Israel cruises are perfect for travelers who want to take in soem of the country's most popular attractions at a comfortable place. A vacation to Israel can be a fulfilling adventure discovering the ancient history, religion, and cultures of the country. Vacation packages are readily available for travelers arriving by plane, and cruises to Israel are often availabe as part of a package deal as well.
A variety of options are possible for travelers, including extended, multi-day, and Israel luxury cruises, and many are tailored to travelers interested in in-depth sightseeing in Israel as well as trips to neighboring countries. For those interested in cruises to Israel that take in the beauty of the country and its attractions in a shorter timeframe can book a weekend cruise and leave the rest of their vacation itinerary up to their own planning.
Two cities provide the main port-of-call locations in Israel. The largest is the Port of Ashdod, which provides an ideal location for a Mediterranean cruise to Israel. As the port is conveniently located not far from the downtown area, travelers can disembark the ship and be among the busy city atmosphere via taxi in a few minutes. A trip to the city provides visitors a chance to visit the Ashdod Museum and local shopping malls and bazaars filled with handcrafted items including glassware, leather goods, and intricate jewelry.
After spending time sightseeing in Ashdod, you may continue on to the busy city of Tel Aviv for more shopping and dining at one of the numerous Middle Eastern restaurants and cafes. An alternate day trip is to the ancient city of Jerusalem, where you can visit sites such as the Dome of the Rock, the Israel Museum, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, as well as retrace the steps Jesus took as he walked along the Via Dolorosa.
The Dead Sea, with its soothing salt waters, is also a short day-trip away from Ashdod. Vacationers relish the therapeutic salt water and mineral rich mud while enjoying swimming, sunning, and relaxing along the beaches of the Dead Sea.
The second of the primary port-of-call cities in Israel is the resort city of Haifa. The Port of Haifa is situated along the seacoast. The city also resides along the coast with residences dotting the scenic slopes of Mount Carmel. Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel and provides an abundance of sightseeing opportunities that include the Bahai Temple, Elijah's Cave, and the Carmelite Monastery, among others, making it a fascinating destination for cruise travelers who want to enjoy time on the ship as well as learn about Israeli history.
Among the shorter options, two-night Israel cruises, for example, can have travelers disembarking at Ashdod or Haifa with a short drive to Jerusalem. In this holy city, you will visit the Old City along with a stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Wailing Wall. Some tours even include time in the diamond factory district, where you will find magnificent stones cut by some of the most skilled diamond cutters in the world. Day tours can also include trips to sacred sites and cities such as Nazareth before returning to the ship.
Package cruises to Israel specialize in creating a vacation that can be tailored to fit most travelers’ itineraries. Specialty cruises can include everything from budget-friendly options to Israel luxury cruises for weddings and honeymoons, along with themed family, group, and special needs cruises.
If weather is a concern on when to go, whether for weekend getaways or extended Israel luxury cruises, it’s still relatively easy to plan. The temperature stays moderate throughout both the summer and winter months, and discounts for Israel cruises may apply during the winter or at other times in the off-season. Travel agents will have current information about any discount packages available for Israel cruises for groups such as senior citizens and military personnel, as well as discounts for returning guests.