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Sartaba Hike in the Jordan Valley – Alexandrion Fortress in the Jordan Valley

This was the site of the fortress, known as Alexandrion, which was built by the Hasmoneans and used by the Herodian dynasty. This was the fortress where Herod imprisoned his favorite wife, Mariamne, and killed her two sons.

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Ancient city of Gamla – Gamla National Park in the Golan

The ancient city of Gamla is located in the Golan, in the Gamla national park. Gamla was a Jewish city from the 2nd century BCE, and the first city to fight against the Romans in the Jewish Revolt against Rome (66-73 CE). Sometimes referred to as the Masada of the north, the city was conquered and destroyed in 67 CE.

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Hike at Jilaboun Stream – Gilabon and Devora Waterfalls in the Golan

The Jilaboun Stream is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Golan Heights. The fifteen kilometer long stream is formed from runoff from Mount Avital and Mount Shifon, and the water is carried into the Jordan River. Due to the height difference between the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley, a canyon was created, and the water is carried through waterfalls and pools.

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Keshet Cave in the Galilee – Maarat Keshet – Arch cave in the Galilee

All that remains of the Keshet Cave is a huge arch. Most of the roof of the cave collapsed sometime in the past, but the immense arch provides a view of the Mediterranean, the Betzet Creek, and the Carmel Mountain ridge. Rappelling from the arch is very popular, due to the 50 meter drop on both sides of the arch.

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Hike to Monfort Castle from Park Goren – Monfort Fortress in Galilee

Monfort Castle is the ruins of a 13th century Crusader fortress in the Upper Galilee in Israel. The fortress is located in the Nahal Kziv nature reserve. The ruins of the fortress, perched majestically on a cliff above the Kziv river, are a popular tourist site.

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