Attractions in the Jezreel Valley Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Drive   |   Itinerary duration: About- 5 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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A diverse tour of the Jezreel Valley which emphasizes different points in the Jewish and Zionist settlement of Israel through sites such as the impressive archeological site of Beit She'arim, the great necropolis from the time of the Mishna and Talmud, the Pioneer Settlement Museum located in kibbutz Yifat which presents the history of those who settled Israel, and more.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  Romantic Trip   ●   Non-circular tour
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The Jezreel Valley is home to many historical stories, some of which one can learn at Kibbutz Yif'at’s Museum of Pioneer Settlement in the Valley, the purpose of which is to document, present and describe the story of those who settled the area from the beginning of the 20th century and until 1951. One can learn here a lot about the Kibbutzes and Moshavs and especially about the people who shaped the image of the valley and of the then future State of Israel. Among the numerous exhibits that are displayed in Kibbutz Yif'at’s Museum of Pioneer Settlement in the Valley are: photographs, various artifacts, models of structures, clothes, work tools, plows, tractors and agricultural tools from various periods. The guidance provided by Kibbutz Yif'at’s Museum of Pioneer Settlement in the Valley puts a great emphasis on personal stories alongside the stories of the settlements.
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The rustic Octagon restaurant is nestled in the rolling fields of Moshav Nahalal in the Jezreel valley.  The restaurant, which is located in a wooden octagonal structure imported from South Africa, combines rustic dishes with its expertise in meats, fish and seafood.  While you relax on the porch overlooking the scenic agricultural valley, you can enjoy such delicacies as Irish beef stew, a meat and root vegetable dish cooked in black beer and served over rice, or pan-sautéed shrimp and calamari with cream, butter, garlic and parsley.  The restaurant is child-friendly, offering special children’s portions and the ability for parents to watch their children through large windows while they play on the adjacent lawn or playground.  The venue is also set up to host private events.

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The Nahalal Slik (a hiding place for weapons during the British Mandate period) is an example for a place where dramatic winds blow. Well, perhaps no winds blow here, as the Nahalal Slik is actually located underground as befitting a Slik. As a matter of fact, the Nahalal Slik is one of the main sliks which served the "Haganah” before the founding of the State of Israel and it was dug and built by hand, stone after stone, and all under the cover of a hole which was meant for accumulating cows’ urine. The Nahalal Slik is about five meters deep and it spreads over twenty-five square meters. And this dark and special place also served as the inspiration for the Slik which was mentioned in Meir Shalev’s well-known book, "Russian Novel”. Above the Nahalal Slik there is a family museum which tells the story of four generations of the Avidov family, which were intertwined with the story of the foundation of the State of Israel and its security along the years. These stories are told by the members of the family themselves.
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Many times, on the way to a trip in the North of Israel, we pass by this special site, featuring a statue of a rider on his horse. But few are the people who actually stop here and investigate this site thoroughly. Here, near the Beit She'arim National Park, in an area of less than ten dunams, is the Commemoration Site in memory of "The Watchman", Alexander Zaid (1886-1938). Zaid, one of the founders of the Jewish defense organizations, Bar Giora and HaShomer, lived in this area, in which he was also murdered. The statue in his memory was erected in 1941 by the sculptor, David Polus, but it fell apart with the years due to erosion. It was built anew from bronze in the 1970s by the sculptor, Dan Zaretsky. Near the statue there is the structure of the shrine of Sheikh Abreik with its two stone domes, a visit to which is attributed with healing powers by the Muslims. From each spot on the top of the hill one can see the open views of the Jezreel Valley and the eastern slopes of the Mount Carmel range. Access from road number 722.

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Inside the ground, deep in the hill’s slope, the residents of ancient Beit She'arim dug a magnificent burial city, to which one gains access through ancient courtyards, passageways and stairs, which lead into great halls within which are dug burial chambers, and in them are unique stone sarcophagi. The ancient settlement of Beit She'arim is located near Kiryat Tiv'on and it served as the central burial place of the Jewish world in the Mishna and Talmud period (1st - 7th centuries CE). At the entrance to each cave there is an open area and the chambers and sarcophagi present stone reliefs, writings and murals which represent the popular Jewish art of the Roman period. All burial caves show descriptions and illustrations of Jewish religious artifacts, such as the seven-branched Menorah, the Ark of the Covenant, shofar (a traditional Jewish blowing horn used for religious purposes), Lulav and Etrog (a palm branch and the fruit of a citron tree, two of the "Four Species” mentioned in the Bible and used in the religious rites of the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot). In addition, there are artworks here with secular subjects, which feature items such as ships, animals and human figures. Doors carved in stone close some of the caves’ openings.
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Beit She'an & the Valleys Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 3 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: Spring
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Drive
Tour Duration: About- 6 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy

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