Start the day at 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 Beit She'an.”
Visit the excavation of 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.
Drive 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.
Continue across the Jezreel Valley past Tel Jezreel, where King Ahab and his Phoenician Queen Jezebel lived, and on to visit Megiddo, where you’ll see the remains of Solomon’s gate and palaces and Arab’s water system and view of the Jezreel Valley, known as the “battlefield of the Bible,” including Mount Tabor, where Deborah and Barak defeated Sisera of Hazor. Then, take the historic Ara Valley road out to the Plain of Sharon, the Mediterranean seacoast and on to Tel Aviv.