Israel: Ports of Haifa and Ashdod

Guide Israel Tours trip #1209. For those who joined recently, Guided Tours Israel is offering to several different tours. You might want to compare and contrast the various ones.  For those of you who have already signed up for it, Leo asks that you confirm your reservation with him. We have about eight people thus far.


Please contact Guided Tours Israel directly to sign up for this trip.  It is set up under my name:

Donna Gawell, trip #1209. I encourage you to check out their site and reviews.


Haifa (Day #3) has been customized for us and has more ancient history instead of visiting the bustling city of Haifa. It includes a trip to Caesarea Maritima built by Herod the Great as a center of Greco-Roman culture. Many Biblical stories took place here: Paul argued his case before Felix, Festus, and Agrippa and Peter came to meet with Cornelius. Lots of action in the book of Acts.  See more details under Day #3



Day 1, December 9, 2019

On December 9th, GTI will pick you up from the Ashdod port in the morning just outside the ship to make our way to the holy city of Jerusalem. On our tour, you will be able to enjoy a guided trip to all the major attractions of Jerusalem including the Jewish and Christian quarters in the old city, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives/Garden of Gethsemane, and more. The tour in the old city of Jerusalem is a walking tour as driving is not possible in the old city. In the afternoon (or first thing in the morning depending on circumstances) we will visit the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. We will return back to the port of Ashdod in time for departure.


Itinerary for Jerusalem & Bethlehem Shore Excursion:




– Mount of Olives

– Garden of Gethsemane

– Mount Zion

– Room of the Last Supper

– Jaffa Gate

– Church of the Holy Sepulcher

– Via Dolorosa

– Western Wall

– Arab Souk

– Christian and Jewish Quarters




– Nativity Church

– Grotto – subject to queues and accessibility this site is not always visited

– Local Palestinian shopping – this is mandatory by Palestinian tourism services for all visitors




Day 2, December 10th: Christian tour of Northern Israel. We will visit beautiful and fascinating places with Biblical views and a spiritually fascinating explanation at the sites as we make our way through the region of the Galilee.


Itinerary for the Christian Tour of Northern Israel


–          Nazareth and the famous Basilica of the Annunciation

–          Jordan River

–          Sea of Galilee

–          Capernaum

–          Tabgha (site of the miracle of the multiplication of the fish and loaves

–          Mount of Beatitudes



Day 3, December 11th Caesarea, Acre (Crusader Fortress) and Baha’i Gardens. (customized tour for our sailing.)


Our first stop is the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa to view the Baha’i Gardens and the Haifa Bay (take a photo of your cruise ship from the top of the mountain).  Next, we drive to the old Crusader port town of Acre for a visit to the Crusader Fortress (admission extra).

From here we make our way to the Roman Caesarea (Maritima) on the west coast between Haifa and Tel Aviv.  We will visit the Roman ruins and the best-preserved Roman theater in the land of Israel.

Itinerary for Caesarea and Crusader Fortress

–      Baha’I Gardens

–      Acre (Old City of Akko- the Crusader Fortress) UNESCO site

–      Caesarea Maritima National Park (Byzantine square, the Herodian Amphitheatre, promontory palace, Hippodrome, Aqueduct, Fortified medieval city, bathhouse complex)

Cost EACH day is for 6-16 people: $99.00 So, if you went for all three days, it would be $297.00


* Some sites may not be visited and others included subject to accessibility, security, holiday festivities, opening times, queues, traffic, time constraints, and other circumstances.


Please contact Guided Tours Israel directly to sign up for this trip.  It is set up under my name:

Donna Gawell, trip #1209. I encourage you to check out their site and reviews.