From Tela Viv we proceed with a trip to the Ancient ruins of Caesarea Maritima, close to the nearby modern town of Caesarea, onto Haifa, a city situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel with a settlement history of over 3,000 years, onto Acre, also spelled as Akko, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, we can enjoy exploring the grottoes (caves) of Rosh Hanikru.
Departing from Tel Aviv northbound we begin our journey by going along the coastal road of the Mediterranean Sea passing the cities of Hertzilya and Natanya eventually arriving at the ancient ruins of Caesarrea Maritama. Built by Herod and named after Caesar, the Roman Emperor. From the ruins, we can tell this was a prosperous luxurious city. Results from the archaeological excavations we have a display of gateways, a moat, walls and rooms. Also, explore the Roman amphitheatre which continues to have performances by international artists today thanks to the sea sand that covered and protected the structure for centuries. Beside the amphitheatre are the remains of a Hippodrome and a Roman temple. From here we have a view of the port, wherein the past was busy with merchant ships transporting treasures to and from Rome. After the Roman period, the ancient city became neglected for centuries. Then the Crusaders arrived, but yet again the city was left in neglect. Next, we travel to Haifa, a city located on the hills of Mount Carmel and from there we go to the foot of the mountain to the Baha’i Shrine and gardens. The Gardens begin at the foot of the mountain, extending upward about a kilometre covering an area of 200,000 square metres. Some beautiful flowers bursting with glorious color cover this area. Along with two streams cascading down the mountains through steps, terraces and bridges. A wonder to see. The Gardens display a mixture of nationalities, from the Persian gardens of Shiraz and Iran, gardens of India and Gardens of England.
Next, going north, our journey takes us to the city of Haifa, situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel. We visit the amazing network of limestone grottoes (caves) caused by underground earthquake shocks, the crashing of the waves and rain gradually creating what is now a natural phenomenon.
As we return Back towards Tel Aviv we stop by at the city of Acre ( also spelt Akko). Situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and benefitting from a natural harbor. It is one of the oldest occupied cities in the world dating back to the Middle Bronze age some 4,000 years ago. There are many historical buildings and finding and reconstruction continues thanks to further excavations from archaeologists. For example, the city walls, an ancient fortification surrounding the city and has been reconstructed for many centuries. The citadel of Acre, where during the 20th century this northern fortification was used as a prison and gallows for activists of Jewish Zionist resistance movements. Some were executed.