A COASTLINE DAY TRIP
This is a full, 8 hour day trip including hotel pickup and drop-off led by Shlomi Ilhindi. The first site we will visit is Apollonia, an ancient town built on the limstone cliff. Early settlement began in the 6th century BCE, but the most striking thing is the Crusader fortress where the Crusaders barricaded themselves a moment before believing the false promises of the Mamluk conqueror Baibars. The Crusaderss were slaughtered and their kingdom ceased to exist. From Apollonia we will continue to Caesarea, the mighty port city of King Herod the Great. We'll hear how a statesman's son manages to gain access into the Hasmonean royal family and the throne. We’ll continue to Haifa, a seaside city that sits on the point where Mount Carmel falls to the sea. After a stunning view of the bay, we will enter the Bahá'í World Center, where the Báb, the precursor of the faith is buried. The Bahá'í gardens, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are planted on 18 beautiful terraces that begin at the top of the mountain and conclude at the German colony of Haifa. After a taste of the Wadi Nisnas market we will continue to the highlight of the Israeli coastline, Acre. Not every city reveals the tip of a Crusader city when digging. Who was buried in the city and why? The answer will be told in the city's knights' halls. After quickly conquering the coast of the country, Napoleon was defeated in his attempt to conquer Acre. The walls, which have recently become a museum, will tell the story of Napoleon's siege and defeat. We will end the trip at the old port of the city from which we will head back to your hotel. The cost of the tour is $650 for a group of up to 7 people excluding entrance fees. If your group is larger, the fee will be tailored.