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When your cruise ship reaches Ashdod port, join a tour to the most sacred cities in the world - Jerusalem, and Bethlehem! This Jerusalem and Bethlehem itinerary was created for travelers arriving at Ashdod cruise port. The Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour from Ashdod is offered to passengers when a cruise ship docks in Ashdod port.
You’ll be met by your guide and travel to Jerusalem in an air-conditioned vehicle. Stop on Mount Scopus for a panoramic view of the city then continue to the Old City. On the way, you’ll have views of the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, the Garden of Gethsemane, Kidron Valley, and the Ophel Promenade. We enter the Old City on foot and pass the Western Wall excavations.
The day tours from Ashdod port stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred site in Judaism. See the Byzantine-era Cardo, selected Stations of the Via Dolorosa, and amble through the Old City market. Tour the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which encompasses Christ’s burial tomb, and Golgotha, where He was crucified. After a lunch break in the Old City, we leave Jerusalem and pass Mount Zion on the drive to Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, we visit the Nativity Church before heading back to Ashdod port.
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This Bethlehem and Jerusalem tour from Ashdod port starts when you are met by your tour guide at the cruise port. You’ll be driven to Jerusalem in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. The first stop is on Mount Scopus to take in the view across Jerusalem’s rooftops and domes. The tour continues past the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives. We drive past Kidron Valley, the site of ancient Jewish tombs, and see the Ophel Promenade that runs parallel to the Old City wall.
We enter the Old City through one of the gateways in the 16th-century walls. Here there are views of the Western Wall excavations where more of the ancient city is being uncovered. On a walking tour of the Old City’s top sites, we stop at the Western Wall which is a section of the Second Jewish Temple that stood on Temple Mount until 70 AD.
We continue to the Byzantine Cardo, once Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare lined with columns. We follow the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus walked towards Calvary, and arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This 4th-century basilica holds multiple chapels and altars shared by several Christian denominations. The church was built around the site of Christ’s tomb, and Golgotha (Calvary) where Christ was crucified. While in the Old City we visit several of the traditional Middle Eastern markets and stop for a lunch break.
As we drive away from the Old City you’ll get a view of Mount Zion. Arriving in Bethlehem’s Manger Square the tour brings you to the Nativity Church. This magnificent church was built around the Holy Grotto, which is believed to have been the site of Christ’s birth. From Bethlehem, we return to your cruise ship in Ashdod port.
Tour does not include:
Docking time - the estimated time the ship will arrive at the port dock.
Disembarkation time - generally, disembarkation time is 1 hour after docking time. It is the time when passengers get off the ship.
Pickup time - the scheduled time that our tour guides will meet you after disembarkation (8 am).
No worries, you can book the tour and mention your docking time. We will change the pickup time accordingly. Please note that in this case the itinerary will be shortened and will not include all the sites listed
If your docking time changes, we will move the pickup time accordingly. The tour is approximately 8-9 hours but will be shortened if the ship’s docking time is delayed. We monitor the docking times and if something changes we will be notified. However, it’s very important to let us know of any changes in advance via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp at +972-52-6588834.
No worries. Our guide will wait for passengers to disembark at the earliest disembarkation time. There may be several disembarkation times. Please make sure you disembark at the earliest possible disembarkation time, which is approximately 1 hour after docking. Regrettably, the whole group cannot be delayed if you miss the earliest possible disembarkation time.
As we are obliged to return you to the port on time, day tours from the port starting after 8:00 will have to be shortened to meet the ship’s schedule. (A shorter itinerary will not include all the sites listed in the tour description).
Our guide will be waiting for you at the port after you get off the ship. He will be holding a sign that reads “Bein Harim”.