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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
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 (54)
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Reviewed 8 September 2018
Excellent Guide for our Jerusalem and Bethlehem day tour

Our tour was booked through Viator.The name of our guide was Harel Mali. Her knowledge of the sites we visited was amazing. She was so polite and courteous but so friendly. She was very flexible and so willing to assist in every way possible to...More

Thank npeiris
Reviewed 24 July 2018

First of all, Leo kept a watchful eye over us. We were supposed to arrive in Ashdod but due to Palestinian conflicts and the shooting of rockets into Israel our ship could not make it in to Ashdod. Leo proactively e-mailed us and made adjustments...More

1  Thank Susette E
Reviewed 23 July 2018
The best option for Israeli day tours

How fortunate we were to take the advice of previous travelers on forums like this. Not only was the tour of incredible value, we had 8 fellow cruisers, not a mob, a driver who was quite friendly and Jonathan the tour guide. I give him...More

1  Thank Hipparchos
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile
Old City of Jerusalem

Moishe Frank was a superior guide. Very knowledgeable, kind and service focused. I wish he could have lead all our tours.

Thank Clayton L
Reviewed 2 June 2018
Once in a lifetime experience

This was a fantastic tour. Saw quite a bit in a relatively short amount of time but never felt rushed or pressed into leaving a tour stop before I wanted to. Highly recommend tour guides Omri and Adnan (apologies if spelling is incorrect) for this...More

Thank llseaver
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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