Cruises to Haifa Israel

Haifa, a city of over 200,000 people is found approximately 70 kilometers from Jerusalem in Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. Find the perfect cruise to Haifa Israel with MSC Cruises.

Haifa: A gateway to many places of intense Biblical interest

Haifa is the largest city in Northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country.
Haifa, built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, has a history dating back to Biblical times. Over the centuries, Haifa has changed hands: the city was conquered and ruled by the Byzantines, Arabs, Crusades, Ottomans, Egyptians and the British.

Today, Haifa is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coast line in the Bay of Haifa.

A unique stopover during your Mediterranean cruise vacation, Haifa is the gateway to many places of intense Biblical interest; cruise passengers of all faiths and history enthusiasts alike should note this unique destination on their ‘to-see’ list, as it will truly be a highpoint of your holiday.

Take this opportunity to leave the luxury MSC cruise ship for the day and join us on a memorable package of excursions that incorporate the best deals on all the key sights. First stop, Nazareth, the legendary village where Jesus spent his childhood.

An important centre for Christian pilgrims, Nazareth is home to the original Basilica of the Annunciation, which we will visit. We will travel on to Cana, where Jesus performed one of his many miracles, turning water into wine. Join us on another unforgettable trip, to the Sea of Galilee and to nearby Capernaum where Jesus held his ministry.

Those looking for perfect photo opportunities can leave the ship and come with us to Haifa Bay, a spot of outstanding natural beauty that curves round the glittering Mediterranean Sea.
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Haifa’s port has a 5,500 sq metre cruise terminal with cafeteria, currency changer amd bus terminal. Local bus service is nearby.

Port average temperature

Haifa has a mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters spring arrives in March when temperatures begin to increase.

By late May, the temperature has warmed up considerably to herald warm summer days. The average temperature in summer is 26°C and in winter, 12°C.

Snow is rare in Haifa, but temperatures around 6°C can sometimes occur, usually in the early morning. Humidity tends to be high all year round, and rain usually occurs between October and April. Annual precipitation is approximately 524 millimeters.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 HAF01 - NAZARETH & CANAAN (5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Passengers of the Christian faith and those with a general interest in theology and world history will be fascinated by this excursion that encompasses the special places related to the life of Christ. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. The second part of the tour will take you to Canaan, an Arab city in the region of Galilee and where Jesus ‘turned water into wine’ during the famous Canaan Wedding. Return to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on 3 km on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 HAF01WI - NAZARETH & CANAAN (5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Passengers of the Christian faith and those with a general interest in theology and world history will be fascinated by this excursion that encompasses the special places related to the life of Christ. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. The second part of the tour will take you to Canaan, an Arab city in the region of Galilee and where Jesus ‘turned water into wine’ during the famous Canaan Wedding. Return to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on 3 km on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 HAF03 - DRUSES VILLAGES & HAIFA BAY (5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Shopping  Our excursion will start at the port with a sightseeing tour of lovely Haifa Bay and views of the beautiful Bahai Gardens. The Bahai Gardens are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East, and many flock here to enjoy the intricate designs and peaceful tranquillity of this immaculate and elaborate setting. The special beauty of the Bahai Gardens earned them UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008. The Gardens pay tribute to the founders of the Bahai faith, a monotheistic religion that originated in Persia during the middle of 19th century and which is centred on ‘unity across cultures and religions’. The second part of the tour includes a visit to the village of the Druses community, a religious Muslim order founded in Egypt in the 11th century. Please note: this tour includes walking on 3 km on uneven ground. This tour is always run on the second day of call. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 HAF04 - JERUSALEM (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Come with us on a 2-hour drive to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring cities in the world and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your excursion will begin with a stop at the Mount of Olives Promenade to enjoy the breathtaking view. The visit continues with a walking tour through the old town of Jerusalem. Pass Dung Gate, the Western Wall - the remains of the second temple destroyed by Romans in 70 AD and the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Walk along a part of the “Via Dolorosa”, considered by Christians to be the holiest road in the world, the path where Jesus was led to death. You can also admire the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without entering the tomb. Lunch will be followed by a trip to a souvenir store in Jerusalem, from where we will drive back to Haifa port. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines. Please expect crowded sites; comfortable shoes are recommended. Conservative attire is recommended when visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is always run on the first day of call.

Price per person $131.00 Adults $92.00 Children

   


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 HAF04WI - JERUSALEM (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Come with us on a 2-hour drive to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring cities in the world and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your excursion will begin with a stop at the Mount of Olives Promenade to enjoy the breathtaking view. The visit continues with a walking tour through the old town of Jerusalem. Pass Dung Gate, the Western Wall - the remains of the second temple destroyed by Romans in 70 AD and the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Walk along a part of the “Via Dolorosa”, considered by Christians to be the holiest road in the world, the path where Jesus was led to death. You can also admire the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without entering the tomb. Lunch will be followed by a trip to a souvenir store in Jerusalem, from where we will drive back to Haifa port. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines. Please expect crowded sites; comfortable shoes are recommended. Conservative attire is recommended when visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per person $130.00 Adults $91.00 Children

   


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 HAF05 - GALILEE TOUR (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  This half day excursion will allow you to admire two of the best-known symbols of Galilee. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. Your second stop will be Yardenit, on the bank of the River Jordan, which countless pilgrims visit each year to recall the places where Jesus was baptized. Here you will have the unique opportunity to enter the water and submerge yourself on the spot where Jesus was baptized. You will be dressed in the style of the early Christians as you bath in the water of the quintessential holy river. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please bring a swimming costume and towels for the baptism ceremony (it is compulsory to change into the tunic on the site in the changing rooms; the price for the tunic is not included). This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 HAF05WI - GALILEE TOUR (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  This half day excursion will allow you to admire two of the best-known symbols of Galilee. Leave the port for a 1-hour drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. Your second stop will be Yardenit, on the bank of the River Jordan, which countless pilgrims visit each year to recall the places where Jesus was baptized. Here you will have the unique opportunity to enter the water and submerge yourself on the spot where Jesus was baptized. You will be dressed in the style of the early Christians as you bath in the water of the quintessential holy river. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please bring a swimming costume and towels for the baptism ceremony (it is compulsory to change into the tunic on the site in the changing rooms; the price for the tunic is not included). This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 HAF07 - MASSADA AND THE DEAD SEA (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  If you are in need of relaxation and revival you will not want to miss this great day out in the historic city of Massada with the chance to bathe in the relaxing mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A 3-hour coach drive will take you to Massada via Ared, heading towards one of Israel’s historic spots where scenes of battle, power and revolt played out with tragic results. Herod the Great had a fortress and a palace built on the Massada Plateau between 37 and 31 BC as a personal refuge in case of revolt. The plateau, situated 442 metres above the Dead Sea, was also the last point of resistance by the Jewish Zealots against the Romans, where 960 Zealots committed mass suicide by in 72 BC rather than surrender to the Romans. It is partly for these reasons that Massada is the most visited site in Israel after Jerusalem. As Massada is located high on this rocky plain we will need to ascend the mountain via cable car and once at the top, we will visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world. From these lofty heights we will descend to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea – located 400 metres below sea level. Because of the high salt content the water, the Dead Sea is undrinkable and cannot support life ; hence its name. However the salts have rich health benefits and therapeutic qualities and the very high levels of saline help bathers to float ! Lunch will be in a leading restaurant before returning to the port. Please note: guests have to walk 2,5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps. Comfortable shoes, towels, swimsuit and sun protection are recommended. This excursion is run on the first day of call and is not suitable for guests with low blood pressure or heart problems.

Price per person $151.00 Adults $106.00 Children

   


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 HAF07WI - MASSADA AND THE DEAD SEA (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  If you are in need of relaxation and revival you will not want to miss this great day out in the historic city of Massada with the chance to bathe in the relaxing mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A 3-hour coach drive will take you to Massada via Ared, heading towards one of Israel’s historic spots where scenes of battle, power and revolt played out with tragic results. Herod the Great had a fortress and a palace built on the Massada Plateau between 37 and 31 BC as a personal refuge in case of revolt. The plateau, situated 442 metres above the Dead Sea, was also the last point of resistance by the Jewish Zealots against the Romans, where 960 Zealots committed mass suicide by in 72 BC rather than surrender to the Romans. It is partly for these reasons that Massada is the most visited site in Israel after Jerusalem. As Massada is located high on this rocky plain we will need to ascend the mountain via cable car and once at the top, we will visit one of the oldest synagogues in the world. From these lofty heights we will descend to the lowest point on earth - the Dead Sea – located 400 metres below sea level. Because of the high salt content the water, the Dead Sea is undrinkable and cannot support life ; hence its name. However the salts have rich health benefits and therapeutic qualities and the very high levels of saline help bathers to float ! Lunch will be in a leading restaurant before returning to the port. Please note: guests have to walk 2,5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps. Comfortable shoes, towels, swimsuit and sun protection are recommended. This excursion is run on the first day of call and is not suitable for guests with low blood pressure or heart problems.

Price per person $150.00 Adults $105.00 Children

   


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 HAF08 - BAHA’I GARDENS, ANCIENT ACRE & THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  Visit Mount Carmel and the ancient town of Acre. Your route takes you via Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery to Panorama Ave, named for its astonishing view of the city, Haifa Bay, the coastline and all of northern Israel. Stop to view the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the upper terrace. These are the largest hanging gardens in the world. The shrine is the second holiest place for the world’s Baha’i community. Continue your drive down Mt. Carmel, leaving Haifa and crossing the bay to Akko (Acre), the oldest city in the northern region. More than 4,000 years of recorded history will unfold before your eyes as you walk through Acre’s narrow cobblestone passageways and colorful bazaar. The present-day town was built in the 18th century on the ruins of the 12th-century Crusader city. Acre has changed hands and names many times over the millennia, but since 1948 it has returned to its biblical name of Akko. Visit the Crusaders’ Halls, built by the Hospital Knights (the Knights of St. John) and the subterranean Crusader city. Walk past Al Jazzar’s Mosque, built in the 18th century, through the bazaar to the port and Khan el-Umdan (Inn of the Pillars), a handsome 18th-century caravanserai. Then descend to the 12th-century level again to visit the unforgettable Templars’ Tunnel. This amazing engineering feat is a tunnel more than a thousand feet long, carved through solid stone, connecting the fortress (no longer standing) to the port (still intact). As its name implies, the tunnel was constructed by the Knights Templar—the Crusaders charged with guarding the temple in Jerusalem. The Saladins forced the Templars to retreat to Acre, which was their last bastion in Israel until the Fall of Acre in 1297. The tunnel will lead you to the lighthouse and the sea wall. After a morning of adventure, you will have some free time to shop in the bazaar; then return to Haifa and the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 HAF08WI - BAHA’I GARDENS, ANCIENT ACRE & THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (6 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  Visit Mount Carmel and the ancient town of Acre. Your route takes you via Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery to Panorama Ave, named for its astonishing view of the city, Haifa Bay, the coastline and all of northern Israel. Stop to view the Baha’i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the upper terrace. These are the largest hanging gardens in the world. The shrine is the second holiest place for the world’s Baha’i community. Continue your drive down Mt. Carmel, leaving Haifa and crossing the bay to Akko (Acre), the oldest city in the northern region. More than 4,000 years of recorded history will unfold before your eyes as you walk through Acre’s narrow cobblestone passageways and colorful bazaar. The present-day town was built in the 18th century on the ruins of the 12th-century Crusader city. Acre has changed hands and names many times over the millennia, but since 1948 it has returned to its biblical name of Akko. Visit the Crusaders’ Halls, built by the Hospital Knights (the Knights of St. John) and the subterranean Crusader city. Walk past Al Jazzar’s Mosque, built in the 18th century, through the bazaar to the port and Khan el-Umdan (Inn of the Pillars), a handsome 18th-century caravanserai. Then descend to the 12th-century level again to visit the unforgettable Templars’ Tunnel. This amazing engineering feat is a tunnel more than a thousand feet long, carved through solid stone, connecting the fortress (no longer standing) to the port (still intact). As its name implies, the tunnel was constructed by the Knights Templar—the Crusaders charged with guarding the temple in Jerusalem. The Saladins forced the Templars to retreat to Acre, which was their last bastion in Israel until the Fall of Acre in 1297. The tunnel will lead you to the lighthouse and the sea wall. After a morning of adventure, you will have some free time to shop in the bazaar; then return to Haifa and the ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $57.00 Adults $40.00 Children

   


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 HAF09 - TEL AVIV (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  If you’re a fan of architecture or if many of your excursions thus far have been steeped in ancient history, then come with us to the future-forward destination of Tel Aviv, the first ‘modern Jewish city’. From its skyscrapers to modern hotel complexes, business centres to the unique Bauhaus district, Tel Aviv positively buzzes with life. Enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of the main attractions including the White City (the 1920s ‘Bauhaus area’ and the world’s largest collection of Modernist buildings, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv port, Rabin Square and Tel Aviv’s older quarters. We will have time to stroll around the Carmel food market before contrasting this resolute modernism with the ancient city of Jaffa (Yafo). Starting at the famous clock tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed–el Hamid in 1906, we will meander through the charming narrow streets of this historic city. Return to port at the end of the tour. You will have free time at the old port of Tel Aviv for lunch and shopping. Please note: this tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 HAF09WI - TEL AVIV (full day, lunch not included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  If you’re a fan of architecture or if many of your excursions thus far have been steeped in ancient history, then come with us to the future-forward destination of Tel Aviv, the first ‘modern Jewish city’. From its skyscrapers to modern hotel complexes, business centres to the unique Bauhaus district, Tel Aviv positively buzzes with life. Enjoy a sightseeing bus tour of the main attractions including the White City (the 1920s ‘Bauhaus area’ and the world’s largest collection of Modernist buildings, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv port, Rabin Square and Tel Aviv’s older quarters. We will have time to stroll around the Carmel food market before contrasting this resolute modernism with the ancient city of Jaffa (Yafo). Starting at the famous clock tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed–el Hamid in 1906, we will meander through the charming narrow streets of this historic city. Return to port at the end of the tour. You will have free time at the old port of Tel Aviv for lunch and shopping. Please note: this tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 HAF10 - JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  A trip to the Holy Land would hardly be complete if it failed to include visits to two of the most famous places in the world, the Israeli city of Jerusalem and the small Palestinian town of Bethlehem. This tour gives you a chance to do both and begins with a 2-hour coach ride through fascinating landscape from Haifa to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring places on earth and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your tour of Jerusalem city begins with a stop at Haas Promenade, one of three connected public parks, for breathtaking views over the town. A walk through the old town of Jerusalem then follows, taking you through Jaffa Gate and along part of the “Via Dolorosa”. Widely held to be the holiest of roads by Christians all over the world, this is the path that Jesus took on his way to the cross. The tour also includes a chance to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but without entering the tomb. Then it’s on to the Western Wall, an important site of Jewish worship that also forms part of the outer retaining wall of the adjacent Temple Mount. After some time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch, you will continue on to Bethlehem and pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity, at the birthplace of Christ. Completed in 339 A.D., it is accepted as the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. Your tour of two holy cities ends with your return to the port of Haifa and your ship. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines; comfortable shoes are recommended. Please expect crowded sites. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. No inside visit to the silver star grotto is foreseen. In order to enter Bethlehem it is mandatory to bring your passport; all guides are not allowed to enter Bethlehem and so they can be replaced by a local tourist escort speaking English. The guide will join the bus only after the visit to Bethlehem. This tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per person $143.00 Adults $100.00 Children

   


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 HAF10WI - JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  A trip to the Holy Land would hardly be complete if it failed to include visits to two of the most famous places in the world, the Israeli city of Jerusalem and the small Palestinian town of Bethlehem. This tour gives you a chance to do both and begins with a 2-hour coach ride through fascinating landscape from Haifa to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring places on earth and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your tour of Jerusalem city begins with a stop at Haas Promenade, one of three connected public parks, for breathtaking views over the town. A walk through the old town of Jerusalem then follows, taking you through Jaffa Gate and along part of the “Via Dolorosa”. Widely held to be the holiest of roads by Christians all over the world, this is the path that Jesus took on his way to the cross. The tour also includes a chance to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but without entering the tomb. Then it’s on to the Western Wall, an important site of Jewish worship that also forms part of the outer retaining wall of the adjacent Temple Mount. After some time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch, you will continue on to Bethlehem and pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity, at the birthplace of Christ. Completed in 339 A.D., it is accepted as the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. Your tour of two holy cities ends with your return to the port of Haifa and your ship. Please note: guests have to walk 2.5 km on uneven, cobblestone terrain with some steps and inclines; comfortable shoes are recommended. Please expect crowded sites. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. No inside visit to the silver star grotto is foreseen. In order to enter Bethlehem it is mandatory to bring your passport; all guides are not allowed to enter Bethlehem and so they can be replaced by a local tourist escort speaking English. The guide will join the bus only after the visit to Bethlehem. This tour is foreseen on the first day of call.

Price per person $142.00 Adults $99.00 Children

   


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 HAF11WI - DISCOVERING GALILEE (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  A place of miracles in ancient times and a popular spot with tourists and pilgrims today, this excursion covers another important sight of the Holy Land - the Sea of Galilee. This large water mass is not actually a ‘sea’ but a lake: the largest freshwater lake in Israel and located near the Golan Heights. It was here that Jesus conducted most of his ministry activities and where many of Jesus’ miracles happened, such as walking on water and the ‘Feeding of the 5000’. We will drive to Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel and the childhood home of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Many guests will be interested in paying a pilgrimage to the surprisingly modern “Basilica of the Annunciation”, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the news of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin Mary; visitors can see the underground grotto where Mary received the Annunciation. Next we will reach Capernaum, the ancient city of Galilee; the town is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke and is reported to be the home of the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. We will walk around the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus taught on the Sabbath and prayed. Proceed to Tabgha which is, according to tradition, the site of three of the most important episodes of the New Testament: the Sermon on the Mount, the miracle of the loaves and fishes and the appearance of Jesus after Resurrection. After lunch you will proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, the hill from where Jesus gave his famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and where Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass in March 2000. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. The coach drive to the Sea of Galilee takes about 2 hours. This tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $129.00 Adults $90.00 Children

   


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 HAF12 - BAHÁ’Í GARDENS & CAESAREA MARITIMA (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Calling at both the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima, a national park on the Israeli coastline, this tour will take you to two of Israel’s must-see locations. After boarding a coach, you will first head up the nearby Mount Carmel, passing a Carmelite Monastery on the way, to the Bahá’í Gardens. A stop at the upper tier of the terraced Gardens will give you a bird’s-eye view of the complex, during which your guide will tell you all about this special place and its importance to the Bahá’í faith. A short drive from Haifa will then take you to the ancient port of Caesarea Maritima, built by Herod the Great c. 25-13 B.C. and named in honour of Augustus Caesar. Your tour of the site will include the huge Roman theatre, the 2nd century hippodrome as well as the remains of King Herod’s palace. A short film to illustrate life in these ancient times will round off your visit. You can then spend some time enjoying the cafés and restaurants along the seafront promenade before the coach returns you to Haifa and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. For two days calls, this tour is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 HAF12WI - BAHÁ’Í GARDENS & CAESAREA MARITIMA (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Combining calls at two of Israel’s most visited places, this tour will take you to see both the amazing Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima, a national park on the Israeli coastline near the modern-day town of Caesarea. After boarding a coach at the pier in Haifa, you will first head up the neighbouring Mount Carmel – a UNESCO biosphere reserve – to reach the terraced Bahá’í Gardens, passing a Carmelite Monastery on the way. Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, the wonderful Gardens are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and were created as an expression of the monotheistic Bahá’í faith, which focuses on the spiritual unity of all humankind. A stop will be made at the upper terrace of the Gardens, a spot that affords the best view of the entire complex, during which your guide will provide information on this special place, which is considered to be the second holiest shrine of the world’s Bahá’í community. The tour then continues on to your next stop, the ancient city and port of Caesarea Maritima, only a short drive from Haifa. Built by Herod the Great c. 25-13 B.C. and named in honour of Augustus Caesar, the city soon became a Roman prefecture. Your tour of the complex will include viewings of the huge Roman theatre, the 2nd century hippodrome as well as the remains of King Herod’s palace. A short introductory film, complete with illustrations of life in these ancient times, will be shown to round off your archaeological experience. There will also be some free time for you to enjoy the area, which also features cafés and restaurants along the seafront promenade, before the coach returns you to Haifa and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair and is foreseen on the second day of call.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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