THE GALILEE 
 

 

 Tzipori, the Pearl of the Galilee

The city of Tzippori (Sepphoris), was qualified the "Ornament of all the Galilee" by the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius during the 1st century A.C.

The city is located on a hill of Lower Galilee, halfway from the Mediterranean Sea and the Lake of Tiberias. It is fertile and rich in water.

Founded during the Hellenistic period, the Roman governor Gabinius made it the capital of administration of the Galilee.

The discovery of beautiful mosaic during excavations in Tzippori demonstrated the Roman Character of the pagan population of the city who lived in good harmony with the jews during the the time of economic prosper.

Tzippori was destroyed in 363 A.C by an earthquake. It was rebuilt not long after, retaining its social and spiritual status in the Jewish Life of Galilee.

 

Suggested itinerary: Meggido-Beith Shearim-Tzipori

We will cross the Yizre'el Valley where, according to Christian sources, the Armaguedon (Har Meggido) battle has to take place. The city of Meggido was located in a strategic place, for it dominated the main commercial and military roads which linked between Assyria, Byblos, Egype and Arabia. King Solomon fortified the site, and we can see the ruins of the very famous "salomonic doors" which where part of the constructions made by David's son (I Kings 9:15).     We will visit Beth Shearim, which has an ancient jewish cemetery and was the siege of the Sanhedrin for many years. We will end with the visit of Tzipori, the "Ornament of all the Galilee".

 

Tiberias and the Lake of Galilee 

Built in 21 A.C by Herod Antipas, the city owes its name to the Emperor Tiber.

After the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the center of spiritual jewish life moves towards the north and Tiberias becomes the Capital of Israel and the centre of rabbinic studies. The city is also an ancient bishopric. We invite you to discover this ancient city full of history, bordering the magnificient Lake of Galilee.

Suggested itinerary

Hamat: The hot waters of Tiberias. The South gate. The Promenade. The synagogues.

Take a tour on a boat to the shores of Kibbutz Ginosar where lies a model of barque dating from 2000 years ago.

A visit to Capernaum and the synagogue of Peter.
 

Tours in Upper and Lower Galilee

Itinerary 1: Tiberias-Kfar Nahum-Korazin

* Tiberias: Navigation on the lake

* Capernaum: Peter’s village. Visit of the ancient synagogue and the franciscane church.

* Korazin: the synagogue mentionned in the New Testament.

 Itinerary 2: Tzippori-Beth Shearim-Tiberias. On the footsteps of the Sanhedrin

* Tzippori: Nicknamed "The ornament of the Galilee", the city of Tzippori is very rich in history, archeology and is famous for it's numerous mosaics. It is a beautiful site worth visiting.

* Beth Shearim: The city where Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi compiled the Mishna.

* Lunch in the park.

* Tiberias: A walk in the city.

  

   

Itinerary 3: Yodfat-Tzfat. The Upper Galilee

  • Yodfat: Was Born in Jerusalem, died in Rome and came from a sacerdotal family, Joseph (Yoseppos) son of Mathias, is named responsible in 66 A.C for organizing the resistance against the Romans in Galilee. At the end of the siege of Jotapata in 67 A.C, he surrenders to the Roman general Vespasian. It is a site full of rich history.
  • Tzfat: An enchanting scenery, pure air from the mountain and a breath-taking view. This ancient galilean city is the highest in all of Israel.Tzfat is a picturesque populated with artists and spirituality. It is one of the four holy cities of Israel. Since the 16th century it used to be a spiritual centre, for it was the Kabalah centre.

 

 Itinerary 4: The cave Adamit Keshet-Rosh Hanikra- Akko. The Upper Galilee.

  • Adamit Keshet Cave: A very special and beautiful geological formation.
  • Rosh Hanikra: Descent by cable car along the cliff. The story of the "Nights of the Bridges" and of the Palmach.
  • Akko: Visit of the capital of the second Kingdom of Jerusalem back at the Crusaders' time.