The region of Galilee, in Israel's north, stretches from the base of Mount Hermon to the ridge of Mount Gilboa and across the plains of the Jezreel Valley to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Considered to be Israel's most impressive landscape, the mountainous region consists of rocky terrain, numerous streams and lakes, dense natural groves and evergreen forests. The relatively low temperatures and high rainfall in the area have allowed flora and wildlife to thrive, adding to its overall scenic appeal.Read More
The terrain attracts hikers to the region looking to follow holy paths to various ancient towns. The most visited towns include Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Many also choose to explore the lower foothills of Galilee as they are known for their abundance of olive groves. Wander through the lush, beautiful foliage before heading to the Avtalion Oil Press where you can pick your own olives and sample some of the delicious oil.
In the Galilee region, visitors will also find smaller communities where ancient culture and tradition is actively kept alive. The small Jewish community of Ilaniya holds the ruins of a Byzantine synagogue and numerous ancient caves, while Kibbutz Lavi offers a fascinating insight into religious communities built around agriculture. Travellers might also want to visit the Kibbutz Ein Gev, where they will be able to take a short train ride around the kibbutz and learn about the cultivation of bananas.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Galilee
If you are planning a Galilee holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Kibbutz Kfar Giladi Galilee
Founded in 1916, the Kibbutz Kfar Giladi is a recently renovated hotel in a former Kibbutz. All of the guest rooms are well furnished and include breathtaking views across the dramatic Golan Heights. Internet access is available and the hotel also offers a sauna and massage service for guests who fancy a bit of pampering. Delicious kosher food is served for breakfast; and lunch and dinner can be ordered upon request. The accommodation is located in Upper Galilee offering stunning views of the Hula Valley and Mount Hermon.
Galilee Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Galilee.