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
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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.
Discover the heart of the Upper Galilee during this full-day, orientation tour of Safed and the Golan Heights, and a taste of everyday life in a kibbutz.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 1.5-hour drive to the Northern Israeli town of Safed along the famous route that was referenced in James Michener's book, The Source.
Located 3,200 feet (985 metres) above sea level in the mountains of the Upper Galilee, Safed is also the highest city in Israel. It offers commanding views east to the Golan Heights, north to Mt. Hermon and Lebanon, west to Mt. Meron and the Amud Valley, and south to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along the quaint cobblestone streets, and visit an artists' colony and the ancient Synagogue Quarter.
Next, drive back down the mountains toward the Sea of Galilee. En route, pass by Kurazim, a village that was famous during the time of the Second Temple, the Mishna, and the Talmud. As you travel along the shore, take in scenic views of the tranquil waters before crossing the Jordan River and ascending the Golan Heights.
Kibbutz Kfar Haruv
During Roman times and throughout the Byzantine Period, cultural and religious centres flourished here. Permanent Jewish settlements, including Kfar Harub, existed until the Islamic conquest. Kfar Harub was resettled by Americans in 1973, and has since become Kibbutz Kfar Haruv. Take a guided tour of the kibbutz, then join its members for lunch accompanied by breath taking vistas of the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
After lunch, your scenic drive continues through the countryside. Along the way, a photo stop is made as you pass by Hamat Gader. Renowned for its hot springs, Hamat Gader is also the international point where the borders of Syria, Jordan, and Israel converge.
Yardenit Baptismal Site
A final stop is made at 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. Following your visit, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs before re-boarding your coach for the approximate 1.5-hour return drive to the pier. En route, pass by Beit Shearim, the renowned 2nd-century Jewish burial ground.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times on inclines, with some steps to negotiate in Safed. 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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a memorable day of play on Israel's only 18-hole championship course, Caesarea Golf Club.
Departing the pier by taxi, drive along the ancient Via Maris to the Caesarea Golf Club located approximately 45-minutes away. The Caesarea Golf Course is 6,570 metres (7,185 yards) of immaculate paspalum fairways and was designed by Pete Dye, one of the world's leading golf course architects. The practice facility includes a driving range, chipping area and putting green and sand bunker practice green. The Clubhouse includes a pro shop, golfers' lounge, lockers and showers, Bistro restaurant, study centre and wooden deck overlooking the course.
Upon arrival, check in at the pro shop and secure your pre-reserved equipment. Head out to the driving range to loosen-up your swing with an optional bucket of practice balls ($6 USD) before starting on the first tee. With the starters okay, you begin your round of play on this well-groomed elegant course.
At the end of play, relax in the Clubhouse after you have requested your return taxi through the Golf Receptionist. (Allow 15-20 minutes for taxi's arrival). The newly decorated clubhouse serves as a social centre bustling with energy, laughter, informal gathering and fun activities.
After a monumental morning return to Haifa and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This programme involves a moderate amount of activity and requires a minimum of 2 golfers to operate. Additional rental equipment is available from the Pro Shop, Rental Clubs (USD $40), Bucket of Range Balls (USD $6). Please advise Shore Concierge Staff of your rental needs when you embark the ship. This programme becomes 100% non-refundable 7 days prior to the beginning of your cruise. The tour price includes roundtrip taxi transportation, green fees for 18 holes of play and 1/2 shared cart. Golfers must wear appropriate golf attire, cut-offs and t-shirts will not be permitted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the best of Israel during this two-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that encompasses the mesmerising sights and heritage of this truly extraordinary country.
01MIDHFA-A Ancient & Modern Israel
Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
Re-join ship: Ashdod
Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing
This Mid-Voyage 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 programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.
Depart from Haifa and head north to discover the heart of the Galilee and dwell on its importance during biblical times ascend the Judean hills to visit Jerusalem's venerated religious and cultural landmarks, including the Old City, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Shrine of the Book, housing the fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls. Spend the night at the historic American Colony Hotel. Your overland excursion concludes with the drive to Ashdod where you re-join the ship.
DAY ONE - Haifa/Nazareth/Jerusalem
Depart the pier and commence the 20-minute drive to Mount Carmel. Ascend Mt. Carmel for a breath-taking view of Haifa Bay and the golden dome of Haifa's Baha'i Shrine. Drive along the reconstructed German Colony, built by the Templars during the 18th century. Proceed to Nazareth, located in the hills of Galilee. Once there, 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. See the Church of St. Joseph built over chambers that housed the Carpentry shop. Walk through the Bazaar of Nazareth, drive by the white stone fountain known as Mary's well.
Leaving Nazareth, continuing on for the picturesque drive to Capernaum situated on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. This ancient fishing village is frequently mentioned in the gospels and, according to tradition it was the base of Jesus' ministry where he chose his first disciples. Visit the remains of a 4th-century synagogue located just inland from the shore with its façade facing Jerusalem. Take in the atmosphere of this revered site and observe nearby Mount of Beatitudes, famous as the place where Jesus gave his sermon on the mountain to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. From a hillside you can view Tiberias, one of the four Jewish Holy cities and the capital of the Galilee. Founded by the Romans, the city was named in honour of Emperor Tiberius.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Galilee. Next, proceed to the Yardenit, the baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River. From here, drive along the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. Proceed to the American Colony Hotel for check-in. This small, but sophisticated boutique hotel, has hosted many famous actors, politicians and influential personalities. Be sure to take note of the historic memorabilia throughout. There is time to freshen up before dinner is served either at the hotel or at a local restaurant. After dinner, enjoy an evening drive through the streets of the city, passing important landmarks like Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book and the illuminated Old City walls. Your scenic drive concludes back at the hotel.
Overnight accommodation at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem
DAY TWO - Jerusalem/Ashdod
After enjoying breakfast, check out and begin another full day of sightseeing. Drive to see the breath-taking panoramic views from the Mount of Olives and enjoy the photo opportunities overlooking the walled Old City. Return to the city and enter through one of the Old City gates. Begin your walking tour passing the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and a part of the Via Dolorosa, offering a view of the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A stop is made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world, before heading to Golgotha Hill and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, for a visit of the site that marks Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. If time permits, a stop may be included for shopping.
Following your visit, proceed to lunch at a local restaurant. Refreshed by your meal, continue on to the Israel Museum. Within the 20-acre complex are a Model of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, the subterranean home of a number of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. The building of the Shrine is unique in its distinctive design. The dome was contoured to resemble the lids of the earthenware containers that held the scrolls when they were discovered by a shepherd in 1947. This visit takes you to the heart of the Shrine to see a display of original Dead Sea Scrolls, examples of sectarian texts and the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence.
View the detailed 1:50 scale Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Covering nearly one acre, it recreates the topography and architecture of ancient Jerusalem at its peak in 66 BC. As one of the city's cultural landmarks, it provides a three-dimensional contextual illustration for the period documented by the Dead Sea Scrolls. It also makes a striking visual connection to the Shrine of the Book.
From here you will continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Opened in 2005, the museum is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. Your visit shows insight into the victims' experience through original artefacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-lined walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.
At the conclusion of your tour begin the 1.5 hour drive to Ashdod, where your ship awaits.
Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking at a very steady pace to see all the sites on this itinerary. Uneven, cobbled walkways with many steps are traversed throughout. The stone walkways are polished with time and can be very slippery. This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise wheelchair. Children under 10 are not permitted in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.Dress code is modest casual. Conservative attire is required during visits to religious sites - no shorts and sleeveless shirts. We suggest dressing in layers as the morning/evening will be cooler. Wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and your camera. Cameras and videos can be used at every site without charge. Bring local currency for any purchases. Expect crowds at religious venues. The tour sequence may vary and depending on the pace of the group, it may not be possible to see all sites. Some flexibility within the itinerary is required; this is a general overview of the program only. Be aware that an Immigration procedure takes place before re-boarding the ship in Ashdod.
· One-night stay at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem.
· One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a choice of two glasses of local wine, beer or soft drinks, mineral water).
· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
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 for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.