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?

  • 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, 2011 at 21:42
  • Iv changed the wording slightly, does this help?
    – Dan
    Aug 14, 2011 at 10:06
  • I think this is much better
    – VMAtm
    Aug 14, 2011 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.

  • Thanks @Mark! Pleasure being part of the great Stack community ;)
    – MichaelS
    Aug 26, 2011 at 4:38
  • What is a Zimmer?
    – Dan
    Aug 27, 2011 at 15:24
  • @Dan, It's sort of Country Lodging. This site can make it clearer: zimmeril.com
    – MichaelS
    Aug 27, 2011 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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