This private tour begins in Haifa, with a visit to the spectacular Bahai Gardens. Set out in the form of 19 sculptured terraces that descend down a steep hill, admire the array of flowers, before paying a visit to the famous Shrine at the base of the grounds. Journey onto Rosh Ha Nikra (in Hebrew “The Head of the Grottos’), the most northerly point in Israel’s Western Galilee and the only place where sea meets white chalk cliffs. Descend in a cable car (a short but very steep ride!) into ancient limestone grottos that, for a long time, were inaccessible to the public. Experience the power of the sea, as waves crash around you, and enjoy the unique views as you walk through the tunnels.
Continue with your private guide onto Acre, a beautifully-preserved Crusader City, conquered by Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Turks to name but a few and today home to a mix of Jews, Christians and Arabs. Walk through the narrow streets, past the Knights Halls and Turkish baths, stopping at the ancient walls and moat. Wander in the old Bazaar, where you can drink strong black coffee, sample locals sweets and purchase souvenirs. Enjoy the stone architecture, savour the ancient atmosphere and visit the prison, last used in Ottoman Times by the Turks and the gallows used by the British 75 years ago. Wander through the Templars Tunnel, today completely excavated - enter at one end, walk along a wooden deck and emerge next to a turquoise blue sea and an invigorating breeze. Finally, take a break at the small fountain, next to the Templars Hall, and relax under the branches of the huge trees there. At the day’s end, return to Haifa port with your private guide.