From Nazareth, our first day trip was to Haifa, Acre and Hanikra. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The main reason we stopped there was to see the Baha'i Temple and Gardens. These impeccable gardens start at street level and extend a kilometre up the side of Mount Carmel. The temple and gardens are part of the Baha'i World Centre which is a UNESCO world heritage site and destination for pilgrims of the Baha'i faith. Our second stop was Stella Maris Monastery, a Catholic Carmelite Monastery.
Next was Acre (or Akko) for lunch. Acre is one of the oldest cities in the world and a port city with well-preserved city walls. We walked around the city, down to the bustling port, through the market and to a busy restaurant where we sat outside and had fresh fish with pitta. Our last stop for the day was Rosh Hanikra, which is at Israel's northwestern tip, at the border with Beirut. We got the cable car down to the sea reserve with its beautiful grottoes and turquoise water.
It was a lovely and fascinating day, discovering parts of Israel, religions and towns I'd never even heard of before this visit!
We did this day trip with Abraham Tours. As we didn't hire a car, we had limited options for getting around. This tour was ideal for us as it was a reasonably priced self-guided tour where travel and basic advice was included but we explored ourselves as we would if we'd driven ourselves there, and we got to meet some interesting people at the same time!