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fine tuning itinerary for the north

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fine tuning itinerary for the north

I am fine tuning my plans for our three days in the north. I'd like to review it here and ask a few questions about timing and sites. We plan to stay at Kibbutz Ma'agan for our two nights in the north as it seems somewhat central. Priorities for me are some extra time in Akko and Safed, lunch in Akko and a visit to an oil press/spices market.

Day one, we leave Tel Aviv as time requires. We plan to spend the late morning through the afternoon visiting Beit Alpha, Gan Hashlosha (optional) and Beit She'an. What time should we leave Tel Aviv in order to spend a little time at each of these places? I see it is about 1.5 hours drive from Tel Aviv to this area. Is there a meaningful place to visit the Jordan River in this area? If so, I will make note and only do so as time permits. (I like to over plan a bit and skip/add as needed.) Is there a place in the area for lunch? What do you suggest for dinner?

Day two, spend time at the sites on the northern part of the Sea of Galilee, starting with morning in Safed, late morning and afternoon at Capernaum, Tabgha and Mount Beatitudes. Possibly Tiberias for dinner. Is it possible to visit Avtalyon Oil Press in Avtalion, Israel on the way to Safed?

Day three, morning and lunch in Akko, (if it works better this day, a visit to Avtalyon on our way to Akko), afternoon making our way south visiting the Bahai Gardens (view at the top) and Caesarea as we head toward airport by 7 PM (to return car, have dinner and await our 00:30 flight to the US.) Lunch suggestions appreciated.

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1. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

I am re-thinking where we book our lodging. Kibbutz Ma'agan and Nof Ginasor look wonderful but total between $470 and $570 for the three of us for two nights. Any other suggestions that are still nice but a little less expensive?

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Gil--one time posting only. This is being reported as a duplicate post!

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4. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

He has repeated this diatribe over and over, and because he attacks an entire community for one person's tirade -- as if they can/should "control" this person! -- I think it is inappropriate even once.

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5. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

When are you coming to Israel? I would visit Akko and Haifa on the way north and return via the Jordan Valley/Beit Shean on the way back to the airport which is a more logical way to do this visit and avoid some of the rush hour traffic. It's about a 2.5 hour drive in rush hour and not 1.5 hours (ever).

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6. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

We will be in the north this January. Our days there will be Sunday through Tuesday.

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7. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

**continuation - i tried to edit but I guess I took too long.

I thought that ending our day at caesarea along the west coast would work well as we head to the airport by 5 PM to get there by 7 ish. And we wanted to spend extra time in Akko that morning for shopping and lunch.

Also since we leave Tel Aviv on Sunday and head north, I thought that the Jordan Valley was a shorter day of touring and we could thus leave Tel Aviv mid morning and not at the crack of dawn.

But I post my plans for your feedback so thank you for it. :)

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8. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

Was looking at other options for your accommodation in the area staying outside of Tiberias. It looks like $470 for 3 people for 2 nights is really quite a good price. The problem is the third person. Many hotels will make you take a second room or give you a suite, which is considerably more expensive than one room but less than booking 2 rooms. You might try looking at this place which offers apartments for 3 adults that would come in at a lower price http://www.arazim-tiberias.com/ It is not in a tourist area but is in your price range and offers free parking. Check out the reviews on tripadvisor to see if this might be a good match for you.

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9. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

Eve,

Day 1 - allow more like 2-2.5 hours drive from Tel-Aviv. Beit Shean offers much more than Beit Alfa thus suggesting Beit Shean. The site where the Jordan river leaves the Sea of Galilee is called Yardenit and it is the site where Christians baptize. I suggest to have a light lunch (like falafel) and have dinner at Tsel Tamar (kibbutz Ashdot Yaacov). Maagan seems a logical place to stay. You can also go north to Vered Haglil where you want to start your second day.

Day 2 - Avtalion Oil Press is not on the way from the sea of Galilee to Safed. it is in Misgav area (south of Carmiel) and really off your rout. You can taste good olive oil at Saba Habib in Kibbutz Farod on the way west from Safed. Maagan is on the oposite direction from your route thus not recommend to stay there.

Day 3 - Avtalion will require additional 1.5-2 hours as it is located south of Carmiel (no easy roads). Akko requires at least 3 hours (just tasting) so is Caesarea. I suggest to have dinner at one of the wonderful resturants at the port of Caesarea.

Enjoy your stay!

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10. Re: fine tuning itinerary for the north

Eve--at 5PM it is going to take a lot more than 2 hours to get from Cesearia to the airport. I live in Netanya and at that hour you are hitting rush hour traffic. Maybe if you take route 6--but even that can get crowded and slow.