You've collected your bags and left the airport. You ask yourself what to do now? Should I head to Tel Aviv or to Jerusalem? You can't decide so you ask me. And I say take a train to Netanya, a city of 200,000 ~20-30km north of Tel Aviv:
What's to do in Netanya? You can visit Zohar, or, if he's unavailable I recommend spending a relaxing evening on the beach and grabbing a light bite to eat at a boulangerie or a sandwich/falafel place.
So after one relaxing evening in Netanya, you move on to a full day of adventure in Qaesariya and Haifa.
Let's start in Quesariya, which was once the largest Roman port in the Eastern Mediteranean. Today, you will still find well-preserved ruins, along with a spectacular amphitheatre that still holds various musical performances, a seaside hippodrome, beautiful beaches (swimming among submerged Roman ruins), classy restaurants and Israel's only golf course. (It's the Israeli equivalent of the Hamptons/Cote de'Azur)
After 2 hours or so in Quesariya, you make your way north to Haifa, a city of 1.1 million (incl. suburbs), where you make a tour of the equisite Bahaii Gardens.
After your visit to the Bahaii Gardens, you might want to go for a swim in Hof HaKarmel, an excellent beach at the southern entrance of the city, or to visit Stella Maris and the prophet Elijah's Cave. Have a nice and tasty, if pricey, dinner in the German Colony neighbourhood at the base of the Bahaii Gardens/Temple.
After you satiate your appetite with Humus from Abu Said, make your way north to Rosh Hanikra, a scenic grotto and also the northernmost point on the Israeli coast.
Pictures from Urban Legend
Now onto Sfat, one of the 4 holy cities for Jews. It is also the birthplace of Kabbalah. You take in the fresh mountain air; the feeling of holiness/sacredness that permeates the town; and some of the beautiful artists' galleries in this holy city-cum-artists colony.
Tomorrow, we wake up bright and early for a trip to the Sea of Galilee and to the Golan Heights.
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