Galilee (from Haifa) cruises

Often likened to Naples or San Francisco, Haifa, draped across pine-scented hillsides around a sweeping bay, is the charming and largest city in Northern Israel. Despite superb beaches, museums and galleries, the undoubted star here is the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens. Statues of eagles and peacocks preside over manicured lawns that rise in attractive tiers, revealing views over its exquisite gold-domed shrine and far, far beyond.

As the third largest city in Israel, and also one of its prettiest, Haifa has plenty to offer, including picturesque gardens, architecture from the Ottoman and Bauhaus periods, and a lively town centre. Hilly Haifa is also Israel’s largest port, and the sea plays an important role in day-to- day life here. On your Haifa cruise, you will find attractive beaches giving way to a unique mix of neighbourhoods, cultures and six faiths living peacefully side by side.

Things to do on your Haifa cruise

Perhaps the most iconic of all Haifa’s sights are the Bahá’í Gardens on the dramatic, sheer inclines of Mount Carmel. You will find 19 immaculately manicured terraces containing flower beds, fountains, pools and sculptures, and the views out over Haifa Bay alone are worth the visit. It takes over 100 gardeners to maintain the site, and the hard work definitely pays off – the gardens are a place of beauty, peace and serenity. It is no surprise then that they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Nearby, you will also find the Gan Ha’em gardens, which are quiet, shady and family-friendly – the perfect place to take a rest and relax. If you are lucky, you might even catch a concert at the amphitheatre on a lazy summer’s evening. 

Haifa plays host to many religious wonders, too. Visit the Stella Maris Monastery to find out more about the Carmelite order. Established in the late 12th century, it refers to a time when crusader-era pilgrims chose a life of solitude on the slopes of Mount Carmel. The sea views from the monastery are second to none, and the beautifully painted interior of the church also makes for spectacular viewing. When you visit, be sure to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders.

The port area of Haifa, Israel’s main maritime gateway, is the liveliest and most bustling area of the city, and is also where you will find the most shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Indulge in some traditional Israeli fare, pick up some souvenirs, or relax with a drink and watch the world go by. When you want to take a break, head down to Dado Beach – a luxurious stretch of sand lined with coffee shops and restaurants – to cool off.

Haifa is also located near many other iconic Israeli sites, making it a great base for exploring the Dead Sea, the Crusader city of Akko and the ancient city of Jerusalem nearby.

Haifa - a city of culture

In addition to all of its outdoor delights, Haifa is also a cultural centre of Israel. Here you will find a great number of museums and galleries, including the Hecht Museum – one of the most fascinating in Israel. It contains, among many other things, the Ma’agan Mikhael Ship – a well-preserved merchant ship from approximately 400 BC. Then you could think about a visit to the MadaTech, an interactive and engaging science museum. Finally, do not miss the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, which details the Zionist Movement and their attempt to infiltrate Jewish refugees from Europe into Palestine between 1934 and 1948.


Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Haifa & Acre

    Israel's largest port is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

    Haifa & Acre

    Haifa's outline is dotted with churches, mosques and synagogues and it enjoys a peaceful coexistence between the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i communities. Visit the Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah’s Cave and stop for a panoramic view of Haifa’s bay and landmark; the beautiful Baha'i Temple surrounded by the magnificent Persian gardens built on 19 terraces with fountains and promenades.

    Acre is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the world's only preserved Crusader city and port, whose existence dates back almost 5,000 years.

    Visit the Crypt of St John from the times of Richard the Lion Heart with a highlight being the Knight’s Hall where religious functions were held. Return to the ship with a scenic drive around the old city walls, enjoying examples of medieval architecture.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is over two hours of extensive walking on this tour over rough and uneven terrain. This tour is not recommended for guests who suffer from claustrophobia as part of the walking is through a tunnel. Please note that on some occasions Crusaders Knight’s Hall is closed due to private functions; in the event of this, alternative sites will be visited. The Stella Maris Monastery is closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    HFA_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Scenes of Haifa

    A leisurely option to introduce you to some of the sites of Haifa.

    Scenes of Haifa

    Located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa enjoys a peaceful coexistence between the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Baha'i communities. The city’s landmark is the beautiful Baha'i Temple surrounded by the magnificent Persian gardens built on 19 terraces with fountains and promenades. During a panoramic drive of Haifa, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting information on the history of the city.

    Sit back and relax on board your coach as you journey through the picturesque German Colony before ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of Haifa bay and the stunning Bahai Gardens.

    A visit will be made to the Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah’s Cave, before your drive continues to Mukraqa. Enjoy a visit inside this Carmelite monastery, which according to tradition constitutes the place where the Prophet Elijah battled the Baal Prophets.

    Your return journey to the port will take you through charming Druze villages.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking, although guests can opt to stay on the coach during the stops if they prefer. Guests are advised to dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites; shoulders and knees must be covered.

    Tour code

    HFA_017

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Jerusalem & Bethlehem by Minivan

    A private tour is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together and discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

    Jerusalem & Bethlehem by Minivan

    A minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Minivans will take up to six guests.

    Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; it was in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

    The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

    Luncheon including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note, this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.

    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver-guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    The journey to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over five hours of walking on this tour including some steps and cobble-stones.

    Entrances, luncheon, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

    Tour code

    HFA_704

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Nazareth & Galilee

    Travel to Galilee, the scene of Christ's youth, where he was baptized, preached and performed many of his miracles.

    Nazareth & Galilee

    Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from the Mount of Beatitudes and in the year 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope. At Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with two fish and five loaves.

    Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and a guided walking tour will uncover the ruins of the synagogue where Christ preached. Visit the bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

    Luncheon with wine will be served before travelling to Nazareth to explore the area of Jesus’ youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves over four hours of walking. The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; a visit will be made to St Peter’s Primacy instead.

    Tour code

    HFA_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Ancient Caesarea

    Explore the ancient city of Caesarea; built by King Herod the Great in honour of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.

    Ancient Caesarea

    Halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv is the site of the ancient city of Caesarea. This magnificent city was constructed more than 2,000 years ago, by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world; King Herod the Great, who dedicated it to Caesar Augustus. It was considered to be one of the most splendid cities in the area at the time, and acted as the capital of the province for almost 600 years.

    Today it is an impressive Archaeological Park. During a guided tour of the site your knowledgeable guide will take you back in time, with stories of the past. Pass by the Roman Amphitheatre and the crusaders fortifications and moat, before arriving at the Hippodrome. Imagine the spectacular scene of chariot races and gladiator games being held here against the backdrop of the sea and great breakwaters. A highlight will be the remarkable Aqueduct; a sophisticated water system which supplied water to the city from a spring four miles north of Caesarea.

    Complete your tour with a stop at the Visitor Centre to experience a 3D multimedia presentation displaying the developments and changes that have occurred over 2,000 years. During the presentation it will appear as if the city is being reawakened before your very eyes.

    Your return journey takes you via Mt Carmel, offering a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the magnificent Baha’i Temple and Gardens.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately three hours of walking over uneven and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The journey from Haifa to Caesarea is approximately 45 minutes each way.

    Tour code

    HFA_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Nazareth & Galilee by Private Minivan

    A private tour is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together and discover Nazareth and Galilee.

    Nazareth & Galilee by Private Minivan

    A minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Minivans will take up to six guests.

    Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from the Mount of Beatitudes and in the year 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope. At Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with two fish and five loaves.

    Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and a guided walking tour will uncover the ruins of the synagogue where Christ preached. Visit the bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

    Luncheon will be served before travelling to Nazareth to explore the area of Jesus’ youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver/guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    In total there is over four hours of walking on this tour. The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; a visit will be made to St Peter’s Primacy instead.

    Entrances, luncheon, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

    Tour code

    HFA_702

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Leisurely Jerusalem

    This tour is ideal for those who prefer a more leisurely schedule amidst the sights and sounds of Jerusalem.

    Leisurely Jerusalem

    Your scenic drive to Jerusalem is on the Road of Courage, which is scattered with remains of the convoys that tried to reach Jerusalem during the War of Independence. The drive will also take you through Ein Karem the birthplace of John the Baptist.

    In Jerusalem, pass through the New City with the Israel Museum and the Knesset; the Israel Parliament. For those who wish, there will be the option to visit the Menorah, before stopping for a panoramic view of the Old City from Mount of Olives.

    Continue onto the Garden of Gethsemane and view the Church of All Nations with the ancient olive trees in the garden where Jesus prayed and wept and was betrayed by Judas. For those who wish, there will be the option to visit the Church.

    Enjoy luncheon served with wine before visiting the Western or Wailing Wall, the most sacred Jewish shrine, with the option to leave the coach for a short walk to explore. From this plaza you’ll have a wonderful view of the Al Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, sacred Muslim sites.

    There will be an opportunity to shop for some local souvenirs before driving back to the port.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking involved on this tour, most of which is optional. Guests can enjoy the majority of sights from the comfort of the coach.

    Tour code

    HFA_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Glorious Jerusalem

    This tour provides the opportunity to maximise your day in Jerusalem and visit many of the highlights of the Old City.

    Glorious Jerusalem

    Walk through Zion Gate to enter the room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. This is the site of the Coenaculum, the room where Christ and the Apostles dined at the Last Supper. See the remains and reconstructed areas of The Cardo Maximus built by the Emperor Hadrian, and visit the Western or Wailing Wall, revered as the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple (destroyed by Rome in 70 AD).

    Afterwards, visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Centre. This impressive archaeological park, dating back some 5,000 years is Israel’s most important antiquity site. The Davidson Centre exhibits the history of the Temple Mount, and showcases the cities glorious past.

    Enjoy luncheon served with wine, before visiting Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. Resume your walk through the city’s narrow and cobbled streets to experience the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) and observe some of the various stations of the cross.

    Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Christ, before continuing onto the Church of All Nations and Rock of Agony.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over five hours of walking on this tour including many steps and cobble-stones. At the church of the Holy Sepulcher, steep steps lead to the 2nd level where a shrine is situated.

    Tour code

    HFA_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    11½ hours

  • Jerusalem & Bethlehem by Private Car

    A private tour is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together and discover Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

    Jerusalem & Bethlehem by Private Car

    A car with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that persons credit card. Once onboard, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Cars will take up to three guests.

    Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; it was in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

    The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

    Luncheon including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note, this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.

    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Request only one ticket per group and not the number in your party. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver-guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    The journey to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over five hours of walking on this tour including some steps and cobble-stones.

    Entrances, luncheon, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

    Tour code

    HFA_703

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Masada & The Dead Sea

    Explore the stirring site of Masada before experiencing the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

    Masada & The Dead Sea

    Drive through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem for a panoramic view of the Old City, before continuing through the Judean Desert next to Jerico passing Quamran to Masada.

    Herod the Great built a fortress and palace on a tabletop mountain that towers 1450 feet above the Dead Sea. It was here that the Jewish Zealots made their courageous last stand against Roman armies during the Jewish revolt. Ascend the mountain by cable car then explore the site and view Herod’s Palace and the synagogue.

    At 1276 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth; the mineral laden water is undrinkable and supports no life. Visit a leading resort hotel on its shore and experience a classic moment for visitors to the Holy Land, the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea.

    A buffet luncheon accompanied by wine will be served in the resort hotel. Your return journey to Haifa takes you via the Jordan Valley.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Haifa and Masada is approximately three hours each way. Changing facilities and showers are available at the hotel. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen.

    Tour code

    HFA_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    12½ hours

  • Leisurely Galilee

    This less strenuous tour visits the sacred sights of The Galilee where Jesus was baptized, preached and spent his youth.

    Leisurely Galilee

    Visit Tabgha and The Church of the Multiplication which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with two fish and five loaves. Consecrated in 1981, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle.

    Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from the Mount of Beatitudes and Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope on the year 2000. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee.

    Continue onto the river bank revered to be the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

    Enjoy a delicious luncheon before driving to Nazareth to the district of Jesus’ youth. Enjoy a scenic drive of the city before viewing the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.

    The return drive through the Mount Carmel Mountains will offer a panoramic view of Haifa Bay and the Bahai Temple and Gardens.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. In order to derive full enjoyment from this tour, some walking is required at each of the stops, you may however choose to remain on the coach if you prefer. The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; St Peter’s Primacy will be viewed instead.

    Tour code

    HFA_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Nazareth & Galilee by Private Car

    A private tour is the perfect solution for guests who wish to tour together and discover Nazareth and Galilee.

    Nazareth & Galilee by Private Car

    A car with an English-speaking driver/guide is offered on this tour. This is a private vehicle; those accompanying you are family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of guests to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and driver/guides are extremely limited and so early reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment. No deviations to duration, venues if included, departure or return time can be made.

    The tour fare is per vehicle and only one person in the party should book a ticket. The entire cost of the vehicle and tour will be charged to that person’s credit card. Once on board, you’ll receive a request for the names of each individual in your party. This information is required to allow your party to disembark the ship for the tour.

    Cars will take up to 3 guests.

    Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount from the Mount of Beatitudes and in the year 2000, Pope John-Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on its slope. At Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication, which is believed to occupy the site where Christ performed his miracle with 2 fish and 5 loaves.

    Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and a guided walking tour will uncover the ruins of the synagogue where Christ preached. Visit the bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan.

    Luncheon will be served before travelling to Nazareth to explore the area of Jesus’ youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969 and the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. It is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary.


    Private tours are non-refundable once confirmed. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability and number of guests in your party. Only one person in the party is required to book a ticket. Vehicles are air-conditioned and come with an English-speaking driver-guide (a separate guide is not included). No deviations to tour content, duration, departure or return time can be made.

    In total there is over four hours of walking on this tour. The Church of the Multiplication is closed on Sundays; a visit will be made to St Peter’s Primacy instead.

    Entrances, luncheon, toilet facilities, photography and video fees are included for the venues incorporated in this tour itinerary.

    Tour code

    HFA_701

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Jerusalem & Bethlehem

    Discover some of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land including the Western Wall and the Church of the Nativity.

    Jerusalem & Bethlehem

    Your scenic drive treats you to a panoramic view of the old city before visiting the Church of All Nations. The Church was built at Gethsemane in 1924 and features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction; according to the bible, it is in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ.

    The Western or Wailing Wall is part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great and is the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Continue through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, and observe some of the Stations of the Cross. Take the route uphill through the city's narrow, cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the final Stations of the Cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ's crucifixion, entombment and resurrection.

    Luncheon including wine will be served before the visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Grotto.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Jerusalem is approximately two hours each way, so a hearty breakfast is recommended. There is over five hours of walking on this tour including many steps and cobble-stones. Bethlehem is in the Palestinian Authority so a local guide will join the coach at the check point as Israelis are not permitted to enter Bethlehem. The visit to the Church is combined with a shopping stop in the town which is organised by the local guide.

    Tour code

    HFA_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    11½ hours