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Acre and The Crusader's Kingdom
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This wonderful half-day tour allows you to fully discover the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acre (Akko), whose history dates back almost 4,000 years and which once played a pivotal role during the Crusades.
It's a scenic drive along the coast from Haifa to Acre, where upon your arrival you will immediately begin to experience the decidedly medieval atmosphere of the area as you descend into the headquarters of the Knights of St. John. Part of this underground city was known as the Hospitaler Quarter because it was here that the knights received their medical care. Your tour takes you through a series of barrel-vaulted rooms called the Crusader Halls, which lead to the Refectory (dining hall). Also referred to as the Crypt, it is a true representation of Crusader architecture. Near to the Crypt is a stairway which leads to a long underground passage that is thought to be an escape tunnel that was built by the Crusaders in order to reach the port during attacks by Moslem forces.
Returning to the surface, you will next explore the Ottoman period of Akko's long and colorful history. This portion of your tour has you visiting the lively marketplace with its exotic offerings and intoxicating scents. From the marketplace you will continue on to the enormous Kahn El Umdan, also referred to as the Pillar's Inn, an ancient caravanserai which once served the camel caravans. Before leaving the city behind, you will make a stop at the picturesque Pisan Port which was built by Crusader seamen from Pisa, Italy.
Your relaxing trip back to Haifa includes a photo stop at Mt. Carmel where you will have a breathtaking view of Haifa Bay, the golden dome of Haifa's Baha'i Shrine and Acre in the distance.
Need to Know:
Note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking - at times on uneven surfaces with a narrow tunnel and steps to negotiate. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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