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From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra Tour

1. From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh Hanikra Tour

Depart Tel Aviv and travel up the Mediterranean coast, passing by Herzilya and Natanya on the way. Arrive at the first point of interest, the city of Caesarea which was constructed under Herod and named after the Roman Emperor, Caesar. From what remains of the ancient city learn about how it was a prosperous and luxurious city. Among the archaeological excavations, see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Head over to part of what was once a hippodrome and the remains of a Roman Temple which stood above the port.  Continue driving north passing through Haifa where you will stop to see the breathtaking Baha'i Shrine and gardens. Stroll through the terraced gardens which cascade down the mountain towards the city below. See how each of the 19 terraces bursts with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next, stop in Rosh HaNikra, the most northerly point along Israel's Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. On the return journey south, stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. Admire how the city is extremely well preserved and be impressed by the incredible surviving architecture. Part of the city is alive with markets and people still living in the ancient buildings. See the walls and moat which was reconstructed and repaired by El Jazzar at the end of the 1900s. Find out about how the mighty walls prevented even Napoleon conquering the city. Finally, see the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows which were used under the British Mandate to hang Jews who broke the law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following World War II.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

2. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

This full-day tour takes you to the gems of Israel’s western coast. Departing Jerusalem in an air-conditioned coach transfer to join the tour in Tel Aviv . Head up the coast, via Tel Aviv, to the ancient Roman capital of Caesarea. The splendid harbor is located about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv and has a long and extraordinary history. Developed from a modest Phoenician port by King Herod into one of the grandest cities of Palestine, it survived until the 13th-Century when the Baybars of Egypt destroyed it. The ruins are impressive and include a mighty aqueduct and one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman era. Take a leisurely walking tour of the archaeological excavations before continuing up the coast to Haifa. Israel’s 3rd city boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the city itself from one of its most significant sites, the Baha’i Gardens in the Baha’i World Center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have your photo opportunity and take in the view before proceeding to Rosh Hanikra. Explore the limestone grottoes of Rosh Hanikra on the border with Lebanon. View the beautiful white chalk cliffs facing the sea. continue to Acre at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. One of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Western Galilee, the city’s story is as fascinating as it is long, and you will have time to wander through streets that have seen the footfall of Greeks, Byzantines, Arab Crusaders, Ottomans and the British. The Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts massive city walls, a charming port, an Oriental market and the glorious Jezzar Pasha Mosque, where a single hair from the prophet Mohammed’s beard is kept. You will return along the coast to your hotels.

From Jerusalem: Caesarea and Western Galilee Day Trip

3. From Jerusalem: Caesarea and Western Galilee Day Trip

Spend a full day exploring the ancient cities and surviving architecture of Israel with a tour guide who will make history come alive before your eyes. After pickup from your hotel in Jerusalem, travel up the Mediterranean coast to the first point of interest, the old city of Caesarea. Among its archaeological excavations you’ll see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly-preserved Roman amphitheater, which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Next to this, you’ll find the remains of the Hippodrome and Roman Temple, which overlook the port with its busy commercial ships. Hear stories about how after the Crusade this once prosperous city sank into oblivion.   Continue driving north to pass through Haifa, where you’ll stop to see the breathtaking Baha’i Shrine and gardens. Its 19 terraced gardens burst with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next stop is Rosh Hanikra, the northern-most point along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks.   On the return journey, you’ll stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. See how well-preserved the city is and the incredible surviving architecture. The city is still alive, full of markets and bustling with people who still live in the ancient buildings. Learn about how the city’s mighty walls prevented even Napoleon from conquering the city. Finally, visit the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows used under British mandate to hang Jews who broke British law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following WWII.

Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko: Full-Day Tour

4. Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko: Full-Day Tour

Explore four of Israels’s most impressive sites in just one day on this tour to Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko. Discover the diversity and beauty of Israel's northern coastline, and marvel at the Roman Aqueducts of Caesarea created by King Herods. Take in the wonder of King Herod’s ancient seaside city of Caesarea, explore the bustling markets in Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and finally tour Haifa, home to the 'hanging' Bahai Gardens. This full-day tour, led by handpicked Israeli tour guides, departs from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem four times a week and is the best way to conveniently explore the north of Israel in just one day. This tour will show you the highlights of the North and ends with return transfer to your pickup point in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Conclude with experience with wonderful memories and lasting impressions. The tour is available four times a week with guaranteed departures.

From Jerusalem: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra Tour

5. From Jerusalem: Caesarea, Haifa, Acre & Rosh Hanikra Tour

Depart from Jerusalem and travel up the Mediterranean coast. On the way, pass Herzilya and Natanya before reaching the first point of interest, the old city of Caesarea. Discover how this city was constructed under Herod and named after the Roman Emperor, Caesar. Among the archaeological excavations, see gateways, a moat, and well-preserved walls and rooms. Visit the perfectly preserved Roman amphitheater which is still used today for performances by Israeli and international artists. Next to the amphitheater, find the remains of the Hippodrome and Roman Temple. Learn about how both buildings stood above the port overlooking the busy commercial ships carrying treasures from the east and the Nabatean caravans which were on route to Rome. Hear stories about how after the Crusade, the city which was was so prosperous sank into oblivion. Continue driving north passing through Haifa where you will stop to see the breathtaking Baha'i Shrine and gardens. The terraced gardens cascade down the mountain towards the city below, each of the 19 terraces bursts with colorful flowers and landscaped designs. Next stop at Rosh HaNikra, the most northerly point along Israel's Mediterranean coast. Descend by cable car into the network of limestone grottoes created by the constant bombardment of waves against the rocks. On the return journey south, stop at Acre (Akko), the largest Crusader city in the country. Admire how the city is extremely well preserved and be impressed by the incredible surviving architecture. Marvel at how part of the city is alive with markets and people still living in the ancient buildings. See the walls and moat which was reconstructed and repaired by El Jazzar at the end of the 1900s. Learn about how the mighty walls prevented even Napoleon from conquering the city. Finally visit the Crusader remains, the prison used under Turkish rule, and the gallows which were used under the British Mandate to hang Jews who broke the British law limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following World War II.

Exploring Caesarea, Haifa, and Rosh Hanikra

6. Exploring Caesarea, Haifa, and Rosh Hanikra

The day begins with 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Tel Aviv, Herzliya or Netaniya. Drive along Israel's northern coast to visit the world-famous Caesarea, an administrative center of the Roman Empire and the capital of the Byzantine Palaestina Prima province.  Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Theater, marvel at the Port built by King Herod, and walk along the Crusades Walls. Continue to Haifa and visit the lush Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next visit the Old City of Acre, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the famous Knights Halls, one of the miracles of European Architecture. Enjoy the Arab Markets of Acre and walk through the secret tunnel built by the Templars in the XII century. Explore the twisted Medieval streets with typical urban components such as a citadel, mosques, and baths. Continue to the far north of Israel to visit the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes, a geological formation on the border between Israel and Lebanon. Admire breathtaking views of the rocky cliffs and blue sea below. Following the visit, pass by the Lebanese border before returning to your accommodation.

Caesarea, Acre & Rosh Hanikra: Group-Tour from Jerusalem

7. Caesarea, Acre & Rosh Hanikra: Group-Tour from Jerusalem

Start your day with a trip to the ancient site of Caesarea, a city virtually abandoned for centuries before gaining a new burst of life during the Crusader period before sinking into oblivion. Marvel at the gateway, moat and walls, all of which are spectacularly well preserved. The city, built by Herod, will showcase to you an ancient luxury, the kind you would find in a Roman city. Take in the sight of the old theatre and the well-preserved hippodrome - truly a sight to behold for any History enthusiast.  Continue on your tour as you pass through Haifa, making a brief stop to admire the gold topped Baha’i shrine surrounded by the well-groomed gardens and the breathtaking views of the bay and port area. Continuing Northwards on your tour you will stop at Rosh Hanikra, taking the cable car down to the spectacular grottoes where you will have the chance to marvel at nature whilst walking through caverns forged by the pounding of waves. Your final stop of the tour is at Acre (Acco), the largest of the Crusader cities in the Land of Israel. The preservation of Acre is nothing short of magnificent, making the sight of the enormous columns and chambers a true site to behold - even the ancient public toilets have survived!

From Tel Aviv: Northern Israel Private Guided Tour

8. From Tel Aviv: Northern Israel Private Guided Tour

Explore four of Israel’s most impressive sites on this private tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Akko. Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle with your own guide for the day.  Discover the diversity and beauty of Israel's northern coastline, from the Roman Aqueducts of Caesarea created by King Herod, to the glistening white caves at Rosh Hanikra. First, take in the wonder of King Herod’s ancient seaside city Caesarea, before exploring the bustling markets in Akko. Next, tour Haifa, home to the 'hanging' Bahai Gardens. Finally, marvel at Rosh Hanikra, a beautiful area where cliffs and grottoes meet the Mediterranean sea.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

This trip is a great way to see the diverse natural and architectural splendor of the northern part of the country. We learned a lot, marveled at a lot, and really enjoyed the experience in the grottoes (it’s a fun walk through the tunnels—you’ll soon learn why). Our guide was very knowledgeable, too. At the end of our time in Akko, the guide went to the citadel without telling the whole group to join him, which was a little strange, but it was an overall incredible day.

Professional, well-programmed and well-timed. Go ahead and book. Amazing sights. An intact Roman theatre, chariot racing hippodrome, Herod's swimming pool and aqueducts, dreamlike Bahai gardens, a Crusader fort and grottos and a cable car right up on the Lebanese border.All highly interesting spectacles. Very knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided interesting and helpful information about the places we saw. We did not spend an excess of time in any of the shopping venues, which I appreciated since it gave us more time to spend at Caesarea and Acre.

Excellent Excelent Excelent worth every minute . So so pretty .the grotto was very good.the Baha’i garden though we see from the top only was mind blowing . Everything was worth this trip.do not miss.

The whole trip was amazing. Special thanks to AVIVA our tour guide exactly to the point. It was organized as it was performed in the brochure. Many thanks for our safe transportation. Katerina