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Caesarea, Kibbutz & Fisherman Village Tour: Israel's Contrasts

Get ready to take a step back in time and experience a side of Israel that few visitors have the chance to see. Join us on an exclusive day trip that will take you to explore the ancient Roman ruins, visit an authentic Arab fishing village, and discover the fascinating Kibbutz community. This isn’t your typical tour; our unique experience shows the contrast between the wealth of the Kibbutz and the poverty of the Arab fishing village, showcasing the social and economic disparities within Israeli society. ֵ

Starting off in Tel Aviv, we’ll head north along the magnificent Mediterranean coast. Our first stop is Caesarea National Park, where you’ll discover the ruins of an ancient Roman harbor city that was once among the most important outside of Rome. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the incredible Hippodrome, aqueduct, and the remaining palaces and houses that bear witness to the legacy of the Roman Empire. 

Our journey continues as we head to the charming Arab fishing village of Jisr az-Zarqa. Here, our local tour guide will take you on an enlightening journey through the village, sharing its rich history and contemporary way of life and the daily struggles faced by one of the poorest villages in Israel. 

The day continues with a visit to Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, where you’ll learn about the Kibbutz movement’s fascinating history and communal philosophy. As we arrive, we’ll be treated to a delicious buffet lunch in the communal dining hall, followed by an in-depth tour of the community. You’ll observe firsthand the extensive fish pools that provide a significant source of income for the Kibbutz and gain insight into the ways of life within the community.

As one of the last remaining truly communal kibbutzim in Israel, a tour of Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael is a unique experience, showing one of history’s most influential community structures.

After a day of exploration, we’ll return to Tel Aviv, arriving back at Abraham in the late afternoon.

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Highlights

  • Explore the ancient Roman ruins at Caesarea National Park, one of the most significant Roman cities outside of Rome
  • Experience the contrast between the poor fisherman’s village of Jisr az-Zarqa and the rich and communal Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael, offering a unique perspective on the social and economic disparities within Israeli society.
  • Visit the communal Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael and learn about the history and philosophy behind this collective community.
  • Converse with and learn from Jisr az-Zarqa and kibbutz locals

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Tour Itinerary

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    DAY TOUR

    08:00 – Depart from Abraham Tel Aviv
    09:00 – Arrive at Caesarea National Park
    11:00 – Depart from Caesarea
    11:30 – Tour of fisherman village Jisr az-Zarqa
    13:30 – Depart from the village
    14:00 – Lunch in the Kibbutz dining room
    14:45 – Tour of the Kibbutz
    16:00 – Depart from Kibbutz
    17:00 – Arrive back at Abraham Tel Aviv

    NB: All times are approximate

Good to Know

  • Caesarea National Park is self guided, with printed materials provided.
  • In the unlikely event of adverse weather, the tour will be cancelled and rescheduled.
  • Pick up Point: Abraham Tel Aviv
  • Things to bring: Hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, water, snacks and money.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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INCLUDED

  • Two local guides – in the kibbutz and the fisherman’s village

  • Transportation to all sites from Tel Aviv

EXCLUDED

  • Entrance fee to Caesarea National Park (39 ILS per person)

  • Guide in Caesarea National Park

  • Lunch at the Kibbutz (15-50~ ILS, depending on choice)

  • Drinks

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FAQ'S

What should I wear for the tour?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes. As we’ll be spending time outdoors, it’s also advisable to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

How long is the tour?

The tour typically lasts for a full day, departing at 08:00 and returning late afternoon to Abraham Tel Aviv.

What's included in the tour?

The tour includes transportation, a guided tour of Jisr az-Zarqa, and a visit and guidance at the communal Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, some parts of the tour may not be wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you have any mobility concerns so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

Can I bring my camera?

Absolutely! We encourage you to capture the beautiful scenery and rich culture you’ll encounter on the tour.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Yes, the tour is suitable for children. However, please note that the tour involves some walking and may not be suitable for very young children or those with mobility concerns.

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