Ascend the Golan Heights today, the biblical Bashan and ancestral home of the half-tribe of Manassah and in Jesus’ day, part of the territory of Herod Philip. Stop for an overview of Gamla, also known as “Massada of the north” where you’ll hear a heroic story of the few against the many, as the raptors that are protected here soar overhead in these magnificent natural surroundings.
Continue to Katsrin and visit its ancient Talmudic Village to understand aspects of daily life at the time of Jesus as they are reflected in Gospel stories.
Drive along Israel’s border with Syria and stop at the Kuneitra overlook.
Continue to Kibbutz El-Rom to attend the audio-visual presentation that tells the story of the battle at the nearby “Vale of Tears” where a few Israeli tanks fended off waves of Syrian forces during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Following the presentation descend from the Golan to the Hula Valley via the Druze villages.
Visit Tel Dan, one of the most important biblical mounds in the country. Here archaeologists discovered an inscription with the words “House of David,” and you can see a gateway from the time of Abraham, as well as the High Place of Jeroboam and the Israelite gate.
Continue to Caesarea Philippi, now known as Banias. Open your Bible among the ruins of pagan temples to consider the words Jesus spoke here: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13). As at Dan, you’ll also enjoy the natural beauty of Banias nestled on the flourishing banks of one the Jordan’s main tributaries.
Overnight in the Sea of Galilee area