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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

  • Full-day shore excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Ashdod Port
  • Stop at the Mount of Olives for views of Old Jerusalem, and see the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Visit important Christian sites such as the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip
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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip
From US$99.00
When arriving in Israel at the Port of Ashdod, visit the holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem on this guided, full-day shore excursion. Discover the history of the different religions of this region and witness the mix of cultures. See the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born; the famous Western Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites; and many more. Port of Ashdod pickup and drop-off included.
What to Expect
This full-day tour begins with a Port of Ashdod pickup in an air-conditioned minivan. The first stop is at the Mount of Olives for a scenic overview of the entire city of Jerusalem. This mountain ridge is east of the Old City and named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. According to the Gospels, a number of important events in the life of Jesus took place here, including his ascent into heaven. The Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant believers. From here, see the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jewish landmark at the Temple Mount Esplanade. It has been said that this is where heaven meets earth.

Continue past the Garden of Gethsemane, where it is believed that Jesus prayed on the night he was arrested by Roman soldiers. Continue to Mount Zion and the Last Supper Room, then to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem to see the famous Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the holiest of Jewish sites. In the Christian Quarter, walk along the Via Dolorosa, the street that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Here, look for the 14 Stations of the Cross while retracing Jesus’ steps to the Hill of Calvary, now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Continue on to Cardo, the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem where the coach will provide transportation for the short trip to Bethlehem.

Explore the Church of the Nativity, where the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is said to have occurred. Manger Square is where the majority of religious activity in Bethlehem takes place, with the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar, the oldest and only mosque in the old city of Bethlehem. See where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth. Shop for souvenirs at some of the Palestinian markets, then board the coach for a return trip to the Port of Ashdod.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Ashdod Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Comprehensive tour of old city Jerusalem sites and Bethlehem

Part 2 of our 3 day tour with GuidedtoursIsrael.com. Pick up at cruise terminal. Extensive tour which included Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, old city of Jerusalem including walk of Jesus to crucifixtion (via Delarosa) and tomb, wailing wall. Would recommend discussing with Leo...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cheryl K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great tour and guide in Jerusalem

We visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem off a cruise ship in Ashdod. Jonathan was our guide and was terrific at explaining the complex issues of politics, history and religion in the region.....extremely knowledgeable on many topics and a very nice person. We liked him so much...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dean A
Reviewed 26 October 2018
Fully met our expectations

We spent 3 full days with Guided Tours Israel and this enabled us to really make the most our time there. Our guide Abby was professional, knowledgeable and 'read' the group really well enabling everyone to get the most out of their experience. We packed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank J26
Reviewed 24 October 2018
Ashdod Excursion: Jersualem and Bethlehem

We signed up for this tour from another site with people that were looking for another couple to join and we never looked at this site so we had no preconceived expectations of the activities other than a minimal type up of activities. This was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maryann C
Reviewed 23 October 2018
Holy Land Shore Excursion

We had three full days in Israel, and Doron was our guide for all three. First of all, Leo who was our primary contact for booking, stayed in contact with us the entire way. He really made setting these tours up a breeze even being...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dave B
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30 September 2018|
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Response from MarjoCalogeros | Reviewed this property |
Our pickup time at the port was 7.30am, but we did get through customs about 9.30. (12 custom officers for a shipload of passengers!!).Our tour was waiting for us. Small group 14 px. We had a great guide and saw lots of... More
13 April 2018|
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Response from sonorankris | Reviewed this property |
While we did a two day tour of Jerusalem/Bethlehem, Nazareth and the Baptismal sites, we left from the port of Haifa. Don't know if the tour company we used departs from Ashad. Sorry.