Like each of the meaningful sites on a Bible-based itinerary of Israel, it is Scripture that first brings you to the ancient, walled, seaside city of Akko which has been known by several names through the centuries including Acre, Akko, and Ptolemais.
Some 4,000 years ago, the land was given to the tribe of Asher to enter and possess (Judges 1:31). After the resurrection of Jesus, Paul the Apostle spent the day here in fellowship with one of the earliest Christian communities in the world (Acts 21:7). When you take Paul the Apostle’s boat tour through Akko’s harbor you will experience the sights and sounds of those ancient days, shedding a unique light on his ministry and receive a fascinating perspective of the Old City’s ramparts lapped by the Mediterranean.
For many reasons, Akko is truly more than meets the eye – not the least of which is the Hospitaller Knights Halls, which are literally hidden underground. In these halls you can reflect on the time of the Crusades in Israel and their impact on the land and its people.
The time you spend here, steeped in the atmosphere of bygone days and reflecting on its lessons amid the stone pillars and arches of the medieval Beautiful Hall (which can be reserved for your group) will remain with you forever.
The colorful markets, history-laden halls, mysterious tunnels and the age-old port make Akko an important contribution to your Holy Land experience.