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Acre - Ins & Outs


Acre
8 Hours
up to 8 people
Arabic ( Native ), English ( Native ), Hebrew ( Native ), Japanese ( Conversational )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

This tour is an all-around tour of Acre, covering the Medieval (Crusader/underground) city and the Ottoman city, discussing all sorts of issues, from history & culture all the way to current social issues, politics & daily life. In this tour, you don't only meet the tour guide, but you also get a chance to meet other locals (depending on their availability) as we go, be it artists, entrepreneurs, social activists, laborers, etc, as we go through the hidden gems of the city!

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Itinerary

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  • 10:00 AM

    City Gate

    Historic intro to the city, discussing the fortifications of the city

  • 10:20 AM

    Akkotel

    The city's courthouse & the beginning of conservation in the city

  • 10:30 AM

    The Walls

    Resuming discussion of the city's fortifications, cannons, Napoleon's campaign to the Middle East

  • 11:10 AM

    Meeting with a local

    Here we meet our first local for the day, possibly Eytan Horowitz - an artist, collector & social activist who has been residing in Acre for almost a decade now

  • 11:50 AM

    Bustan al-Pasha

    Discussing the story of the garden, its trees & the Ottoman fortress

  • 12:10 PM

    Knights' Halls (Crusader fortress/citadel)

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the citadel is part of the Medieval city (approx. 1000 years old), when Acre was the capital city of the second Kingdom of Jerusalem. The site is underground, it's huge(!) and beautiful. Here we discuss archaeology, crafts, history, economy, politics, daily life & more!

  • 13:10 PM

    Al-Jazzar Mosque

    The 2nd most important mosque in Israel, its architecture, ceremonies, etc

  • 13:30 PM

    Turkish Bazaar

    The market's renovation, development & current issues

  • 13:40 PM

    Lunch Break

    This would be a great time & location for a lunch break

  • 14:30 PM

    The Jewish Neighborhood & Ramhal Synagogue

    The Jewish community, its bakeries & synagogue

  • 15:00 PM

    Arabesque Arts & Residency Center

    We go into Arabesque, discuss the history of the place, the story of the owner, the restoration that took place there and its connection to the local community! Here we may meet the owner or the manager of the place

  • 15:20 PM

    Khan al-Umdan

    One of the Ottoman monumental structures in the city, which used to be a hotel & should become a hotel again in the coming few years! Here we discuss the history of the structure, the conservation trend, its complexities, the politics which come along with it & how its viewed by the locals

  • 15:40 PM

    Artists' Alley

    We walk through the Artists' Alley, which houses several art galleries

  • 15:50 PM

    Templar Tunnel

    The Templar Tunnel is yet another underground site, most likely Medieval, crossing the city from east to west. Its true purpose is still a mystery to this day!

  • 16:10 PM

    The Lighthouse Neighborhood

    The lighthouse neighborhood is at the tip of the peninsula, here we discuss the Templar fortress & the recent history of the neighborhood

  • 16:30 PM

    Kashash Alley

    An alley named after the city artist, Waleed Kashash, packed with beautiful art exhibits

  • 16:40 PM

    Abboud Square Neighborhood

    This neighborhood, named after a rich family, hosts a few buildings of architectural, religious & historic significance!

  • 17:00 PM

    Meeting with a local

    Here we meet our second (or third) local for the day, possibly Saleem A'amer - a local master conservator, artist & entrepreneur, owner of "Almadrasa for Traditional Stone Carving" studio

  • 17:30 PM

    Efendi Hotel

    We have a look at the Efendi Hotel from the outside (maybe walk in, if allowed), discuss the original owners of the building, its current owners & the social symbolism associated with this style of architecture

  • 17:40 PM

    Zawiyat al-Shadiliyya (Sufi Temple)

    Acre is home to a Sufi temple of the Shadili-Yashruti line. Established in Acre, this temple is the world center of the line, although very few of the members reside in Acre. Sufis are mystics, emphasize the spiritual aspects of life & have their own unique ceremonies. If allowed, we'll go inside - otherwise, we'll have to settle for a view of the building from the outside

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
Meeting Point At your hotel (if it's in the old city) or the entrance to
Ending Point Same as meeting point, or anywhere inside the old city

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee & hotel pick-up if it's in the old city

What‘s not included

- Food & drink

- Entrance to sites - paid by the customers at the ticket offices:
1. Knights' Halls & Templar Tunnel (combined ticket) - 47 ILS per person
2. Al-Jazzar Mosque - 10 ILS person

- Tips to artists: the artists we visit open their studios & houses for us to visit, leaving a tip is highly recommended!

Important

Working hours - 10:00am until 7:00pm

I also guide in different parts of the Galilee (like Nazareth & Sea of Galilee) and the Golan Heights - transportation fees apply. Contact me for details!

- Please be sure to wear comfy shoes, have water on you, sunblock, a hat and/or umbrella
- The underground sites are NOT claustrophobic, except for two segments which we can walk around
- As we'll be visiting a religious site, please be sure to wear pants that cover the knee & shirts that cover the shoulders. Women are required to cover their hair - the mosque lends headscarves in case you don't have any
- Most of the city is wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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