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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At your hotel (if it's in the old city) or the entrance to
Historic intro to the city, discussing the fortifications of the city
The city's courthouse & the beginning of conservation in the city
Resuming discussion of the city's fortifications, cannons, Napoleon's campaign to the Middle East
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
Discussing the story of the garden, its trees & the Ottoman fortress
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!
The 2nd most important mosque in Israel, its architecture, ceremonies, etc
The market's renovation, development & current issues
This would be a great time & location for a lunch break
The Jewish community, its bakeries & synagogue
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
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
We walk through the Artists' Alley, which houses several art galleries
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!
The lighthouse neighborhood is at the tip of the peninsula, here we discuss the Templar fortress & the recent history of the neighborhood
An alley named after the city artist, Waleed Kashash, packed with beautiful art exhibits
This neighborhood, named after a rich family, hosts a few buildings of architectural, religious & historic significance!
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
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
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
Same as meeting point, or anywhere inside the old city
Guide fee & hotel pick-up if it's in the old city
- 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!
- 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