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The Coastal Route

December 15, 2019

Drive north along the Sharon Coast to Caesarea Maritima, its antiquities park is one of Israel’s most impressive parks, housing unique buildings from various periods, standing side by side over an area of 500 dunams (125 acres), there are architectural remains from the Hellenistic period (the 3rd century BCE) to the Crusader period (the 12th century), when Caesarea was a port city and spent many years as Israel’s capital.

Visit the Roman theater, see the recent archaeological excavations with Marine Palace, the Hippodrome, the Bath house, walk into the Crusader city, view of the Ancient Port, the Byzantine street and the Aqueduct.

Continue to the city of Haifa, the 3rd largest city of Israel and its main sea port, ascend Mt.Carmel, enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Bay and the Bahai Gardens (world center of the Bahai faith).

Proceed to the city of Akko, the capital of the Crusaders kingdom 800 years ago, today an Unseco’s heritage site. Enter the Old city for a walking tour, visit the Underground Crusader city, the Knight Halls and St. John’s crypt, walk through the Templar escape tunnel, see the Arab bazaar, the Fishing port, the Pillars Inn, the Pizan Quarter and the Sea Wall.

We continue to Rosh Hanikra passing Kibbutz Lochamei Hagetaot (the Ghetto Fighters) and the city of Naharia, enjoy the view of the Galilee Coastand the Border to Lebanon, descend by a cable car to the magnificent Marine grottoes for a visit.

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