Organized trips in Israel with a professional guide for cruise passengers
The highly popular sea cruises in the Mediterranean Sea are back. Luxurious cruise ships regularly stop at the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod and provide tourists with the opportunity to discover the Holy Land.
We can organize one-day guided tours for small groups in Russian, English and Polish and make it easy for you to enjoy the unforgettable experience of visiting famous sites in the Holy Land.
With us, you will be able to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem, immerse yourself in the Jordan river and float on the Dead Sea, see ancient Jericho and cloistered monasteries in the Judean desert, walk on the banks of the Sea of Galilee and go to Nazareth, city of the Annunciation, and Capernaum, city of Jesus. We will ascend to the heights of Zefat, the center of Kabbala studies. We will see Druze and Baha’i holy places. The list goes on.
If you contact us in advance, we can create a tour program that fits your interests, wishes and capability as well as the season. We work with all tourists, including people with physical limitations and families with children.
We will be waiting for you at the port with a comfortable minivan. We offer transportation according to the number of people in your group. Of course, together with you we will discuss and set the price of the tour.
These are the best popular tours for tourists from cruise ships.
Holy sites of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Bethlehem is the home of the most ancient of all churches, the Church of Nativity. Built 17 centuries ago, this church retains most of its original appearance. In the crypt under the altar you can see the grotto of Nativity. The church is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In Jerusalem we will walk in the Old City, viewing the Christian, Armenian, Moslem and Jewish quarters. We will see Cardo, the main street of the ancient city.
We will visit the holiest Christian shrine - the Church of Holy Sepulchre, within which the place of Crucifixion, the Stone of Anointment and the Holy Tomb of Christ are located.
We will go to the Wailing Wall and place notes with our most private wishes in it.
Focus on Jerusalem
Eternal Jerusalem is holy for three monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will learn how each religion interprets the same ancient prophecies and relates to the same holy places.
In the Room of the Last Supper - the Cenacle - Jesus blessed his apostles with the great mystery of Sacrament. This occurred over the tomb of Kind David, who is also considered a prophet in Islam.
The most holy place for all Christians is the Church of Holy Sepulchre within which are the five last stations of the Cross of our Savior, mount of Calvary and Holy Tomb.
The Wailing Wall is the most important Jewish holy place, filled with an eternal spiritual presence. Higher up is the Temple Mount on which Al-Aqua mosque and golden Dome of the Rock, the third holiest sites in Islam, are located and under which the Cornerstone of Creation lies.
The coastal plane - Caesarea and Tel Aviv- Yafo
The focus of this tour is the interlacing of our ancient history and the dynamic present.
Caesarea was the most ambitious of the many projects of King Herod. Thanks to the construction of this magnificent city, Judea played an important role in Roman Empire. We will see the ancient theatre and port as well as the amphitheatre for gladiator games.
Contemporary Tel Aviv is a center for science, high-tech and entertainment. Its historical center, “the White City”, is protected by UNESCO. The first quarters of the city, Neve Tzedek and Sarona, are a must-go and unique.
Ancient Jaffa is more than 5000 years old. It is believed to be founded by Japheth, the son of Biblical Noah. The shores of Jaffa are linked with the story of Andromeda and Perseus, who killed the sea monster using the Medusa Gorgon's head. We will see the house, where Apostle Peter received an important prophesy. Ancient Jaffa was captured by many famous empire builders, including Napoleon. In the medieval quarters of old Jaffa you will find inviting cafes, restaurants, stores and boutiques and distinctive gift shops.
Haifa and Akko
Haifa lies on the slopes of the biblical Mount Carmel. It is remarkable that modern Haifa embodies prophet Elijah, who hid here in a cave 2900 years ago. We will be able to delight in the terraced Baha’i Gardens - the world center of of Baha’i religion, which aspires to bring together all people in the world. We will go the German Colony, constructed in the middle of the 19th century by the messianic sect of Templers, who came to Haifa from Germany for the purpose of creating an ideal biblical society.
North of Haifa Bay one of the most ancient cities in the world, Akko, is located. Akko was the most important ports of the Middle East and the gateway to the Holy Land for a period of 4000 years. Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, the Seleucids and the Roman general Pompey all fought for control of this port. Julius Caesar, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Armenian king Tigranes the Great all controlled the walled city.
During the crusades for 100 years Akko became the capital of the Second Crusader Kingdom and the largest commercial center of the Mediterranean. You will be able to see Knight’s Halls - the citadel of the Hospitallers order. Today this site is protected by UNESCO.
At the end of the 18th century, Napoleon besieged Akko but was not able to capture it.
Today the economy of this ancient port is based on tourism. You will see an exotic Eastern market )“shuk”( with stalls selling fish and a potpourri of spices as well as souvenir shops and tempting restaurants and try real humus, aromatic coffee and Arab sweet treats.
Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee
This tour explores Galilee, which lies northeast of Haifa. This is the place where Christianity was born. In Nazareth, according to the Bible, Virgin Mary received the Annunciation from Archangel Gabriel. In this city Jesus lived until the age of 30 when He began his prophetic activity.
From Nazareth Lord Jesus set out for the Sea of Galilee, where, in the village of Capernaum, He spent the three most productive years of His life. Here, He gathered a group of apostles. Here, He worked a great number of miracles. You will see a string of beautiful churches dedicated to these miracles.
In one of the Galilee restaurants, you will eat St. Peters Fish, the one that Jesus used to fish together with His disciples.
The Jordan river and the monasteries of the Judean desert
The unique climate of the Judean desert as well as its proximity to Jerusalem led to the creation of monastic movements in the area as early as the first centuries of Christianity. Several of these ancient monasteries have been preserved to this day. We will see St. George of Choziba Monastery, overlooking a deep canyon. We will reach by the cable car to the steep cliffs of the Monastery of Temptation (Qarantal) in Jericho, the oldest city in the world. We will visit the St. Gerasimos Monastery on the road leading to the Jordan river. You will be able not only to see that legendary Jordan river but also to immerse yourself in its waters in the true Baptismal site, where John the Baptist himself baptized Jesus.
If any time is remaining, we can enjoy one of the beaches of the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea and Masada fortress
The area of the Dead Sea is unique, being the lowest place on earth, on the Syrian-African rift.
Dead Sea lies 435 meters below sea level. The nature here is unusual, even unique. It is marked by high atmospheric pressure, bone-dry air humidity, weakened ultra-violet waves, water that is 30% salt and almost a complete lack of rain. Here grow endemic plants that have an amazing ability to survive in these extreme conditions. There are clinics in the resort area on the banks of the Dead Sea as well as enterprises producing unique cosmetics on the basis of the natural minerals and extracts from these exotic plants. Bathing in the Dead Sea is an experience in itself.
You can visit beaches where it is possible to relax and bathe as well as centers selling creams from the Dead Sea.
If you desire, we can take the cable car up to the Masada fortress, a symbol of Jewish heroism and resistance in the war against the Romans 2000 years ago.
*** Payment for site entry and meals are not included in the tour cost.
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