Israel is one of the most memorable trips I had with my husband. He was on business and I had the full luxury of time to visit all the places. This was my first trip to Israel, so the thrill , excitement and expectations were high. I started my planning by searching everything on Google, it was cumbersome. Hence, my quest to put the details in these posts.
This is a one stop blog where you will get all the information – related to places, tickets, travel time from one place to other and how much you have to spend on cabs and so on. You can customize based on the availability of time and places to visit.
During the whole flight the majority of conversation that i had was about the safety and security measure. However, I would say from my experience that Israel is a very beautiful Country with very nice and polite people.
First on my list was Nazareth and Sea of Galilee and it has to be covered in one day. Nazareth is 106km from Tel-aviv; around one and half hours road journey. First thing to decide is Mode of transportation and there are multiple options available – cab for the whole day or book a tour via agencies. Taxi Charge around 4.4 NIS per unit for 2 passengers and additional charge if extra passenger. I booked through an agency as they provide guided tours as travelling alone in a cab would have been boring.
You can also book the one day tour with Rent-a-Guide for Nazareth and Sea of Galilee in USD 94 per person, which includes the Tour Guide, entrance fee of places and transport charge.
PLACES TO SEE IN NAZARETH
#Church of Annunciation
One of the most well known churches in Nazareth; built around 1969. But archaeological evidence shows the presence of the church since the 3rd century AD. It’s quite architecture and the paintings on the wall are very beautiful.
This place is also known as the Virgin Fountain whose water has healing powers. This place has become famous among locals in the last few years. This place also has small cafes and little great restaurants.
#Zippori National Park
Zippori National park talks about the living and archaeology of hundreds of years of ancient history.It indicated the Jewish lifestyle during ancient time. It was indeed a big City of that time.
#St. Joseph Church
This church is a popular resting place of Joseph’s carpentry shop. This church has religious artwork on the walls and it has an underground cave; which was used as a grain store in the past.
#The Ancient Bath House in Nazareth
In the heart of Nazareth near to Merry’s well this ancient public bath room was discovered. As per guide this bath room existed at the time of Jesus. You can visit caldarium (hot water), the most beautiful heating tunnels in middle east time.
It’s a very colorful market to visit. Here you can buy souvenirs for your memories of Nazareth (Israel). While walking you will find all shops of scarves, bracelets, necklaces, umbrellas, olives etc. Every shop owner opens in the morning and shuts his shades by afternoon.
SEA OF GALILEE
The Sea of Galilee is 45 km from Nazareth, around 50 minutes drive. It has a panoramic view. When I reached the place the fog was beginning to kick in and that increased the beauty of this place.
TO DO IN SEA OF GALILEE
If you are visiting a lake and didn’t get wet then the tour isn’t complete. All the items like- Cruise the lake in a floating restaurant, nightclub yacht, fishing boat, kayak or canoe- all are available on rent.
Tiberius hot springs are very well known for 17 natural springs, where you can pamper yourself by taking massages, mud treatments and Turkish Bath.
This place divides Jordan and Israel by Yamruk rivers which flow between both the countries. The site is also known as “Island of Peace”
“Our guide took us to a Restaurant located on the lake named Tchelet. You can have your lunch here and view the lake. They are popular to serve the fish from Galilee Lake which are known to be very tasty. It was 10 dollar per head. Being a Vegetarian is always a tough job. I asked him about vegetarian food and he gave me rice with boiled potato. How someone can eat plain rice with boiled potato that has no salt and no taste.
I gave my 10 dollars and had nothing.”
#Sound-and-Light show on the Lake
If you have time then you should stay for longer and witness the musical fountain on the lake. It’s a short 15 minutes duration show and doesn’t cost anything. It is on the southern end of Tiberius Lakeside promenade.
All the above places you can’t Visit in one day. So you should choose the places as per your interest. My favorite attractions are ‘Ancient Church’ and ‘Sea of Galilee lake’. Both the places are awesome in their way and I found them very peaceful. I thoroughly enjoyed my first day and by the time I returned it was already 7pm.
Although tired, my thoughts are already revolving around the next day trip – “Masada and Dead Sea”, which is Day 2 of my tour.