When your cruise ship docks at Israel’s port of Ashdod, shore excursions to the nearby cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Bethlehem focus on providing access to the most hallowed and revered sites of the world’s three major religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Additionally, Ashdod cruise excursions show off Israel’s spectacular and scenic Mediterranean coastline, as well as both ancient and modern history and culture of its major southern cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Jaffa.
Book Ashdod shore excursions to experience Jerusalem’s most important, revered, and historic sites as well as the Holy Land sites that may be most significant to you on full-day, half-day or multiple day tours. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, and the Rock of Agony, and stand where Christ endured his Passion. See the mosaics on the interior domes of the Church of Nations. Walk the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, making your way on cobblestoned streets to Calvary, the site of the Crucifixion, and on to the holy spot where Jesus’ body lay for three days before the Resurrection, now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In the Old City of Jerusalem, see the room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. From the Temple Mount, you’ll see the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, sacred to Muslims.
Tour the Old City of Jerusalem, small in size but intense in its religious significance. Enter through the Dung Gate and make your way through the cobbled streets of the Jewish Quarter of the walled city to the Western or Wailing Wall, the last remaining wall of the Jewish temple, and the holiest site in the Jewish world. Pause for a few moments of reflection and slip a piece of paper with your private prayer into a crack in the wall. Spend time viewing the emotional and moving exhibitions at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and visit the Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Walk from Mt. Zion and see the Tomb of King David.
Book Ashdod shore excursions to catch the action in lively and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv and the old port city of Jaffa. Stroll through the port’s alleys named after zodiac signs, see the artist’s colony, and admire the Clock Tower. On your cruise to Ashdod, savor a once-in-a-lifetime guided excursion to the Dead Sea, where you’ll float in the mineral-rich waters that have been treasured as a natural health spa since Biblical times.