Silversea Luxury Cruises To TEL AVIV (Haifa)

TEL AVIV (Haifa)
TEL AVIV (Haifa)

Spilling down from the pine-covered heights of Mt. Carmel, Haifa is a city with a vertiginous setting that has led to comparisons with San Francisco. The most striking landmark on the mountainside is the gleaming golden dome of the Baha'i Shrine, set amid utterly beautiful garden terraces. The city is the world center for the Baha'i faith, and its members provide informative walking tours of the flower-edged 100-acre spot, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View more

At the top of the hill you'll find some small but interesting museums, the larger hotels, and two major universities. At the bottom is the lovingly restored German Colony, a perfect area for strolling. Israel's largest port and third-largest city, Haifa was ruled for four centuries by the Ottomans and gradually spread its tendrils up the mountainside into a cosmopolitan city whose port served the entire Middle East. The climate is gentle, the beaches beautiful, and the locals friendly. You won't see the religious garb of Jerusalem or the tattoos and piercings of Tel Aviv in this diverse but fairly conservative city. In fact, you can't always tell at a glance who is part of an Arab or Jewish Israeli family, or if someone is a more recent immigrant from the former Soviet Union. Israel’s "city on the hill" is divided into three main levels, each crisscrossed by parks and gardens: the port down below; Hadar, a commercial area in the middle; and Merkaz Carmel (known as "the Merkaz"), with the posher hotels and many restaurants, on the crest of Mt. Carmel. Thanks to the beneficence of the Baha'is, you can enjoy a walking tour that takes you through the stunning terraces that lie like multicolored jewels from the crest of the city at Mt. Carmel to the German Colony below.

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Excursions in TEL AVIV (Haifa)

Acre & the Crusaders’ Kingdom

Explore the fascinating story behind the ancient city of Acre during a scenic, half-day sojourn to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour drive to Acre, or 'Akko', a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the northernmost point of Haifa Bay. This splendid ancient city dates back almost 4,000 years, and once played a pivotal role during the Crusaders' rule in the 11th century.


Knights of St. John

Upon arrival at Acre, a visit is made to the Medieval subterranean headquarters of the Knights of St. John. Part of this underground city was known as the Hospitaller Quarter, because it was here that the knights received their medical care. Your tour takes you through a series of barrel-vaulted rooms, or 'Crusader Halls', leading to the Refectory (dining hall). Also known as the 'Crypt', it is a true representation of Crusader architecture. Nearby is a stairway leading to a long underground passage thought to be an escape tunnel built by the Crusaders in order to reach the port during enemy attacks.


Turkish Bazaar

After returning to the surface, your tour continues with a look at Acre's Ottoman past during a visit to the vibrant, 18th-century Turkish Bazaar, the elegantly-restored Turkish Baths, now a museum, and the lively marketplace offering exotic and intoxicating scents.


Kahn El Umdan

Leaving the market, continue to the enormous Kahn El Umdan, or 'Pillar's Inn', an ancient caravanserai that once served the camel caravans. A stop is then made at the picturesque Pisan Port, which was built by Crusader seamen from Pisa, Italy.


Your tour concludes with a photo opportunity at the summit of Mount Carmel. Upon arrival, take in panoramic views of your surroundings before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with narrow steps and tunnels to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. The tour sequence may vary.

Herod’s Dream – Caesarea Maritime

Among the abundance of tourist sites that relate the story of ancient Israel is the magnificent story of Caesarea Maritime.


Depart Haifa Port and ascend Mount Carmel for a breath-taking view of Haifa Bay, the golden dome of Haifa's Baha'i Shrine and Acre in the distance.


Caesarea

Drive along Via Maris to Caesarea and visit the ancient port city built by Herod the Great on the ruins of an ancient anchorage known as Stratton's tower. He named it Caesarea in honour of his Roman patron, Augustus Caesar. In 66 C.E., in Caesarea, which was the capital of the country during the Roman period, the Jews of the city raised the revolt against Rome, touching off the Jewish war. Caesarea became an important Christian centre that was alternatively conquered by Moslems and Crusaders until it was destroyed at the end of the thirteenth century. Among the magnificent array of archaeological finds at the site are restored Crusaders fortifications, a Byzantine street and a Roman Theatre.


A walk among the ruins cannot be complete without observing the splendid 'Travel Through Time' displays that combine to recreate a city being reawakened in front of your eyes. Then continue to the Tower of Time, where you can take a virtual tour of the city, enter buildings and visit the streets, even participate in various activities such as horse racing in the Hippodrome, performances in the theatre, roaming around the market booths, and receiving ships arriving at the port, all of which tangibly and powerfully indicate Caesarea's importance throughout the ages.


After your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate of walking; the sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and some steps, at times on uneven surfaces. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

Explore the stunning scenery and historic sites where it is believed Jesus lived, preached, and performed his miracles during this captivating, full-day tour of Nazareth.


Depart the pier in Haifa via coach for the drive to the top of Mount Carmel, where a photo stop is made for spectacular, panoramic views over Haifa and its glistening bay. Afterward, proceed to Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus.


Basilica of the Annunciation

Upon arrival in Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of Christendom's most revered shrines and the largest church in the Middle East. The Basilica was built on the same site where the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Sites to be seen here include the altar and a remarkable 170-foot (52.3-metre)-high cupola that rises high above the upper church. During your guided visit inside the Basilica, see magnificent mosaics, ceramic reliefs, and other superb works of art from around the world.


Church of Joseph

Your next stop is the Church of Joseph which was built over the chambers that once housed Joseph's carpentry shop. The church features wonderful stained glass windows on its outer walls.


The Bazaar and Mary's Well

From here, take a stroll through the bazaar and past Mary's Well, a white stone fountain that serves as a shrine commemorating the Virgin Mary. The shrine is located at the site of an ancient underground spring where it is believed Jesus and his mother came to draw water.


Cana and the Sea of Galilee

Next, re-board your coach for the drive through Cana, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Upon arrival, proceed for a buffet lunch at a hotel in Tiberias. After lunch, a visit is made to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site where Jesus preached the famous Sermon on the Mount, before proceeding to Capernaum. Located on the beautiful shores of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was considered to be the centre of Jesus' ministry whilst he was living in this area. Your visit includes a look at the ruins of an ancient synagogue.


Yardenit Baptismal Site

Following your visit, re-board your coach for the drive along the panoramic seashore to the Yardenit baptismal site where the Jordan River separates from the Sea of Galilee. Pilgrims from around the world come here to perform baptismal ceremonies in this naturally scenic and symbolic setting.


After a brief shopping stop, your tour concludes with a return drive to the pier in Haifa. En route, take in scenic vistas of Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration where Jesus appeared to his disciples in radiant light whilst speaking with Moses and Elijah.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times on inclines, with some steps to negotiate in the churches. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required during visits to religious sites; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Haifa at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Private cars are very limited and must be brought in to Haifa, therefore half-day service is not available. The service includes an English-speaking driver/guide and can cover a distance of up to 125 miles (200 kilometres) in an air-conditioned sedan. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Guests wishing to hire a separate guide, may do so by arranging this 48 hours in advance with the Shore Concierge Manager on board with a supplemental charge of $459 (At time of printing). When using a separate guide, the vehicle capacity is a maximum of 2 guests per car. Excess mileage, parking fees, tolls and services beyond 8-hours will be billed to your shipboard account. Saturday and Jewish holiday service will incur an additional supplemental charge of $120 USD (at time of printing) for any vehicle hired. This supplement will be charged for any private vehicle service during Passover.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Haifa at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Private vans are very limited and must be brought in to Haifa, therefore half-day service is not available. The service includes an English-speaking driver/guide and can cover a distance of up to 125 miles (200 kilometres) in an air-conditioned van. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Guests wishing to hire a separate guide may do so by arranging it 48 hours in advance with the Shore Concierge Manager on board with a supplemental charge of $459. When using a separate guide, the vehicle capacity is a maximum of 4 guests per van. Excess mileage, parking fees, tolls and services beyond 8-hours will be billed to your shipboard account. Saturday and Jewish holiday service will incur an additional supplemental charge of $120 USD for any vehicle hired. This supplement will be charged for any private vehicle service during Passover.

Land programmes in TEL AVIV (Haifa)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea

The capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is also renowned as the cradle of Judaism and Christianity, and home to some of the most iconic, important and revered religious sites in the world. Watch the ancient beauty and history of Israel unfold during this panoramic overnight journey to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada. Following a scenic drive from the pier in Haifa to Jerusalem via private coach, your journey through Jerusalem begins with a photo stop atop the Mount of Olives for magnificent panoramic views over the Golden City, with its Temple Mount. Next, take a stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane, and past some of the oldest olive trees in Jerusalem. Your tour continues with a walking tour of Mount Zion, and visits to the Room of the Last Supper and King David's Tomb. From here, proceed on-foot through the colourful Bazaar to the Christian quarter and you will visit the most sacred site of Christianity - Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Afterwards, leave the old city via Jaffa Gate en route to lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. Following a shopping stop and hotel transfer, check-in at the Orient Hotel. After dinner at the hotel, take a sightseeing drive around the illuminated city walls and monuments, and visit the Western Wall to observe the faithful touching the ancient stones. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Orient Hotel, check-out for a drive through the Judean Desert, and a photo stop in Qumrun at the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Next, drive along the shores of the Dead Sea en route to Masada. Following a cable-car-ride to the summit of the Masada Fortress, take a guided walking tour around this historic site. At the conclusion of your tour, ride the cable car back down and transfer for lunch at Herods Dead Sea Hotel, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch, some free time is made available for a relaxing swim in these waters that are so mineral-rich, you cannot sink. Following your visit, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with a transfer to the port of Ashdod. Upon arrival, embark the ship.

Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Haifa

Re-join ship: Ashdod

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis, and the program price is subject to change. Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this program. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the program fare per person is due.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Israel. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.

Watch the ancient beauty and history of Israel unfold during this panoramic overnight journey to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada.


DAY ONE - Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Haifa/Jerusalem/Nazareth/Jerusalem


Transfer from Haifa to Jerusalem via private coach and a photo stop atop the Mount of Olives

After disembarking the ship in Haifa, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 2-hour transfer via private coach to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. Upon arrival, your guided tour begins with a photo stop atop the Mount of Olives for magnificent panoramic views over the Golden City, with its Temple Mount.


Stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane, and past some of the oldest olive trees in Jerusalem

Next, continue on-foot through the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent his last moments before his arrest. Early Christians were already holding gatherings here before the first church was built, around 380 A.D. A stop is made to see this beautiful church, and some of the oldest olive trees remaining in Jerusalem.


Mount Zion walking tour, and visits to the Room of the Last Supper and King David's Tomb

Re-board your private coach for the short ride to Mount Zion. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, visit the Room of the Last Supper and King David's Tomb. Leaving Mount Zion, enter the Old City on-foot via the Zion Gate, and walk through the Jewish Quarter and 2nd-century Roman Cardo to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Emperor Constantine constructed a vast sanctuary on the site of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The building was later destroyed, but subsequent rebuilt by the Crusaders. During your guided visit inside the church, see the last five Stations of the Cross.


Colourful Bazaar, Jaffa Gate, lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Bethlehem & Church of the Nativity

Proceed through the colourful Bazaar en route to the Jaffa Gate, then proceed for lunch at a local restaurant Italian Luciana. After lunch, re-board your private coach and head to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is consistent with the story of the Manger. First built by Queen Helene in the 4th century, this is the only Byzantine Church in the Holy Land.


A shopping stop, hotel transfer, check-in and some free time

Following your visit, a shopping stop is made to browse for souvenirs. Afterward, commence the transfer to Jerusalem via private coach. Upon arrival, head to the Orient Hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner at the hotel, drive around the illuminated city walls and monuments, and a Western Wall visit

Dinner is at the hotel. After dinner, take a sightseeing drive around the illuminated walls and monuments of the city, including a visit to the Western (Wailing) Wall, the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews built by King Solomon. Following your visit and an opportunity to observe those who come to pray by the ancient stones, transfer back to your hotel via private coach.


Overnight in a Standard Room at the Orient Hotel - Jerusalem


Please note: Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts are not permitted, and bare shoulders and midriffs must be covered.


DAY TWO - Monday, October 28, 2019 - Jerusalem/Dead Sea/Masada/Ashdod

Breakfast, check-out, Judean Desert and the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and begin your panoramic drive to the Judean Desert. Along the way, pass by Jericho and stop at Qumran to take a photo of the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.


Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea en route to Masada, and a tour of the Masada Fortress

Leaving Qumran, begin the approximately 2.5-hour drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Upon arrival, visit the Masada Fortress, located a little to the north of ancient Sodom. This mountain fortress looms high above the Dead Sea's desolated landscape, and has often been described as the most spectacular archaeological site in Israel. Here, King Herod built a luxurious here refuge complete with magnificent palaces, swimming pools and excavated rock cisterns to supply water. Around 73 A.D., after a long Roman siege, more than 950 Jews took their own lives at Masada rather than face a future of slavery.


Cable-car-ride to the summit of the Masada Fortress, and a guided walk around this historic site

A cable car transports you to-and-from the summit of the Masada Fortress for a walk around the site of this last stand. Among the fascinating highlights to see are the wall, bathhouses, upper-palace, synagogue, church cisterns, western palace, Roman ramp, and a swimming pool.


Lunch at Herods Dead Sea Hotel, with some free time for swimming

Following your visit, board the cable car for the ride back down from the summit, then re-board your coach and descend more than 1,400 feet (about 427 metres) to the Dead Sea; the lowest place on the surface of our planet. Upon arrival at Ein Bokek, proceed for a buffet lunch at Herods Dead Sea Hotel, nestled on the shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch, some free time is made available to relax with use of the hotel's beach, spa, showers, lockers, and towels. You can sunbathe, take a stroll on the beach, and/or a relaxing swim in these waters that are so mineral-rich, you cannot sink.


Transfer to the pier in Ashdod, and your ship

At the conclusion of this uniquely scenic and relaxing final stop, re-board your private coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour transfer to the pier in Ashdod. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Please note: Guests are advised to bring a swimsuit, flip-flops or water shoes, sun protection, a towel, and change of clothing from the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the cable car, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sneakers, flip-flops, sun protection, swimwear, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, an electric socket convertor that fits Middle East plugs, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship; avoid wearing sandals, as most of the sites visited are dusty. Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts are not permitted, and bare shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Guests must carry their passport and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


The local currency is the Israeli Shekel (ILS); however, US Dollars and Euros are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (no shopping stops are planned during the program).


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in a Standard Room at the Orient Hotel - Jerusalem
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner with drinks included
  • Some of the oldest olive trees in Jerusalem
  • Visits to the Room of the Last Supper and King David's Tomb
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Photo stop at the summit of the mount of Olives
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Western (Wailing) Wall visit, with an opportunity to observe the faithful touching the stones
  • Cable-car-ride to-and-from the summit of the Masada Fortress
  • Lunch at Herods Dead Sea Hotel, with free time for swimming in the Dead Sea
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items. All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Ancient Treasures of Israel

The middle-eastern city of Jerusalem is located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains, between the Mediterranean and Dead seas. One of the oldest and most fascinating cities in the world, Jerusalem is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. During this fascinating, three-night overland journey, explore the uniquely unforgettable sites associated with the birthplace of both Judaism and Christianity, as well as the history of Israel. After disembarking the pier in Haifa, transfer to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Next, visit the Church of Annunciation and St. Joseph's Church, then proceed for lunch at a restaurant on the Sea of Galilee. After lunch, drive by the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount, and pass through Tabgha. A stop is made at Capernaum to see St. Peter's Village and House, an ancient synagogue where Jesus taught, and the Yardenit Baptismal Site by the Jordan River. Afterward, drive down the Jordan Valley and through the Judean Hills before arriving at your hotel for check-in. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem, transfer to Bethlehem via private coach for a visit to the Church of the Nativity, built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. Your tour continues with a photo stop atop the Mount of Olives for breath-taking panoramic views over the Golden City and Temple Mount. From here, take a stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane and stop at the Church of All Nations. Following lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Mount Zion for a guided walking tour and visit to the Room of the Last Supper. Next, take a guided stroll through the Old City and its Jewish Quarter, and stop by at the 2nd-century Roman Cardo and walls of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem. Proceed through the colourful Bazaar en route to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, then walk to the Jaffa Gate via the Christian Quarter. After dinner at a local restaurant, take a sightseeing drive around the illuminated walls of the Old Town, then head to the Dung Gate for an evening visit to the Western (Wailing) Wall, with an opportunity to touch one of the ancient stones. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Orient Hotel, check-out and drive to the Judean Desert. En route, a photo stop is made at the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, and visit the panoramic summit of the Masada Fortress via cable-car. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at Herrod's Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, with some free time for swimming and use of the hotel's beach and spa. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with a transfer to the port of Ashdod. Upon arrival, embark the ship.

Ancient Treasures of Israel

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Departs from: Haifa

Re-join ship: Ashdod

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing.


This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis, and the program price is subject to change. Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this program. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the program fare per person is due.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Israel. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.

Experience the fascinating ancient sites associated with the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity during this unforgettable, three-night overland journey through Israel.


DAY ONE - Monday, October 28, 2019 - Nazareth/Sea of Galilee/Yardenit/Capernaum/Jerusalem


Transfer from the pier in Haifa to Nazareth via private coach

After disembarking the ship in Haifa, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 45-minute transfer via private coach to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Also called the 'City of Annunciation', Nazareth is where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, telling her that she would bear the Son of God.


Visits to the Church of Annunciation and St. Joseph's Church

Visit the Church of Annunciation, built over an ancient house believed to be Mary's house, then continue on to St. Joseph's Church. According to tradition, St. Joseph's Church was built over his carpentry shop.


Lunch at a restaurant on the Sea of Galilee, and a drive by the Mount of the Beatitudes and Tabgha

Next, proceed for a delightful lunch served at a restaurant on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After lunch, drive by the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount, then pass through Tabgha, said to be the site where he performed the miracles of the loaves and fishes.


Capernaum, St. Peter's Village and House, ancient synagogue, Yardenit Baptism Site

From here, re-board your private coach and continue on to Capernaum, St. Peter's Village, to see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught and St. Peter's house. From here, visit the Yardenit Baptismal Site by the Jordan River.


Drive down the Jordan Valley and through the Judean Hills en route to your hotel for check-in

Following your visit, re-board your private coach for a drive down the Jordan Valley and through the Judean Hills en route to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, head to the Orient Hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Standard Room at the Orient Hotel - Jerusalem


Please note: Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts are not permitted, and bare shoulders and midriffs must be covered.


DAY TWO - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Jerusalem/Bethlehem/Old City/Jerusalem


Breakfast, a transfer to Bethlehem and visit to the Church of the Nativity

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Bethlehem via private coach. Following a stop at the border crossing for a passport check, your first visit is at the Church of the Nativity, built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is consistent with local lore. First built by Queen Helene in the 4th century, this is the only Byzantine Church in the Holy Land.


Mount of Olives photo stop, panoramic views over the Golden City and Temple Mount

Next, leave Bethlehem and drive back towards Jerusalem. Along the way, a photo stop is made atop the Mount of Olives for magnificent panoramic views over the Golden City, with its Temple Mount.


Stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane, and a stop at the Church of All Nations

From here, continue on-foot through the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent his last moments before his arrest, and stop by the Church of All Nations.


Lunch at a local restaurant, Mount Zion walking tour and a visit to the Room of the Last Supper

Following your tour, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Mount Zion for a guided walking tour and visit to the Room of the Last Supper.


Old City walking tour, Jewish Quarter, Roman Cardo and walls of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem

From here, enter the Old City via the Zion Gate and walk to the restored Jewish Quarter. Upon arrival, visit the 2nd-century Roman Cardo and see the walls of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem.


Bazaar, Church of the Holy Sepulcher tour, and a walk to the Jaffa Gate via the Christian Quarter

Proceed through the colourful Bazaar en route to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Emperor Constantine constructed a vast sanctuary on the site of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The building was later destroyed, but subsequent rebuilt by the Crusaders. During your guided visit inside the church, see the last five stations of the Via Dolorosa. Leaving the church, walk through the Christian Quarter to the Jaffa Gate. Upon arrival, transfer back to your hotel for some free time to freshen up before dinner.


Dinner at a local restaurant, and a sightseeing drive around the illuminated walls of the Old Town

Tonight, meet your guide and depart for dinner at a leading restaurant in Jerusalem. After dinner, take a sightseeing drive around the magnificently illuminated walls of the Old Town.


Dung Gate, an evening visit to the Western (Wailing) Wall, and a chance to touch an ancient stone

A stop is made at the Dung Gate for a moonlit visit to the Western (Wailing) Wall, the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews built by King Solomon. Following your visit and an opportunity to touch one of the ancient stones, transfer back to your hotel via private coach.


Overnight in a Standard Room at the Orient Hotel - Jerusalem


Please note: Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts are not permitted, and bare shoulders and midriffs must be covered.


DAY THREE - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Jerusalem/Dead Sea/Masada/Ashdod


Breakfast, a Judean Desert drive, and the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discover

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and begin your panoramic drive to the Judean Desert. Along the way, pass by Jericho and stop at Qumran to take a photo of the cave where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.


Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea en route to Masada, and visit the Masada Fortress

Next, resume your drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Upon arrival, visit the Masada Fortress, located a little to the north of ancient Sodom. This mountain fortress looms high above the Dead Sea's desolated landscape, and has often been described as the most spectacular archaeological site in Israel. Here, King Herod built a luxurious here refuge complete with magnificent palaces, swimming pools and excavated rock cisterns to supply water. Around 73 A.D., after a long Roman siege, more than 950 Jews took their own lives at Masada rather than face a future of slavery.


Cable-car-ride to the summit of the Masada Fortress, and a guided walk around this historic site

A cable car transports you to-and-from the summit of the Masada Fortress for a walk around the site of this last stand. Among the fascinating highlights to see are the wall, bathhouses, upper-palace, synagogue, church cisterns, western palace, Roman ramp, and a swimming pool.

Lunch at Herrod's Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, with some free time for swimming

Following your visit, board the cable car for the ride back down from the summit, then re-board your coach and descend more than 1,400 feet to the Dead Sea; the lowest place on the surface of our planet. Upon arrival at Ein Bokek, proceed for lunch at Herrod's Hotel, nestled on the shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch, some free time is made available to relax with use of the hotel's beach, spa, showers, lockers, and towels. You can sunbathe, take a stroll on the beach, and/or a relaxing swim in these waters that are so mineral-rich, you cannot sink.


Transfer to the pier in Ashdod, and your ship

At the conclusion of this uniquely scenic and relaxing final stop, re-board your coach and transfer to the pier in Ashdod. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Please note: Guests are advised to bring a swimsuit, flip-flops or water shoes, sun protection, a towel, and change of clothing.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.1 miles-3.7 miles (about five kilometres-six kilometres), at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the cable car, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sneakers, flip-flops, sun protection, swimwear, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, an electric socket convertor that fits Middle East plugs, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship; avoid wearing sandals, as most of the sites visited are dusty. Proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts are not permitted, and bare shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Guests must carry their passport and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


The local currency is the Israeli Shekel (ILS); however, US Dollars and Euros are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (no shopping stops are planned during the program).


Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay in a Standard Room at the Orient Hotel - Jerusalem
  • Two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners with drinks included
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Photo stop at the summit of the House of Olives
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Jerusalem
  • Western (Wailing) Wall visit, with an opportunity to touch one of the ancient stones
  • Cable-car-ride to-and-from the summit of the Masada Fortress
  • Lunch at a resort on the shores of the Dead Sea, with free time for swimming in the Dead Sea
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items. All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

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