• Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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

Laverne J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

bring very comfortable shoes and be ready to walk.

Deborah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We loved the excursion through Viator. We had a small group - 16, which in such a crowded place, was a total Blessing! We set eyes on Jerusalem for the 1st time, and we were overwhelmed with wonder at a place we had only imagined for so long. We had a lovely, energetic, knowledgeable guide in Abbey who made these places shine. We reminisce about our trip there almost everyday since returning home. We can't say enough nice things about a gracious, capable guide and a small group tour that Viator provides.

Philip D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We were very pleased with our guide. He was our guide for three days.

sparky Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Let me say first that we really had a great tour guide Micky, this is a long day but well worth the experience, if you book this tour make sure you try to get Micky. We had 16 on our tour where as people who booked boat cruise tours had 50, we went to more places maybe due to our smaller numbers. A greaat tour made even better with Micky

VALERIE F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Abbey was our guide
She was extremely knowledgable about Israel
we were able to see Nazareth, Month Olives, the Whaling wall
visit the churches
yet have time for shopping and lunch
just be prepared for a walking tour on cobbled stones
would not recommend this tour for anyone unable to walk long distance
I will recommend Viator tours
The bus was small rather than the big buses with a good driver
This way we did not waste time with a huge no. of tourists
nobody got lost, a way to meet new friends
price was reasonable

Robert F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Sandy the tour guide provided a wonderful, educational experience. The transfer to Bethlehem was interesting but we never felt unsafe. One day is not enough to take everything the area has to offer but it was a good overview if your time is limited! They picked us up on time, the van was comfortable, and they answered our questions.

Greg P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a fast paced tour. Seeing all the traditional sites in a very.crowded city. We had a great tour guide, Mickey, she kept us moving along.
I did hear some other folks did not have a good guide, with the same company. I am not sure how to make sure you get a good guide,
They make a difference in your day. Be prepared to walk quickly and keep up with the group, Our tour was very good. You wish you could slow down and enjoy everything more, but when you are on a short time frame visit, this is what you get, wear good shoes for uneven cobblestones,

shirleyamaral420

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a fantastic excursion. We were in Jerusalem during Holy Week so there were many people there but we were able to see most of the main attractions. I wish we could have spent another day in Jerusalem as there is so much to see.

Garth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Excellent trip, tour guide, and amazing excursion. Do not book during Passover/Easter too many people and site closures.

Roger D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Doron, our guide and the driver, were punctual. They met us outside of immigration after we got off the ship. The day was fabulous and we learned a lot about this historic city. Busy day as it was Holy Thursday, but we were able to navigate to all sites with ease. Bethlehem was special and we felt safe with the tour

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