We arrived in Haifa, Israel, on April 6, 2015 and docked in the horseshoe shaped bay in the shadows of Mount Carmel. We traveled 28 miles to the ancient city of Caesarea, but first we went to the top of Mount Carmel for a view of the harbor and the Baha’i hanging gardens. Our next stop was just outside of Caesarea to see the Roman aqueduct, which supplied the water to the town. Caesarea was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. We started at the Roman Amphitheater and walked to the walled crusader city. After leaving the amphitheater we walked to Herod’s Promontory Palace, then across the Hippodrome to the Roman baths. All along the way there were mosaic tile floors that decorated the homes and buildings that once stood here. We then proceeded to enter the walled Crusader City, now housing shops and restaurants. We left Caesarea through the South Gate, one of the 3 main entrances to the walled city.
The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.