Great tour. A lot of sightseeing was packed into the day with ample time at each site. Our guide was very good. I can't remember his name but he's in his sixties and is an Israeli Air Force veteran. Caesarea and Acre were particularly good. The guide was knowledgable and we had plenty of time to explore. The Bahai Gardens are beautiful but you can only see of most of it from a viewing platform. Rosh Hanikra is impressive but it is a fairly small space for the many people who visit and you can't get the full effect unless it is nearly empty.
It was a very nice trip - a little rushed, especially at the end of the tour in Acre. This tour offers a wide variety of sites from the natural beauty of Rosh Hanikra to the historical city of Caeserea.
Oh my the amphitheater and the Hippodrome all in one stop and it is still there. Pontius Pilate attended events here. So did Herod the great. Fast forward to the Crusaders and you have seen real history where it happened.
Israel is so rich in history but you only assume it's biblical - this tour offers an insight into other influences - roman, ottoman and the crusaders. The guide was very knowledgeable. The icing on the cake were the rosh hanikra grottos and you don't realise how close you are to the Lebanese border. Early start to the trip but worth it
This was very informative trip. Our guide was excellent. Very well organized.
Once the early morning round of hotels was done, with all the formalities, the trip from Tel Aviv up the coast to Akko was wonderful, each site being a great pleasure. It was a varied and interesting day and the guide was well informed and helpful. The one drawback was the evening traffic back, around Tel Aviv, making it a very long 14hour day for me by the time I was returned to Jerusalem. Organizing a rendezvous outside the Tel Aviv busy area, to allow Jerusalem and Tel Aviv patrons to be returned separately to their hotels, would improve the day a lot. Overall, a great tour.
After our shocking experience with our Ben Hareim tour to Jerasalem and Bethlem we nearly did not go on this tour although we had already paid for it! As it turned out it was quite good although we were forced into a hot and crowded and over priced restaurant for lunch.
If ratings were based on just the guides I would give every trip I took in Israel 5 stars. But when you add in the disorganization of the local operator the ratings drop. Late morning pick-ups, confusion over who was going where, a woman who comes in to the room shouting names and never introduces herself or company ; not very professional in the operations. The actual tour is wonderful.
Charles B Ireland
The tour was ok. You could remove the trip to Rosh Hanikra as there is nothing to see there.
This was very very rushed. We barely had anytime at any one place to enjoy it. This should really be split into two days.
Shivani M USA
Maybe I should've realized that one day to see all of this would be an insane expectation but other reviews were promising.
I left from Jerusalem at 5:50am but we didn't actually start on the way to the first sight from Tel Aviv until about 8:30, since we waited around a lot for others. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but she talked way too much. And even though only 4/10 people spoke Spanish on the tour, she usually only spoke in Spanish until someone asked her to say it in English.
I prefer a tour that drops you off and lets you wander around, not one that hustles you through the sight but makes time for shopping at specific stores. This was not that.
You don't actually get a good view of the Ba'hai Gardens in this tour, or any other part of Haifa for that matter. In Acco, there is much to see but we wasted time by her talking too much at the entrance (instead of explaining in the bus) and guiding us into more stores and a horribly overpriced place for lunch.
All in all, if you're looking to "check off your list", then this is fine, but if you actually want to spend more than 5 seconds looking at something before being guided away with useless information, then I don't recommend this trip.
The tour guide was okay, but we skipped part of the tour of the Acco tunnels because one member of the tour did not want to go underground. The pickup was 35 minutes late, and on the way back, the van broke down and it took one hour of everyone standing in the sun for another van to come. The worst thing is that there was zero communication, not about the late pickup, not about what was happening on the way to the tour when the van stopped in Tel Aviv for 45 minutes, nor what was going on when the van broke down and the ETA of the next van. There would have been a very different atmosphere if there had been communication, information, and at the very least, an apology! None of this happened. I do not recommend this tour service for anyone.