OVERVIEW: Combine the most important sites in Jerusalem with a visit to Bethlehem.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where the Rock of Agony is located. Walk the Via Dolorosa, passing some of the Stations of the Cross to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to enshrine the sites of Christ's crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. See the Western/ Wailing Wall. Visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, site of the birth of Jesus. Lunch is included.
NOTES: Please wear conservative attire. This tour includes extensive walking in crowded narrow streets and cobblestone ways and approx. 100 steps. There is no visit to the grotto at the Church of the Nativit
Enjoy a great full day tour covering two highlights of this region including the historic city of Jerusalem, where pilgrims have walked for 2,000 years and Bethlehem, the little town where Jesus was reportedly born.
-Church of All Nations: Visit this church in Gethsemane where the Rock of Agony is located
-Via Dolorosa: Walk along and see some of the Stations of the Cross
-Church of the Holy Sepulcher: Visit the church that is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection
-Western Wall: View the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem
-Church of the Nativity: Visit in reported site of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
-Lunch: Served in a leading Jerusalem hotel, restaurant or banquet hall
On this tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, you will have the opportunity to visit the Garden of Gethsemane where, upon the Mount of Olives, the disciple Judas betrayed Christ. Here you will see the Church of All Nations. The Rock of Agony, where Christ endured His Passion, is located at the Altar.
You will walk along the Via Dolorosa and see some of the Stations of the Cross. Proceed uphill through the city’s narrow, crowded cobbled streets towards Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of the final Stations of the Cross. The church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. Steep steps lead to the second level where a shrine is located on Calvary, also known as Golgotha.
You will enter the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem through the Dung Gate. Revered as the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple, the massive Western Wall is actually part of the ancient Temple Mount foundation, the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. From the plaza, you can view the Temple Mount dominated by the Muslim El Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
You will have a photo stop with a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives or the Harmon Ha Natziv Promenade. Lunch with wine will be served in a leading Jerusalem hotel, restaurant or banquet hall.
Bethlehem is within the boundaries of the Palestinian Authority and Israelis are not permitted to enter. So, another local guide will join the bus at the check point. In Bethlehem, you will visit the Church of the Nativity, the site of the birth of Jesus. You will visit the church but this tour doesn’t include a visit to the grotto. The visit to the church is combined with time for shopping in the city.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash for shopping (most major stores accept Euros, US Dollars and credit cards)
-Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
-Religious sites are visited during the tour. Please wear conservative attire with your shoulders and knees covered.
-Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
-This tour itinerary has been planned with special security arrangements and requirements. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated check points.
-This tour includes extensive walking; approximately 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 250 steps. There may be extended periods of standing.
-In Bethlehem, a local guide will take over the tour in the Church of the Nativity.
-Due to the limited time factor, there is no visit to the grotto at the Church of the Nativity.
-This tour uses personal audio wireless headsets to provide commentary where needed.
-The drive from Ashdod to Jerusalem is approximately one hour.
-The order of the tour may be reversed or altered depending on traffic or local conditions.
-A souvenir shopping stop is made in Bethlehem.