Golan Heights

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2009

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Flag of Israel  , Northern District,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nazareth to the Golan Heights

On a last minute decision we decided to rent a car. We are very happy we did because we saw a lot of things in a short period of time for a pretty good price. We rented a car from Avis for 2 days and per day it cost $44 plus and an extra $11 in full insurance. Avis has a bunch of rental places but they don't have one in Nazareth but they do in Tiberias. The closest one to Nazareth is a small town called Migdal Haemek about 20 minutes away. We bused it to the town (took bus 331 to Haifa and got off at Migdal) and then took a taxi to the Avis centre. When we were done with the car the next day we took it to Tiberias because there was an Avis there, it was nice we didn’t have to take it back to Midgal.

We drove up to the Golan Heights and went all the way to Mount Hermon, the highest peak in Israel. The mount is both a skill hill and a military zone because it’s on the boarder with Lebanon and Syria. The Golan Heights used to be part of Syria but it was taken over by Israel in a war. The area is beautiful- minus the military outlooks and the signs that say "Danger: Land mines." Since it was summer, the ski hill was not in use but still some people were around and we were able to go up on the chair lift at Mount Hermon (it cost a ridiculous amount 35 NIS- but since we drove all that way we had to go up the mountain). The people that were working at the skill hill didn’t really look like skiers or snowboarders, I am pretty sure they were Israeli soldiers in disguise. At the top of the mountain was a Chalet and military outposts. We went up close to see one and the military guys told us to leave.

Golan Heights is a very beautiful place and well worth renting a car to see it.
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