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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 on Mount Carmel, above the Baha'i Gardens. Take in panoramic views of your surroundings before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Discover Jerusalem's ancient beauty and some of history's most sacred sites during this scenic, full-day sightseeing tour of Israel's capital city.
Panoramic Drive, Mount Scopus, Garden of Gethsemane
Depart the pier in Haifa for the approximate 150 min drive into the Judean Hills. On the drive to Jerusalem, familiar names will catch your attention all along the way. Begin with a magnificent view over the Golden City from atop the Mount Scopus. Then walk through the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Early Christians were already holding gatherings here before the first church was built around AD 380. Visit the beautiful church and see some of the oldest olive trees remaining in Jerusalem.
Mt. Zion, Lunch
Next, your drive continues on to Mt. Zion, located south of today's city walls. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus' last meal with his disciples and the descent of the Holy Spirit is thought to have taken place. Located on the ground floor of Mt. Zion is the Tomb of King David, one of the most visited and venerated sites by people of the Jewish faith.
Following your visit, proceed for a buffet lunch served at a local hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach for the drive to the Old City.
Old City, Walking Tour
Enter the Old City via the Zion Gate and walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the site of Christ's resurrection. The original vast sanctuary built here by Emperor Constantine was destroyed centuries later, but a replacement was eventually rebuilt by the Crusaders. Inside the church you will see the last five Stations of the Cross. Walk through the colorful bazaar as you continue en route to the Western (Wailing) Wall. This is the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews, built by Solomon, destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, rebuilt by Babylonian exiles, and burned down by Titus.
Your scenic tour of Jerusalem concludes with a leisurely drive back to the pier.
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 (Archeological Site)
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.
Discover the panoramic beauty, hanging gardens, and flavours of Mt. Carmel and its surrounds during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Scenic Views over Haifa Bay and Northern Israel
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 20-minute drive to the top of Mt. Carmel. Upon arrival, take in spectacular panoramic views overlooking Haifa Bay and northern Israel. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and continue on to the Mt. Carmel.
Mt. Carmel & Baha'i Gardens
Here, a stop is made for majestic downward views of the upper terraces of the Baha'i Gardens.
Zichron Yaakov Town, Baron Rothschild's Gardens, Amphorae Winery, Tour and Tasting
Next, re-board your coach and drive to Zichron Yaakov. Established in 1882, this picturesque small town on Mt. Carmel was named after Jacob (Yaakov) Rothschild. Visit the beautifully-landscaped Baron Rothschild's Gardens, where Baron James Rothschild and his wife are interred, then continue to the Amphorae Winery, one of the most beautiful wineries in Israel. Located in the heart of the Western Carmel region, one of world's oldest areas of wine production, the Amphorae winery looks like it was plucked from a Tuscany postcard. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the facilities, then proceed for a wine tasting accompanied by assorted local cheeses.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
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.
Explore the stunning scenery and historic sites where it is believed Jesus lived, preached, and performed his miracles during this captivating, full-day panoramic tour of Nazareth.
Haifa, Mt. Carmel & Baha'i Gardens
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 bay and Baha'i Gardens. Afterward, proceed to Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus.
Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation
Nazareth is revered as the place where the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to herald the birth of Jesus. A stop is made to enjoy a panoramic view of Nazareth and the Church of Annunciation.
Yardenit Baptismal Site & Lunch
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. Next, proceed for lunch.
After lunch, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the site where Jesus preached the famous Sermon on the Mount. The lovely gardens surrounding the 20th century church offer a chance to see the entire region, including the Golan Heights.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the ancient history, beautiful mosaics and spectacular relics from Byzantine times during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Zippori.
Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Scenic Views over Haifa Bay and Northern Israel, Zippori
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 20-minute drive to the top of Mt. Carmel. Upon arrival, take in spectacular panoramic views overlooking Haifa Bay and northern Israel. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and continue on to Zippori, sometimes spelled 'Tzippori', located approximately four miles (about 6.4 kilometres) north-west of Nazareth.
Guided Walking Tour, Ancient Mosaics, Mona Lisa of the Galilee Mosaic
An ancient centre of Jewish religious and spiritual life, Zippori's Christian connections include the belief that the parents of the Virgin Mary were from Zippori, and a history of having a growing and influential Christian community during Byzantine times. Today, Zippori is perhaps most famous for its a collection of intricate mosaics discovered during excavations, thereby providing a picture of a Roman city enriched by a prospering and co-existing Jewish and Christian population. During your guided walking tour, marvel at these exquisite vestiges of the city's ancient history. Of the more than 40 mosaics found here, the highlight is the hauntingly beautiful Mona Lisa of the Galilee, which is housed in a restored, 3rd-century villa.
Ancient Residential Quarter, Synagogue Ruins
Other sites to be seen during your visit to Zippori include the Talmudic-era residential quarter and the remains of a 6th Century synagogue that have been uncovered in the lower section of the site. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.