Months Visited: August
We are a family that enjoys being active, and we enjoy being outside and exploring nature. Historic sites and locations are very popular, and we are willing to get off the beaten path in order to find new places and enjoy different cultures. We do like to relax at times, staying in luxury, and we also try to include stops that are just fun for the family as well as educational experiences and natural wonders. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: The Port of Haifa, and the entire city, can be a great place to visit and explore. This is ranked #3 when it comes to the largest cities in Israel, and there are many unique characteristics which make Haifa different from any other city in the area or the world. Both Haifa city and the port here are top attractions for visitors to Israel. The port has a long and rich history, and it is the largest port in the country and is used by many ships every single day. The city of Haifa is surrounded by natural beauty and scenic terrain, and the port is always bustling with activity so there is plenty for everyone to see and do here.
Our Experiences: We had a lot of fun exploring the city of Haifa and the port in the city. While we were walking around the Port of Haifa we saw many boats of various types and sizes, and the kids really enjoyed this part of the city quite a bit. There was plenty of shopping in the port area and we spent some time just wandering around and taking in all of the sights. We also explore part of the city and enjoyed experiencing the local culture first hand. There is a mix of new structures situated alongside historic places and older homes. This stop was one of the highlights of the time we spent in the area.
Description: The Bahai Gardens offers a staircase that includes 19 different terraces that extend up Mount Carmel on the northern slope of the mountain. Visitors will find plenty to be in awe over, with paths of gravel, a wide variety of flower beds, and well groomed hedges. The views that can be seen in these gardens can be fantastic, with vistas of the Mediterranean sea, the city of Haifa, and the hills of Galilee. If the weather is inclement then the gardens may close for a short period because of slippery pavement, but this safety precaution is only temporary and the Bahai Gardens is only closed long enough for the conditions to improve. UNESCO placed these gardens on the World Heritage List as a place that has outstanding universal value in July of 2008.
Our Experiences: The Bahai Gardens were fantastic, we visited in August and we were told that the gardens become different as they change with the seasons. The design and layout of the garden areas were very unique, we have never seen another garden anywhere quite like the Bahai Gardens. The kids were excited to climb to each terrace and work their way up the mountainside this way. The gardens were vibrant and colorful, and the entire complex had a peacefulness that was very nice to experience. These gardens are highly recommended for anyone who likes gardens, unusual and one of a kind places, and a lot of beautiful views.
Description: Acko, also commonly called Acre, is a city that has been inhabited on a continuous basis longer than almost any other city around the globe. Dating back to 1504 BCE people have lived here, and the city has many alleys and paths that follow twists and turns through various areas of Acko. In the past this city was a very important port, and in the early 1900s the ancient fortress here was used by the British to hold and execute members of several Jewish underground resistance groups. In 1947 a dramatic rescue of the prisoners was attempted but few made it out alive, although the sheer daring of the attempt had an impact on the British. Visitors to the city can wander through the streets enjoying the local culture, and even explore the Underground Prisoners Memorial Museum in the old fortress.
Our Experiences: Acko was a stop that we all really liked. We spent some time wandering around the old port city, and watching the fishing boats in the sea. The views of the ocean and the surrounding area were fantastic, and there were many shops and other interesting places to see and visit. We stopped at the Underground Prisoners Memorial Museum and learned about the history of the fortress where the museum is located. The kids were thrilled to see the actual jail and the gallows that were used in the past to imprison and execute Jewish underground fighters. We also saw a condemned man’s cell and were allowed to enter the small space. The gallows still had a noose hanging from it. Our children were old enough to understand the importance of this stop and the history behind the fortress to some degree, but it may not be ideal for younger children or those who become frightened easily. We all found this stop to be a fascinating one.