

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