Shalom, if your are cruising on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Sea or any of the other ships docking in Ashdod and/or Haifa ports you will want to read this post.
Is suggest you contact me as soon as possible as I am getting booked up for the full eastern Caribbean cruise season.
Thank you very much for contacting me.
With the eastern Mediterranean cruise season in full swing, I am specializing in customized, private small group tours from Ashdod and Haifa ports: Focus - the Galilee and Golan, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.
What is working best is for those of you looking for a acost effective, customized, private, reliable alternative to the land excursions offered by your cruise ship is for the interested cruise passenger to form a group of up to 10 participants using Cruise Critic or other method and work directly with a licensed Israeli tour guide to design the desired itinerary.
I am already booked for many small group land excursions this later summer and fall of 2011. I do have some open days remaining.
I am also working with couples who want a private tours as well.
The tour itineraries from Haifa port typically start with a view of the Baha'I Gardens and Terrace in Haifa and then onto the Galilee - most like to stop in the archaeological site of Zippori, then onto the Sea of Galilee and the Golan (Gamla Nature reserve is popular.) Other popular sites in the north are Akko, Zefat, the Hula Nature Reserve and visits to wineries on the Golan Heights at in Zichron Ya'acov on Mt. Carmel.
The orientation/theme of each tour depends on if the group is Jewish, christian or mixed.
For those of you who want something very unique and a special treat, I suggest a stop over at the Druze village of Daliat HaCarmel - a short drive from Haifa in the Camel Mountains. I strongly recommend a "Druze Experience" in the home - to eat at Nurah's Kitchen. We can top for Druze coffee and very special dessert - Kehteief. Or even better, enjoy a full lavish Druze lunch or dinner. Incidentally, our outstanding drivers, Rabiah and Zakhi live in Daliat - assuring a real cultural treat.
At Ashdod port, there are two very popular tour destinations - Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.
The popular Jerusalem tour starts with a view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, a visit to the Old City's 4 quarters, the Davidson Archeologiical Park or City of David, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) and Mt. Herzl (National Cemetery).
The favorite Dead Sea trip features going up on the cable car to Masada, a hike in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, visit to the Qumran archeological site where the Jewish Essene scribes wrote the Dead Sea scrolls and placed them in the caves nearby. We end the day bathing in the Dead Sea.
Let me know if you are interesting in a private, customized and cost effective tour from either or both Haifa and Ashdod ports and we can begin to turn your dream tour into reality at a reasonable price.
What guests are saying:
Ashdod; the gateway for visiting Jerusalem, what more can be said. Wanting to see the Holy City and simultaneously do some other unique activities I opted for a private excursion with Mark Zober (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will highly recommend this option as there is so little time and so much to see to include making your way through the thousands of tourists and crowded streets. It is the only way to see Jerusalem unless you have at least a week to spare. I highly recommend Mark to anyone wanting to see Jerusalem - he is very well educated, very reasonable, and is flexible and organized. Mark will customize any excursion to your needs. Besides the four main Jerusalem quarters, I asked Mark to have us do the City of David to include all the three underground tunnels. These tunnels were just recently discovered it was a great experience but be ready for some heavy duty walking. I limited my group to a total of only 10 people; maneuver the throngs of tourists staying small is wise. Jerusalem is an amazing city filled with so much history that one day is not enough; however Mark packed in as much as humanly possible for one day
Mark Alan Zober, Ph.D.
Licensed Israel Tour Guide
Past President, Jerusalem Rotary Club (District 2490)
465/5 Eliezer Kashani Street
972-54-590-0223 Home/Office Jerusalem
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