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Explore Jerusalem shore excursion - starting from Ashdod

Highlights
  • The Mount of Olives - panoramic view of ancient and modern Jerusalem
  • Christian Quarter - following the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Wailing Wall (Kotel) - most sacred worship place for the Jews
  • Jewish and Muslim Quarters
  • The Israeli Parliament (The Knesset) and Supreme Court
  • Yad Vashem - Holocaust Museum
  • Small group of up to 18 people
Description

You will meet our guide outside the reception hall of the port of Ashdod, from where we will head to Jerusalem. On the drive to Jerusalem your tour guide will inform you about Israel’s rich history. The drive will be about one hour, depending on traffic.


In Jerusalem our tour will start on the Mount of Olives where you will enjoy a breathtaking view over Jerusalem's Old City and the Temple Mount. We will then continue our trip and explore the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Next, we will drive towards the old city by passing through the Valley of Kidron and enter the heart of the Old City through one of its famous gates.

We will pass through the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Agony), and follow the same path Jesus took while carrying the cross, towards the Church of Resurrection. The New Testament describes this site as Golgotha the place where Jesus was crucified and later buried.


You cannot come to Jerusalem and not try from the local cuisine. You will have the option of dining at one of the many local restaurants in the Christian quarter before heading to the Jewish quarter.


Jerusalem is built on two levels. The current level was mostly restored after the six day war in 1967, and the ancient level dates back to more 2,000 years. We will explore the fascinating ruins of the city from the Second Temple period, before its destruction by the Roman Empire in 70 AC.


Located on top of the Temple Mount is the Wailing Wall (Kotel). This is the most holy and important place for the Jewish people. After visiting the Wall, you will have some time to enjoy the Old City on your own and explore the local market.  


We will drive past some of the famous buildings such as the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Supreme Court in the more modern parts of the city.


Our final stop before returning to the ship will be to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. The museum’s campus houses different exhibits and memorials, and also recognizes the Righteous Gentiles who helped save thousands of Jews during World War II.


We will then take you to the port of Ashdod.


** This tour can be booked also as a private tour - for more details and prices click here !

Weekly Availability
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English
Included
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned tourist mini-bus
  • Top rated, licensed and English speaking tour guide.
  • A small group of no more than 18 persons guaranteed.
  • Entrance fees.
Not included
  • Food and drinks: you will have the option to lunch at various local restaurants (budget 35-70 shekels per person).
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Other personal expenses.
Meeting Point
ASHDOD PORT
Upon arrival to the dock in Ashdod, you will meet our tour guide outside the Reception Hall. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name. The time will be stated on your booking confirmation.
Dropoff Point
ASHDOD PORT
The tour guide and driver will guarantee that you make it back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay.
Additional Info
You will be walking roughly 2 kilometers and climbing stairs in the Old City, so wearing comfortable walking shoes is a must.

Please dress modestly (shoulders and knees covered) when visiting the Holy Sites of Jerusalem.

Some places in the Old City might not accept credit cards. You will be able to change money or some shops may accept foreign currency.

The drive to Jerusalem can be about 1 hour.

Travelers with special needs, (i.e. limited mobility and wheelchair bound persons) must inform us prior to booking their excursion.

The tour itinerary might be adapted or subject to change due to limitations of arrival/departure of your ship.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Up to 14 days before the tour there will be no cancellation fee, except for a $10 processing fee.
7-13 days before the tour, there will be a 25% cancellation fee, with the additional $10 processing fee.
2-6 days before the tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee.
48 hours prior to departure, there will be a 100% cancellation fee.
*If there is an unforeseen circumstance, such as your ship does not dock in our port or for any sort of security reason, you will be refunded the full amount.