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Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel-port

A remarkable destination in and of itself and a UNESCO World Heritage town, Tel Aviv has ancient roots and modern skyscrapers, with diverse offerings from shopping for local crafts at the Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall to admiring the original Bauhaus architecture along Rothschild Boulevard, savoring the local cuisine at cafes to delving into history at one of the countless museums. Tel Aviv is also a starting point for day trips to iconic historical sites as Jerusalem’s Old City, Bethlehem, Massada and Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Day in Jerusalem
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • A Day in Jerusalem & Bethlehem
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Caesarea, Tel Aviv and Jaffa
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Eternal Jerusalem
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Historical Bethlehem
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Jerusalem At a Glance
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Jerusalem By Night
    Light Activity /WalkingEvening Tour
  • Jerusalem City Tour - Christian Focus
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Jerusalem City Tour - Jewish Focus
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Jerusalem Old City
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Legendary Bethlehem
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Massada & the Dead Sea
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Overnight in Jerusalem - World Cruise Event - Christian
    Seated TourMeal
  • Overnight in Jerusalem - World Cruise Event - Jewish
    Seated Tour
  • Panoramic Jerusalem
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity RequiredMeal
  • Shopping Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tel Aviv Orientation & Jaffa
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Transfer to Ashdod
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Transfer to Jerusalem
    Seated Tour

A Day in Jerusalem

Moderate Activity/Walking Meal

Duration: 10 1/2 hours

Tour Code: ASH-005

This comprehensive full-day tour offers a wonderful opportunity for sightseeing in Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll first enjoy a scenic drive from Ashdod into the hauntingly stark Judean Hills, traveling along the same route used for centuries to reach Jerusalem.

The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the center of the world. As you navigate your way through this amazing city, you will pass Israel's most notable landmarks, such as Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) and the State Supreme High Court.

From here you will continue on to Mt. Zion, lying to the south of today's city walls. Upon arrival, you will visit the Room of the Last Supper, where according to tradition Jesus' last meal with his disciples and the descent of the Holy Spirit took place. Located on the ground floor is the Tomb of King David, one of the places most visited and venerated by the people of Jewish faith. Next, it's on to the Dormition Abbey, a massive yet serenely beautiful structure topped by a high domed bell tower, a conical dome and corner towers. According to tradition, this Benedictine basilica is built over the place where Mary, the mother of Jesus, fell asleep.

Your morning is capped off with a relaxing buffet lunch at a local hotel, and then it's time to begin your walking tour of the old city. Entering via the Jaffa Gate, your walk will take you past some of the most sacred sites in religious history. As you make your way along a route that flanks the colorful bazaar, you'll observe the Christian Quarter, which rests beside a part of the famous Via Dolorosa, believed by many to be the route Jesus followed as he carried his cross to Calvary. Amongst the sites you will view is the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. With its stunning blue and gold ceramic tiles, this amazing shrine is considered the third holiest site in Islam. You will also view the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world because it is believed to have been closest to where the Holy Ark once stood. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on the hill known as Golgotha, the Church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Re-joining your coach, you'll enjoy a drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley, viewing the Church of All Nations at the Gardens of Gethsemane, as well as the sacred churches on the Mount of Olives - the Church of Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. A final panoramic view over Jerusalem's enchanting Old City is provided before it's time to travel back to the ship in Ashdod.

Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. There is a substantial amount of activity, including strenuous walking and some steep steps to negotiate and is not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Lightweight clothing, a hat and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. When visiting the religious sites, your head must be covered and conservative attire is required. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The order of sites visited may vary.