Like the Mediterranean tides, Israel's coastal plain has played host to the ebb and flow of great civilizations. Situated along the arching stretch of coastline are a series of cities holding great significance, both for historic Israel and for the modern-day state.
The remains of the impressive hippodrome and theater, as well as the waves crashing over the remains of its sunken palace, only hint at the former glory of Caesarea, which served as the capital of the country for hundreds of years. Caesarea has also an important Christian legacy- it is here where Paul was imprisoned before his final journey to Rome.
Like a thumb, Haifa juts out from the coast, a city known for the beauty and symmetry of the majestic Bahá'í Gardens- one of the main worship site for followers of the Bahá'í religion worldwide, as well as its example as a beacon of religious pluralism.
Further north still, Acre sprawls out by the shore, its bustling bazaar swirling with the smells of spices and fresh fish, built atop the former Crusader stronghold that centuries later would be the last barrier stopping Napoleon from achieving his goal of conquest. In Acre, we will visit the market, the underground Crusader Halls and the El - Jazar Mosque - one of the largest in Israel.
If time permits, we may include a visit to Rosh- Hanikra, a collection of grottos by the Israeli- Lebanese border. The grottos were created by thousands of years of waves and the power of the sea.