A Comprehensive Guide to
Making the Most of Your Cruise Line Stops in Israel



For cruise ship passengers, the opportunity to explore the enchanting country of Israel is a dream come true. As you embark on your voyage, it's essential to be well-prepared and make the most of your time during your cruise line stops. Israel is typically graced by cruise ships in two primary ports: Haifa and Ashdod. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through how to maximize your visit at these ports and ensure your cruise line stops become unforgettable highlights of your journey.


Port of Haifa



1. Bask in Baha'i Gardens: Haifa is famous for the Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features stunning terraced gardens leading up to the Shrine of the Bab. Stroll through this peaceful oasis, marvel at the breathtaking landscapes, and take in panoramic views of the city and sea.
2. Discover Ancient Caesarea: A short drive from Haifa lies Caesarea, an ancient Roman city with remarkably preserved ruins, including a theater and an aqueduct. Immerse yourself in history as you explore this captivating archaeological site.
3. Explore the Old City of Akko (Acre): Akko, another historical gem, boasts a Crusader-era fortress, bustling markets, and an enchanting old town. Wander through its winding streets, uncover hidden treasures, and savor the rich history that permeates the city.
4. Visit the Sea of Galilee: Haifa also offers you the opportunity to journey to the serene and historic Sea of Galilee. Explore the area where Jesus performed miracles and walk in the footsteps of biblical history. Visit Nazareth, Capernaum, and other significant sites surrounding this tranquil lake.



Port of Ashdod



1. Journey to Jerusalem: Ashdod provides convenient access to Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world. From here, you can visit iconic sites such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Mount of Olives. Follow the footsteps of history and spirituality in this timeless city.
2. Explore Masada and the Dead Sea: Opt for a journey to the ancient fortress of Masada and the extraordinary Dead Sea. Learn about the gripping story of Masada's resistance and then experience the unique sensation of effortlessly floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, Earth's lowest point.
3. Dive into Israeli Cuisine: Whether you're in Haifa or Ashdod, don't miss the opportunity to savor Israeli cuisine. Delight your taste buds with falafel, hummus, shawarma, and fresh Mediterranean salads. Experience the flavors of this diverse and delicious cuisine.



Making the Best Out of Your Cruise Line Stops:


Book a Private Tour for Value and Time Efficiency.

To truly immerse yourself in the local culture and history, consider booking a private tour with a trusted local agency like Israeli-Tour. Private tours offer exceptional value for money compared to cruise-line excursions, which can often be more expensive. Additionally, they maximize your time onshore, ensuring you make the most of your visit without worrying about transportation logistics or long queues.
Local Customs.

Israel is a diverse and culturally rich country. When visiting religious sites, dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees. It's also customary to remove your shoes when entering someone's home.

Engage with locals, sample authentic cuisine, and participate in cultural activities whenever possible. These interactions offer a deeper understanding of the country and its people.

Look for unique souvenirs like Israeli olive oil, Dead Sea products, local wines, and traditional Israeli crafts to take home as lasting mementos.
Your cruise line stops in Israel are a gateway to a world of history, culture, and natural beauty. By following this comprehensive guide and considering a private tour with Israeli-Tour, you'll ensure that every moment of your visit is rich with discovery and wonder. Make the most of your cruise line stops, and let Israel's captivating charm leave an indelible mark on your journey.



 Don't miss out on the opportunity to make your visit to Israel the most extraordinary highlight of your cruise adventure. Choose Israeli-Tour, and let us take you on a journey through the heart of Israel, where history and wonder converge into an unforgettable tapestry of exploration. Book your exclusive excursion today, and let's embark on this mesmerizing journey together!





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"‪From initial contact Israeli Tours was great! He answered all questions and tailored the tour to meet our exact needs. Always assisted me with no problems. Our tour guide Gadi was amazing! He was very knowledgeable on history. During the tour his main focus was our safety we were a big group of 35 most woman's . He ensured we were able to do and see everything we desired and return in time to our cruise . The driver was professional and skilled. We felt safe at all times.‬"
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The whole process was seamless, and communication was constant leading up to the tour. When I first reached out, and they quoted a price so much less than the competition, I was admittedly slightly sceptical, but I am so glad I took the chance!
The guide was amazing (Avi) and walked us through Jerusalem providing historical references and information that brought the history to life…
We are so grateful for this experience, the price was unbelievable, but really, the experience was priceless."
A fantastic tour of  old Town Jerusalem
‪"Saly was our tour guide. She was fabulous … !!! A co-worker & I (both English speakers) were picked up in Tel Aviv at 7:30am by Saly and the (3) of us travelled to the Old Town Jerusalem. We spent a full day seeing many, many historic sites … both outside the walled city & inside via the different quarters. Saly was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our wishes. An added bonus (priceless) was that she knew how to get around, where to park, and most importantly – where to get a good cup of coffee … 😊 We were back in Tel Aviv by 5:30pm. All of the coordination was done with Nehoray. He was very responsive … and answered all my questions in a timely manner. I have another trip to Israel in late JULY … and I intend to schedule another tour, perhaps to see Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. I HIGHLY recommend Israeli Tour for your touring needs when visiting Israel." Jon M (Virginia, USA)‬

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Booking your tour with Israeli-Tour travel agency ensures that you will have an exceptional and hassle-free experience during your trip to Israel.

Here are some reasons why 


1. Expert Local Guides: When you choose a private tour with Israeli-Tour, you gain access to experienced local guides who are passionate about their country. They provide invaluable insights, stories, and context that enhance your understanding of the places you visit.
2. Personalized Itineraries: Local agencies can tailor your tour to match your interests and preferences. Whether you're fascinated by history, spirituality, adventure, or cuisine, your itinerary can be customized to create a personalized experience.
3. Cost-Effective: Private tours often offer excellent value for money compared to cruise-line excursions. Cruise-line excursions can be significantly more expensive, and you'll get a more exclusive experience with a local agency.
4. Avoiding Crowds: Cruise-line excursions tend to be larger groups, leading to crowded experiences. With a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and enjoy a more intimate and less crowded experience.
5. Time Efficiency: Cruise ship stops are often limited, and time is precious. Private tours with local agencies are designed to maximize your time onshore, ensuring you make the most of your visit without worrying about transportation logistics or long queues.
6. Skip-the-Line Access: Many popular attractions in Israel can get crowded, particularly religious sites in Jerusalem. Local agencies often have skip-the-line privileges, allowing you to breeze past the queues and make the most of your visit.
7. Safety and Security: Local agencies are well-versed in local safety measures and can adapt to changing circumstances. With a local guide, you can explore with confidence, knowing you're in good hands.
8. Cultural Immersion: Private tours often offer opportunities for cultural immersion, including interactions with locals, authentic culinary experiences, and participation in traditional activities.
9. Exclusive Experiences: Some local agencies have access to exclusive sites and experiences that aren't available to the general public, adding an element of exclusivity to your visit.

By booking with Israeli-Tour travel agency, you can sit back and relax, knowing that you're in good hands. We're committed to providing you with an exceptional and unforgettable experience during your trip to Israel.

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