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Small Group Shore Excursion to Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Day Tour

A spiritual tour to Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the origin of Christianity

Tour Plan

Bethlehem Day Tour from Ashdod

$119 Per Person

  • Luxurious Air-Conditioned Mini-Bus.
  • A top rated guide for the city of Jerusalem and a local guide to Bethlehem.
  • Small group of up to 18 persons. 
  • All entrance fees!
  • The most comprehensive tour plan. 
  • No time is wasted, see and visit more than on any other tour.  

A spiritual, scenic and historically rich day tour into the origin of Christianity. The tour connects the two ends of Jesus' life - his birth and his Crucifixion.

 

Today, Jerusalem and Bethlehem are two vibrant, colorful cities in which ancient and modern mix almost nonchalantly on a daily basis. Located just an hour drive from Ashdod and only 15-20 minutes drive from each other, the two cities are ideal for a shore excursion from the port of Ashdod.

 

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Tour Description

Our tour guide and mini-bus will meet you outside the reception hall of the Ashdod port, once your ship is docked and according to the time stated after you have booked your tour. We will leave the port and drive towards Jerusalem, all the while our tour guide will begin unraveling Israel’s rich history.

 

Our tour in Jerusalem begins with a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city from the Mount of Olives, including the famous Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock.

 

Next we will pay a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane where, according to the New Testament, where Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. Next we will enter the Church of all Nations, where Jesus prayed before his arrest.

 

We will enter the Old City through one of its various gates and visit the Jewish, Christian and part of the Muslim Quarter. We will go through the stations of the cross and the Via Dolorosa and enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified, buried and according to some traditions, later resurrected.

We will continue to the Western Wall (Kotel), the holiest site for the Jewish people and the only remain left from the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AC.

 

We will walk through the narrow alleys of the Old City and if time permits, have some free time to shop in the local market.

For lunch you will enjoy one of the local restaurants and shortly after we will get back on our mini-bus and continue our journey.

The second part of the tour will take us to Bethlehem. For this part of the tour, there will be a local, English speaking Palestinian guide showing you around the city. In addition to its spiritual significance, Bethlehem is also a vibrant West-Bank city.

 

*Please note: it is required to have your passport when visiting Bethlehem

Please note that you will be taken to a souvenir shop in Bethlehem as part of the tour where you can, but are in no manner required to purchase souvenirs or locally produced goods.

 

At the heart of our visit to Bethlehem is the visit to the Church of Nativity and Manger Square, the birthplace of Jesus.

Finally, we will head back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay.

 

Highlights

  • Mount of Olives- panoramic view of Jerusalem
  • Christian Quarter- following Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Western Wall (Kotel)- holiest site for the Jewish people
  • Bethlehem
  • Church of Nativity and Manger Square- birthplace of Jesus

 

What is Included?

The Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour includes:

 

  • Luxurious, new, comfortable and air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Top rated, licensed tour guide with an expertise on Jerusalem history and culture
  • A small group of no more than 18 persons guaranteed
  • Entrance Fees 

 

Not Included

  • Food and drinks: you will have the option to lunch at local restaurants (budget 35-70 shekels per person)
  • Tips to guide and driver (at your own discretion)
  • Other personal expenses 

 

Essential Info

Additional Information

  • The tour will last 9 hours long.
  • You will be walking roughly 2 kilometers and climbing stairs in the Old City and touring Bethlehem, so wearing comfortable walking shoes is a must.
  • Please dress modestly (shoulders and knees covered) when visiting the Holy Sites of Jerusalem.
  • Beware that some places in the Old City might not accept credit cards. You will be able to change money or some shops may accept foreign currency.
  • The drive to Jerusalem can take up to 1 hour.
  • Travelers with special needs, (i.e. limited mobility and wheelchair bound persons) must inform us prior to booking their excursion.
  • The tour itinerary might be adapted or subject to change due to limitations of arrival/departure of your ship.

Contact Information

14 days prior to your arrival, you will receive your tour guide’s information, who will be your primary contact for logistical questions. If you need additional assistance, our office tour manager is available anytime, please do not hesitate to contact us via:

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Office: +972-3-5238818

Mobile/ What’sApp: +972-52-8615880

 

Arrival and Meeting Point

Once you book your tour, the tour departure time will be stated on your booking confirmation. Upon arrival to the dock in Ashdod, you will meet our tour guide outside the Reception Hall. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name.

 

The tour guide and driver will guarantee that you make it back to the port in time for your cruise departure or overnight stay. During the tour, our guide will be in touch with ports and ships authority and will be informed and updated of any unlikely event.


Money in Israel 

The Israeli currency is the shekel (NIS). We recommend going to www.xe.com for the most up to date exchange rate closer to departure.

 

You should be able to exchange money on your cruise ship, but also around once you arrive at the port there will be a money exchange counter. We recommend walking around with at least some cash since there might be certain places on our tour that do not accept credit cards.


What to Bring

Here are some basic packing tips for your day tour. If you have more specific questions, please contact us directly.

 

Weather during the summer is hot during the day (26-32 C/ 80-90 F) and gets cooler in the evenings. The good news is that humidity is minimal in most parts of Israel. - the vast majority of our excursions now are in the fall / winter, so need to write also “instructions” for those seasons

  • Recommended on all tours to bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • We recommend bringing a small travel bag to store extra clothing and personal belongings.
  • We are doing quite a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Since we will be visiting some sacred sites in Jerusalem, it is worth reminding everyone that the custom in Israel is to keep knees and shoulders covered in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter.

 

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Booking & Inquiries

Booking the Jerusalem and Bethlehem Shore Excursion

The Jerusalem & Bethlehem shore excursion from Ashdod is availble for all cruise ships that docks in the port of Ashdod throughout the year.
We are doing our best to meet the growing demand for our tours and we will open new groups on request, however we do urge you to book early and secure your place, especially during pick seasons.

 

In order to book the Jerusalem and Bethlehem shore excursion you will need to contact us via the form below or by using our secure online booking system.

 

We Accept the Following Payment Options

 credit cards

 

Cancelation Policy

Up to a week before the tour there is no cancelation fee. All you need to do is write us an email with a cancelation request and we will either refund you or not charge you for the tour. 

For short notice cancelations (less than a week) we charge 30% cancelation fee. 

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Using our secure booking system 

 

 


 

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