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A visit to Israel — the “land of milk and honey” — is even more bountiful on a Holland America Line cruise. Calls in Ashdod and Haifa offer the chance to walk through Jerusalem’s Old City, paying homage at the Western Wall and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Ashdod also provides access to UNESCO-designated Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea, while Haifa leads to Galilee and the Golan Heights. Take full advantage on an Israel overland adventure that combines Jerusalem with pilgrimages to Masada or Bethlehem.

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Considered one of the Middle East’s most picturesque cities, Tel-Aviv (Haifa) offers incredible sights everywhere you turn. It is also close to holy sites – travel to Galilee, Nazareth or Jerusalem. The views from Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, the largest hanging gardens in the world, are incredible, and make for a superb picture spot. Peruse the boutiques on Massada Street or go to the artists' village of Ein Hod for hand-blown glass and crafts. Explore more of Tel-Aviv (Haifa) on a Middle Eastern cruise !

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Ashdod Is Where Contemporary Israel Shines

Israel, the world’s only Jewish and democratic state, is home to sites sacred to Judaism as well as Christianity and Islam—and few countries so small pack in as much diverse geography and culture. Ashdod, for example, is Israel’s largest port and was actually settled as early as the 17th century BC by the Bronze Age Canaanites—with Philistines, Israelites, and Greek colonists just some of the many ancient peoples who followed. The seaside city is mentioned frequently in the Old Testament, but with plenty of modern appeals, Ashdod is much more than its past. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it has a diverse population of some 250,000, well-kept beaches, a boardwalk with restaurants and cafes and a prestigious marina. Beyond the beaches, Ashdod offers various attractions such as the “Etgarim (Extreme Sports) Park,” wonderful public artworks on display and more. Ad Halom Park is located in the southeastern part of the city. Ashdod is also your Mediterranean gateway to the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, approximately a one hour’s drive to the east, and glittering Tel Aviv-Yafo, on the coast about 40 minutes’ drive north.

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Modern Ashdod is a planned city, established in 1956, but that’s just the surface. For an evocation of its ancient past you have no further to look than the seaside where the ruins of the medieval Ashdod Citadel sits on the sand, facing the Mediterranean Sea on the southern section of the beachfront. The rectangular fort, which retains its original stone corner towers, gates, and other architectural features, was originally built by an Umayyad caliph and later used by Crusaders. The wide beachfront itself is nearly five miles long, and any time of day you’re likely to find Israelis going for a swim or playing a game of matkot , or paddle ball, on the sand. Cafes and fish restaurants opposite the beach beckon, too. At the northern end, opposite the modern marina, the Lachish River Park features a free zoo with furry friends including zebras, deer, ostriches and even rare Berber sheep. History buffs might note that in the southern part of town is where you’ll find the Ad Halom Bridge, built during the period of Ottoman Turkish rule and the northernmost point reached by the Egyptian army during Israel’s War of Independence. There is a war memorial and observatory located there.

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  One of Ashdod’s flagship attractions, this park is located just behind the main stretch of beach and covers an area of 200 acres including playgrounds, sports courts, a manmade lake for boating and the largest open-air theater in Israel. There’s also a stunning musical fountain with dancing water jets, colored strobe lighting and synchronized music that plays most evenings at regular intervals.

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Ashdod Museum of Art

Situated in the heart of the city, this unusual pyramid-shaped museum was inaugurated in 2003 and has a stunning glass roof that enables you to enjoy views of the sea and the marina. It showcases Israeli and international art in a dozen galleries. From painting and sculpture to photography and video art, the many exhibitions offer fantastic displays of contemporary artists and some local and international classics. There is a pyramid-shaped area where cultural events are held and an underground vault that is used to protect important artifacts and masterpieces. A new Green Submarine wing offers hands-on ecology discovery displays. Ha-shemesh (The Sun) Square, one of Israel’s largest public squares, links municipal buildings, the curving modern Ashdod Performing Arts Center and the art museum. Ashdod is big on public art too, including Baruch Wind’s bronze sculpture of “Samson the hero” and the monumental Eye of the Sun sculpture created by the artist Motti Mizrachi. During the day its appearance is modulated by the sun, while by night it becomes an LED light show thanks to the colorful lights that illuminate the artwork.

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Corinne Mamane Museum of Philistine Culture

Ashdod is the place where the Philistines brought the Ark of Covenant after having captured it from the Israelites (before they were forced to return it). If you don’t know much about the Philistine culture, Ashdod is the place to find all manner of insights thanks to the presence of its excellent Museum of Philistine Culture, the only one of its kind in the world. Here you can explore temporary exhibitions and permanent displays that showcase important archaeological finds. You can also go back in time and dress like a Philistine whilst enjoying a typical Philistine meal. Opened in 1990, the Museum of Philistine Culture is split across three levels and is definitely worth a visit. The Museum displays significant Philistine artifacts from each of the five city-states of the ancient Philistine pentapolis in the Levant, of which Ashdod was one.

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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Slight further afield, Tel Aviv-Jaffa is the commercial heart and ​cultural center of Israel. The fact that Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 makes it very young in a part of the world where many cities began not just centuries, but millennia ago. In contrast to Tel Aviv’s teeming modernity, the old city of Jaffa (Yafo) traces its roots to biblical times and possibly even before. Now an integral part of the Tel Aviv municipality where the Jewish and Arab communities mix, Jaffa is where according to legend Jonah was famously swallowed by a whale just offshore. But walk north from the quaint little port and the ribbons of beach unfolding beyond reminding you that Biblical associations notwithstanding, Tel Aviv is above all else a modern, energetic metropolis of both beaches and high rises today. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is perhaps the most significant, and almost certainly the best-known holy city on Earth. In no other single place can you find such a concentration of sites sacred to not just one, but three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This compact ancient city, surrounded by a wall built more than 450 years ago, never fails to amaze visitors with the extraordinary religious history contained​​—and very much alive—within.


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The Best Cruises From Haifa, Israel

By Evelyn Uslar-Pietri | Published on February 9, 2023

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Haifa: A Historic Haven

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When you sail from a fascinating home port, exploring some of the local sights – like Haifa’s majestic Baha’i Gardens – is a must. Gracing terraces that slope towards the Mediterranean, the gardens are part of the Baha’i World Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of pilgrimage for followers of the Baha’i faith.

As further evidence of the city’s diverse cultural flavour, stretching at the foot of the gardens, the bustling German Colony is full of restored templar-era buildings, many housing delicious restaurants and bars. Whether you decide to dine at an established eatery, or go for street food, you’ll find that much of the local cuisine blends Arab and Israeli favourites, from hummus and shawarma to hand-crafted pies and pastries. If you opt for a guided food tour, you’ll not only sample the best of Haifa’s impressive gastronomy, you will also learn about its colourful and storied past.

You may never want to leave Haifa, but you are, after all, about to embark on an amazing cruise! Which of 10 itineraries you decide to choose may depend, at least partly, on the length of your planned getaway. Only have 2 or 3 nights for your cruise? No worries – lots of adventure can be had sailing to Limassol, Cyprus !

Cyprus: The Isle of Enchantment

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Cyprus is synonymous with amazing beaches, incredible history and picturesque villages – and if you haven’t yet visited, you’re about to be swept off your feet! In Limassol you will find a captivating blend of the old and the new, as the state-of-the-art marina contrasts sharply with the winding streets of Old Town, and the reimagined Old Port, with its brand new shops and restaurants, is many centuries ahead of the nearby Limassol castle! There, according to local lore, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England.

History buffs will be thoroughly stoked by the spectacular Tomb of the Kings, a site that dates back to Hellenistic and Roman times in the 4th century AD. With eight incredibly well preserved tombs, including some surviving frescoes, this subterranean rock sepulchre leaves a lasting impression. Also well-worth visiting, the Roman ruins of Kourion – with its incredible theatre that seated up to 3,500 people in the 2nd or 3rd century AD – are easily accessible from Limassol.

After all that poking through centuries-old archaeological digs, you may wish to rinse the dust off! Head to Aphrodite’s Beach where, according to legend, the Goddess of Love emerged from the ocean. You’re sure to feel the love as you soak in the limpid cerulean waters, gazing on Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s rock) and the surrounding white-cliffed coastline.

If you can squeeze an extra night or two into your holiday, Royal Caribbean® also has 4 and 5 night Mediterranean cruises that add to the itinerary the beautiful islands of Rhodes and Santorini respectively.

Rhodes: A Mosaic of Adventure

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One of the Mediterranean’s most beloved isles, Rhodes is overflowing with treasures of every kind, from paradisiacal beaches and the dreamy Butterfly Valley nature reserve, to the Old Town of Rhodes – one of the best preserved mediaeval settlements in the world – and vineyards that date back to antiquity.

Begin your visit within the imposing walls of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the imprint of ancient civilisations is evident in the diverse array of statues, fountains, mosques and hammams. The local cuisine is part of Rhodes’ allure and in Old Town you’ll find plenty of tastebud-tempting options. Tuck into souvlaki at a traditional taverna or go for a scrumptious plate of pasta – part of the heritage left by the Italian occupation during WWII. And you won’t find fresher seafood than in Rhodes, where local fishermen bring a daily bounty of lobster, octopus, shrimp and other delicacies.

For some beach time and outdoor activities, head to Faliraki, a buzzing place with a bar and restaurant-lined beach, plenty of water sports, bungee-jumping and bumper cars. Faliraki is also home to Europe’s largest water park, a thrill-filled adventure-land with slides, black holes, a huge wave pool and other must-have fun.

Santorini: A Volcanic Wonder

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Endlessly enchanting Santorini evokes images of white-washed villages and azure-domed churches perched atop sheer cliffs. Millenia in the making, the island came into existence as a result of massive volcanic activity but, despite the collapse of the volcano’s central part and the resulting crater (caldera), it remains active, tenaciously recreating itself over and over.

Travellers flock from the four corners of the world to watch the sun set over the caldera – one of the few active volcanoes in Europe – as it slips into the gorgeous Aegean sea.

A bucket-list topper is the amazing archeological site of Akrotiri, one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean dating to the Middle and Late Bronze Age. As in Pompei, an eruption covered the 20-acre town in a layer of volcanic material, protecting buildings – including their elaborate facades – and their contents for posterity.

Mykonos: More to Love

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Known as the Island of the Winds for its breezes, Mykonos is a cosmopolitan destination in the midst of the Cyclades group. You will not only discover fascinating archaeological sites and sun-kissed villages, but also some of the best luxury shopping, dining and clubbing in all of Greece.

To experience a wonderful taste of the island, head to its capital, Chora, also known as Mykonos Town. Here, narrow streets flanked by picturesque white houses trimmed in blue, along with vibrant bougainvillaeas and potted plants, create the quintessential portrait of a charming Greek town. Follow the main street, Matogianni, to find wonderful boutiques, art galleries, jewellery stores, restaurants and bars.

A popular and stunning neighbourhood is the 18th century waterfront Alefkandra or Little Venice, where wealthy traders and sea captains built their stately homes. Not only are the houses impressive, but you will also get to admire the windmills for which Mykonos is famous!

If by now you are hopelessly head-over-heels with Greece, you may wish to consider a 7-night Greek Isles Cruise, which – in addition to Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, and Limassol – includes Athens, the birthplace of ancient Greek civilization.

Athens: An Epic Cultural Cradle

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The stomping grounds of Plato, Socrates, Pericles, and other notable philosophers, Athens is one of the world’s oldest and most culturally rich cities. Today, the Greek capital remains a showcase for such iconic 5th-century BC landmarks as the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel that counts the Parthenon temple among its buildings.

For a journey through ancient history, don’t miss the National Archaeological Museum – with more than 11,000 exhibits, it is Greece’s largest museum. In this fascinating place you will experience the evolution of ancient Greek culture, from the beginning of prehistory to late antiquity, as you view sculptures, vases, jewellery and artefacts of all kinds.

A different but equally satisfying way to experience Greek culture involves wandering Monastiraki Flea Market, Athen’s answer to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar! In this marvellously chaotic market you will find all kinds of stalls, from souvenirs and t-shirts to furniture and bric-à-brac.

If on your cruise from Haifa, you are craving greater diversity – say, for example experiencing both Greece and Spain – consider a 6 night Mediterranean Highlights cruise with stops in both Santorini and Palma, and ending in Barcelona .

Palma: The Postcard-Perfect Capital

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Mallorca’s capital, Palma de Mallorca , is one of the most breathtaking destinations imaginable, a place of mediaeval churches, grand palaces, charming squares, wonderful beaches, and plenty of alfresco cafes (for cheeky people-watching, ofcourse!) Overlooking the city, the Bellver Castle is a great starting point for your Palma adventure. The 14th century fortress boasts a storied past, having served as both a prison and a refuge from the plague, and it is also home to an excellent museum chronicling Mallorca’s history.

Also carve out some time to visit the spectacular La Seu, a sandstone cathedral that took 600 years to complete. Guided tours include visits to the cathedral’s bell tower and upper terraces..

Don’t miss walking or cycling along Palma’s lovely seafront promenade to Portixol, or Little Port. The former fishing village has now transformed into a trendy area with a boho vibe, pretty marina, and some outstanding eateries, as well as a long stretch of sandy beach.

Barcelona: The Best of Europe

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One of Europe’s hottest destinations, Barcelona is a melting pot of art, history, architecture and science, combining the best of the traditional and the avant-garde. World-famous sights like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera grace the city, but there are also less known delights to be discovered.

Neighbourhood tapas bars serving up tasty Catalan fare bump elbows with gastronomic temples, and unpretentious markets and shops flank luxury boutiques and design centres. With a coastline that covers 4.5 kilometres, Barcelona offers a number of wonderful beaches, including Barceloneta and MarBella. But if mountains are your preferred thing, you’re in luck. At nearby Montserrat National Park you can hike to your heart’s content, immersing yourself in the stunning multi-peak mountain range. After all, having it all is very much a way of life in Barcelona!

Speaking of having it all, Montserrat is not only full of natural beauty, it is the site of a spiritual destination dating back to the 11th century: Abadia de Montserrat (Montserrat Monastery). If you do opt for the Mediterranean Highlights cruise, which ends in Barcelona, you may want to spend the night in the otherworldly setting of Montserrat – a city unto itself – where Benedictine monks pray, work and welcome visitors. Here you will find an 11th-century Romanesque church, a 12th-century library, several good eateries and shops, as well as hotel accommodations.

Regardless of the itinerary you choose for your Mediterranean cruise from Haifa, an important last order of business remains: an overview of the ship that will take you on your journey!

Rhapsody of the Seas®: Sea Days to Sing About

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A midsize Vision-class ship, Rhapsody of the Seas offers a more intimate and serene cruise experience – but without sacrificing the onboard adventures which have made Royal Caribbean the Cruise Line voted Best Overall for 20 years running. With 1,020 staterooms and suites accommodating up to 1,998 passengers, guests will enjoy smaller crowds and superior service. The ship comprises 11 guest decks and has a cruising speed of 22 knots.

World-class dining, showstopping entertainment, thrilling nightlife and activities suited for every family member are all found onboard. Children ages 3 and up will be completely in their element at Adventure Ocean®, a space for games, crafts, and themed parties supervised by specially trained staff. Older kids won’t get enough of the rock-climbing wall while your whole crew will love the pool parties, fun classes (think sushi-making and salsa dancing!), live music events and jaw-dropping original productions.

For a sublime epicurean experience, when you book your cruise make reservations at Chef’s Table, the most exclusive dining experience in the fleet. At this unforgettable white-tablecloth restaurant you will savour five courses ranging from succulent scallop carpaccio to melt-in-your-mouth fillet mignon. Other palate-pleasing specialty eateries include Chops Grille℠, Izumi Japanese Cuisine and Giovanni’s Table℠, as well as such all-inclusive options as the Main Dining Room and Windjammer Café.

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Say the words holy land cruise and you might whet the appetite of more than one cruiser..

This fabled part of Israel, available on many Mediterranean cruises is a must see-destination for many. The region is the cradle of the three world’s main religions, and is a destination that warrants discovery. But cruises to Israel are not just for those on a Christian, Jewish or Islamic pilgrimage. For sure, people have flocked here from all over the world but there is far more to a Holy Land cruise than just the holy.

Silversea’s cruises to Israel are part of our various Mediterranean itineraries, making joining (and, regrettably, leaving) your ship very easy. Most departures are from Athens, and you’ll most likely take in a few Greek islands first. Once you reach the Holy Land, we guarantee even the most jaded history buff will become revitalised. However, today, the busy cities of Jerusalem and Nazareth are far more than just historical destinations; they are overflowing with contemporary life.

Arrive in Ashdod and enjoy the hour or so voyage to the city of Jerusalem. The city is known for its timeless beauty and as the one time centre of the world; it has a heavy influence on modern day civilisation. Sightseeing here is packed full of must sees- run your hands over the Western Wall, visit the Yad Vashem holocaust museum or travel north to Tel Aviv and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site city and the famous Jaffa Gate.

Nazareth is no less spectacular. The home of Jesus Christ himself, the city had a heady reputation to live up to. But far from being the bucolic town one might expect, Nazareth is a modern hub that belies its heritage. If the mega metropolis is too urban, head out to Golan Heights and explore the stunning scenery and historic sites where it is believed Jesus lived, preached, and performed his miracles.

Silversea’s shore excursion programme offers fascinating insights to this incredible part of the world. All the sights – and sites – are visited so the only thing you have to choose is how much or how little you want to do!


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Jerusalem Tour (From Ashdod)

Jerusalem Tour (From Ashdod)

A small group shore excursion to the eternal city of Jerusalem

Dead Sea and Masada Tour

Dead Sea and Masada Tour

A small group tour to The Dead Sea. Breathtaking scenery, a UNESCO heritage site and... a lot of FUN!

Jaffa and Tel Aviv Tour

Jaffa and Tel Aviv Tour

A small group tour to the most vibrant & cool city in the Middle East - Tel Aviv and the old port city of Jaffa.

2 Days: Jerusalem & Masada & Dead Sea

2 Days: Jerusalem & Masada & Dead Sea

An unforgettable small group shore excursion to 2 of the most fascinating places in the world - Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour

A fascinating small group tour to the biblical and historical sites in Jerusalem & Bethlehem.

Private Shore Excursion

Private Shore Excursion

Custom made, private shore excursions for small groups and individuals from the ports of Haifa & Ashdod.

Nazareth & Galilee Tour (from Haifa)

Nazareth & Galilee Tour (from Haifa)

Follow the footstep of Jesus Christ and visit breathtaking scenery of the Galilee region in this small group shore excursion

Jerusalem Tour (From Haifa)

Jerusalem Tour (From Haifa)

A small group shore excursions to the City of Jerusalem from Haifa

Acre, Safed & Haifa Tour

Acre, Safed & Haifa Tour

A fascinating off-the-bitten-track excursion that covers some of the hidden gems of Israel - Acre (Acco), Tzfat and Caesarea (Keisaria).

2 Days: Jerusalem & Galilee Region

2 Days: Jerusalem & Galilee Region

A full two-day small group tour in beautiful Northern Israel (Galilee) and ancient Jerusalem, with an overnight stay.

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Visit the land of miracles - Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.

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Price Includes: Land Portion - first class (4 Star) lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, modern transportation, sightseeing as listed. Cruise Portion - Inside cabin (category IA), 3 port tours (Patmos, Ephesus, & Crete), onboard gratuities, non-alcoholic beverage package, all meals.

Not Included: Land Portion - travel/cancellation insurance, Israel gratuities will be paid in advance ($125 per person will be added to your final invoice for gratuities to be paid to driver, guide, and hotel staff while in Israel). Cruise Portion - Port taxes & service charges. ($180 will be added to your final invoice to prepay this cruise charge) Flight Departures - Airfare (including Tel Aviv to Athens flight), special fares are available nationwide including transfers. (transfers not included unless airfare is purchased from Pilgrim Tours)

Airport transfers are included only when airfare is purchased from Pilgrim Tours. Taxi service is available for those purchasing their airfare elsewhere.

Please Note: Travelers from Visa Exempt countries visiting Israel must apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) online at Israel ETA-IL Application | Apply for your Israel eVisa online (etaisrael.com) . Once approved, an ETA confirmation will be emailed to you. There is no need to print this confirmation; simply save it on your phone. The cost of the ETA permit is 25 shekels (approximately 7 USD), and it permits stays of up to 90 days. The permit remains valid for up to two years or until your passport expires, whichever occurs first. Failure to meet these entry requirements may result in loss of tour participation and associated penalties.

*Customers traveling to Israel that do not provide their full passport information will incur an additional fee of $160 per person to cover the Israel VAT (value-add tax) on their final invoice.

Deposit Required: A $500 per person US Dollar deposit (which includes a $100 non-refundable service fee) is required to secure a reservation.

Day 1: Departure

Today we embark on our Journey to the Holy Land. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…tomorrow you will be walking where Jesus walked!

Day 2: Arrive Israel

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Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the “Great Sea.” Meet your Israeli guide, enjoy a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of the "Promised Land," and a good night’s rest.

Day 3: Caesarea, Megiddo, & Nazareth

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After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on history and the remains of this famous port city, an aqueduct, and then journey through the Mt. Carmel range, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village, a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next three nights along the Sea of Galilee.

Day 4: Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Jesus Boat, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Magdala

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Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s confession and pagan worship. We pass the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and the Mount of the Beatitudes. Returning to Galilee for a St. Peter’s fish lunch (other selections available), we then visit the ancient fisherman boat followed by a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. We conclude our day with a visit to Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the first century synagogue and well-preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel.

Day 5: Capernaum, Corazin, Mt. Arbel, Jordan River Baptism Site

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Today we visit the Biblical towns of Capernaum and Corazin. Capernaum is located along the Sea of Galilee and was the hometown of Peter. It is likely where Jesus and the disciples lived during much of His ministry while in Galilee. Next, we visit Corazin which offers another example of a Jewish synagogue and a replica of the “Seat of Moses” which was carved out of the local basalt block and from which the scribes and Pharisees would have read the Torah. We enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Galilee region atop Mt. Arbel. Mt. Arbel could likely be the location that Jesus would get away from the crowds to take time in prayer with His heavenly Father. Here our guide will point out the various towns listed in scripture during the time of Jesus. We conclude our day with an opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal Site.

Day 6: Beit Shean, Bethany Beyond Jordan, Abraham's Tent, Mt. of Olives & Garden of Gethsemane

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We travel southward this morning to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho and view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. To the east of Jericho along the Jordan River Valley (Queser El Yehud) is the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan. In this area Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist; Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan; and the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time to relive life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food. Arriving in Jerusalem we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the Old City atop the Mt. of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next four nights in Jerusalem.

Day 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Dead Sea Swim

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Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next, we visit the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing float in the Dead Sea.

Day 8: Jesus’ Steps, Western Walls, Southern Steps, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb

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Today we walk where Jesus walked, beginning the day with a visit to the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. Next, we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place where Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. This afternoon we move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate, and St. Anne’s Church. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route where Christ was led. (The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study!) The climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.

Day 9: Israel Museum, Friends of Zion Museum, Bethlehem

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An interesting and educational time awaits us today at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of century’s old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem. This model will help put into perspective all that you have seen over the previous days’ touring. We then visit the Friends of Zion Museum to learn of the 19th and 20th century heroes of the Jewish people. We spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ with a visit to Bethlehem. This evening we enjoy a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving us a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.

Day 10: Arrive Athens

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We fly to Athens and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.

Day 11: Cruising Mykonos

We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 12: Ephesus and Patmos

Docking in Turkey, enjoy a tour of Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the Agora, the Odeon, the Library, the marble-paved main Street, the Baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have a tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy the Captain's dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night.

Day 13: Crete & Beautiful Santorini

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Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take a tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. You may choose to take an optional panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. Travel through countless villages and settlements with delicate architecture and beauties eventually arriving in Oia. During your time in Oia, visit the many narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Upon returning to the ship, we view the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea, & Nea Kameni. We arrive at the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 14: Disembark Cruise – Ancient Corinth & Cenchreae

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We disembark the cruise this morning and travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Next, we visit ancient Corinth, the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters and is a highlight for the New Testament scholar. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love for the Bible. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. We travel on to the top of the nearby Acropolis where our guide will speak on the worship practices and point out the bird’s eye view of what was a bustling city of around 800,000 during Paul’s stay. Another important stop is a visit to Diolkos where we view the paved trackway which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth and served as a life line for Corinth. This shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. Before returning to Athens, we will visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18 states the Apostle Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfill a vow.

Day 15: Athens

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Following breakfast this morning we tour Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. From atop Mars Hill we view the Agora below, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our panoramic bus tour are, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.

Day 16: Home

A very early morning departure for the Athens Airport for our flight homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.

Important Note: Although the itinerary above obviously emphasizes the spiritual aspect of this marvelous country, our guides are also experts in and passionate about the miracle of the return of the Jews and the restoration of the state of Israel. This fact, along with many modern day topics (military, politics, education, and other cultural aspects), will be woven into the commentary in order to give you well rounded information.

*The tour itinerary is subject to change or be slightly modified in order to best meet the interests of the group.

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In Alexandria, you’ll find the best of Egypt at your fingertips with easy access to local attractions, as well as an opportunity to visit Cairo, the Sphinx, and the Great Pyramids. Stroll along the seaside Corniche, where you’ll find enticing local restaurants and cafés with sweeping views of the Alexandria coastline. Visit the legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), home to around 1.5 million items, including books, relics, six special libraries, a planetarium, and four museums. After an overnight stay, finish your journey with fresh seafood in the city’s Anfushi district, a favorite area among locals for dining and culture.

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Jerusalem is one of the holiest cities on earth, containing some of the most revered sites among three of the world’s biggest religions. On cruises to Israel and Egypt, you’ll sail to nearby Ashdod, a gleaming modern port city just a short drive from Jerusalem. Visit the great Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, then tour the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Head to the Machaneh Yehuda Market to shop for hand-crafted gifts, sample the traditional Israeli lunch of falafel and hummus, and mingle with locals. This is an overnight destination, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore this multi-layered city in depth.

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Haifa is one of Israel’s most dynamic port cities, on the glittering Mediterranean coast. You’ll find stunning architecture and meticulously manicured gardens at the Baha'i Shrine, with commanding views of the sea and city from the cascading garden terraces. For even more spectacular views, ride the Haifa cable car up from the bustling Bat Galim promenade to the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery. This 19th-century church features famous depictions of the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah, as well as a cedar statue of the Virgin Madonna of Mt. Carmel.

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  7. Best Cruises to Israel & Egypt

    On cruises to Israel and Egypt, you'll sail to nearby Ashdod, a gleaming modern port city just a short drive from Jerusalem. Visit the great Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, then tour the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Head to the Machaneh Yehuda Market to shop for hand-crafted gifts, sample the traditional Israeli ...

  8. Cruises To Tel-Aviv (Haifa), Israel

    1.866.234.7350. Back to top. Enjoy the Mediterranean port city of Tel-Aviv (Haifa), Israel on your next cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line. This ancient city is truly a place worth seeing.

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    Find cheap Israel cruises on Tripadvisor. Search for great cruise deals and compare prices to help you plan your next cruise vacation to Israel.

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    See All Cruises To Israel. Our Israel cruise Vacations give you the opportunity to see more and experience more. Included in the price are visits to several magical Greek islands, the iconic ancient city of Ephesus and the incredulous pyramids of Egypt together with the world-class Cairo museum. Check out all the ports of call you will visit below.

  11. 6-9 Day Cruises to Israel

    Looking for 7 day cruises to Israel? Find and plan your next 7 day cruise to Israel on Cruise Critic with a variety of departure ports and popular cruise lines to choose from.

  12. 14 Night Mediterranean and Israel Cruise on Island Princess from

    See details and pricing for the Island Princess 14 Night Mediterranean and Israel Cruise sailing October 31, 2022 from Civitavecchia (Rome). Book Princess Cruises online or call 1-800-427-8473 - iCruise.com. ... The itinerary information below reflects the original day-by-day port of call schedule for the Monday, Oct 31, 2022 departure of the ...

  13. Ashdod Cruise Vacations 2024 & 2025 Celestyal Cruises US

    Ashdod is the gateway port to Israel's Holy Land and vibrant Tel Aviv. 7-night all-inclusive cruise includes visits to pyramids of Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus. Celestyal Cruises US ... and any time of day you're likely to find Israelis going for a swim or playing a game of matkot, or paddle ball, on the sand. Cafes and fish restaurants opposite the ...

  14. The Best Cruises From Haifa, Israel

    Haifa, a stunning city on the slopes of Mount Carmel, is the perfect starting point for an unforgettable Mediterranean holiday. Sail from Israel's third largest city on 2-9 night cruises island hopping in Greece, exploring ancient mysteries in Cyprus and even basking in sun-drenched Palma de Mallorca.Join as we unpack can't-miss itineraries and sights on a Mediterranean cruise from Haifa ...

  15. Israel and the Holy Land

    Silversea's cruises to Israel are part of our various Mediterranean itineraries, making joining (and, regrettably, leaving) your ship very easy. Most departures are from Athens, and you'll most likely take in a few Greek islands first. Once you reach the Holy Land, we guarantee even the most jaded history buff will become revitalised.

  16. Israel Cruise Excursions

    Get Back To Your Ship on Time! Most comprehensive tour plans - See and experience more of Israel! Luxurious safe transportation - New, tourist licensed mini-buses and vans. Competitive prices - Enjoy semi-private, small group Israel Cruise Excursions for less than the price of a bus tour.

  17. Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel Cruises

    Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel. Visit the land of miracles - Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of the Beautitudes and Tabgha. Venture to Nazareth, home of the young Jesus. See the largest hanging gardens in the world at the Bahai Gardens of Haifa. Or visit the Nahalal Moshav, a commune established in 1921 by Jewish immigrants.

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    Find cheap 10-14 day cruises to Israel on Tripadvisor. Search for great cruise deals and compare prices to help you plan your next 10-14 day Israel cruise vacation.

  19. Cruises to Israel & Greece 2024, 2025: 16 Day Trip

    Day 2: Arrive Israel. Arrive in Israel and travel northward to our hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, and have dinner. The time is right for a personal devotional with the sunset over the "Great Sea.". Meet your Israeli guide, enjoy a time of prayer ...

  20. Mediterranean, Israel & Egypt

    Select Your Country. Set sail on the Celebrity Eclipse for 10 Nights and experience the best of Europe on the Mediterranean, Israel & Egypt. Book your Celebrity Cruise today!

  21. Israel Cruises: Best Cruises to Israel 2023 & 2024

    On a cruise to Israel, you will visit some of the world's most important religious sites in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock, and walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Take time to see the profoundly moving Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

  22. Best Cruises to Israel & Egypt

    On cruises to Israel and Egypt, you'll sail to nearby Ashdod, a gleaming modern port city just a short drive from Jerusalem. Visit the great Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, then tour the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Head to the Machaneh Yehuda Market to shop for hand-crafted gifts, sample the traditional Israeli ...