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Visit Christian related sites in the beautiful scenery of the Galilee region, followed by a comprehensive tour of Jerusalem
- 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.
- Nazareth – The Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph Church.
- Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo).
- Mount of Beatitudes.
- Jordan River – Yardenit baptistic site.
If your cruise ship docks in Israel for more than one day, this is the shore excursion we recommend you to take. Not only will you be able to visit and see the most important sites in Israel, but you will get the chance to experience the country, its people and its unique atmosphere.
Both the visit to Jerusalem and to the Galilee region is planned so you have enough time at each site and still see and experience more than any other tour.
The overnight stay in Jerusalem will enable you to enjoy a remarkable night in one of the most diverse, beautiful and interesting cities in the world.
Day 1 – Jerusalem Old and New
From the port of Haifa, we will drive to Jerusalem and begin our tour on the Mountain of Olives with a truly magnificent panoramic view of the Old City, 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.
At the end of the day, we will check-in to the 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 – Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jordan River and overnight in Jerusalem
After breakfast, we will head up north 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.
For the last stop of the day, 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.
Finally, we will head back to the port in time for your departure.
Included in the tour:
- 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.
- Overnight stay in a top-rated B&B in central Jerusalem.
(Price is per person in a double room)
- An Israeli Breakfast.
- Entrance fees to all sites including the Israeli Museum & Shrine of the Book, Capernaum, and Tabgha.
Not Included in the tour:
- Food and Drinks – Except for the Israeli breakfast which is included.
- Tips to guide and driver (at your own discretion).
- Other personal expenses.
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.
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 Jerusalem & Galilee 2-days tour
The Jerusalem & Galilee region 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.