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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.

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. Please refer to the important information section relating to this port. Please wear conservative attire (cover shoulders and knees) as you are visiting religious sites.

Leisurely Galilee

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

This less strenuous tour visits the sacred sights of The Galilee where Jesus was baptized, preached and spent his youth.

Visit Tabgha and The Church of the Multiplication which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with 2 fish and 5 loaves. Consecrated in 1981, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle.

Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from the Mount of Beatitudes and Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope on the year 2000. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee.

Continue onto the river bank revered to be the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

Enjoy lunch before driving to Nazareth to the district of Jesus’ youth for a leisurely drive around the city before viewing the Basilica of the Annunciation (exterior visit). Consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.

The return drive through the Mount Carmel Mountains will offer a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Bahai Temple and Gardens.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. In order to derive full enjoyment from this tour, some walking is required at each of the stops, you may however choose to remain on the coach if you prefer. The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; St Peter’s Primacy will be viewed instead.

 

A selection of cruises to Haifa

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