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Step ashore in Haifa for a private, full-day shore excursion to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, and take in Israel’s most iconic sights. Spot Jerusalem’s landmarks from the Mount of Olives, slip a prayer into the Western Wall and walk the Old City’s Muslim, Armenian, Christian and Jewish neighborhoods with your personal guide. Follow in the steps of ancient pilgrims on the Via Dolorosa and browse a colorful bazaar, then continue to the salt-crusted shores of the Dead Sea to float in hyper-saline water and take a therapeutic mud bath.

Highlights

  • Full-day shore excursion from Haifa Port to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
  • Explore the different quarters that comprise Jerusalem's Old City
  • Visit holy sites around Jerusalem including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa and the Muslim bazaar
  • Pass through the Judean Desert on the way to the Dead Sea
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Haifa Shore Excursion: Private Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Trip

Explore Jerusalem's Old City before relaxing in the Dead Sea!

Leave Haifa Port and travel south to Jerusalem by air-conditioned coach, roughly two hours away. As you enter the city, stop to admire the views o from the Mount of Olives, gazing out at the Dome of the Rock at Temple Mount Esplanade. Travel through Kidron Valley, past the monumental burial tombs at the Garden of Gethsemane – where Jesus was said to have prayed before his crucifixion – to the walls of the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Stretch your legs on a walk, ambling along the old Byzantine main road, and stop to admire the Western Wall, nicknamed the ‘wailing wall’ after the worshipers who use it as an open-air synagogue. Soak up the atmosphere and continue through the Jewish quarter to the Christian quarter for a walk along the Via Dolorosa. The road was once an important pilgrimage route for Christian visitors, believed to mark the way to the site of Jesus’ crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense), and then wander away from the Christian quarter to check out the Muslim bazaar, a bustling place where Hebron glass and Armenian pottery knickknacks are sold alongside spices and coffee. Browse the stalls with your guide, and then leave Jerusalem for your journey through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea – roughly an hour away.

Stop at the northern coast, and head inside one of the Dead Sea resorts to swim and float in the mineral-rich waters at leisure. Marking the lowest point on the face of the Earth, the impressive stretch of water is fed by a collection of incoming rivers that gush in to its land-locked shores. As the waters have nowhere to flow on to, they evaporate and leave behind a rich concentration of natural salt that attributes to the Dead Sea’s famous buoyancy.

After floating on the water and enjoying the therapeutic mud, meet your guide and return to Haifa Port where your day trip finishes.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to Haifa 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.

Customer Reviews

Kendra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We can't say enough good things about this experience. Yosef was an amazing tour guide, historian, and storyteller. He did an amazing job with our whole group. My four kids were all happy and entertained on a long journey that could have been really hard for two 10 year olds, a 9 year old, and a 5 year old. We were able to experience a lot for one day! I would highly recommend a private tour like this for your family! And ask for Yosef - he was a big part of why we loved it so much!

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