Tour of Gilgal Rephaim

by Brett
(Illinois, United States)

Hi.

Thank you for the above information. I contacted Charlie about a possible tour of the Gilgal Rephaim on or around October 27th of this year. It doesn't matter if its a group or with whomever. If he doesn't provide a tour, do you know of any way, or any one else, of which this might be an option?

Thank you,
Brett



Hi Brett,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Yes I know other tour guides and I'm sure one of them would be willing to organize a tour to the Gilgal Refaim.

As you probably know, the Gilgal is located in the Golan Heights. Since visiting this specific site only takes a few hours (including the travel time), you could easily incorporate some other sites from the area into the trip. For example, Katzrin and its antiquities park or the awesome 13th century Nimrod Fortress.

It's definitely best to try get a local guide, especially if you have limited time like only one specific day - if only to make sure the site will be open on that day (remember it's located in and around a military training area and it's also a bit complicated to find it).

I'm not sure if they contacted you yet but I'm following up with Charlie now. Please let me know if you need any further help on this.

Best,
Michael C.
israel-travel-and-tours.com

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Mount Hermon and the Fallen Angels
by: Brett

Hi Michael,

The reason I'm interested in the area is because I do a bit of research about the Biblical giants and have an interest. One more thought: you said if it turns out to be a day tour, you said there might be other attractions that would be worth fitting in, maybe?

I am also a little interested in at least seeing Mt. Hermon in some way (and maybe taking a picture of it), because that is the mountain that a lot of sources stated the fallen angels and other angels have descended and ascended from.. in lore.
That would be pretty interesting to see.

Would there be any other things that might be of interest (as far as the giants, Refaim, etc,) that might be close by, of which a private tour might be able to fit in?

Thank you for your help that you've given me. I really appreciate it.

Brett


Hey Brett,

You're most welcome!

Wow, I didn't know that about Mount Hermon and the giants - pretty interesting!

You can definitely do Mount Hermon on the same day as the Gilgal Refaim. I'm sure the tour guide could organize this for you.

I'm not aware of any other sites related to the giants that are in the area. But the Golan Heights itself and the area around the Gilgal is really interesting and kind of spooky as it's covered with those kinds of stones all over the place.

As mentioned, if I was doing a tour of the area I might head to the Nimrod fortress or to the Katzrin museum. There's a few pages on my site where I describe them.

Best,
Michael C.
israel-travel-and-tours.com

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Gilgal Rephaim - Weekends or Holidays
by: Brett

Hi,

I wrote you before about a tour. I was going to order a vacation to Israel next Monday, and I wanted to ask you before I order it. I am wondering if the only days a tour could go to the Gilgal Rephaim is on the weekends or holidays? Would that still be in effect when I come out in Oct. of 2019?

Thank you,
Brett


Hi Brett,

Wow I totally forgot about the site apparently only being open to public on weekends and holidays (even though I wrote that myself after visiting there a couple years ago)! Good catch. I'm not sure where I got that piece of info from originally but it might be from a military sign in the area or a tourist map of the Golan.

In any case, your best bet is definitely to get a guide who can sort anything like this out directly. The Israeli military and bureaucracies often have their own rules and it can be difficult for us non-locals to find out specific info and get approvals. Which may certainly be the case for Gilgal Refaim, even in October.

Hope that helps!

Best,
Michael
israel-travel-and-tours.com

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