Ashdod, Israel

Introduction to Ashdod, Israel

Visit the diverse and exciting port of Ashdod in Israel.

When taking a cruise holiday that visits Ashdod, the first and best, place to begin exploring is at Givat Yonah; the traditional site of the tomb of sea-faring Jonah the Prophet, who was said to be swallowed by a whale.

With white-washed Mediterranean style buildings and its many beaches, it is easy to see why it is such a popular city for visitors.  Take time to sample some of the local food here, which includes traditional falafel, hummus, pitta breads; washed down with a good strong coffee, whilst people watching.

The new glass-roofed ‘winged’ Ashdod Art Museum and the Corinne Maman Museum are both worth visiting, the latter has a unique interior design which echoes the city’s ancient history. 

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Tour F

BEIT GOVRIN CAVES (TOUR F)

  •  Visit the intriguing caves of Beit Govrin
  •  Discover the many ancient uses of the caves
  •  Admire the enormous bell caves which resemble a large concert hall

 

 

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
  •  Visit the intriguing caves of Beit Govrin
  •  Discover the many ancient uses of the caves
  •  Admire the enormous bell caves which resemble a large concert hall

Your journey to the caves will take you past the Valley of Elah, scene of the famous battle between David and Goliath. Referred to by Josephus Flavius as one of the most important towns taken by the Romans in 68 CE, this once small village grew in importance.

Your visit to the town is highlighted by a guided walk through the amazing caves, which have been used as cisterns, animal pens, burial grounds, pigeon housing and for oil production. Some caves served as churches, as evidenced by the crosses that can still be seen carved on the walls. The columbarium, or the niche that holds the funeral urn, is not only one of the most spectacular of its type, it is also one of the oddest.

For another glimpse into centuries’ past, view a remarkable ancient olive press and visit the Sidonian Burial Cave, the only cave in the area that is beautifully restored and boasts interior decorative paint.

Finally, enter the enormous bell caves. Dug between the 7th and 10th centuries, the spacious caves might remind you of a cathedral or large concert hall, complete with superior acoustics.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour will involve approximately two and a half hours of walking over uneven terrain, some stair climbing, and walking through small spaces of underground caves, therefore it is not recommended to guests with walking difficulties or with claustrophobia. Dusty conditions can be expected. It is recommended that guests wear casual clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary.


Tour E

CAESAREA, TEL AVIV & JAFFA (TOUR E)

  •  Admire the White City of Tel Aviv
  •  Explore the ancient city of Jaffa

 

 

 

 

Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 10.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Admire the White City of Tel Aviv
  •  Explore the ancient city of Jaffa

Embrace Israel’s historic and modern day beauty during this scenic tour of contemporary Tel Aviv and the ancient port of Jaffa.

Begin with a drive along the coastal road to Caesarea – the city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2000 years ago. The new visitors centre offers a multimedia presentation and a chance to meet figures from the past – you can even ask them questions after hearing their stories!

Visit the archaeological excavations including Herod’s palace, the theatre, the hippodrome, the deep sea harbour, the Byzantine market, the streets, the baths and the Crusaders fortifications and moat. Before departing, take time to view the impressive aqueduct which supplied water to the ancient Caesarea maritime.

Continuing, travel to the white city of Tel Aviv, where from the coach you can admire the Art Museum and the Habimah National Theatre; a stop will be made at the Yitzhak Rabin’s memorial, erected on the site of his assignation. Your journey will continue down Rothschild Boulevard, the new city’s centrepiece, where you can admire the Bauhaus buildings that boosted Tel Aviv into the UNESCO heritage hall of fame.

Passing Tel Aviv’s picturesque seafront, you leave your coach for a short guided walk through the renovated old port of the city, now filled with shops, cafes and much more. From here proceed to your lunch venue before heading to the old city of Jaffa – one of the oldest cities in the world.

Upon arrival, you will pass the pretty harbour before viewing the city’s older section, which has since been restored and now serves as a charming artist’s colony and cultural centre. Enjoy time here to admire the ancient walled quarter and have your cameras at the ready for a photo stop at Jaffa’s observation point which overlooks the white city.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over inclined and cobbled grounds; it is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The order of the sites visited may differ from that described above. Lunch will include a glass of mineral water – it is possible to purchase additional refreshments if required.
 


Tour b

JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM (TOUR B)

  •  Visit Jerusalem – a city of spiritual and religious significance
  •  Enjoy time in Bethlehem; synonymous the world over as the birthplace for Jesus

 

Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 10 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
  •  Visit Jerusalem – a city of spiritual and religious significance
  •  Enjoy time in Bethlehem; synonymous the world over as the birthplace for Jesus

Discover Jerusalem's ancient beauty and some of history's most sacred sites during this scenic, full-day sightseeing tour of Israel's capital city.

Begin with a panoramic tour of the city, passing by the Israeli parliament building known as the Knesset, the Museum of Israel and the shrine of the Book, before heading to the top of Mount of Olives.

Named after its olive tree planted slopes, this site is thought to be where the dead were resurrected on Judgement Day – the views from here are outstanding. From here, you head to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the last supper, and the Church of All Nations, which is beautifully adorned and well worth a visit.

Enjoy a walk through the old city following the path Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary, a stop will be made at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. En route glimpse the shimmering mosques of Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock before proceeding to the Western Wall; the place where Orthodox Jews nod in prayer and put prayer notes into the cracks of the wall.

Finally, after a stop for lunch in a hotel restaurant you will head to Bethlehem, synonymous the world over as the birthplace for Jesus, before heading to one of Christianity’s most sacred sights – the Church of the Nativity.

One of the oldest surviving Christian churches in Israel, the church is said to be built on the same site as the stable, where Mary gave birth to Jesus.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour will involve approximately two hours of walking over varying terrain and there will be steps to negotiate throughout. For your reference your guide from the walking tour is not permitted to continue guiding you through to Bethlehem, therefore you will meet your new guide once you have passed through the border. Guests are advised to dressed conservatively; shorts should not be worn and shoulders must be covered. Entrance fee’s to the tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and to the grotto in the Church of Nativity are not included in this tour. Lunch will include one glass of wine per person and a mineral water – it is possible to purchase additional refreshments if required.
 


Tour A

JERUSALEM (TOUR A)

  •  Discover the holy city of Jerusalem
  •  Admire the splendid panorama from the Mount of Olives – Jerusalem’s holiest cemetery
  •  Spend time at the Wailing Wall – a truly moving experience

 

Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 10 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
  •  Discover the holy city of Jerusalem
  •  Admire the splendid panorama from the Mount of Olives – Jerusalem’s holiest cemetery
  •  Spend time at the Wailing Wall – a truly moving experience

The Western Wall, the Gardens of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives – are just some of the world’s most famous religious icons and just a drop in the ocean when it comes to Jerusalem’s line-up of impressive sights.

Begin with a drive through the Judean Hills to the Mount of Olives, where it is said that the messiah will resurrect the dead on the day of judgement. It is Jerusalem’s holiest cemetery and the view from the top is simply breathtaking.

Next, proceed to the Gardens of Gethsemane home to the olive grove where Jesus prayed after the last supper and was betrayed by Judas the next time. Time at leisure will allow you to explore the gardens or you may wish to visit the beautifully decorated Church of Nations, just next door.

Your last stop before lunch is to the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, it is the most sacred site in the Jewish world and for centuries Jewish worshippers have gathered here to pray.  A visit here is a moving experience and a sight to behold as people from all religions come together to pray.

Refreshed, following a Buffet lunch, you head to David’s Tomb, the Dormition Church and the room of the last supper, before completing an orientation tour of the city. En route, you pass such sights as the Knesset, where Israel’s parliament holds court and the Israel Museum where the world’s oldest known biblical documents, the Dead Sea scrolls, are kept.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; guests will be required to negotiate steps and a short uphill walk. Modest attire is essential as you will be visiting holy sites. Lunch will include one glass of wine per person and a mineral water – it is possible to purchase additional refreshments if required. For your reference the drive from Ashdod to Jerusalem is approximately 90 minutes in each direction. The order of sights visited may differ from that described above.


Tour D

MASADA & THE DEAD SEA (TOUR D)

  •  Ascend by mountaintop to the mountaintop fortress of Massada
  •  Visit the lowest and saltiest spot on earth – the Dead Sea

 

Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximetly 11 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included
  •  Ascend by mountaintop to the mountaintop fortress of Massada
  •  Visit the lowest and saltiest spot on earth – the Dead Sea

Experience some of the world’s most incredible scenery and historical finds as you journey first to the Dead Sea and then on to Massada, a mountain fort that is now a national Jewish shrine and world famous for its recognition by UNESCO for its unique structure and history.

A drive down the winding mountainside of the Judean Hills will take you to the Dead Sea. Lying at the lowest spot on earth, its waters are packed with therapeutic salt and minerals which find their way into products sold all over the globe.

Your first stop will be at Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. Ascend by cable car to the mountaintop fortress, built by Herod the Great. Time at leisure will allow you to explore the magnificent ancient ruins, which include Herod’s three-tiered palace, the synagogue, the baths, the defending walls and the water cisterns that are still an engineering feat today!

Lunch will be at a local beach resort on the Dead Sea. Refreshed take the opportunity to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly on the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea as you enjoy time at leisure.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note this tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven, gravel paths with loose stones; therefore it is not recommended to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We suggest you come already wearing your swimming costume and do not forget your towel. Guests wishing to swim may do so but at their own risk as lifeguards are not stationed at the Dead Sea. For your reference you will have approximately two hours at the Dead Sea resort. Lunch will include a glass of mineral water – it is possible to purchase additional refreshments if required.
 


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