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Apollonia National Park, Israel- Crusader Castles, Luxurious Villas and a Long Tumultuous History!

The tour will cover 18 centuries of Mediterranean history along the eastern Mediterranean shore inIsrael. The tour is located at Apollonia National Park in Herzeliya, Israel. This hidden gem is the home of a fantastic Crusader castle and was the location of a famous battle between two of the most well-known men in history – Richard the Lionheart and Salahdin the Ayyubid.

From Herzliya
Online Experience
1 Hour
Middle East
Upto 10 people
  • Real-time tour streamed live from Apollonia National Park in Herzeliya, Israel
  • Learn about how this coveted land passed through various regimes over centuries 
  • Visit the Crusader castle and the site where Richard the Lionheart won the holy battle

Join me on a walk along the eastern Mediterranean shore on this interactive Online Experience streamed live from Appolonia National Park in Herzeliya, Israel. This hidden gem of land is home to a fantastic Crusader castle and was the location of a famous battle between two of the most well-known men in history: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin the Ayyubid. This famed battle took place during the Third Crusade and resulted in a European hold on the Holy Land coastline during the second Crusader Kingdom.

The tour will begin with a brief overview of the region's history between the 13th and the 17th Century AD, which your guide will elaborate on as we make our way through the Appolonia National Park and look at the flowers and the archaeological sites that are strewn across the site.
The site began as a Phoenician ship anchorage and was first named after the Phoenician storm God, Reshef. When the Greeks established control over the region, the site was renamed after the Greek God Apollo, hence the name Apollonia. As we walk further, you will also learn about the various other names it was known by, as it passed from the hands of the Greeks to the Romans, then the Muslims, the Christian Hospitaller Knights, even and the Egyptian Mamluks across its long history.
Finally, we will make our way to the Crusader Castle which was built above the harbour in the year 1239, post the victory of Richard the Lionheart. Overlooking the Mediterranean, this castle once boasted of immense beauty and a chapel with admirable stained-glass windows and a drawbridge but suffered damage when the Mamluks laid siege to the town in 1263. Before surrendering to them, the Hospitaller Knights destroyed the Castle by way of fire, and you will witness some of the burn marks from this period alongside piles of ballista boulders that were launched from the Mamluk siege weapons.

The tour will end with an anecdote about a real pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that remained hidden for nearly 800 years until it was discovered by archaeologists.

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 30 USD per screen OR as a private session for 130 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Neil Manspeizer

I am a licensed Israeli Tour Guide and have been guiding in the Holy Land for four years. I have a Master's degree in Geography and am currently working towards PhD as well. 

I am living in Israel since the early 1990s and am a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. My areas of interest includes archaeology, history, hiking and nature.

From USD 30 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.