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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.

Dead Sea Resort with Lunch

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 10½ hours

A unique opportunity to experience the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

Embark on a journey of around 3¼ hours, to the Dead Sea. At 1276 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth; the mineral laden water is undrinkable and supports no life.

You’ll have around 4 hours to spend relaxing on the beach and floating in the warm salty waters. Floating in the Dead Sea is not only fun, it also relaxes the body, and the rich minerals found exclusively on the shores of the Dead Sea, will leave your skin soothed and soft.

A buffet lunch accompanied by wine will be served in the resort hotel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is inclusive of transfers, locker and towel. Sun loungers are limited and are not guaranteed for all passengers. There are changing facilities and showers at the hotel. You are reminded to wear swimwear and sunscreen. It not recommended to wear jewellery in the sea. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. The drive between Haifa and the Dead Sea is approximately 3½ hours each way.

Eternal Jerusalem

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 10½ hours

Visit Yad VeShem Museum and witness the moving Children’s Memorial as well as the Israel Museum, Western Wall and Tomb of King David.

Created by an act of the Knesset, Yad VeShem enshrines the most traumatic event in Jewish history, the Holocaust. Encircled by the Avenue of the Righteous, the site includes a Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial. In a dark room, 500 mirrors reflect the flame of candles while voices intone the names of the 1½ million children who perished during the Holocaust. At the Israel Museum you will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the model of the 2nd Temple era.

Enjoy lunch accompanied with wine before setting off on a walking tour, which begins at Zion’s gate and includes a visit of the Tomb of King David within a 5th century synagogue. Continue to the Western or Wailing Wall which is part of the Temple Mount Foundation erected by Herod The Great and the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Walk along the Cardo Maximus, the Roman high street built in 135 AD when Jerusalem was the Roman city of Aelia Capitolina.

Stop at a souvenir shop in Jerusalem for a chance to purchase some gifts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Jerusalem takes approximately 2 hours. There is approximately 5 hours of walking on this tour. No children under the age of 12 may visit Yad VeShem. The sequence of the tour may vary.

Glorious Jerusalem

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11½ hours

This tour provides the opportunity to maximise your day in Jerusalem and visit many of the highlights of the Old City.

Walk through Zion Gate to enter the room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. This is the site of the Coenaculum, the room where Christ and the Apostles dined at the Last Supper. See the remains and reconstructed areas of The Cardo Maximus built by the Emperor Hadrian, and visit the Western or Wailing Wall, revered as the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple (destroyed by Rome in 70 AD).

Afterwards, you'll see the Davidson Centre Archaeological Park (exterior view). This impressive archaeological park, dating back some 5,000 years is Israel’s most important antiquity site. The Davidson Centre exhibits the history of the Temple Mount, and showcases the cities glorious past.

Enjoy lunch served with wine, before visiting Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. Resume your walk through the city’s narrow and cobbled streets to experience the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) and observe some of the various stations of the cross.

Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Christ, before continuing onto the Church of All Nations and Rock of Agony.

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. At the church of the Holy Sepulcher, steep steps lead to the 2nd level where a shrine is situated.

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.

 

A selection of cruises to Haifa

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