As we take off from Tel-Aviv area, the infamous traffic jams of Israel’s metropolis turn into an exotic (and irrelevant) view. We will first fly low along Jaffa’s old port seafront and Tel-Aviv’s coastline. Next we’ll approach the city of Herzlyia, the Boca Raton of Israel. Along its seafront you will detect the US ambassador’s home. The view then becomes less urban. The scenery combines cliffs above beautiful sandy beaches and nature reserves.
Shortly after, the ruins of ancient Caesarea appear in full beauty. You will get a great birds-eye-view of the 2,000-year-old theatre, palace, and port. At its northern end, Caesarea’s photogenic aqueduct beach will also be visible. As the mountains of the Carmel appear in the distance, we will fly above the Crusader’s fortress of Atlit, now a navy seal base. At the northern end of the Carmel, Haifa’s modern high-tech center will appear on your right, followed by the city center and its port. However, the most spectacular view however is the Bahai Gardens. The 19 terraces flanking a golden dome, set on a steep slope, is an absolute marvel.
Crossing Haifa bay from the air, the large cargo boats will seem like Lego toys. Soon after, the walls of Akko will appear. This medieval city still presents remarkable remains of its fortifications, port, and Ottoman period main mosque. Finally, at the border of Israel with Lebanon you will fly low and slow to admire the picturesque white grottoes of Rosh Hanikra. Turning back, you will have a another chance to appreciate these beautiful coastal views again. It can also be combined with an inland flight above the Carmel mountains and the Sharon plains.