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The plan was to pick a hire car in Hafia, and then travel to the Sea of Galilee/Golan region checking out (Tsfat, Rosh Pina, Banias Nature Reserve and Castle Nimrod).

Is it practical to do this in say 3 days? Is there a town/place that it would make sense to stay in as a base? Safed or Tiberious maybe?

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This is very broad question. We don't know your budget and preference. Can you be more specific? Otherwise this question will be closed. – VMAtm Aug 13 '11 at 21:42
Iv changed the wording slightly, does this help? – Dan Aug 14 '11 at 10:06
I think this is much better – VMAtm Aug 14 '11 at 12:14
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Basically, yes, but you'll have to be in a hurry all the time. I personally don't love my trips in a rush.

Driving from Haifa to the Golan is about 1.5-2 hours. The Banias reserve is a one day trip. It consists of 2 parts, the waterfall itself, and the antiques. It is very close to Castle Nimrod, and Castle Nimrod can be covered in 2-3 hours:
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The opening hours of both Nimrod and Banias are not so wide, 9:00 - 15:00 or 16:00.

About Tsfat and Rosh Pina , it depends on the activities you are looking in those cities.

As for the base, Tiberious have tons of hotels, and all over the north of Israel you can find high quality Zimmers. Zimmers are better reserved up front. Basic Zimmer with breakfast costs around 600-700 NIS (for couple), prestige zimmer can cost you around 1000 - 1200 NIS (with sauna, private pool etc). Those prices are for weekends, middle week prices are lower.

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Thanks @Mark! Pleasure being part of the great Stack community ;) – MichaelS Aug 26 '11 at 4:38
What is a Zimmer? – Dan Aug 27 '11 at 15:24
@Dan, It's sort of Country Lodging. This site can make it clearer: – MichaelS Aug 27 '11 at 16:46

T'veria (Tiberious) would definitely be the best place to use as a "base." As for three-four days? I would think a week would be better if you want to be relaexed. That said, you could definitely do it in less time - not to worry.

As for things to do, definitely Tzfat, Rosh Hanikra, The Golan (I recommend a jeep trip in the area), and the Kineret (Sea of Gallilee). Also, you may want to consider a day/half-day trip up to Metullah and see the Hermon Mountain.

Hope that's helpful!!

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Why don't you check an option of guided one-day tours? It's very convenient and saves a lot of hassle. They pick you almost from your hotel in the morning and bring you back in the evening. My last visit to Israel I took a couple of such trips. Here they have Galilee and Golan heights trips:

and here they also enter Nazareth:

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