Day 1 Old Tel Aviv and Yafo
Day 2 Caesaria, Haifa and Acco
Day 3 Kineret Dan Golan Sfat
Day 4 Mt Gilboa Beit Alpha and Jerusalem
Day 5 Jerusalem and Old City
Day 6 Hartman Institute Yad Vashem Mt Herzl
Day 7 Qumran Ein Gedi Dead Sea
Day 8 Masada Wilderness Tabernacle
Day 9 Davidson Center Burnt House and Eclipse
Day 10 Supreme court, Ben Yahuda, Mini Israel
Home Day 1 Old Tel Aviv and Yafo Day 2 Caesaria, Haifa and Acco Day 3 Kineret Dan Golan Sfat Day 4 Mt Gilboa Beit Alpha and Jerusalem Day 5 Jerusalem and Old City Day 6 Hartman Institute Yad Vashem Mt Herzl Day 7 Qumran Ein Gedi Dead Sea Day 8 Masada Wilderness Tabernacle Day 9 Davidson Center Burnt House and Eclipse Day 10 Supreme court, Ben Yahuda, Mini Israel
Thursday, Kinneret, Dan, Golan, and Sfat
The largest of four sources of the Jordan River, the Dan Spring emerges at the base of Mt. Hermon next to Tel Dan. It flows for four miles before joining the second largest source of the Jordan River, the Banias Spring.
The mound of the biblical city of Dan is located at the foot of Mount Hermon [and is the northern most city of the Israelites]. The site extends over an area of 200 dunams (50 acres). Its location on the main trade route from the Galilee to Damascus made Dan the most important city of the northern part of the Kingdom of Israel ..
Mt. Hermon is the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The highest peak of Mt. Hermon is 9,230 ft. The highest point inside Israel's borders today is Mizpe Shelagim, the “snow observatory,” at 7,295 ft. In the Bible it is known as Ba’al Hermon, Sirion, and Sion. Psalm 133 gives an image of the pleasantness and fruitfulness of this mountain. It speaks of the bounty of water, a place that receives much precipitation. Hermon, on average, gets 60 inches of precipitation a year (in 1992 it received 100 in).
From 1948-67, when Syria controlled the Golan Heights, it used the area as a military stronghold from which its troops randomly sniped at Israeli civilians in the Hula Valley below, forcing children living on kibbutzim to sleep in bomb shelters. In addition, many roads in northern Israel could be crossed only after probing by mine-detection vehicles. Israel repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, protested the Syrian bombardments to the UN Mixed Armistice Commission, which was charged with policing the cease-fire, but nothing was done to stop Syria's aggression. Meanwhile, Israel was condemned by the UN when it retaliated. Today, you can visit former Syrian bunkers to see the view their gunners enjoyed of the valley below. This will give you an appreciation of the strategic value of the Golan that you cannot get without seeing it for yourself. Be sure to stay on the well-worn paths, because old Syrian mine fields remain uncleared beyond them.
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