The Four Holy Cities is the collective term in Jewish tradition applied to the cities of Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed and, later, Tiberias, the four main centers of Jewish life after the Ottoman subjugation of Palestine. As a Jewish travel option, Kosher River Cruises highlights its heritage tours. And if there are four places that all Jews need to visit, it’s the Holy Cities.
Israel is rich in tradition and culture, especially when it comes to religion. The roots of the past are buried deep in the stories of old when fact was still fiction and magic surrounded myth.
Explore the Holy Cities with Kosher Cruises and take pride in your heritage with our tours
Jerusalem is an ancient city in Israel, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the earliest cities in the world and is sacred to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Tourist Sites in Jerusalem:
- Old City
- Western Wall
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Dome of the Rock
Hebron, found in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem, is the locality of the earliest Jewish community in the world, dating back to Biblical times. Today, Hebron is home to some 250,000 Palestinians and approximately 700 Jews. An additional 6,000 Jews live in the neighboring community of Kiryat Arba.
Tourist Sites in Hebron:
- Cave of the Patriarchs
- The visitor center “Touching eternity”
- Cultural center
Safed is not only one of Israel’s holy cities, but it is also the highest city in the Holy Land. Set in the dense pine forests of the Upper Galilee, overlooking Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Safed is a delicious blend of ancient grandeur and modern-day wonder.
Tourist Sites in Safed:
- Abuhav Synagogue
- Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue
- Biriya Forest
- Forest and synagogue
- Har Kena’an
Tiberias is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Its Old City holds essential Jewish and Christian pilgrimage sites including the Tomb of Maimonides and Abulafia Synagogue.
Tourist Sites in Tiberias:
- Hamat Tiberias National Park
- Aqua Kef
- Sea of Galilee
For your upcoming kosher vacations, why not explore the Holy Cities with us? For more information on our tour dates and reservations, feel free to leave us a message. We’ll be more than happy to assist you.