The Golan Heights are not only a spectacular region to visit, but undoubtedly offers one of the most unique experiences in Israel. Known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and religious connotations, the Golan Heights also provides visitors an exclusive look into a historically-rich region. Here, you’ll find out everything there is to do in this part of North Israel. There’s something for everyone – from the intrepid traveler to the relaxed explorer. See breathtaking views of the Sea of Galilee and witness hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
Where are the Golan Heights?
Situated in northeast Israel, the Golan Heights borders Syria and Jordan. The Heights belong to a mountainous region with an elevation range of about 400 meters to 2,814 meters atop Mount Herman. While the Golan is an exciting location on its own, it also makes an ideal stop on a tour to multiple spots in northern Israel. For example, if you wanted to see the Galilee, Safed, and Caesarea with Golan as a part of your Israel itinerary, you can do so on our exciting three-day tour, or you could see just Safed coupled with the Golan Heights on a day tour. For a purely bucolic experience, take this Golan Heights and Galilee 2 Day Tour.
Why Should You Visit the Golan Heights
Like most sights in Israel, the Golan Heights has a rich history for Jews, Christians, and the Druze. Judaism associates the Heights with the biblical battle of Joshua conquering the city of Hazor. In Christianity, the Golan was part of Jesus’ Galilee ministry and his famous Sermon on the Mount was said to have happened here. The Golan Heights also has significance in history beyond religion. The area is known for its strategic importance in wars between Israel and Syria, currently serving as a buffer zone between the two countries. It also boasts a stunning view of ancient ruins, like the city of Katzrin.
Another great thing to add to your Israel itinerary are stops at several Druze villages in the Golan Heights that offer hospitality, delicious foods, and cultural immersion. Our Cultures of the Galilee Day Tour will showcase such an experience and more. Driving yourslef around the north on a rented car is another way to see the wonders of the country at your own pace and see as many religious sites as your heart desires.
Visit Incredible Wineries
With Israel being home to some 300 wineries, the Golan Heights plays a huge role in this thriving industry. Some of the most unique varieties and blends are made right here and several vineyards offer tours and tastings of their different wines. The most famous being the Golan Heights Winery; be sure to add it to your Israel itinerary.
The Golan was once a part of an ancient wine trading route between Damascus and Jerusalem in the Roman period. They are famous for their sweet wines and unique processes, and the best way to experience this is with a private, intimate tour. With our Private Caesarea, Wine Country, and Kibbutz Experience or our Northern Israel Food and Wine Tour, you’ll indulge in the finest cuisine and wines of the region.
Ski Mount Hermon or ATV Across the Heights
For adventurous travelers, there are a plethora of activities to check out. There’s no better place in Israel for winter tourists than Mount Hermon, the highest peak in the region, coming in at over 2000 meters above sea level. The mountain is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders alike and offers a variety of slopes ranging from beginner to advanced. The area around Mount Hermon has plenty of ski lodges, restaurants, and other amenities for visitors looking for an unforgettable winter experience in Israel. The slopes are open from December through March, so you should plan your visit accordingly to make the most of the winter weather.
For those interested in doing it all and more without excessive walking or spending too much time, an ATV tour is the perfect balance of comfort and adventure. Not only will adding an ATV tour to your Israel itinerary give you a chance to experience nature’s rugged beauty, but you’ll also be able to experience the diverse topography of Israel.
Marvel at Gamla Nature Reserve
Gamla Nature Reserve offers visitors a chance to explore unspoiled forest trails surrounded by breathtaking wildflowers, rivers, and mountains. You can also encounter deer, foxes, and birds native to this region. The Gamla Nature Reserve is home to the ancient village of Gamla, which was destroyed by Roman forces in 66 CE. You can explore what remains of this once-thriving town or take a boat tour along the Jordan River. The reserve offers something immersive for everyone, from hikers to birdwatchers to historians. Browse our variety of thrilling northern tours to find what best suits you.
Trek the Black Canyon
The Black Canyon, or Nakik HaShachor, is one of the most beautiful places in the Golan and another excellent addition for your North Israel itinerary. It forms part of the Jordan Valley and is the lowest point in Israel, full of trails and paths for hikers to explore. The canyon is a remnant of Golan Heights’ volcanic past and is only accessible through tours with licensed guides. If rappelling through waterfalls, wading through water, and hiking downhill sound like your kind of adventure, this canyoning tour can make your trip to the Golan Heights unforgettable.
Where Should You Stay?
Plenty of beautiful hotels in northern Israel offering luxury rooms with spa and massage packages aren’t far from the Golan Heights. If you’re feeling more adventurous, though, Israel has the unique option of staying in a Zimmer or kibbutz.
The Heights are the Place to Go-lan!
Golan Heights has something for everyone who visits, whether you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure or just want to take in the impressive scenery. This northern region offers an array of tours just waiting to be explored!