Jerusalem Cruises via Haifa

Jerusalem and Bethlehem
The Bahá'í Gardens on Mount Carmel
Galilee Discovery

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On the route of fantastic MSC Mediterranean Cruises, Haifa is the gateway to discover the splendour of Israel’s cities such as Jerusalem as well as fascinating places full of history like Bethlehem. Crossroads between East and West, it is a crucial junction for the new Silk Road trades.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

· Jerusalem and Bethlehem

· The Bahá'í Gardens on Mount Carmel

· Galilee Discovery

The Israeli city of Jerusalem and the small Palestinian town of Bethlehem are ready for discovery on an MSC Cruises excursion. After a scenic coach ride to the Holy City, you’ll visit some of the most significant sites in the world. Walking through Jerusalem’s old town, admire the Jaffa Gate, the "Via Dolorosa", the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the ancient Western Wall. Next, proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. 

Take an MSC Cruises excursion to beautiful Bahá'í Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This horticultural paradise envelops the Shrine of the Báb, a gold-domed religious structure decorated with 12,000 fish scale tiles. Glimpse nineteen terraces extending up the northern slope of Mount Carmel, the most extensive hanging gardens in the world! Take in the panoramic view from the upper terrace across palm-filled gardens and turquoise waters. Next, cross the bay to Akko, a historical city in the northern region where you’ll explore an atmospheric bazaar and old cobblestone passages. See the Crusaders' Halls, Al Jazzar's Mosque, and Khan el-Umdan (Inn of the Pillars).

Discover all the sights of the Holy Land located around the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel located near the Golan Heights. The tour begins with a short drive to Nazareth, the birthplace and childhood home of Jesus according to the New Testament. Inside the city, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, a church built on the site where the Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the ruins of the old town of Carpenaum, home of the synagogue where Jesus taught on the Sabbath and prayed. To finish off this unmissable MSC Excursion, visit Tagbha and climb up to the Mount of Beatitudes, the hill from where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount”.

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    Welcome to the Holy Land
    Welcome to the Holy Land

    A vacation in Israel leaves a mark. There are so many interesting things to see in the Holy Land that every wish can be satisfied. Nature, history, tradition, religion, relaxing on the beach, skin-diving, trekking… there isn’t a single item on the “things to do on vacation” list that you won’t find here.

    In all its regions, from Galilee, in the south, known as the Switzerland of Israel, to Mount Hermon, in the north, and to the plain of Jezreel, the location of the biblical Apocalypse, you can find a host of opportunities. You can start with the towns associated with the life of Christ with a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and then Nazareth, to the basilica of the Annunciation.

    Along its maze of little streets, to tackle at a slow pace, you find ancient churches of all periods, often rebuilt with the integration of Byzantine elements or dating back to the Crusades.
    Don’t miss an excursion to Acri, the town that was the seat of the Knights Templar and which still bears its mark.
    Or to Akko, where the waves of the Mediterranean sea break against the majestic ancient walls of the town.

    The more mundane, party-loving and lively city is instead Tel Aviv, the most modern of Israeli cities, active 24 hours a day. Don’t miss a visit to the desert of Judaea, a stony and arid land which opens onto the spectacular Dead Sea.