Galilee of the Mishna and Talmud

Jewish heritage tour in Galilee Sefad, Baram and Katzrin

Roughly two generations after the destruction of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem another great uprising broke out. Known as the Bar Kochba Riot, this was the last attempt of the Jews to regain their freedom in ancient times.

It resulted in the total destruction of Judea. Centres of Jewish life moved from Judea northward to the Galilee which became the region where Jews reconstructed their lives, their social institutions and their economy.

The rejuvenation of national Jewish life brought forth leaders such as Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi, compiler of the Mishna (Oral Law) and a number of talmudic scholars. Jewish towns prospered and synagogues in the Galilee were established.



Travel the Galilee of the Mishna and Talmud (late Roman & Byzantine periods). Visit some of the prominent towns and synagogues of the era as well as Tsfat or Safed, a centre in later times (the Ottoman period) that also attracted numerous Jewish scholars and spiritualists.

Tour Itinerary

Tour Code: HGMT1

  • Drive to the National Park of ZIPPORI (SEPPHORIS) main town of the Galilee during the 1st Century and town of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, the compiler of the Mishna (Jewish Oral Law).
  • Ascend the western slopes of the Golan Heights to visit QATZRIN, the reconstructed Talmudic town from the 4th C. that comes alive in its actual ancient location.
  • Visit the town of TSFAT (SAFED), one of the four holy cities in Israel and the home of Lurian mysticism, a branch of Jewish mysticism conceived by the 16th Century Rabbi Isaac Luria, the traditional author of the seminal mystic work the Zohar (foundation of the Kabbalah). Stroll along the colorful lanes and passageways of the Old City. See its many noted synagogues (including Karo Synagogue named for Rabbi Karo, author of “Shulchan Aruch” (The Set Table), which arranged Jewish law in a comprehensible manner), as well as its unique artist’s colony.
  • Continue to the ancient village of BAR’AM to visit the synagogue attesting to the thriving Jewish community here in the fourth and fifth centuries CE.
  • Return to Haifa Port in the evening.



Tour Options

The tour may be operated as a JOINT TOUR enabling you to share expenses which allows you the benefits of a private tour excursion at a price competitive with bus tours.GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

GROUP TOURS can be arranged for large groups enabling itinerary flexibility and adaptability to groups requirements, interests, language etc.