Shore Excursions

Arriving in Haifa or Ashdod on a Mediterranean cruise, you should make the most of the opportunity to visit Israel’s wonderful sites and scenery. Shatour can organize a customized offshore excursion to visit Israel’s unique historic and holy locations, such as Jerusalem, Masada and Nazareth, as well as modern cities such as Tel Aviv and Haifa. We specialize in guiding small groups and creating personalized itineraries for couples and smaller groups to match their interests. We meet each group on shore and bring them back to port on time, providing comfortable air-conditioned transportation, reliable drivers, and knowledgeable multi-lingual guides.

Talk to us about planning your shore excursion in Israel.

What our guests write after touring Israel with Shatour:

    We would strongly recommend Shatour if you are considering a family tour of Israel. We are a family of four -- two parents and two girls ages 11 and 13 -- and we used Shatour this summer for our first-ever trip to Israel.  Shatour was very helpful in providing us with advice as we shaped our itinerary and made important choices about how we would spend our limited number of days in the country and in what order.  They also provided guidance on selecting hotels. Once we arrived, everything felt seamless and easy.  Each day came off as planned, and we were provided with the flexibility to make adjustments along the way. Of our 14 full days on the ground, we spent 10 of them with our guide Lior.  For a majority of these days, we were with Lior not only all day but also into the evening.  He is one of the easiest people to be around that we have ever met, which was critical given all of the time that the 5 of us spent together.  He also has the patience of Job (biblical reference only kinda intended), which is important when dealing with families. In addition to being a pleasant and easy-going person, Lior is not just a knowledgeable guide but an archaeologist.  We had not considered this before signing up with Shatour, but having this kind of expertise in your guide is invaluable as you view sites that are thousands of years old, particularly if you are like us and want to understand the difference between historical facts and best guesses. When it is time to say goodbye to Israel, Shatour even arranges for a company to help you at the airport with all of the security hurdles involved with your departure. This was a fantastic trip!
    It is a pleasure to wholeheartedly recommend Nathan as a guide and Shatour as the tour company.  As many have attested, Nathan is a gem. Remarkably knowledgeable, warmly personable, known seemingly by every one in the country and accommodating to all of one's needs.  Nathan arranged a culinary and wine tour that was delicious, educational, and enabled us to meet fascinating players in the wonderful world of Israeli food. I highly recommend it for those with similar interests.  Don't miss spending time with Nathan - you'll learn a lot.  Harvey & Jan   
    Dear Nathan
    Thank you for organising a most memorable trip for our family. Your expertise in choosing just the right spots for us to enjoy, learn and experience , was once again a huge success . We look forward to returning to Israel and seeing you soon. 

    Shalom Hanna, We have arrived back home and are adjusting back to reality. The trip you put together and the experience Lior provided was life changing.  Lior is a wealth of knowledge, extremely professional and  yet, he still became part of our mishpacha. His patience, warmth, teachings, and answers to our endless questions, gave us the experience we were looking for.  Lior helped deepen our connection to Israel and our resolve to support your amazing country. Hanna, the hospitality and responsiveness by you and Lior made us very comfortable.  Connecting us with Arnie and planning our vow renewal at Cesarea was a highlight for Mike and me.  We will treasure that evening.  Thank you for the lovely book, the champagne, and visiting with us.  We feel as though we not only have wonderful memories but also made new friends. We would love to host you and your family should you find yourselves in California. Fondly, Sharna and Mike

    Dear Shatour: We have arrived back to the US and want to express our deepest gratitude for the most amazing experience we just had in Israel.  The main reason for our wonderful trip was our guide Lior.  He was so patient, friendly, knowledgeable, funny and warm.  We felt like we were with a family member the whole time.  Lior's knowledge about everything was very impressive.  The places he took us and the information he bestowed on us was truly unbelievable.  The restaurants he suggested were all great.  We tried all different foods and everything was delicious.  Liar got it right every time.  We so enjoyed meeting his family and spending some time with them.  They were a delight. We will make every effort to suggest Shatour to anyone we know that might be planning a trip to Israel.  From the start of planning our trip to the very end, working with your company has been a joy.
    We hope that there will be an opportunity to once again engage with Shatour.  Also, if Lior or anyone from his family is ever in the US and wants to visit California please let him know that our doors are open and we would love the chance to show off our state.
    Andrea Wasserman

    “The grandchildren had the time of their lives. Every hour was a different adventure. They enjoyed going through the bunkers in the Golan Heights, going through the ammunition factory at Ayalon, and climbing on the tanks at Latrun. They enjoyed going in the water at the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Eilat. Actually I think they enjoyed everything!”

    “Thanks for putting together an absolutely amazing trip.  We enjoyed every moment of it.”

    “Everything on the tour was either a lot of fun, very educational, very inspiring or all three. Our son described this as a trip that he and his family will remember for the rest of their lives. We went to every place that you recommended and we wanted to see, and your guide took us to other places that really added to the trip.”

    “Yuval was an outstanding guide for us. He connected with all of us, old and young. He knew all of the restaurants that had good food, good prices, and were popular with the locals. Because my wife has walking difficulties, Yuval gave her recommendations on whether she could participate in each activity or not, and often he was able to make changes that allowed her to participate.”

    “Thank you again Nathan & Hanna for all that you showed, told and gave to our family to make our trip an outstanding tour through Israel. We look forward to seeing you again.”

    It was an extraordinary trip. You allowed us to see an Israel very few tourists are privileged to see. Under Nathan’s guidance we explored unbelievable archaeological sites, walked through the Old City floated in the Dead Sea, marveled at Masada (baths with no obvious way to obtain water? a dovecote? three years of survival!)

    As I start to list sites I’m aware of all the places I’ve omitted. As I’m sure Nathan would readily admit, he could have taken us on a tour of Israel lasting years rather than days and never exhausted his repertoire – what an incredible font of knowledge, information and lore!