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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • See the Western Wall, Jewish Quarter and an Arab souk
  • Spend time in Bethlehem and visit Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

Visit Bethlehem on a day trip from Ashdod

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.

Customer Reviews

44merganserd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Beautiful trip.

bje501

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It really was a full day trip. Amazing sites, beautiful landscape. A truly memorable trip.

Peter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour host. Saw a lot and host was very informative and knowledgeable

Takako D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide did great job.We saw a lot of places in 1 day.

gailsapple7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Sandy was an excellent teacher, story teller tour guide. For a first timer I enjoyed everything about this tour. He was easy to find before the tour right off the ship. He was there early and was good at communicating and keeping track of everyone.

Gary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour and our tour guide was so informative and full of information. No complaints.

brittocouple United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We were able to see the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Old City including all of the major sites and the Western Wall. Couldn't believe we did all of it in one day. One tour guide commented that we have had an appetizer of Jerusalem, now we need to schedule 7-10 days to really see it. I believe that is true. We had a good overview, but you can only see so much in 1 day.

Nancy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The itinerary was excellent and the guide did a really good job helping us take advantage of the time we had and to maximize our experience. It was wonderful!

Geoffrey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good and enjoyable trip. Mina was an excellent guide with a depth of knowledge of Israel and Jerusalem. The trip went very smoothly , from the pick up at Ashod dock to the return to Ashod. The small number 16 on the excursion was also good.

Patricia E J

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable. Good driver who managed to get us close to the centre.

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