Jerusalem / Acre / Caesarea / Galilee
Breakfast is included at the hotel.
Morning / Afternoon: Caesarea, Acre, and an Israeli Artist Village
We will begin our tour today with a visit to Caesarea, where you see the contrast from "new" to "old". This 2000 year old city - built to honor Augustus Caesar - was once the capital of the Roman province and was later occupied by the Crusaders.
Today, you find a wealth of Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader ruins in the area, as well as the harbour from which St. Paul was taken prisoner to Rome, an event that brought Christianity to the West. Near the excavated theater, you can view a partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate – this is the only secular reference of his existence.
After Caesarea, we will visit a picturesque artists’ village, the only one of its kind in Israel and one of the few such villages in the world. Nestled in natural vegetation and bordered by an ancient olive grove, it lies on the western slopes of Mount Carmel, in a breathtaking landscape looking out toward the sea and the Crusader fortress of Atlit. Here will we see artists at work and be surrounded by one of the largest collections of Israeli art.
Then on to Acre, one of the world’s oldest seaports, mentioned as far back as 3,500 years by the Pharaoh Tuthmosis III and now designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and a succession of Crusaders occupied the town but Napoleon famously failed to conquer it. Acre was the main base for the Crusades and today you can see the stunning Halls and buildings of the Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templars.
Late Afternoon: We will arrive at our luxurious hotel, which offers a serene landscape with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Evening at leisure to enjoy the nearby countryside, explore more of the region, or simply relax by the pool.
Accommodations: Bayit Bagalil, Galilee
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch