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Cruises to Israel offer a fascinating insight into Biblical history, as well as a great chance to experience the gorgeous natural landscapes of an iconic nation.
Whether you've a great interest in the history of the region or you simply want to experience the culture of a new country and see the many delights that it holds, a cruise to Israel is always special.
All cruises to Israel travel to Haifa, one of the largest cities in the northern part of the country and a modern hub of activity. There are always a diverse range of excursions available in the city, including trips to contemporary attractions and tours of ancient towns and areas, making a stay in Haifa a great part of any cruise.
Most of the time, cruises to Israel are included as part of a Mediterranean itinerary, although they may be included with Middle East cruises that sail the Suez Canal. There are a number of deals currently available, and for more information we've provided a guide to some of the excursions you can enjoy when you visit Haifa.
Haifa is an intriguing city. It has a long history but still maintains a very contemporary atmosphere. Make sure you visit the Baha'I Gardens and the World Centre, a pilgrimage site for members of the Baha'I faith with truly amazing gardens on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Elsewhere, you can visit the Cave of Elijah the prophet or see the National Museum of Science. There is also Haifa Bay, a magnificent sight and ideal photo-opportunity, along with art museums, intricate churches and more to behold.
Nazareth is a major attraction to anyone in the Christian faith, as the town where you can discover the beginnings of the life of Jesus Christ. You can see the Basilica of the Annunciation, built on the grounds where Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary the news of Jesus' impending birth, as well as continuing your excursion onto Canaan, the site of the renowned Canaan wedding where, in the Bible, Jesus turned water into wine. You can also head to the banks of the River Jordan, and see where Jesus was baptized, which the chance to enter the water yourself on the same spot where Jesus went through his own baptism.
Some cruise lines offer the opportunity to enjoy an excursion to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and a centre of spiritualism and history. See ancient temple ruins, and walk along Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked as he was taken to his death and considered by Christians to be the holiest road in the world. You can also see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, along with views from the Mount of Olives Promenade.
Some Jerusalem excursions also include Bethlehem, where you will pay a visit to the Church of Nativity, reportedly built on the site where Jesus Christ was born.
On a trip to the Dead Sea, visitor can take the opportunity to float on the waters, famous for their high salt content that cannot sustain life but allow for a cleansing and relaxing experience.
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