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Historical Jerusalem and Bethlehem 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
  • Jewish and Muslim Quarters
  • Wailing Wall (Kotel) - most sacred worship place for the Jews
  • Bethlehem
  • Church of Nativity and Manger Square - birthplace of Jesus
  • 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.


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, explore the local market and dine at one of the restaurants.  


We will then board our mini-bus and continue our journey to **Bethlehem. Bethlehem is a vibrant and thriving West Bank city, so for this part of the tour you will have a local, English speaking Palestinian guide showing you around the city.

 

At the focal point of our visit to Bethlehem is the visit to the Church of Nativity and Manger Square, the birthplace of Jesus.


* The visit to Garden of Gethsemane and Church of all Nations is time permitting ! 


**Please note: it is required to have your passport when visiting Bethlehem.


We will then return you to the port of Ashdod.

Weekly Availability
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
English
Included
  • Comfortable air-conditioned tourist mini-bus
  • Top rated, licensed and English speaking tour guide.
  • Top rated, English speaking Palestinian tour guide in Bethlehem.
  • 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 (at your own discretion).
  • 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.
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 kilometres 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, depending on traffic.

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

Please note that you will be taken to a souvenir shop in Bethlehem as part of the tour where you can, but are by no means required to purchase souvenirs or locally produced goods.
Must bring passport with you for Bethlehem.
When crossing into Bethlehem, there may be a bus change.
Visit Church of Nativity:
Please note that the entrance to see the actual "Grotto of the Nativity" inside the Church of Nativity is subject to waiting in line.This can lead to that the waiting can be much longer than expected and also sometimes we will not be able to go inside the Church of Nativity if the tour guides see that the time will not allow it.Thank you for your understanding in advance!

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.