Months Visited: August
We are a family that enjoys being active, and we enjoy being outside and exploring nature. Historic sites and locations are very popular, and we are willing to get off the beaten path in order to find new places and enjoy different cultures. We do like to relax at times, staying in luxury, and we also try to include stops that are just fun for the family as well as educational experiences and natural wonders. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: Monfort Crusader Castle is a ruined castle used during the Crusades in Israel, in the Upper Galilee region, and today the castle and entire surrounding area is a national park situated inside the Nahal Kziv Nature Reserve. Dating back to the Middle Ages the Monfort Crusader Castle is unusual because it actually started out as an agricultural farm and not a military structure. The castle was excavated in 1926 during an NY Metropolitan Museum archaeological expedition. Today the ruins of this castle are a very popular attraction, with a fascinating history. A hike is usually necessary in order to reach the castle.
Our Experiences: The kids really had a lot of fun at the Monfort Crusader Castle, and the adults also really enjoyed this stop as well. It was really interesting to explore the ruins of the old castle, and the history kept the kids excited through the entire stop. Many families would enjoy this attraction and our family gives it a high rating for almost all ages, this was a stop that we liked quite a bit. Those who can not hike for any reason may not want to visit this attraction.
Address: Northern Israel
Description: The ancient city of Safed may also go by many other spellings, including Tsfat, Safad, Zefat, Zfat, and many others. This is a smaller town but one that has significant religious history for the Jewish people. The kever of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai is situated here, and that draws millions of Jewish individuals from all around the world. Some estimate that this town was originally founded in the year 70AD, and it has a fascinating history and rich culture. The Meam Loez states that Safed will be where the Messiah comes from on his journey to Jerusalem. According to the Ari HaKodesh God’s Manifest Presence will reside above Safed until the construction of the Third Temple is complete.
Our Experiences: This stop was one that was both fun and educational. We enjoyed touring the city and taking in all of the local culture and history. We visited the kever of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai and everyone learned something about this great man while we were there. The architecture and all of the decorative touches were very interesting to examine, and the kids wanted to learn about the Jewish scholar who was laid to rest here. Overall this stop was a big hit, and everyone had a good time wandering around the city. Anyone who is Jewish or who is interested in Jewish history should visit the kever of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai at least once.
Description: A moonlight boat ride on the Kinneret can be a magical experience. This gorgeous lake is situated in northern Galilee, and it offers beautiful views. When the area is seen by moonlight it becomes even more enchanting. Fishing, boating, and other water activities are very popular here.
Our Experiences: We had a fantastic boat ride in the moonlight, and the beauty of the lake was unforgettable. The ride was nice, and kids and adults both had a lot of fun. This stop may not be the right choice for anyone who gets motion sick or those who fear being in the water though. This was a great way to end our day, and it is one activity that all ages will enjoy.