Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
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Approximately 6¼ Hours
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.Depart from Ashdod and drive up the Judean Hills to. You will stop at the Sherover-Haas Promenade to take in the superb panoramic views of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.Depart from Ashdod and drive up the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. You will stop at the Sherover-Haas Promenade to take in the superb panoramic views of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Re-board your coach and continue towards the Old City. Here, you'll set out with your guide on a walking tour through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Following his official recognition of Christianity, Emperor Constantine constructed a vast sanctuary, built on what he believed was the site of Christ's resurrection. The building was destroyed in successive wars, transformed by Persians, and then rebuilt by the Crusaders. Inside the church you will see the last five Stations of the Cross.
Continue your walk through the Christian Quarter to the Roman Cardo in the Jewish Quarter, and see the remains of the ancient walls that protected Jerusalem during the 1st and 2nd Temple Period.
Descend to the Western (or Wailing) Wall -- the last vestige of the ramparts that surrounded the Holy Temple of the Jews, built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, rebuilt by Babylonian exiles and Herod and then burned down by Titus.
You will return to the colorful bazaar and enjoy a light lunch and some shopping before driving back to Ashdod.