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About Haifa

Haifa, Israel's third largest city and one of its prettiest, is flanked by the Mediterranean Sea and crowned by Mount Carmel. From here you can visit the Holy Land, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.

Those who choose to explore Haifa itself can ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car, wander the Carmel Nature Reserve, known for its year-round greenery and intoxicating beauty, or visit Gan ha'Em ('Mother's Park') and walk along the Louis Promenade with its spectacular views. There are also lots of museums including the National Maritime Museum and the Haifa Museum of Art.

 

Shore excursions in Haifa

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Ancient Caesarea

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the ancient city of Caesarea; built by King Herod the Great in honour of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.

Halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv is the site of the ancient city of Caesarea. This magnificent city was constructed more than 2,000 years ago, by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world; King Herod the Great, who dedicated it to Caesar Augustus. It was considered to be one of the most splendid cities in the area at the time, and acted as the capital of the province for almost 600 years.

Today it is an impressive Archaeological Park. During a guided tour of the site your knowledgeable guide will take you back in time, with stories of the past. Pass by the Roman Amphitheatre and the Crusaders fortifications and moat, before arriving at the Hippodrome. Imagine the spectacular scene of chariot races and gladiator games being held here against the backdrop of the sea and great breakwaters. A highlight will be the remarkable Aqueduct; a sophisticated water system which supplied water to the city from a spring 4 miles north of Caesarea.

Complete your tour with a stop at the Visitor Centre to experience a 3D multimedia presentation displaying the developments and changes that have occurred over 2,000 years. During the presentation it will appear as if the city is being reawakened before your very eyes.

Your return journey takes you via Mt Carmel, offering a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the magnificent Baha’i Temple and Gardens.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 3 hours of walking over uneven and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The journey from Haifa to Caesarea is approximately 45 minutes each way.

Haifa and Acre

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

Israel’s largest port is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Haifa's outline is dotted with churches, mosques and synagogues and it enjoys a peaceful coexistence between the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i communities.

Visit the Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah’s Cave and stop for a panoramic view of Haifa’s bay and landmark; the beautiful Baha'i Temple surrounded by the magnificent Persian gardens built on 19 terraces with fountains and promenades.

Acre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the world's only preserved Crusader city and port, whose existence dates back almost 5,000 years.

Visit the Crypt of St John from the times of Richard the Lion Heart with a highlight being the Knight’s Hall where religious functions were held. Return to the ship with a scenic drive around the old city walls, enjoying examples of medieval architecture.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is over 2 hours of extensive walking on this tour over rough and uneven terrain. This tour is not recommended for passengers who suffer from claustrophobia as part of the walking is through a tunnel. Please note that on some occasions Crusaders Knight’s Hall is closed due to private functions; in the event of this, alternative sites will be visited. The Stella Maris Monastery is closed on Sundays.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11½ hours

Discover some of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land including the Western Wall and the Church of the Nativity.

Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; according to the bible, it is in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

Lunch including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note, this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Jerusalem is approximately 2 hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over 5 hours of walking on this tour including many steps and cobble-stones. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority so a local guide will join the coach at the check point as Israelis are not permitted to enter Bethlehem. The visit to the Church is combined with a shopping stop in the town which is organised by the local guide.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem by Minivan

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 10½ hours

A private tour is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together and discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

A minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

Minivans will take up to 6 passengers.

Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; it was in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

Lunch including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note, this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.

Essential information

Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of passengers in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver-guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

The journey to Jerusalem is approximately 2 hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over 5 hours of walking on this tour including some steps and cobble-stones.

Entrances, lunch, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem by Private Car

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 10½ hours

A private tour is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour together and discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

A car with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that persons credit card. Once onboard, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

Cars will take up to 3 passengers.

Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; it was in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

Lunch including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note, this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.

Essential information

Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of passengers in your party. Request only 1 ticket per group and not the number in your party. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver-guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made. The journey to Jerusalem is approximately 2 hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over 5 hours of walking on this tour including many steps and cobble-stones. Entrances, lunch, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

 

A selection of cruises to Haifa

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