Best of Jerusalem: Western Wall, Via Dolorosa & Bethlehem

AS1-100 | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel | See Special Notes

Min. age (years): 10 |

from $179.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Western Wall Western Wall
  • Jewish Quarter Jewish Quarter
  • The Holocaust / Yad Vashem Memorial & Israel Museum The Holocaust / Yad Vashem Memorial & Israel Museum
  • King David's Tomb

You will see:

Moderate Includes meal Shopping

Excursion Length:
Approx. 10 hours

Max. Group Size: 45

Tour Overview

Your full-day, moderately active guided journey to experience Jerusalem's major Jewish sites begins at the pier where you will board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a 60-minute drive through the rugged landscape of the Sharon Valley. Then, descend the Judean Hills into Jerusalem, being sure to take in the views of Mount Scopus overlooking the breathtakingly beautiful ancient walled city.

Visit the Yad Vashem Memorial established in 1953 for documentation, research, education, and commemoration of the Holocaust. Encircled by the Avenue of the Righteous, the site includes a historical museum, an art museum, and the moving Children's Memorial. In a dark room, 500 mirrors reflect the flame of five candles while voices intone the names of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.

Travel past the Knesset (Israel's parliament) and enjoy a brief stop at the Israel Museum which features The Shrine of the Book, a wing that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and a collection of 972 documents including texts from the Hebrew Bible.

Journey to Mount Zion, the highest point in the city, to visit the Tomb of King David. Here a massive cenotaph (adorned with 22 silver crowns representing the Kings of Israel who succeeded him) and the wall of a 5th-century B.C. synagogue mark the tomb's location. Later excavations uncovered the actual site just east of Mt. Zion.

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the Jewish Quarter (Jerusalem's oldest quarter). Stroll past the Cardo Maximus, the Roman high street built by The Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D. when Jerusalem was the Roman city of Aelia Capitolina.

Take in the wonder of the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. The sole remnant of the 2nd Temple (destroyed by Rome in 70 A.D.), this massive wall is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. From the plaza, enjoy the stunning views of the El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock atop the Temple Mount, both sacred Muslim sites.

Take time out from your fascinating and educational tour to indulge in a delicious buffet lunch served with wine at one of Jerusalem's leading hotels/restaurants. During the course of your day you will also enjoy the opportunity to shop for jewelry and souvenir items in Jerusalem.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

The drive between Ashdod and Jerusalem is approximately one hour each way.

This tour will not operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish holidays.

This tour itinerary has been planned with special security arrangements and requirements.

Due to Israeli security regulations, all persons going ashore are reminded not to take with them any items that could be considered weapons or would not be allowed through airport security. To avoid possible delays or difficulties at security checkpoints, check the contents of any backpacks, bags, etc before leaving the ship.

We recommend conservative attire when visiting sacred sites. Clothing should cover the shoulders and knees. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Children 10 years and younger will not be allowed to enter the Yad Vashem Museum.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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