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Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

1. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. An expert guide will take you in a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. To begin, your guide will take you to discover the splendid harbor city of Caesarea. This ancient Roman city boasts impressive Roman ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, you will journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. The Baha’i gardens feature stunning terraces and are one of Israel’s top attractions. Your guide will make sure that you have the opportunity to photograph the terrific UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. In Rosh Hanikra, you can explore the area’s limestone grottoes. Rosh Hanikra also features beautiful white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, you can peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. The Old City of Acre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features impressive city walls, a charming port, and an oriental bazaar. Your guide will detail the ancient city’s fascinating history, as you wander the historic streets that were known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans. 

From Haifa Port: Jerusalem Day Trip with Pickup and Drop-off

2. From Haifa Port: Jerusalem Day Trip with Pickup and Drop-off

When you disembark from the cruise ship in Haifa your guide will be waiting to meet you. You’ll be driven in a comfortable air-conditioned car to Jerusalem, with a brief stop for a bathroom break along the way. Before entering the city, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Jerusalem from Mt. Scopus and the perfect photo-op of the City of Gold’s rooftops and domes. From Mt. Scopus, the tour continues towards the Old City. On route, there are views of the Mt. of Olives with the magnificent Church of All Nations alongside the Garden of Gethsemane. You’ll spot other ancient sites as the tour follows the 16th-century walls of the Old City, past the City of David, and ancient Jewish burial tombs in Kidron Valley. At the Dung Gate, we enter the Old City and make our way past the Western Wall excavations. You can see Temple Mount from the Western Wall Plaza before pausing to place a prayer note between the stones of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall. We make our way through the Jewish Quarter and stop to see the Byzantine-era Cardo, an ancient road lined with columns. In the Muslim and Christian Quarters, we’ll follow part of the Via Dolorosa as Jesus did. The Via Dolorosa leads us to the Holy Sepulcher Church, an enormous and ornate 4th-century church encompassing Calvary (Golgotha), and Christ’s burial tomb. The tour takes a break for lunch and a stroll through a typical Middle Eastern bazaar before leaving the Old City. Our final stop is on Mount Zion at King David’s Tomb before we drive back to Haifa port, where you’ll rejoin your cruise ship.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

3. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

This full-day tour takes you to the gems of Israel’s western coast. Departing Jerusalem in an air-conditioned coach transfer to join the tour in Tel Aviv . Head up the coast, via Tel Aviv, to the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea. The splendid harbor is located about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv and has a long and extraordinary history. Developed from a modest Phoenician port by King Herod into one of the grandest cities of Palestine, it survived until the 13th-Century when the Baybars of Egypt destroyed it. The ruins are impressive and include a mighty aqueduct and one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman era. Take a leisurely walking tour of the archaeological excavations before continuing up the coast to Haifa. Israel’s 3rd city boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the city itself from one of its most significant sites, the Baha’i Gardens in the Baha’i World Center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have your photo opportunity and take in the view before proceeding to Rosh Hanikra. Explore the limestone grottoes of Rosh Hanikra on the border with Lebanon. View the beautiful white chalk cliffs facing the sea. continue to Acre at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. One of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Western Galilee, the city’s story is as fascinating as it is long, and you will have time to wander through streets that have seen the footfall of Greeks, Byzantines, Arab Crusaders, Ottomans and the British. The Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts massive city walls, a charming port, an Oriental market and the glorious Jezzar Pasha Mosque, where a single hair from the prophet Mohammed’s beard is kept. You will return along the coast to your hotels.

From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra Tour

4. From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra Tour

Depart Tel Aviv and travel up the Mediterranean coast, passing by Herzilya and Natanya on the way. Arrive at the first point of interest, the city of Caesarea which was constructed under Herod and named after the Roman Emperor, Caesar. From what remains of the ancient city learn about how it was a prosperous and luxurious city. Among the archaeological excavations, see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Head over to part of what was once a hippodrome and the remains of a Roman Temple which stood above the port.  Continue driving north passing through Haifa where you will stop to see the breathtaking Baha'i Shrine and gardens. Stroll through the terraced gardens which cascade down the mountain towards the city below. See how each of the 19 terraces bursts with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next, stop in Rosh HaNikra, the most northerly point along Israel's Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. On the return journey south, stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. Admire how the city is extremely well preserved and be impressed by the incredible surviving architecture. Part of the city is alive with markets and people still living in the ancient buildings. See the walls and moat which was reconstructed and repaired by El Jazzar at the end of the 1900s. Find out about how the mighty walls prevented even Napoleon conquering the city. Finally, see the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows which were used under the British Mandate to hang Jews who broke the law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following World War II.

Private Customizable Guided Tour to Nazareth and Galilee

5. Private Customizable Guided Tour to Nazareth and Galilee

Begin with a pickup in the morning from your hotel in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, or anywhere else in central or northern Israel. If you are coming by cruise ship you will be picked up from the Haifa port as you exit the ship. After pickup, just explain what you would like to do or what your interests are and you will be taken to all the places that you want to see. If you are interested in particular sites of interest to Christianity, you will be provided with an expert guide who will take you to all the main sites. Discover the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Capernaum, and the Mount of Beatitudes. If you are more interested in Judaism, an expert guide will take you to Tzippori, the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Safed, and much more depending on your arrival location. Whatever you want to do, you are the boss and we are at your service. Enjoy a full-day of travelling in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Languages other than English can be arranged as well. See you in the holy land!

From Jerusalem: Caesarea and Western Galilee Day Trip

6. From Jerusalem: Caesarea and Western Galilee Day Trip

Spend a full day exploring the ancient cities and surviving architecture of Israel with a tour guide who will make history come alive before your eyes. After pickup from your hotel in Jerusalem, travel up the Mediterranean coast to the first point of interest, the old city of Caesarea. Among its archaeological excavations you’ll see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly-preserved Roman amphitheater, which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Next to this, you’ll find the remains of the Hippodrome and Roman Temple, which overlook the port with its busy commercial ships. Hear stories about how after the Crusade this once prosperous city sank into oblivion.   Continue driving north to pass through Haifa, where you’ll stop to see the breathtaking Baha’i Shrine and gardens. Its 19 terraced gardens burst with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next stop is Rosh Hanikra, the northern-most point along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks.   On the return journey, you’ll stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. See how well-preserved the city is and the incredible surviving architecture. The city is still alive, full of markets and bustling with people who still live in the ancient buildings. Learn about how the city’s mighty walls prevented even Napoleon from conquering the city. Finally, visit the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows used under British mandate to hang Jews who broke British law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following WWII.

Small-Group Day-Trip Along Israel's Mediterranean Coast

7. Small-Group Day-Trip Along Israel's Mediterranean Coast

After the pick up from your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you will drive northwards along the coastal Mediterranean plain. The begins with the city of Caesarea, which was constructed under Herod and named after the Roman Emperor, Caesar. From what remains of the ancient city you can see that it was a prosperous and luxurious city. Among the archaeological excavations you can see gateways, a moat and well preserved walls and rooms. There is a perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. The Roman remains were preserved for centuries by the sea sand which covered and protected the stones. Next to the amphitheater is part of what was once a hippodrome. We can see the remains of a Roman Temple which stood above the port overlooking the busy commercial ships which carried treasures from the east and the Nabatean caravans which were on route to Rome. Following the Romans the city stood neglected for centuries until the Crusaders arrived but in the years after the Crusaders the city once again sank into oblivion. The tour continues with a drive north, passing through Haifa where you will stop to see the breathtaking Baha'i Shrine and gardens. Please note, the tour does not include entry to the gardens, but instead you will view them from above. The terraced gardens cascade down the mountain towards the city below, each of the 19 terraces bursts with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. The next stop is at Rosh Hanikra, the most northerly point along Israel's Mediterranean coast. You will descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. On the return journey south the tour stops at Acre (Acco), the largest Crusader city in the country. The city is extremely well preserved and you can't help being impressed by the incredible architecture and how it has survived. Part of the city is alive with markets and people still living in the ancient buildings. You will see the walls and moat which was reconstructed and repaired by El Jazzar at the end of the 1900s. The mighty walls prevented even Napoleon conquering the city. You can see the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule and the gallows which were later used under the British Mandate to hang Jews who broke the British law limiting Jewish immigration following World War II.

From Jerusalem: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra Tour

Depart from Jerusalem and travel up the Mediterranean coast. On the way, pass Herzilya and Natanya before reaching the first point of interest, the old city of Caesarea. Discover how this city was constructed under Herod and named after the Roman Emperor, Caesar. Among the archaeological excavations, see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Next to the amphitheater, find the remains of the Hippodrome and Roman Temple. Learn about how both buildings stood above the port overlooking the busy commercial ships carrying treasures from the east and the Nabatean caravans which were on route to Rome. Hear stories about how after the Crusade, the city which was was so prosperous sank into oblivion. Continue driving north passing through Haifa where you will stop to see the breathtaking Baha'i Shrine and gardens. The terraced gardens cascade down the mountain towards the city below, each of the 19 terraces bursts with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next stop at Rosh HaNikra, the most northerly point along Israel's Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. On the return journey south, stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. Admire how the city is extremely well preserved and be impressed by the incredible surviving architecture. Marvel at how part of the city is alive with markets and people still living in the ancient buildings. See the walls and moat which was reconstructed and repaired by El Jazzar at the end of the 1900s. Learn about how the mighty walls prevented even Napoleon from conquering the city. Finally visit the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows which were used under the British Mandate to hang Jews who broke the British law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following World War II.

From Tel Aviv: Northern Israel Private Guided Tour

9. From Tel Aviv: Northern Israel Private Guided Tour

Explore four of Israel’s most impressive sites on this private tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Akko. Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle with your own guide for the day.  Discover the diversity and beauty of Israel's northern coastline, from the Roman Aqueducts of Caesarea created by King Herod, to the glistening white caves at Rosh Hanikra. First, take in the wonder of King Herod’s ancient seaside city Caesarea, before exploring the bustling markets in Akko. Next, tour Haifa, home to the 'hanging' Bahai Gardens. Finally, marvel at Rosh Hanikra, a beautiful area where cliffs and grottoes meet the Mediterranean sea.

Exploring Caesarea, Haifa, and Rosh Hanikra

10. Exploring Caesarea, Haifa, and Rosh Hanikra

The day begins with 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Tel Aviv, Herzliya or Netaniya. Drive along Israel's northern coast to visit the world-famous Caesarea, an administrative center of the Roman Empire and the capital of the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province.  Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Theater, marvel at the Port built by King Herod, and walk along the Crusades Walls. Continue to Haifa and visit the lush Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next visit the Old City of Acre, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the famous Knights Halls, one of the miracles of European Architecture. Enjoy the Arab Markets of Acre and walk through the secret tunnel built by the Templars in the XII century. Explore the twisted Medieval streets with typical urban components such as a citadel, mosques, and baths. Continue to the far north of Israel to visit the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes, a geological formation on the border between Israel and Lebanon. Admire breathtaking views of the rocky cliffs and blue sea below. Following the visit, pass by the Lebanese border before returning to your accommodation.

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4.2 / 5

based on 575 reviews

If you're taking a cruise and have a day at Haifa Port you definitely need to take this tour! The group size is much smaller than other excursions which allows you to visit more sites and not have to worry about anyone getting lost along the way. Another advantage of small groups is that you can zip through traffic faster, which gives you more time in Jerusalem. Most excursions booked through your cruise line will have upwards of 40 people, so you could be waiting for an hour or longer while everyone gets through customs. Shoutout to our guide Eitan who was super accommodating and had a great energy overall. I definitely want to visit Israel again and spend more time seeing all that it has to offer.

Get a good night's sleep before the tour, otherwise you will fall asleep every time you are on the bus, because riding the bus after the heat is very sleepy. You need to be alert so as not to miss the interesting stories of the guide on the bus.

Great experience. Our guide Rafael (English and Spanish) was very competent, we were taken to beautiful places. He always has an answer to questions and it was fun too. Yennyfer from Switzerland

Our guide show great knowledge about the history and events that happened in our tour to Caesarea and all of the other sites of the tour. Amazing sites, We ample recommend it

Very good, especially thanks to our guide, very considerate and very interesting