Visit the remains of the Talmudic-era synagogue at Beit Alpha, to view the mosaic that combines biblical and pagan themes and teaches about the Jewish religious thought at that time.
Climb to the top of Mt. Gilboa, where Saul and his three sons died in battle with the Philistines and take the Bible Route, with its view of the Jordan and Jezreel valleys, the ancient sites of Shunem, home of the Shunemite woman who encountered Elijah and where the Philistines camped before the battle, and Endor, where Saul had a sorceress called up the ghost of the prophet Samuel to learn his bitter fate.
Visit Beit She'an, and climb the biblical mound where the Philistines hung Saul’s body to be rescued by the men of Jabesh Gilead. Below, you can see the magnificent remains of the Talmudic and Byzantine cities of which the sages said “if the Garden of Eden is in the Land of Israel, its gateway is at Bet She'an.”
Drive past Mt. Tabor, where Deborah and Barak fought the Canaanite King Jabin of Hazor.
Continue to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) for a visit to the tombs of Rabbi Akiva, his wife Rachel, Maimonides, and Rabbi Meir the Miracle Worker to steep yourself in the ancient tradition of prayer at the tombs of the righteous.
Overnight in the Tiberias area