Ashdod Shore Excursion: Private Jerusalem And Bethlehem Day Trip

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    , Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience., Tour in Spanish, 6/21/2020 - 2/28/2023Monday - Sunday : 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM6/21/2020 - 2/28/2023Monday - Sunday : 07:00 AM - 10:0.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Ports
    Ashdod Port, Ashdod, Israel
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

When your cruise ship docks at Ashdod Port, head out on a full-day tour and explore the historic holy towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem with a private guide. This must-do shore excursion includes visits to the Mount of Olives and Jerusalems Old City to see sites such as the Western Wall and the Muslim bazaar. Explore Bethlehem in the afternoon, discovering the spiritual sites of Manger Square, the Milk Grotto, Church of St Catherine and more!

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

Know More about this tour

Meet your private guide outside Ashdod Port and travel to Jerusalem by air-conditioned coach, roughly two hours away. As you enter the city, stop to admire the views 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 Jerusalems 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 vast crowds of 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.

Wander away from the Christian quarter and 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 soak up the colorful atmosphere, before leaving Jerusalem for Bethlehem roughly half an hour away.

The hub of activity in the holy town is Manger Square, a sacred site thats flanked by the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Oman two important places of worship for Bethlehems different religions. Stroll around Manger Square to see the places of significance from nativity stories, such as the Milk Grotto where the Virgin Mary was said to have nursed the baby Jesus. Visit the Roman Catholic Church of St Catherine as well as the towns ornate Greek Orthodox Church, and then travel north to Ashdod Port where your shore excursion finishes.

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.

Inclusions

Port pickup and drop-off

Professional private guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Toll and parking fees

Entrance fees

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

This itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wishes

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Modest dress is required when entering the holy sites; covered knees and shoulders

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Oct-2022

    We had a wonderful time on out tour with Offer (our guide). He was very knowledgable and very accomaditing to our special needs group. Thw problem was with pickup at the pier. It was a horror story getting to our guide. Easy pickup at the pier it wasn’t and this was for a private excursion! We met our driver at the shopping mall!

  • 02-Oct-2022

    Our trip was outstanding and very personalized! We had done many things in Jerusalem on the previous day, so our guide was wonderful about taking us to different places. He was on time, funny, good English and full of interesting information. He provided us with an outstanding biblical expert to walk us through the Church of Nativity. We could not have been more pleased with our day!

  • 11-Sep-2022

    Excursion on Sunday 4th September. Some initial problems because the WhatsApp customer service was unable to coordinate the pick-up at the port of Ashdod. We therefore left with an hour late. However, the day went on the best way thanks to our guide Itamar. A truly exceptional guy, very professional and prepared but above all passionate about his work. He literally made me love this visit to the holy places. Thanks Itamar!

  • 17-May-2022

    Nous avons choisi sur internet un tour privé pour 5 personnes avec départ Jerusalem pour visiter Jericho et Betheleem (932). Le guide est arrivé su point de départ indiqué en horaire. Super sympa, super profesionnel. Nous avons visité Jericho et Betlheleem où on n’a pas dû faire la file (1 heure d’atteinte). Le guide nous a fourni tous les renseignements necéssaires. Pas de problème logistique no de sécurité particulièr. A recommander !!!

  • 24-Apr-2022

    The is a great way to quickly get into Jerusalem without the issues of a larger group. Our guide, Rom, provided a nice agenda and gladly accommodated changes based upon our preferences. He provided a balanced mix in explaining historical points, cultural differences, and political background. Highly recommended for visiting this "bucket-list level" destination.

  • 09-Jan-2020

    rain did not spoil our trip, the best driver/guide kept us enjoying the trip. not a dull movement.
    thank you Moshe.B

  • 08-Jan-2020

    rain did not spoil our trip, the best driver/guide kept us enjoying the trip. not a dull movement. thank you Moshe.B

  • 20-Dec-2019

    Just back from this trip...I have to say the rubbish in Bethlehem is a disgrace...dumped fridges and 3 piece suites all over the place ......to be fair the guide apologised but said even with jewish funding the muslims just don't care......so sad.... won't return.

  • 28-Nov-2018

    The trip itself is fine, specially for religious people. Yoav tried to do his best to show everything possible, however it wasn't easy to do since it was raining that day. Nevertheless Yoav used his humor and made this trip fantastic.

  • 18-Oct-2017

    Our guide Eli was amazing. Local and could not have asked for a better experience. One of the best days of our 18 day trip.

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