Our journey in Israel continues towards the north, a less traveled region of the Negev desert but equally fascinating and full of history.
To accompany us on this itinerary are the Ténéré 700 of Desert Road, specializing in tours across the country, on and off-road.
On the first day of our North of tour Israel takes us from bustling Tel Aviv to ancient Caesarea, up the coast of the Mediterranean. After visiting the remains of this beautiful city we continue north and climb Mount Carmel and have a nice 20km off road tour overlooking the Jezrael Valley. We then leave towards the east and visit the ancient city of Bet-Shearim, the Jewish underground necropolis. Light lunch and continue driving East to visit Har Megiddo also known as Armageddon where the biblical prophets foresaw the battle of the end times. After a nice tour of this amazing site we continue east to the Sea of Galilee arriving in time for a spectacular sunset, dinner and a good night's sleep after traveling 260km.
The first day is full of spectacular views, exciting places and interesting stories. We cross three geographical regions and travel over 2.000 years of history. Caesarea is one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Built by King Herod to glorify Augustus Caesar in the XNUMXst century BC, it has a beautiful Mediterranean beach theater, still used today for concerts and shows. The city has the royal palace, a large hippodrome where chariot races took place, a latrine and the baths, in excellent condition, and the old port, used by the Byzantines to bring pilgrims to the Holy Land.
Bet-Shearim is an incredible 2.000-year-old underground cemetery, the largest of its kind, with the largest Menorah ever found in Israel carved into its walls. Here, one learns the stories about Jewish burial rituals and can observe the influence of early Christianity on the Jews in the Holy Land. Here stands the statue of Alexander Zeid, a XNUMXth-century Zionist who lived nearby, a symbol of national pride and dedication. Mr. Zaid was the one who stumbled upon the forgotten necropolis of Bet-Sharim, while he was building his kitchen, from which he noticed a cave under its floor. The excavations uncovered hundreds of secret tunnels and caverns, some open to the public. Bet-Shearim is now a UNESCO heritage site.
Megiddo is a city over 6.000 years old, one of the oldest in Judea and the place best known as Armageddon, the site of the "final showdown". But how did this place, of all places, become synonymous with the "end of the world"? What happened here that made it so famous? You will have all the answers when you visit this fantastic site, with its innovative water system, built 70 meters deep, its thick walls and famous gates.
Sea of Galilee
The drive through the Valley of Jezrael, Israel's historic "barn" where all kinds of grains grew in its fields is a unique experience and the view from the mountains of Eastern Galilee to the Sea of Galilee at sunset is stunning. Finally we arrive in Magdala to visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene and see the "Synagogue of Jesus" where Christ prayed as a young man. The Sea of Galilee and its northern shore are where Jesus lived and performed many of his miracles.
Useful information and advice
Traveling to Israel is a unique experience, deep and absolutely within everyone's reach, as we have told in ours tours in the South and in the Negev Desert.
Our advice, to optimize time and enjoyment is to rely on local and well-structured tour operators, such as Desert Road, who will also take you off-road with a fleet of 10 Yamahas Tenére 700.
We advise you to avoid the hottest months such as July and August, to choose a suit from motorcycle 3 seasons adjusted to temperature changes and carry a huge memory card for all your countless memories.