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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Trip

  • Full-day shore excursion from Ashdod Port to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
  • Walk on the Mount of Olives to gaze over Old Jerusalem and see the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Visit the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and an Arab souk
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Trip
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Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Trip

Disembark at Ashdod for a full-day shore excursion to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, and experience Israel’s historic sites, religious landmarks and extraordinary landscape. Walk in Jesus’ footsteps at Gethsemane and say a prayer at the Western Wall; explore a bustling Arab bazaar then leave the city walls for the surreal shoreline of the Dead Sea. Walk salt-encrusted beaches, roll in mineral-rich, therapeutic mud and bob around in hyper-saline water before returning to your ship in Ashdod Port.

What to Expect
When your cruise ship is in Ashdod, meet your guide at the port and hop inside your air-conditioned minivan. Then, enjoy the views of the Judean Mountains as you travel to Jerusalem, roughly an hour away.

On the road, hear about the history of Jerusalem, an ancient spiritual center for Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities that dates back thousands of years. To Christians, the city is revered as the place where Jesus preached and died some 2,000 years ago. Stop at the Mount of Olives, a ridge to the east of old Jerusalem. Take in sweeping views over the walled Old City, and hear how the hillside was a key location during Jesus’ last days.

Pass the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested, and travel to Mount Zion to the site of the Last Supper. Visit the room where Jesus’ last meal with his disciples is believed to have taken place and then continue into Old Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate. Admire the timeworn streets as you stroll through the Christian and Jewish quarters. Walk part of the Via Dolorosa, an important pilgrimage route, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to stand where Jesus was crucified.

Take in the scenes at the Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall) as you learn of its significance to the Jewish pilgrims, and pass through an Arab souk, a jumble of trinket and spice stalls. If time allows, take a short break for lunch at your own expense, and then travel through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea.

After roughly an hour, arrive at the northern shore to visit one of the Dead Sea resorts. Use the changing facilities and enjoy a short float and swim in the mineral-rich waters. The sea here sits at the world's lowest point and is fed by several incoming rivers. Their waters then evaporate, leaving behind natural salt that causes the sea's famous buoyancy.

Swim, enjoy the therapeutic mud, and then meet back with your guide to return to Ashdod Port, where your day trip ends.

Please note: Visits to sites stated on the above itinerary are dependent on accessibility, religious festivals, queues and time constraints on the day of your tour. The order of sites visited, as described above, may also be subject to change on the day.

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 (22)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2018
Fantastic tour during our recent cruise

We recently took two tours with Guided Tours Israel - Jerusalem and the Dead Sea from Ashdod and Galilee from Haifa. We were met promptly at the cruise port and enjoyed a tour with a smaller group from the ship. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable...More

2  Thank Doned
Reviewed 24 November 2017
Wonderful Three days in Israel

Our three days covered Jerusalem,Masada,Dead Sea, Nazareth,Sea of Galilee. Our tour guides Margolit and Yonthan were excellent and we came away from the experience feeling so thankful to have had their knowledgeable and thoughtful guidance throughout the three days.The 16 person van offering wifi and...More

1  Thank Brian155011
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Our tour guide "Ryan Freidland" (GTI) for both our excursions in Ashdod and Haifa off our cruise ship was nothing less than sensational. His excellent knowledge of all Israel was exceptional. Old City of Jerusalem especially The Holy Sepulchre was very emotional. The Dead Sea...More

1  Thank attardmaree
Reviewed 10 November 2017
ashdod dead sea and masada

the tour guide was waiting in the port with a card with our name on it.the trip was fabulous.the guide talked to us about ISRAEL.the amount of crops grown .the water projects .the history of Masada.he very kindly looked after our bags when we went...More

Thank tinabell51
Reviewed 8 November 2017
Our first trip to israel.

My husband and I visited Israel for three days while our cruise ship was docked in Ashdod and Haifa. We spent three days touring with Ehud and he gave us a true sense of the country. We visited highlights every day; Old City of Jerusalem,...More

1  Thank Hfried1100
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5 July 2018|
Response from Doned | Reviewed this property |
This is a private company. I tried to provide links for you but this appears not to be allowed. Just do a google search for Guided Tours Israel. You can see their shore excursions and there is also an email link... More