Driving south from Haifa port with your private guide, we begin our tour at Caesarea. Initially a tiny fisherman’s village, the site flourished after being conquered by Alexander the Great, and then transformed by King Herod into a magnificent city. Today an impressive national park, walk around the astonishing Roman ampitheater, tour the hippodrome and stare at palace floors decorated with mosaics. Bursting with archaeological treasures, there is no shortage of impressive structures including an old synagogue, bathhouse and obelisk. Afterwards, perhaps stroll along the harbor walls, take in the beautiful views and enjoy the peace and serenity of this lovely place. Continuing onto Jaffa, driving along the busy Tel Aviv promenade, we will spend time exploring the charming Artists Quarter, full of winding, narrow alleyways, hand-decorated signs and packed with modern galleries. Jaffa is both beautiful and historical, and home to a number of Biblical stories, the most famous of which involved Jonah being swallowed by a whale. Explore local churches and walk across the Wishing Bridge, from which you can see beautifully renovated local buildings, and watch fishermen casting their rods into the fishermen the deep blue Mediterranean.
To complete our tour, we then make the short drive to Tel Aviv, and spend a little time exploring some of the cities most famous landmarks. These include the Hall of Independence (where Israel’s David Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the state in 1948), stylish Rothschild Boulevard (packed with buildings designed in the German “Bauhaus” form) and Rabin Square, where Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995 and where now stands a moving memorial. You are then free to remain in Tel Aviv and enjoy the city’s eclectic cafe and bar scene, or return with your private guide to Haifa port.