Located in the northern region of Israel, the Golan Heights defines itself through greenery, mountains, hikes, waterfalls, and volcanic hills. In the midst of the natural beauty lies a beautiful community full of pride for its land. The high viewpoints and ample water source has resulted in tumultuous war times in the Golan Heights history with its neighboring countries, Lebanon and Syria. However, the history of this area goes all the way back to antiquity even playing an essential role in the Hanukkah story. Today, the Golan Heights has flourished as one of the most popular tourist sites for locals and tourists alike.
Must See Sites:
City of Tiberias: Sitting along Lake Kinneret, Israel’s main water supply, Tiberias offers the perfect mix between contemporary and history. The central promenade offers an array of restaurants, cafes, ice cream stands, and nightlife spots.
Golan Winery Wine Tasting & Tour: Prepare to experience the world-renowned wines born within Golan Winery. Learn about how wine production from guided tour of the winery, taste the award-winning wines in the proper etiquette, and finish with gifts to take back home!
Chocolate Factory: It’s a real-life Willy Wonka Factory! Receive a yummy tour of the manufacturing plant that makes the world’s favorite dessert: chocolate. Learn about the history, see the production in action, and taste these sweet treats along the way.
Hike & Waterfall Options:
Chatsbani Water Trail: Follow the weaving path toward waterfall pools, a rushing river, and local plant life unique to this part of the world.
Banyas Hike: The scenic nature reserve and archeological site offers the fullest experience during the winter season with waterfalls reaching 33 feet. Choose from four marked paths depending on difficulty and see what treasures you spot along the way.
Yehudiya Zavitan: Shaped like a hand, this impressive reserve features flowing streams, cliff-lined valleys, and an impressive waterfall. It’s perfect for beginners or experienced hikers with a bit of something for everyone.
Tel Dan Hike: With its shady trees and cool streams, this hike serves as a relaxing break from the summer heat. Be sure to stop at the lookout point to get the full impact of its beauty.
Gamla Nature Reserve: Located in the center of the Golan Heights, this location features the highest waterfall in Israel, the largest griffon vulture colony, and the most diverse collection of wild life.
Olea Essence Olive Oil Press: Taste and try the 100% organic and kosher olive oil products of Olea Essence. Produced in the Golan Heights and shipping across the world, the skin care and olive oil represent the innovation and global impact of Israeli goods.
City of Katzrin: Known as the capital of the Golan Heights, Katzrin sits at the center of the contemporary sites, historical parks, and nature reserves that make up the Golan Heights. A visit to the Talmudic village of Katzrin is a must as it breathes fresh insight into our Jewish history.
Mount Bental: Located 1170 meters (3838.58 ft) above sea level, the former military bunker and overlook point puts borders into perspective. Moments away from Syria, Mt. Bental introduces groups to the intricate relationship between Israel and its neighbors.
Rafting down the Jordan River: Feel the adrenaline rush as you make your way down the hour long adventure.
Off-Road Jeeping: Driver or Passenger- it’s your choice! Choose to take the challenge of driving through rough terrain or sit back and enjoy the ride as a passenger. Zoom past mud puddles, take in the fresh mountain views, and try to wrap your mind around this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Zip-Lining: Named one of the world’s coolest zip lines, Manara Cliff delivers a birds-eye view of the Northern region and the most acute zip line angle in the world!
Boat Ride on Lake Kinneret: Dance the night away on the night-time boat ride on Israel’s largest freshwater lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee.
#Protip: Bring a pair of water hiking shoes, it will make hikes in the Golan Heights more comfortable and enjoyable!