Druze of the Galilee


A Druze tour of the Galilee region in Israel offers visitors the chance to learn about the unique culture and history of the Druze people, an Arabic-speaking minority group with their own distinct religion and traditions. The tour may include visits to important Druze religious and cultural sites as well as an opportunity to meet with local Druze leaders or scholars and learn about the Druze community’s history and current way of life. Additionally, the tour may include visiting to traditional Druze homes, where you can learn about their customs and hospitality. The tour also offers the chance to explore the natural beauty of the Galilee.
1. Start your tour by visiting the Nabi Shu’ayb Tomb, located near the village of Hittin. This is an important religious site for the Druze community, believed to be the burial place of Jethro (Shu’ayb), a revered figure in Druze and Islamic traditions. Explore the tomb and learn about the Druze faith and their connection to this site.
2. Proceed to Isfiya, a picturesque Druze village perched on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Take a walk through the village’s narrow streets, lined with stone houses adorned with colorful balconies and traditional Druze motifs. Visit the local market to browse handicrafts, textiles, and traditional Druze sweets.
3. Continue your journey to Dalyat el-Carmel, another vibrant Druze village known for its welcoming atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Explore the village’s main square and discover the unique blend of Druze culture and traditions. Visit the Druze Heritage Center to gain insights into the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Druze community.
4. Enjoy a delicious traditional Druze lunch at one of the local restaurants in Dalyat el-Carmel. Sample authentic dishes such as stuffed grape leaves (warak enab), lamb kebabs, and maqluba (a layered rice and vegetable dish). Experience the warm hospitality for which the Druze community is known.
5. Visit Mughar, a village where Druze and Arab communities coexist. Explore the village and interact with the locals, gaining a deeper understanding of the Druze culture and their way of life. You may have the opportunity to visit a Druze home and engage in conversations with the residents.
6. Take some time to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Consider visiting nearby nature reserves or hiking trails in the Carmel Mountains to appreciate the stunning landscapes and scenic views.

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4-8 hours


Nabi Shu’ayb Tomb, Isfiya, Dalyat el-Carmel, Mughar

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