HIDDEN TREASURES OF ISRAEL TOUR
MUCHRAKA, CARMEL RIDGE, APOLLONIA
Today we shall pick you up at your Tel Aviv hotel and shall take you first to the top of Carmel Mount, a unique biosphere reserve.
Our goal is a place called the Horn of Carmel, or Muchraka. By general belief, on this mountain summit dramatic battle between the Prophet Elijah and the priests of Pagan god Baal took place. From the open platform on the roof of the monastery a fascinating view of the Jezreel Valley, the Valley of Armageddon, unfolds before our eyes, half a kilometer beneath our feet.
From Muchraka we shall continue driving along the ridge of Carmel, through the Druze villages of Daliyat El-Carmel and Isfiya. Among all the variety of the Middle East nations and religions, the Druze is possibly the most mysterious and full of secrets. Along our way, we shall see the daily life of the local Druze community and shall discuss the history, the religion and the culture of these unique people.
We shall further start descending from the top of Carmel to the Mediterranean Coast. Our next stop will be the Artists Village Ein Hod, tremendously beautifully set on a hillside, surrounded by ancient olive groves, with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. Here we shall walk from one artist gallery to another, through the Village Art Museum and the Museum of Marcel Yanko, a world famous Dadaist painter, and one of the forefathers of Ein Hod.
Finally, we shall descend to the coast and will drive along it to the South towards the beautiful town of Herzliya, to visit Crusade Fortress of Arsuf or Apollonia. At this site of once prosperous Roman town, a powerful fortress was built by the Crusades. Sitting on the top of the rock suspended over the Mediterranean coast, Arsuf is doubtlessly one of the most beautiful sites of Israel.
Finally, a short drive back to Tel Aviv will bring you to your hotel, and the rest deserved after the fascinating day.
Tour Price excludes relevant entance fees to the paid sites.