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Cruise Excursions

Touring Israel offers you exceptional custom tailored private tours of the Land of Israel with your own expert tour guide. We create itineraries focused on your specific guidelines and interests. Our premium services give you the flexibility to explore Israel at the highest level of service that you deserve.

One of the great things about Israel is that it has an incredible range of attractions in an extremely compact area. Touring Israel offers a selection of one and two day shore cruise excursions for cruise ship passengers visiting both Haifa and Ashdod ports either with a private guide, or as part of a group.

Note: Please bear in mind that the costs of a private tour with expert guide and luxury vehicle are the same whether its for 2 people or up to 7, so you might want to look for some other passengers on your cruise that are interested in a similar tour itinerary in order to share the costs. This is actually much more simple than it sounds, since there are internet forums that are exactly for this purpose. All you have to do is go to cruisecritic.com and sign up and then look for your cruise in the “Roll Call” section, then post an offer for others to join you on your tour.

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Suggested Itineraries:

Christian Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Highlights include: – Via Dolorosa – Church of the Holy Sepulcher – Temple Mount – Arab Market – Western Wall – Mt of Olives – Garden of Gethsemane – Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity Tour departs from Ashdod and lasts approximately 10 hours (also possible from Haifa but not recommended)

Jewish Jerusalem

Highlights include: – The Western Wall and tunnels – Davidson Center excavations – The Jewish Quarter in depth – Arab Market – The City of David – Mt Scopus Tour departs from Ashdod and lasts approximately 10 hours (also possible from Haifa but not recommended)

Cultural Jerusalem

Highlights include: – Old city including the Western Wall, Temple Mount and Arab Market – Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum & Memorial – Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book – Haas Promenade Overlook Tour departs from Ashdod and lasts approximately 10 hours (also possible from Haifa but not recommended)

Dead Sea & Masada

Highlights include: – Dip in the Dead Sea – Full tour of Masada, King Herod’s ancient mountain top fortress – Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Tour departs from Ashdod and lasts approximately 10 hours

Tel Aviv – Jaffa

Highlights include: – Old Jaffa – Neve Tzedek – Carmel Market – Founder Square – Independence Hall – Bauhaus Architecture – Palmach or Diaspora Museum – Rabin Square Tour departs from Ashdod or Haifa and lasts approximately 10 hours

Haifa & North Coast

Highlights include: – Bahai Shrine and gardens – Akko (Acre) Ancient Port City including the old city, Crusader walls, Citadel and Knight’s Halls – Rosh Hanikra Grottoes Tour departs from Haifa and lasts approximately 10 hours (also possible from Ashdod but not recommended)

Christian Galilee

Highlights include: – Nazareth including Church of the Annunciation, Church of the Synagogue, Arab Market, Kana & Church of the Wedding – Sea of Galilee & overlook – “Jesus Boat” – Capernaum – Tabha – Mt of Beatitudes – Jordan River Tour departs from Haifa and lasts approximately 10 hours

Jewish Galilee

Highlights Include: – Mystical city of Tzfat (Safed) including Ari, Caro and Abuhav Synagogues, Kabbalah workshop, artist colony and market, candle factory – Korazim ancient Jewish village from Tamudic times – Tzippori including “The Mona Lisa of the Galilee”, 3rd Century CE Synagogue & Jewish village from Mishnaic times Tour departs from Haifa and lasts approximately 10 hours

Carmel Coast

Highlights Include: Caesaria – King Herod’s Ancient Sea Port including Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Herod’s palace and other ruins from the Crusader, Byzantine and Roman periods; Zichron Yaakov – 19th Century tranquil cobblestone village built by Israel’s first Zionist settlers; Mt. Carmel including overlook, Prophet Elijah’s cave, Bahai Shrine & Gardens Tour departs from Haifa and lasts approximately 10 hours

Custom Tours

Israel has literally thousands of sites, activities and attractions within a short distance of both Ashdod and Haifa. Whether its visiting art galleries, an archaeological dig, holy site visits, scuba diving or wine tasting, work together with one of Touring Israel’s expert agents to put together a custom tour that perfectly suits your own interests.

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