Months Visited: August
We like to see new places and try new things, we are fairly adventurous and we like excitement. We enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, and we are willing to give up luxury or go outside of our comfort zone in order to experience remote attractions that many tourists miss. Many of our days are packed to the max, but we also include times when we can relax and just have fun without following a rigid schedule as well. We like to stay in luxury and be pampered sometimes, but we also enjoy active stops and educational activities. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 14 years, Boy age 9 years, Boy age 7 years.
Description: The Vulture Preserve in the Gamla Nature Reserve can be found in Golan Heights, situated high enough to attract vultures, eagles, and a number of other bird species. In addition to the numerous birds that can be viewed while hiking here there are also many archaeological ruins as well. There are around 80 vultures that nest and hunt in the reserve, and they average around 10 feet in length so spotting one is very easy to do. Anyone who loves birds, animals, or natural beauty will enjoy visiting the Gamla Nature Reserve and especially the Vulture Preserve.
Our Experiences: This stop was given a very high rating by the kids and the adults both. The hike was a little challenging in some spots but nothing that we could not handle, and even the youngest kept up without any problems. The sight of the vultures in real life was incredible, and the kids were very excited to get the chance to see live vultures. The birds seem enormous, and they can cast a very large shadow that may frighten small children. We gave this stop a huge thumbs up.
Description: A view of the Golan Heights offers spectacular scenery and some of the most historic ruins and archeological attractions in Israel, as well natural reserves that are overflowing with plants and animals that are native to the area. Golan Heights is the range of mountains situated in the northern region of Israel. Many visitors keep coming back because of the beauty that is found here, and the sights seem to get more incredible as you get higher.
Our Experiences: The views that we saw in Golan Heights were breathtaking, especially when we were higher up. There were many larger birds in the skies, and looking down provided incredible scenic vistas that were unforgettable. The panoramic views and the many attractions in this area make it a highlight for any trip to Israel, and this is something that we advise other families to do while they are in the Galilee region. Some of our children did not understand the implications and history of the 1973 War, but adults and history buffs will truly realize what they are seeing in these spots.
Description: Beit She’an was first settled many thousands of years ago, and today it is a modern city that is unique because of the many archaeological ruins and ancient structures that are scattered all over in the city. Around 18,000 people live here and there is an abundance of water sources, creating a lushness not found in most places in Israel. The ruins that can be found here are of varying ages and periods. Visitors today can shop, dine, and explore the impressive ruins and archeological sites here. Beit She’an is a very popular place for tourists to visit, and it can be very educational for all ages as well as a fun place to tour.
Our Experiences: We spent some time wandering around Beit She’an, and everyone liked the different shopping areas and the various ruins that we came across on our wanderings. We visited several ruins that were not incredibly exciting but they were interesting, and the history in the entire city is rich and full of exciting stories and feats. The kids enjoyed browsing in the different shops, and this stop was a nice way to spend a few hours and soak in the local flavor and history of the city.