A tour along the northern coast is a great way to get a reach and diverse the touring experience in one day in Israel!
We start at ancient Metropolis Caesarea .
Founded in the first century BCE by Herod “the great”, “Caesarea Maritima” was a major city in central Israel for more then a thousand years. It’s main finds include a Theatre , an Herodian Palace built on a cliff above the sea, a “Hippo-Stadium” , a large Bathouse complex, Crusaders’ era moat and gates, and an elevated hill (“Temenos“) where several shrines use to stand.
From Caesarea a short drive takes us to Atlit Detainee Camp where in British mandate times Jewish immigrants trying to reach the shores of Israel were detained by the British. One of such boat was recently turned into an attractive visitors center.
Near the camp, the impressive remains of the Crusaders fortress of Atlit can also be seen.
A drive up to the Carmel mountains takes us by the Carmel Prehistoric Caves and the Carmel fire tragedy monument , to the Druze villages of Isfiya and Daliat el-Carmel, where we can learn about the Druze special minority.
It is also a good place to try some fresh Druze pitah bread, perhaps combined with a lunch break.
Later we can stroll along the main street of the German Colony, and if time and will permits we can visit Elijah’s Cave and\or stop at the “Stella Maris ” viewpoint and Carmelite monastery, before heading back.
Additional destinations and activities
|Join a fun and exciting way to discover Caesarea – on Segways !. A two hours tour ($80 per person) to explore the less known parts of acnient Caesarea.|
|Another fun and exciting way to explore Caesarea’s region – Caesarea Bakai flight !|
|West of Caesarea, explore the Roman water supply system by walking through on the water systems at “Mei Kedem“ .|
|Near Caesarea, learn about Tel Dor a major city in Biblical times, and its local museum in the former Glass factory.|
|Visit Zichron Yaakov , one of the first towns of the Zionist movement, including Aharonson Family House which was the base of the NILI underground operation.|
|Reach the traditional site of the battle of Elijah against the prophets of Ba’al – “Muhraka” and\or have a family walk on Suspension Bridge nearby.|
|Explore the former capital city of the Crusaders – Akko . Stroll in its market, visit Al-Jazzar Mosque , explore its underground Templars Tunnel and the Hospitallers Citadel / “The Knights Halls” ; go for a Boat ride , visit the unique Akko Mosaics synagogue and its nearby Tomb of Baha’u’llah (Bahji) .|
|Descend by a short and steep cable car ride to the cavernous tunnels at the border between Israel and Lebanon at Rosh Hanikra Grottoes .|
|Visit Beth Shearim , hometown of “Rabbi Judah the Prince“, who codified the “Mishna” and whose burial at the site turned it to a large Necropolis.|
|Climb up to the citadel of ancient Megiddo , an ancient city-state along the “Via Maris” highway, identified with identified with “Armageddon”, one of the battle sites at the end of times according to the Book of Revelations (16:16).|