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2 Days: Jerusalem & Galilee Region - shore excursion - starting from Haifa

Highlights
  • Nazareth – The Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph Church.
  • Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo).
  • Mount of Beatitudes.
  • Capernaum.
  • Tabgha.
  • Jordan River – Yardenit baptistic site.
  • Old City of Jerusalem – Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters.
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
  • Wailing Wall (Kotel).
  • The ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Mea’ Shearim (Drive By).
  • Israeli Parliament (Drive By).
  • Israeli Museum – Ancient Jerusalem Model.
  • Shrine of the Book – The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Description
Day 1 – Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jordan River and overnight in Jerusalem
From the port of Haifa, we will head to Nazareth – Jesus’ hometown and where according to Christians, Mary received the Annunciation from the Angel Gabriel that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus.

We will visit the Church of Annunciation, the Grotto (Mary’s house) and the Church of St. Joseph where according to tradition, used to be the carpentry workshop of Joseph. In the lower part of the church, there are 2000 years old archaeological remains from ancient Nazareth.

From Nazareth, we will head north to a beautiful observation over the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo) where, according to the scripts, the site of the final battle of Armageddon will take place.

Our next stop will be on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where we will visit Mt. of the Beatitudes overlooking the lake. From there we will head to Capernaum – where Jesus spent most of his adult life and where he began preaching.

Next, we will visit Tabgha where it is believed that Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

Later, we will drive along the shore of the Sea of Galilee to the origin of the Jordan river and visit the Baptismal site where you will have the chance to get baptized.

For the last stop of the day, we will drive through the magnificent Jordan valley to the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea Plateau and up through the Judean desert to the city of Jerusalem.

We will check-in at our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure where you will be able to stroll around the center of Jerusalem, enjoy its various restaurants and bars and absorb its unique atmosphere.

Day 2 – Jerusalem Old and New
We will begin our tour on the Mountain of Olives with a truly magnificent panoramic view of Old Jerusalem, Temple Mount and the entire city of Jerusalem.

Next, we will visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. From there we will drive through the Valley of Kidron and enter the Old City through the Jaffo (Jaffa) Gate.

We will walk through the Via Dolorosa, also known as the Way of Agony – the path Jesus walked through while carrying the cross.

We will follow the stations of the cross coming to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, also known as the Church of Resurrection – the site described in the New Testament as Golgotha where Jesus was crucified and later buried.

At about this time we will have a lunch break at any of the various delicious oriental restaurants in the Christian quarter.

After lunch, we will head to the Jewish quarter and explore its two levels – the current level which was mainly restored after the 1967 war and the ancient 2000-year-old level which consists of fascinating ruins from the second temple period that was mostly destroyed during the Roman siege of 70 AC.

Our next stop will be the Wailing Wall (Kotel), the holiest site for the Jewish people and the last remain from the once magnificent second temple that was located on top of the temple mount.

We will head back to the Jaffa Gate where you will have some free time to shop for art crafts at the local market.

The second part of the day will include site seeing in the new city. We will begin with a drive through the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Neighborhood of Mea’ Shearim. We will pass by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and Supreme Court of Israel until we will arrive at the Israeli Museum. Here we will visit a model of ancient Jerusalem and pay a visit to the Shrine of the Book – the home of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.

Finally, we will head back to the port in time for your departure.
Weekly Availability
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English
Included
  • Luxurious, new, comfortable and air-conditioned mini-bus.
  • A top-rated tour guide who is an expert for both Jerusalem and the Galilee Region.
  • A small group of no more than 19 persons.
  • An overnight stay in a top rated B&B in central Jerusalem.
  • An Israeli Breakfast.
  • Entrance fees to all sites including the Israeli Museum & Shrine of the Book, Capernaum, and Tabgha.
Not included
  • Food and Drinks – Except for the Israeli breakfast which is included.
  • Tips to guide and driver (at your own discretion).
  • Other personal expenses.
Meeting Point
HAIFA PORT
Upon arrival to the dock in Haifa, you will meet our tour guide outside the Reception Hall. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name.
Dropoff Point
HAIFA PORT
The tour guide and driver will guarantee that you make it back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay.
Additional Info
The Galilee and Jerusalem shore excursion from Haifa is available for all cruise ships that dock in the port of Haifa, throughout the year. We are doing our best to meet the growing demand for our tours and we will open new groups on request, however, we do urge you to book early and secure your place, especially during peak seasons.
Travelers with special needs, (i.e. limited mobility and wheelchair-bound persons) must inform us prior to booking their excursion.