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Getting There

By Tour Bus and Public Transportation: Both Egged (www.eggedtours.com) and United Bus Tours (www.unitedtours.co.il) include stops in Caesarea on tours of the area.

By Railroad and Bus: There is regular train and bus service from Tel Aviv and Haifa to the Akko Train and Bus Stations in the New City of Akko. From there, it’s a short taxi ride to the Weizmann Street entrance to Akko’s Old City.

By Car: From Haifa, follow signs northward to Akko. The driving distance on the Haifa-Akko road is not long, but heavy traffic can make it an hour trip. Follow signs to Akko, then to Old City. Inside the Weizmann Street entrance to the Old City walls is a pay parking lot.

Visitor Information-Located just inside the Weitzman St. entrance to the Old City, the excellent Akko Visitor’s Center (tel. 04/995-6707; www.akko.org.il; Sat–Thurs 8:30am–5pm) is the place to buy a detailed map of the entire city of Akko and rent a self-guided audio walking tour, which includes exploration of the Subterranean Crusader City. Important: A combined admission ticket to all sites and museums in the city may also be purchased here, and its an excellent value at NIS125.

A Private Guide

Akko’s own Abdu Abu Tufan knows the complex history and local legends of his city like few others. A licensed, innovative guide, he’s also a professional storyteller and is great at bringing the stones and buildings of Akko to life. Contact him at www.abdu-matta.com or tel. 04/981-3719. Many enjoy his services so much they hire him to guide them through the entire region.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.