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Visit the spiritual center of Safed, the ancient seaside Acre and the magnificent Bahai temple in Haifa.
- Acre: Old Akko (and oriental market), and Knights Halls.
- Safed: Birthplace of Kabbalah, art colony and winding streets.
- Sea of Galilee and Tiberius (subject to time)
- Haifa: View from Bahai Gardens and Temples.
This wonderful shore excursion offers a rich cultural, historical and even mystical experience. We will visit places of interest from a Jewish perspective.
Our tour will take you from the vibrant Mediterranean old city of Acre with its old port, oriental market and underground halls, once the home of the Crusaders’ knight orders, to the mystical city of Safed (Tzfat) – the ancient Jewish center and Kabahlah capital.
Also included in the tour is a stop at the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, a breathtaking world heritage site.
Our tour guide and mini-bus will meet you outside the reception hall of the Haifa port at the time stated after you have booked your tour and based on your ship’s arrival. Our first stop is the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa to view the Baha’i Gardens and the Haifa Bay (take a photo of your cruise ship from the top of the mountain). It is a magnificent view of Haifa and its bay area.
Next, we drive to the old Crusader port town of Acre for a visit to the Crusader Fortress (admission extra). We will walk through the narrow passes and alleys, and arrive at the old port of Akko. During the British mandate, the Jewish prisoners of the underground movement were imprisoned in the Akko prison. During this time, there was a daring escape from the prison, which Paul Newman portrayed in the 1960s famous movie: Exodus.
This mixed Arab and Jewish city holds many secrets both above and underground. A small fisherman port today, this old city was once the fierce capital of the Crusaders and their last stronghold in the Holy Land. Later, it became an important Ottoman city and many elegant buildings and monuments were erected during this period.
Next, we will drive to Safed (Tzfat), which is considered to be one of the Four Holy Cities for the Jews that rose after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AC and the birthplace of Kabbalah. We will explore this mystical and spiritual city, with its unique synagogues, and art galleries
We will also stop in Tiberius subject to time. We will arrive at the port in time for your departure or overnight stay.
Included in the tour:
- Luxurious, new, comfortable and air-conditioned mini-bus.
- Top-rated, licensed tour guide with expertise in the local history and culture.
- A small group of 6-16 persons.
Not Included in the tour:
- Food and drinks: you will have the option to lunch at local restaurants (budget of 35-70 shekels per person).
- Entrance fees.
- Tips to guide and driver (at your own discretion).
- Other personal expenses.
- The tour will last between 8-9 hours long.
Beware that some places might not accept credit cards. You will be able to change money or use foreign currency in some shops.
Drive to Akko is roughly 30 minutes.
We may be entering a holy site, so please bring with you a shirt that covers your shoulders.
Travelers with special needs (i.e. limited mobility and wheelchair-bound persons), must inform us prior to booking their excursion.
14 days prior to your arrival, you will receive your detailed time schedule and more detailed tour information. If you need additional assistance, our office tour manager is available anytime, please do not hesitate to contact us via:
Phone (also for WhatsApp messages): (+972)54-9301499
Arrival and Meeting Point
Once you book your tour, the tour departure time will be stated on your booking confirmation. Upon arrival at the dock in Haifa, you will meet our tour guide outside the Reception Hall. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name.
The tour guide and driver will guarantee that you make it back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay.
Money in Israel
The Israeli currency is the shekel (NIS). We recommend going to www.xe.com for the most up to date exchange rate closer to departure.
You should be able to exchange money on your cruise ship, but also once you arrive at the port there will be a money exchange counter. We recommend walking around with at least some cash since there might be certain places on our tour that do not accept credit cards.
What to Bring
Here are some basic packing tips for your day tour. If you have more specific questions, please contact us directly.
Weather during the summer is hot during the day (26-32 C/ 80-90 F) and gets cooler in the evenings.
- Recommended on all tours to bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen.
- We recommend bringing a small travel bag to store extra clothing and personal belongings.
- We are doing quite a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Since we will be visiting some sacred sites, it is worth reminding everyone that the custom in Israel is to keep knees and shoulders covered inside the holy places.
Booking The Acre, Tzfat & Haifa Tour
The Acre, Tzfat and Haifa 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.
Up to 14 days before the tour there will be no cancellation fee, except for a $10 processing fee.
7-13 days before the tour, there will be a 25% cancellation fee, with the additional $10 processing fee.
2-6 days before the tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee.
48 hours prior to departure, there will be a 100% cancellation fee.
*If there is an unforeseen circumstance, such as your ship does not dock in our port or for any sort of security reason, you will be refunded the full amount.