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Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip

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Kinneret, Israel
Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip

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When arriving in Israel at the Port of Haifa, visit the holy lands of Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on this guided, full-day shore excursion. Travel to the city of Nazareth, described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus. See popular sites like the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mount of Beatitudes, the site where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. At the Sea of Galilee, see where Jesus performed miracles and visit the synagogue where he first taught his followers. Port of Haifa pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day shore excursion to Nazareth and Galilee from Haifa Port
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth and learn about the Angel Gabriel's apparition
  • Stop at the sacred sites of Galilee including Capernaum and Tabgha
  • See Church of the Multiplication and the Mount of Beatitudes
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port pickup and drop-off
Professional driver-guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Viator's worry-free guarantee
Food and drinks
Port of Haifa
8:00 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

We will wait for you with a sign with your name on it
This full-day tour begins with a Port of Haifa pickup in an air-conditioned minivan. Then it’s a short drive through the Carmel Mountains to Nazareth, the capital and largest city in the Northern District of Israel, also known as “the Arab capital of Israel.” In the New Testament, Nazareth is described as the home of Mary and the childhood home of Jesus. As a result, it’s a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events.

On this tour, visit the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus. See the Church of St. Joseph, built over the carpentry workshop of Mary’s husband, Joseph, and pass through Kafr Kanna, where Jesus turned water into wine.

Farther north, pass by the Church of the Multiplication next to the Sea of Galilee. This is where the miracle of the loaves and fishes took place in the Gospel of John. Walk along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit the village of Capernaum, where Jesus spent time teaching in the local synagogue. It was also the home town of the apostles Peter, James, Andrew, and John.

Finally, travel to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee, where the Jordan River meets the Dead Sea in Tiberias. This is where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. And make a stop to see the Mount of Beatitudes, a hill in northern Israel where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

The tour concludes here. Board the coach for the return trip to the Port of Haifa.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Haifa for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Haifa Port
Pickup directly from ship
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Baha'i Gardens
Enjoy the great views over the Baha'i Gardens
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nazareth Village
Drive through the city of Nazareth
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica of the Annunciation
Visit inside the church
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
See the location of the first miracle of Jesus
Stop At:  
Visit the site of baptism
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jordan River Village
See the Jordan River at the tip of the sea of Galilee
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kfar Nahum (Capernaum) National Park
See the home of St. Peter
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Visit the site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount of Beatitudes
Drive up for a panoramic view of the sea of Galilee
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of Mount of Beatitudes
See the traditional site of Jesus delivery of the Sermon on the Mount
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kibbutz Degania Alef
Subject to time we will also visit a kibbutz
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Some sites may not be visited and others included subject to accessibility, security, holiday festivities, opening times, queues, traffic, time constraints, and other unforeseen circumstances
  • Good walking shoes, sunglasses, a sun hat and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are all recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guided Tours Israel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Haifa Shore Excursion: Nazareth and Galilee Day Trip.

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66 Reviews

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A Great Day Trip
Wendy L
, Jan 2020
Viator always delivers. The local guide Mina was wonderful and very attentive. We saw a lot in one day. Our guide even arranged for us to eat lunch at a Kubutz. Our highlight was our Mom renewing her baptism in the Jordan river. Just fabulous!
Nazareth & Galilee Tour
Nancy A
, Nov 2019
This was a very good tour and we had the same guide as our previous day in Jerusalem. We booked this instead of the cruise ship option because it was a small group (14-16) vs. a bus of 40-50. The descriptions were virtually the same. The Church of the Annunciation, the Church of the Multiplication, and the Mount of Beatitudes were beautiful. The ancient sites of Gallilee - Yarendit, Capernaum, and Tabgha, were very special. There was a lot to see there. This is a WALKING tour. Be prepared. You need to pay for a couple things. Shekels are not required, American dollars are acceptable. Lunch was not good. I'd recommend bringing snack food or something from the ship or your hotel. Overall, very good tour. The historical sights are amazing, which is what we came to see.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Stranded! The Van broke down, we exited on the side of the road to wait for a replacement . UNEXCEPTIONABLE!
, Aug 2019
We were not met at the site designated in the instructions aviator sent. After searching outdoors for 25 minutes we found our guide with a sign hiding our names on the bottom list with her hand. The Van was bumpy, broke down, we exited,waited on the side of the road for a replacement. I have photos to prove this. We have photos of the the bus driver using his phone while driving. The “Fast Food” lunch stop was dirty and undesirable. I can list more inconveniences we suffered but in summary I would not use Viator again unless such issues are resolved.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Wow this is a must tour for any...
jeffrey c
, Jan 2018
Wow this is a must tour for any first time visitor. From the minute you walk off the ship, to the minute you return, it was breath taking. Our driver and tour guide knew how to get the most out of the day. These kinds of tour adventures are so dependent on one thing..YOUR GUIDE! Ours was RYAN... he was fantastic. Answered every question and was a wealth of knowledge. He maxamized the time spent at all of the top locations, and even tossed in a great local stop for a bite to eat. Cant thank him enough for making the tour so fantastic. We were so fortunate to have RYAN on both the Haifa and Jerusalem tours... ask for him if given the chance.
This was an excellent tour that...
, Nov 2017
This was an excellent tour that allowed for stops at the significant sites, ie. River Jordan.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The guide passed himself off as an...
Stephen R
, Nov 2017
The guide passed himself off as an archeology grad who is a history buff. He pretended to be knowledgeable about everything but his knowledge of Biblical references to places was really lacking. Pretended, e.g., to translate Latin but didn't have a clue. Itinerary was fine but to have someone pass himself off as knowledgeable when he was not was painful. It was have been more tolerable if he hadn't felt that he needed to talk incessantly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Driver was 38 minutes late, our...
Amy R
, Nov 2017
Driver was 38 minutes late, our guide, Mina, said it was due to traffic, then later on said there was hardly any traffic today since most Jewish people dont drive on Saturday. Mina said if we got separated, or wanted to shop, at 1st site to meet outside at 10:15am. I got separated, waited at the rally group. By 10:30, Im panicked, thinking they left without me, so I hesitantly went back in to see if maybe they were looking for me. Mina was still yapping about something and had no idea I was missing. When everyone else in the group asked where I was, I said I was waiting at the rally point, like Mina said...who stared at me like she had no idea what I was talking about. Lunch was supposed to be at 1pm. Lunch was at 2:38pm. I was ready to vomit by this time as I was so hungry. We barely had time to eat before we were ushered out of there to the next site. Some of the group asked to go take pictures and she told them to meet at a location by x time. Then she looked at me I clearly wasnt going anywhere and asked me if I understood and repeated her edict. Due to her poor planning, and love of her own voice, we were unable to visit the last site on our itinerary. So she had the bright idea to take us somewhere not on the itinerary - which was closed to tourists when we got there. She then led us on a DARK tour of the outside of the property and gave people in the front row another impromptu tour of Haifa on the way back to the port. The trip was exhaustingly longer than it should have been. Skip this tour.
Our trip through Viator was...
Deborah R
, Nov 2017
Our trip through Viator was everything we could wish. We had a small group -16. We had an amazing, energetic, lovely guide -Abbey. We had a place of extraordinary meaning in Gallilee and Nazareth that touched our hearts and souls so that we reminisce almost daily about our experience since our return. We love the place of Jesus work in Galilee. The scenes from the scriptures come allive! Our guide was so gracious in making our excurision meaningful for us. She also loved her country of Israel and her people.
We had a great day, our tour guide...
, Nov 2017
We had a great day, our tour guide Micky was excellent even to the point of baking the bus a cake, this was the second tour our group had with Micky. We had 16 peaple on our tour whih was a good number, people booking on the cruise boat said their bus of 50 were too many, waiting for everybody to get on and off, it appears we went to more plaes than the organised tours off the cruise boat, maybe due to the smaller numbers. It is a long day but well worth it and if you are going to book this tour make sure you ask for Micky as your tour guide.
Abbey again was our guide The...
, Nov 2017
Abbey again was our guide The trip to Haifa was also excellent, very organized very impressive make sure to have a good camera--walking comfortable shoes There is so much to see we felt safe in Israel and that's so important when travelling abroad

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