Akko and Haifa Day Tour by Train

From Tel Aviv

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Per person$69

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride the train along the Mediterranean Coast
  • Guided Tour of the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa
  • Visit the famous Hospitaller Citadel (Knights’ Halls)
  • Listen to the stories inside the Turkish Bath – Hamam
  • Follow the 150 meters through the Templars’ Tunnel
  • Stroll around the Old Akko market and taste unique dishes

DESCRIPTION

Start your day at the Hahagana train station in Tel Aviv and receive your travel itinerary packet from our IsraelRail representative.
From here you will ride like the locals from Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean coast to one of the largest cities in Israel: Haifa. The train ride is about 1 hour.

Take the Carmelit Subway to the Bahá’í Gardens Walk-in Guided Tour. The Panorama Tour descends through the Haifa Bahá’í Gardens from the crest of Mount Carmel to the level of the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb along paved paths and stairs. You will pass through both formal and informal parts of the gardens and enjoy magnificent views of the city, the Galilee Hills, and the Mediterranean Sea. The tour is about 50 minutes long and operated by the local Bahá’í Gardens guides.

Your guide will tell you about the design and maintenance of the gardens, as well as their significance to Bahá’ís. You will learn about the history of this community, how they came to build their world center on Mount Carmel, and what activities are carried on in the buildings located in the gardens, including the shrine.

Next, take the train to Akko for the Akko Old City Self-Guided tour. This is a journey to a glorious past and a one-of-a-kind experience. Akko (Acre) is a port city in northwest Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. Explore the Hospitaller Citadel learning of the interesting history with the free audio guide. Continue on to visit the Turkish Bath (Hamam) and walk through the Templars’ Tunnel to the Mediterranean Sea.

With your family and friends, continue to uncover the history and beauty of Akko with a bite to eat in the Old Akko Market. Use the tasting card to try some local dishes as well as enjoy a cup of coffee or tea!

What’s included

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Train

Roundtrip ticket Tel Aviv – Akko
Valid until the last train of the booked day

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Public Transportation

Valid in Akko and Haifa
This IsraelRail card is valid for the local Akko and Haifa buses, train and Carmelit subway

Combined Ticket Old City Akko

Including the Hospitaller Citadel (Knights’ Halls), the Turkish Bath, the Templars’ Tunnel, the Okashi Museum, & the Treasures in the Walls Museum. Some of the museums provide a free audio guide

Old Akko Market

Taste four unique dishes in the Old Akko Market

Guide

Walk-in Guided Group Tour

Tour of the Bahá’í Gardens with a local guide

Travel Itinerary Packet

Itinerary and map of Akko and Haifa

10 hours
1-15
Availability

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From the Akko Train Station take Bus #13. Departing every 15 minutes and takes you into the Old City Akko in about 5-7 minutes and is free with your IsraelRail Card.

Alternatively, a taxi is about 20 NIS and if you are feeling up for it, the Old City of Akko is a 20-minute walk from the train station.

To get back to the Akko Train Station take Bus #3, departing every 15 minutes takes you from the Old City back to the Akko Train Station and is free with your IsraelRail Card.

Tip

In order to be at the group tour of the Bahá’í Gardens in time, you’ll need to leave Tel Aviv Hahagana Station by train at 7:47 AM

Meeting Point

Take the train from the Hahagana train station to the Haifa Center HaShmona Station

Dropoff Point

After exploring Akko and having some local food, it is time to head back to Tel Aviv with trains late into the evening.

Itinerary

Hahagana Train Station
Start at the Tel-Aviv Hahagana Train Station

Meet a local representative of IsraelRail and collect your travel itinerary packet which includes your itinerary, the IsraelRail card and a map

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Take the train to Haifa

The ride from Hahagana Tel Aviv Station to Haifa Center HaShmona Station is about 1 hour. To arrive on time to the tour of the Bahá’í Gardens at 10:00, you’ll need to leave Tel Aviv latest by train at 7:47 AM and then continuing by subway “The Carmelit”.

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Walk to the "Carmelit" subway and take it to HaCarmel Center station

From the Haifa Center HaShmona Train Station walk 6 min to “Carmelit Paris Square”. Then take the subway to “HaCarmel Center station” – about a 12-min ride. Exit the subway and walk downhill 10-minutes to the starting point of the tour at Bahá’í Gardens, Yefe Nof St 45.

If you prefer, a taxi is only about a 20-min ride!

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Bahá’í Gardens Walk-in Guided Group Tour

Join the guided tour of the Bahá’í Gardens at 10:00 AM. The entrance is located at Yefe Nof St 45.

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Head back to the Haifa Train Station

The tour will end on Hatzionut Avenue, just a 15 minute bus ride back to the Haifa Center HaShmona Station. You can take bus 136.

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Take the train to Akko Station

Ride like the locals from the Haifa Center HaShmona Station to the Akko Station, just a 30 minute ride. 

Arrive at the Akko Station

Exit the station and walk left to the nearby bus stop #13

Akko Bus Stop 13
Take Bus #13 to Old City Akko

The bus departs every 15 minutes and is a short 5-7 minute ride to the Old City of Akko

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Arrive at the Akko Visitor Center

After you exit the bus you will be near a large outdoor parking lot. Cross the parking lot and find the Entrance to the Akko Visitor Center with this sign in front. Exchange your voucher for the Combined Museum Ticket

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Visit the Museums at your own pace

We suggest the following order  (1) Hospitaller Citadel (Knights’ Halls), (2) Turkish Bath, (3) Time at the market, (4) Templar Tunnels, (5) + (6) If time allows visit the Okashi Museum and the Treasures in the Walls Museum

Food Tastings in the Old Akko Market

Stroll through the market and taste the authentic Akko cuisine, and leave time for tea or coffee! 4 tastings included!

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Take Bus #3 to the Akko Train Station

To get back to the Akko Train Station take Bus #3, Please note that this bus number is different than the bus you took to the Old City, but this is the same station where you were dropped off at, near the large parking lot. The bus #3 departs every 15 minutes and takes you from the Old City back to the Akko Train Station.

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Heading back to Tel Aviv

The train leaves Akko station to Tel Aviv approximately every 20 minutes, late into the evening

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Akko Visitor Center reception desk is where you collect your Museum Combination Ticket.
Open from 8:30 – 18:30 (Summer from 1.4) 08:30 – 17:00 (Winter from 1.11)

The Museum Combination Ticket grants access to 5 of Akko’s most interesting historical museums:

The Hospitaller Citadel (Knights’ Halls)
8:30 – 19:00 (Summer)
08:30 – 17:30 (Winter)
Free audio guide
As part of the service, individuals are provided with an audio guide in their language of choice. (Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.) Each visitor is requested to leave an identifying document, which will be returned at the end of the visit.
45-60 minutes

Turkish Bath
9:00 – 19:30 (Summer)
09:00 – 18:00 (Winter)
Free audio guide
As part of the service, individuals are provided with an audio guide in their language of choice. (Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.) Each visitor is requested to leave an identifying document, which will be returned at the end of the visit.
25 minutes

Templars’ Tunnel
9:30 – 19:30 (Summer)
09:30 – 18:00 (Winter)
10-25 minutes

Okashi Art Museum
9:30 – 19:00 (Summer)
09:30 – 17:30 (Winter)
Featuring rotating exhibitions of Israeli art alongside a permanent exhibit of the works of the late artist, Avshalom Okashi (1916-1980)

Treasures in the Walls
10:00 – 17:00 (Summer)
10:00 – 17:00 (Winter)
The hundreds of items displayed in the museum enable its visitors to get acquainted with the traditional craftsmen who worked in the markets, the spectacular furniture of the city’s well-to-do and the fabric of life in a city that was a unique meeting place of art and religion.

Suggestions for other places to visit:

Ramchal Synagogue
9:30 – 18:00 (Summer)
09:30 – 17:00 (Winter)
Free entrance
The Ramchal Synagogue named after the Rabbi, known as the Ramchal who lived in Acre from 1743 to 1747.

El-Jazzar Mosque
Opening hours change according to prayer times
10 NIS entrance fee
This is Israel’s largest mosque outside of Jerusalem and the largest one among the mosques built in Israel during the Turkish period.

The Underground Prisoners Museum
8:30 – 16:30
Free entrance
During the British Mandate, the citadel served as the main prison for the north of Israel.

Cancellation Policy
Any cancellation prior to 48 hours of travel date will incur a fee of $10 USD for the refund procedure.
Upon notice 48 hours advance of departure – the trip is non-refundable!


Train Station Security Checks

Entry to all train stations is subject to a personal baggage check.

Every station entrance is manned by security guards who operate in accordance with Israel Police guidelines and are committed to upholding your dignity and safety during the security check.

Please be aware that lines may develop at the security check stations during peak hours in the morning and afternoon/evening (6:00-9:00 and 15:00-19:00), so it is important that you arrive sometime prior to your train’s departure.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties or health problems.

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