Sacred Jewish Sites Tour From Tel Aviv: Tiberias, Safed And Mount Meron


Visit some of Judaism's holiest sites on this emotive full-day trip from Tel Aviv. Hear fascinating insights into this ancient religion from an expert guide as you explore two of Israel's four holy cities. Visit the graves of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness and Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon in Tiberias, and head for Safed, an ancient city steeped in Kabbalah mysticism. Visit the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue and other sites here, then finish on Mount Meron at the tomb of revered Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

Depart your central Tel Aviv hotel in the morning in an air-conditioned minivan, and travel north along Israel's Mediterranean coast. Then, head east to the plain of Armageddon and enjoy views of the biblical Hill of Megiddo.

After a stop at a diamond factory and included light refreshments, arrive at the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, one of Israel's four holy cities. Founded in the 1st century AD, Tiberias is home to some of Judaism's sacred burial sites.

Visit the grave of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness, which means Rabbi Meir the miracle worker, and see how his rebuilt tomb houses two stone pillars that marked his first, ancient gravesite. Then, visit the grave of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, author of the Mishneh Torah, and hear how the location of the 12th-century tomb was sited where a camel carrying his body came to a halt.

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to the hilltop town of Safed, another of the four holy cities and a center of Kabbalah ' Jewish mysticism. Delve into the atmospheric cobbled streets of Safed Old Town and learn about the town's mystical heritage with visits to the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue, Isaac Luria Visitor Center and the artists' district.

Finish at Mount Meron and the resting place of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the Kabbalah's Zohar. Visit his tomb and hear how Orthodox Jews gather here at Lag B'Omer to celebrate and give their 3-year-old sons their first haircut.

Your tour finishes with an evening drop-off back at your hotel in Tel Aviv.

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