Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
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Approximately 10 Hours
Old City of Jerusalem & Its Walls
As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ's tomb.The Yad Vashem Museum and Mt Zion are just two of the many highlights of this comprehensive full day program. From the pier, your motorcoach will take you via the Judean Mountains to .The Yad Vashem Museum and Mt Zion are just two of the many highlights of this comprehensive full day program. From the pier, your motorcoach will take you via the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem.
Your first stop will be at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum -- a sanctuary and a temple of memories dedicated to the millions of Jews who died during World War II. A most impressive and complete documentary collection, illustrating the persecution from 1933 to 1945, is housed within this informative museum. Visit the Children's Memorial as well.
Your next stop is at the Israel Museum. Here you will visit the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem, reconstructing the topography and architecture of the city at the time of its destruction in AD 70.
Then, visit the Shrine of the Book and see the Dead Sea Scrolls -- possibly the most important archaeological find of the 20th century in the Holy Land.
Re-board your coach and drive by the Knesset -- Israel's Parliament -- on your way to lunch.
In the afternoon you will drive up Mt Scopus for a splendid panoramic view of the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Continue to Mt Zion, on which Jerusalem's Old Town is built. Here you will commence your walking tour, passing by King David's Tomb. Starting at the Zion Gate, stroll to the Jewish Quarter, renovated after the 1967 war. Visit the 2nd-century Roman Cardo and walk down the hill to the Western (Wailing) Wall. Here you can touch the Herodian Stones that were once part of the Second Temple.
After this enriching day, you will return to Ashdod and the ship.
Please note: There is no restroom stop between Ashdod and Jerusalem. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Minimum age is 10 years. Tour does not operate on Saturdays or holidays. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience at the Yad Vashem Museum.