There is a magical quality about the Old City of Jerusalem from the history of the towering stone walls and ancient buildings, to the sacred atmosphere that surrounds the holy sites of Jewish, Christian, and Moslem religions.
Tour was excellent. Tour guide was very good, gave us good information about all locations we visited. We rushed to visit one location when guide was informed that church would be closed soon, we were one of last tours allowed in, as we left, people were arriving and were turned away. Went to western wall and drove through out city. Buffet lunch was at a nice hotel, lots of food, good waiter service.
This was a long day. Our guide was fantastic and we saw a great deal. However, we were not given an opportunity to explore and barter the shops seen as we were rushed through the the streets. We did pause at several stations of the cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is fascinating and well worth the visit. While I accept the "game" of the tour company to channel us to the stores that best benefit the guides, I do not care for the practice.
Overall very good. We saw all the sights described within the time scheduled about 12 hours. There was some time before hitting the 12th hour, and the guide used that time to ask the driver to drive us up to the hill in Haifa to get a good view of the city and shore line.
Buffet lunch was good.
A bathroom break between Haifa and Old Jerusalem, bathroom break at lunch, and a bathroom break on the way back to the port of Haifa.
Shopping time was short and it was a good thing. However, the guide only brought us to just one store. I wish he had brought us to an area with a few stores.
A bit surprise that the guide asked for tip as the cruise line description does not indicate a tip would be asked. And the driver tried to sell us a book+DVD.
Tour guide very political; had to change to Palestinian guide as Israeli guide not allowed in some areas. Wailing wall hugely interesting but tour very tiring as visited Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane before going into Jerusalem. Good loo stop! So much to see and think about. Lots of photos.
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