156. Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel

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Why

The Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center sits at the Lebanon border and provides sweeping views of the northern Israel coast and the mountains to its north. The views alone are worth the trip.

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Lookout

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Lookout

Where

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel is located at the border of northern Israel and southern Lebanon.

How To Get Here

Bus

There is bus service from the nearby Nahariya station and then take a cab or bus by Nateev Express to the Visitor Center.

By Cruise Ship

There are cruises to Haifa on the following lines: Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania CruisesPrincess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, From here you can take the train to Nahariya Station and then a bus or cab to the Visitor Center.

Plane

The closest international airport is Ben Gurion International in Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV). Then you can take the train to the nearby Nahariya station and then take a cab or bus by Nateev Express to the Visitor Center. . The following airlines serve the airport:

Adria Airways (JP), Aegean Airlines (A3), Aeroflot (SU), AirBaltic (BT), Air Berlin (AB), Air Canada (AC), Air Europa (UX), Air Serbia (JU), Air Sinai (4D), Air Transat (TS), Alitalia (AZ), Arkia Israeli Airlines (IZ), Austrian Airlines (OS), Azerbaijan Airlines (J2), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), Blue Air (0B), British Airways (BA), brussels airlines (SN), Bulgaria Air (FB), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Cobalt (CO), Croatia Airlines (OU), Delta Air Lines (DL), EasyJet Airlines (U2), El Al Airlines (LY), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), Finnair (AY), Georgian Airways (A9), Germania (ST), Hainan Airlines (HU), Iberia Airlines (IB), Israir Airlines (6H), Jetairfly (TB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Monarch Airlines (ZB), Norwegian Air Shuttle (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Royal Jordanian (RJ), Ryanair (FR), Smart Wings (QS), Swiss Airlines (LX), Tarom (RO), Tandem Aero (TQ), Transavia (HV), Transavia France (TO), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ukraine International (PS), United Airlines (UA), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vueling (VY), Wizz Air (W6) and XL Airways France (SE).

Ride Sharing

Download the Waze Rider App for ridesharing options.

Ferry

There are no ferry services to the Visitor Center, but there is ferry service from say Akko to Haifa, then you’d take the train to the nearby Nahariya station and then take a cab or bus by Nateev Express to the Visitor Center.

Train

There is train service to nearby Nahariya Station on Israel Rail then take a cab or bus by Nateev Express to the Visitor Center. You can also find information from the Tourist Department.

Car

If you are already in the country, renting a car is a great option as you can explore on your own. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

Where To Stay

You can stay in the city of Rosh Hanikra or in Akko or Haifa if you like. Lots of places to stay here.

I just did an afternoon trip and stayed in Haifa at the Don Carmel Hotel.

==>> You can find a list of hotels here.

==>> Check out Airbnb deals here.

 

Where To Eat

You can eat in the city of Rosh Hanikra itself, or eat at the restaurant here.

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

 

What To Do

The purpose of this post is to get you to visit the site at this Visitor Center. You are at the very top of Israel and on a clear day you can see Haifa in the distance as you see in the photo below. The same is actually true if you’re in Haifa.

Visit the Grotto by either walking down to them or taking the paid cable car. You can also watch a movie about the history of the place. It’s pretty fascinating.

I was quite intrigued by the border gate between Israel and Lebanon. Does not look like you can cross there though. My tour guide says I can go to Lebanon, but I can’t come back. I was not sure if he was joking or not.

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Lookout

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Lookout

 

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Lookout

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Lookout Looking south to Haifa

 

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Israel/Lebanon Border

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Israel/Lebanon Border

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Miles to Beirut, Lebanon

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Miles to Beirut, Lebanon

 

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Grotto Caves

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Grotto Caves

 

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - The Grottos

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – The Grottos

 

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - 10 NZ Railway Selfies

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – 10 NZ Railway Selfies

There were plans at one point o build a railway connecting Cairo, Haifa and Beirut, but it never got finished. Parts of it can still be seen including some of the tracks.

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Cable car

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Cable car

==>> Here’s some additional information from Lonely Planet.

==>> Here’s a list of things to do from Trip Advisor

==>> You may also check Viator for additional things to do in the Galilee area.

 

Additional Information

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Currency: Israeli Shekels (ILS)

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Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel - Cable car

Rosh Hanikra Visitor Center, Israel – Cable car

 

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