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From Tel Aviv: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth & Sea of Galilee

1. From Tel Aviv: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth & Sea of Galilee

See the famous sites of Israel on a day tour from Tel Aviv. Visit Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, and more. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned coach. Take part in a baptismal service on the Jordan River and see the Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry.  Your journey begins by traveling along Israel’s scenic coastal plain via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Traveling on, see the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Be amazed by the famous Sea of Galilee and the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Finally, overlooking Tiberias, visit the site of baptism on the Jordan River, where you can have a baptismal service. Return to Tel Aviv driving along with the view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

2. From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. Let an expert guide take you on a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. Begin by discovering the harbor city of Caesarea. Witness an ancient Roman city filled with ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. Tour the Baha’i gardens with their stunning terraces, known as one of Israel’s top attractions. Take the opportunity to photograph the UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. Once there, explore the area’s limestone grottoes and white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. Conclude your experience in Acra's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marvel at its impressive city walls, charming port, and oriental bazaar. Learn about the ancient city’s fascinating history from your guide as you wander historic streets known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans.

From Jerusalem: Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tour

3. From Jerusalem: Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tour

Enjoy a day exploring some of the most significant holy sites in Israel on an excursion by bus from Jerusalem. The guided tour sets out from the city early in the morning and drives along the scenic coast via Tel Aviv and the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. Arrive in Nazareth and visit St. Joseph’s Church and the Church of the Annunciation. The largest Roman Catholic church in the Middle East, the Church of the Annunciation is, according to tradition, the scene of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary.  Continue onwards via Kafr Kanna to view the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Set on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, you will stop to view the sea, and continue to the nearby ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum. Visit Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, considered one of the 4 Holy Cities of Judaism, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed. Drive to the Jordan River at Yardenit, where guests are invited to receive an optional baptismal service. Return to Jerusalem via a scenic route that takes in views of Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration.

From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

4. From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

Your guide will be waiting for you when you disembark from your cruise ship in Ashdod and the tour will begin with a pleasant drive to Jerusalem in a comfortable vehicle with A/C. At Mt. Scopus, the tour stops for a panoramic view across the city rooftops. Then drive towards the Old City passing biblical sites like the Garden of Gethsemane that stands on the Mount of Olives alongside the Church of All Nations. Also, spot the ancient Jewish tombs in Kidron Valley, and the Ophel Promenade as we drive parallel to the Old City walls. We enter the Old City on foot through one of the massive gates in the 16th-century walls and pass the Western Wall excavations as we walk towards the Western Wall. This sacred Jewish site is all that remains from the 2,000-year-old holy Jewish Temple that once stood on Temple Mount. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Byzantine Cardo lined with columns, then we walk along a section of the Via Dolorosa, as Jesus did bearing his cross. The Via Dolorosa culminates at the Holy Sepulcher Church which was built in the 4th century to encompass Christ’s tomb and the site of the crucifixion at Golgotha (Calvary). The tour stops for a lunch break in the Old City and you have time to meander through one of the traditional markets. Leaving the Old City we can see Mount Zion as we drive towards the town where Christ was born. In Bethlehem, we tour the Nativity Church and see the Holy Grotto where the nativity took place. The tour ends with a drive back to Ashdod port where you can rejoin your cruise ship and continue to your next port of call.

From Haifa: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

5. From Haifa: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

After being met by your guide at the Haifa cruise port you will take a pleasant drive north to Galilee. The journey takes you past the Jezreel Valley, known as biblical Armageddon. Our first stop is in Nazareth where Jesus spent the first years of his life. Tour the magnificent Church of Annunciation that marks the site where Mary first learned of her future son. Then explore the 1st-century grotto dwelling under Saint Joseph’s Church. According to tradition, Mary, Joseph, and their son Jesus may once have lived here. As the tour leaves Nazareth we see Mary’s Well then continue past Kfar Kana, the biblical town of Cana. Here Jesus changed water into wine. The tour takes you to the edge of the Sea of Galilee, and the Mount of Beatitudes. Here you can picture Jesus preaching to his followers. Visit the Beatitudes Church that looks out over the Sea of Galilee. The tour continues to Tabgha, a small village by the water. Here we tour the Multiplication Church where Jesus miraculously shared five loaves and two fish between thousands of followers. The next stop is in Kfar Nachum (Capernaum). This is where Jesus spent most of his ministry. After a lunch break at a Galilee restaurant, we stop on the banks of the River Jordan, at Yardenit. If there is enough time you may be baptized at this traditional baptismal site. The tour makes its way south passing the twin peaks of the Horns of Hattin, where Saladin famously defeated the Crusaders in 1187. At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to the port in Haifa in time to board the cruise ship and continue your adventure.

From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

6. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

Start your day with pickup from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Visit Nazareth and the impressive Basilica of Annunciation for a tour of the church and the old city of Nazaret. Continue towards the Sea of Galilee and pass Cana, the site of Jesus’s first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit ancient Capernaum, located at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes and see the Church of Multiplications. Finally, visit Yardenit Baptismal site at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, one of the possible sites of Jesus’ baptism. Explore this vibrant site that welcomes hundreds of thousands of pilgrims yearly who flock to the waters of the Jordan river. Return to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem with a suite of unforgettable memories and wonderful impressions.

Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

7. Caesarea, Haifa & Akko Day Trip from Jerusalem

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

From Amman: Private Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais Tour

8. From Amman: Private Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais Tour

Enjoy a captivating journey on this day trip from Amman to Jerash. Pickup from three options that allow you to visit Ajloun castle and the city of Umm Qais. Stay connected along the way with the included Wi-Fi and keep hydrated with the complimentary water. Be picked up from your accommodation in Amman and relax on the scenic drive to Jerash, a world-renowned Roman city that is often celebrated as one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities. Delve into history and stroll through this remarkable archaeological . Upgrade your experience by selecting the option to also visit the Ajloun Castle. After your visit to Jerash, go to see Ajloun Castle, a monumental fortress constructed by Saladin to safeguard Jerusalem. Nestled amidst lush forests, this fortress is a testament to historical grandeur. Get the full experience by selecting the option that includes Ajloun castle and the city of Umm Qais. After visiting the castle make your way to Umm Qais for breathtaking panoramic views that allow you to take in four countries simultaneously, including the mesmerizing Sea of Galilee. Marvel at the remarkable engineering prowess of the Romans in creating Umm Qais on a self-guided tour before returning to your accommodation in Amman.

Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko: Full-Day Tour

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

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

From Tel Aviv: North Israel Biblical Tour

10. From Tel Aviv: North Israel Biblical Tour

As the landscape opens up in front of you, you can feel the historical significance of this land. You're in the cradle of religious civilization, and here in the north of Israel, you walk in the footsteps of historical religious figures and bask in their glory. As you depart Tel Aviv for the north, you will pass through the landscape of Galilee to Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood. Here you will visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. After paying homage here, you continue to Kana and the lovely resort town of Tiberias. Along the way you will pass ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught. We will then arrive in Tabgha, where Jesus had his miracle of fish and loves, located right at the foot of the Golan heights. From fish to baptisms, we will head to Yardenit, the famous Baptismal site where the Jordan River leaves the Sea of Galilee towards the Dead Sea. All in all, you will have truly walked in the footsteps of greatness before returning back to Tel Aviv in the evening.

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Had a great day out visiting the sites, which were all included in the Jordan pass. Jerash was amazing, spent around 2.5-3 hours there. Umm Qais was also really beautiful, there was a lot of overgrowth throughout the site but it added some colour to the pictures. We spent about 2 hours here as well. The castle was also interesting; much less time was spent here, around 45-60 minutes. Our driver, Omar was very kind and he stopped at a few viewpoints throughout the trip. Overall great day! Highly recommend!

Our driver Safwat was fantastic, very knowledgeable and welcoming. The tour was perfect in every way, at no point did we feel rushed, we even had a bonus stop to a gift shop which was a lovely way to end our tour. Of the 3 sights, our favourite was Umm Qais, the views were outstanding, and Ajloun Castle and Jerash were magical pieces of history.

Really friendly driver named Raed who made the trip very comfortable and was willing to accommodate our specific needs. We didn't realize there is a market as you enter Jerash and the sellers are rather intense - a heads up on this would have been appreciated but Jerash itself is phenomenal.

Mahmoud was a pleasant, calm and sociable driver - the tour was great and we would always recommend it! All thumbs up for Mahmoud

I really enjoyed the trip. Everything went perfectly. Omar was excellent guide and the driving was quite pleasent