Every empire that crossed this land left its mark in the Galilee. From before the days of the Kingdom of Israel, through the Greeks and Romans, to the times of the Ottoman Empire and the British mandate, every culture has left its cities, forts and temples. This route will take you through some of the most significant sites still standing today; some of them thousands of years old.
We recommend doing some reading before the trip to understand the chronology of events, but even without knowing the order, this will be a fascinating ride.
Acre (Akko) to the Monfort
Approx 40 Km.
Begin your first day in the crusader port city of Acre. This old city has been selected as one of 830 world heritage sites; seven of which are in Israel. One could spend half a day to two days in the city, depending on how much you wish to see.
From Acre, head north through the side road along the coastline, heading north to the beach town of Nahariya. Continue north on the beach until you reach the Ruins of Achziv. The port here was built by the crusaders as a half way point between Acre and Beirut, and was an active port until 1948.
After a visit to Eli Avivi’s museum and a quick dip in the Mediterranean, take your bike and continue to Kibbutz Gesher Ha' Ziv. Pass through the Kibbutz, and follow the service road leading to Nativ Ha'Shyara. From there, head north on road #70 to the Manot junction.
At the junction itself you will find a sugar refinery from crusader times, presumed to be one of the earliest, if not the first in the world. Follow the road uphill to Manot, and the dirt track to Hila. North of the road you will see the Monfort, where you will begin the following day.
Overnight in the Hila-Ma’alot area.