Silversea Luxury Cruises To ASHDOD (Jerusalem)

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Jerusalem, Israel
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Jerusalem, Israel

From Ashdod’s port, it’s a just a short ride to Jerusalem’s land of incredible religious significance and cultural wonder. A city like no other, Jerusalem is a melting pot of traditions, and a place of staggering complexity and immeasurably deep, impactful history. It’s almost impossible to fully digest Jerusalem’s importance in the scriptures of the world’s largest religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and this collision of faiths helps to make it one of the world’s most fascinating locations. View more

The Old City is the focal point for much of the religious reverence, with aged buildings from the world’s major faiths jostling for space, and melodic calls to prayer echoing down tight stone streets. Stroll the walkways to travel between deeply contrasting quarters, where you can sample roughly ripped pita bread, dipped into fresh, flavourful hummus. A place of unbridled passion and importance - but also extraordinary beauty - it’s easy to get swept away in the raw emotion that Jerusalem generates. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which archaeologists believe stands on the site where Jesus was crucified. Inside, emotional worshipers kneel before the stone where his body was wrapped in cloth in preparation for burial. The Wailing Wall is another place where passions run high, as worshipers place their folded messages into the wall’s cracks. Temple Mount’s golden dome glints in the sun nearby, signifying another point of pilgrimage for Jews - and for Muslims, who believe it is the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven.

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Excursions in ASHDOD (Jerusalem)

Best of Jerusalem & Old City

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.


Depart the pier in Ashdod for the approximate two-hour drive into the Judean Hills, then on to Jerusalem. Along the way and after short refreshment stop your coach travels via the same route used to reach Jerusalem for centuries.


Jerusalem City Tour

Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty, and was once considered the centre of the world. Your sightseeing drive through this picturesque and historic city takes you by some of Israel's most notable landmarks, including the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), and the State Supreme High Court.


Mt. Zion

Next, your drive continues on to Mt. Zion, located south of today's city walls. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus' last meal with his disciples and the descent of the Holy Spirit is thought to have taken place. Located on the ground floor of Mt. Zion is the Tomb of King David, one of the most visited and venerated sites by people of the Jewish faith.


Dormition Abbey

Stop at the Dormition Abbey, a massive yet serenely-beautiful structure topped by a high-domed bell tower, a conical dome, and corner towers. Following your visit, proceed for a buffet lunch served at a local hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach for the drive to the Old City.


Old City

After entering through the Jaffa Gate, your walking tour passes by the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and part of the Via Dolorosa. Amongst the sites you will view is the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A photo stop is then made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on Golgotha Hill, the church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.


Kidron Valley

Re-board your coach for the drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley. En route, you can view the Church of All Nations at the Gardens of Gethsemane, as well as the sacred churches on the Mount of Olives.


Your scenic tour of Jerusalem concludes with a leisurely drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with steps to negotiate at religious sites, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required during visits to religious sites; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary.

Bethlehem & Views of Jerusalem

Experience the ancient beauty of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Garden of Gethsemane and some of the most sacred sites in history during this scenic, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Ashdod, Jerusalem, Knesset, Supreme Court, and Shrine of the Book

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Jerusalem. There is so much history in Israel, both secular and religious, that familiar names catch your attention all the way from Ashdod to Jerusalem. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, take a panoramic sightseeing drive through the capital, passing the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), Supreme Court and Shrine of the Book.


Mount of Olives, Golden City View, Valley of Kidron, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations

Next, continue to the Mount of Olives for a magnificent view over the Golden City. From here, drive to the Valley of Kidron and follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you walk through the Garden of Gethsemane. It was in this garden of olive trees that Jesus spent the last moments before his arrest. Early Christians were already holding gatherings here before the first church was built around 380 A.D. Visit the Church of All Nations, and see some of the oldest olive trees in Jerusalem.


Lunch, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shopping, Sherover Promenade, Temple Mount

After a stop for lunch at a local restaurant, re-board your coach and drive to Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born. A visit is made to the Church of the Nativity, built above the place where Christ is said to have been born. The actual Cave of the Nativity is a small crypt with a vaulted masonry roof. Poor Bethlehem families used the rocky hollows of the region as stables or dwellings, so the tradition that places the Nativity in a cave is not at odds with the story of the manger. After vising the church, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs at a local shop. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 1.5-hour drive to the pier in Ashdod. En route, a photo stop is made at the Sherover Promenade for another panoramic view of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel and rocky surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, at the Church of the Nativity and Garden of Gethsemane. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must carry their passports for the visit to Bethlehem. A visit to the Old City of Jerusalem or Wailing Wall is not included on this tour. The driving distance between the pier and Jerusalem is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. The tour sequence may vary.

Cooking in the Middle East

Discover the secrets to preparing authentic and delicious Israeli cuisine during this interactive, full-day culinary tour and cooking excursion with lunch.


Ashdod, Jerusalem, Machne Yehuda Market

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, embark on a colourful, flavourful and captivating journey through the Machne Yehuda Market, the most beautiful and popular market in Israel. Take a guided stroll through the streets of this indoor/outdoor market, visit the Georgian area of the market and the Iraqi market in 'cages', meet colourful characters and hear fascinating stories. In addition, learn how the market was built, and developed into, the trendy culinary shopping centre and bustling entertainment, cultural and tourism hub it is today.


Guided Walking Tour

Among the stalls and shops, indulge your sense of taste with the best this market has to offer. Your tour of the Machne Yehuda Market exposes you to the intricacies of this famous Jerusalemite market, the authenticity that comes from the mosaic of people, stalls, butchers, bars, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants that comprise the unique mélange that only this market can offer.


Interactive, Market-Style Cooking Workshop, Lunch and Free Time for Shopping

Following your tour, proceed to the activity area for an interactive, market-style cooking workshop. Upon arrival, meet your local chef and be taken on a journey of flavours, recipes, preparation methods and cooking tips, and participate in the experience of preparing the meal itself. Following your cooking class, enjoy a lunch consisting of the dishes you've helped to prepare. After lunch, some free time is made available for you to explore the market at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the venue. This tour is not suitable for guests with food allergies, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and currency for purchases from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Explore Tel Aviv & Jaffa

Embrace Israel's historic and modern-day beauty during this scenic tour of contemporary Tel Aviv, with a visit to the ancient port city of Jaffa.


Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour drive north to Tel Aviv. This thriving metropolis, with its skyscrapers and shops, nightlife and cafés, is the country's financial and business centre, as well as its cultural and entertainment capital.


Tel Aviv

During your drive along Rothschild Blvd., the coach takes you by the original Bauhaus buildings, which are credited with enabling Tel Aviv to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tel Aviv's modern face is reflected in the Habimah National Theatre and the Mann Auditorium. Next, drive along Ibn Gvirol Street, named for one of Israel's most famous poets, and pass by the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Golda Meir Centre, and Tel Aviv Court. From here, proceed past the square where Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995, then continue along the Mediterranean Coast to Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world.


Jaffa

Upon arrival, view the city's older section, which has been restored and now serves as a charming artists' colony and cultural centre. Leave your coach for a guided walking tour along the winding, cobblestone lanes, and past art studios and galleries. Sites to be seen include the clock tower where Old Jaffa begins, along with mosques, churches and the town's exotic flea market. A photo stop is then made at Jaffa's observation point, which overlooks the 'White City' of Tel Aviv.


Your scenic visit to Jaffa concludes with some free time to explore the city at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the approximate 45-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing, at times on an incline and cobblestone lanes, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Jerusalem & Yad Vashem Museum

Explore the heritage of the Jewish people and some of history's most sacred sites during this memorable, full-day journey in Jerusalem.


Depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-hour drive into the Judean Hills. After a short refreshment stop your coach travels to Jerusalem. En route, pass by the castle fortification before arriving at the remarkable Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.


Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

The museum, which was opened in 2005, is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. During your visit, you can view the victims' experience through original artefacts, survivor testimonies, and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures, and memorials. Leaving Yad Vashem, your drive continues on to Jerusalem.


Jerusalem City Tour

Your sightseeing drive takes you by some of Israel's most notable landmarks, including the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), and the State Supreme High Court. Following your visit, proceed for a buffet lunch at a local hotel. After lunch, begin your visit to the Old City.


Old City Walking Tour

After entering through the Zion Gate, scene of some of Jerusalem's fiercest fighting during the siege of 1948, commence your walking tour of the Old City and view some of the most sacred sites in religious history. Your stroll through the Jewish Quarter takes you along the Cardo, Jerusalem's main thoroughfare during the Roman and Byzantine eras, and the newly rebuilt Hurva Synagogue in the heart of the quarter. After a short shopping stop, descend into the Lower City and see the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A photo opportunity is then available at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world.


Kidron Valley

Leaving the Old City, re-board your coach for a drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley. En route, catch a glimpse of Absalom's Tomb and the Tomb of Zacharia before commencing the approximate 1.5-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with steps to negotiate, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required during visits to religious sites; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted inside the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The tour sequence may vary.

Leisurely Jerusalem

View the main sites of Jerusalem during this full day panoramic tour involving minimal walking.


From the port of Ashdod, travel eastward, ascending the Judean Hills and tracing the ancient route to Jerusalem. You will drive through the fertile Ayalon Valley, home to Yad La'Shiryon at Latrun, the armoured corps memorial site and museum.

On your way into Jerusalem, pass the contemporary suburb of Ramot en route to Mt. Scopus. At the summit of the Mount of Olives, have your camera ready for panoramic views of the walled Old City, Temple Mount, the Golden Gates, the Church of the Ascension, and the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit. Drive by the unique Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed with his disciples on the eve of his arrest. On your way through the Kidron Valley, pass the tombs of Zacharia and David's son, Absalom.

Your drive along the eastern walls provides a view of King David's city. Inside the walls, the holiest site in the Jewish world is just a short walk from the Dung Gate: the Western (Wailing) Wall. Originally supporting Solomon's Temple, this imposing wall survived countless battles and today provides comfort and prayerful peace for fervent Jews and countless visitors.

Enjoy a delicious lunch before proceeding to some landmarks of West Jerusalem: the State President's residence; the Israel Museum, which houses the world famous Dead Sea Scrolls; the Knesset (Israel's Parliament); the State Supreme High Court; and Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann.

Concluding today's excursion is a leisurely drive back to Ashdod Port and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour involves minimal walking; however it is not wheelchair accessible with some stairs to negotiate along with a short uphill walk. Modest attire is required when visiting holy sites. Order of sites visited may vary. The drive from Ashdod to Jerusalem is approximately 1.5 hours each direction.

Masada & 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 Masada, a mountain fort that is now a national Jewish shrine, and world famous for its recognition by UNESCO for its unique structure and history.


Travel to the Negev desert about your coach and after a short refreshment stop, descend 3,600 feet (1097 metres) toward the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth!


Masada

First, stop at Masada, the most spectacular ancient archaeological site in Israel. Ascend by cable car to this mountaintop fortress, built by Herod the Great. 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 an engineering feat still today.


After a morning of extraordinary vistas, be treated to a relaxing lunch overlooking the pale, still water of the Dead Sea.


Dead Sea

After lunch, take the opportunity to experience the exquisite sensation of floating effortlessly upon the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. With more salt and minerals than any other body of water in the world, the Dead Sea is claimed to be a natural health and beauty spa.


Re-boarding your coach, travel along the shores of the Dead Sea to arrive at the point from which the Qumran Caves are clearly visible at the Qumran Visitor's Centre. It was here in 1947 that a Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world. Free time will be available for photos, souvenir shopping and comfort.


Departing Qumran, ascend the Judean Hills to the north for a view of Jericho before continuing on the 2-hour return trip to Ashdod and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Walking atop Masada is over uneven paths, with gravel and loose stones. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and bring a swimsuit, water shoes and a camera from the ship. Changing facilities are available with showers, soap and towels. There are a limited number of lockers available. Guests wishing to swim, may do so at their own risk as there are no lifeguards available. The tour sequence may vary.

Masada, the Dead Sea & Jerusalem by Air

Experience the many historic and biblical wonders of Israel from a unique perspective during this panoramic, half-day helicopter flight-seeing excursion with lunch.


Ashdod, Helicopter Flight to Masada

Depart the pier for the short drive to the helipad. Upon arrival, board your awaiting helicopter, receive your safety and flight instructions, and begin your helicopter flight-seeing adventure to Masada. Hover above this archaeological wonder for about ten minutes, and enjoy a unique perspective of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Dead Sea, Ein Gedi Hot Springs, Qumran Caves, Mount Scopus, Mount of Olives, Temple Mount

Following a short fuelling stop, lift-off and fly over the Syrian-African rift and Dead Sea. The sulphurous hot springs of Ein Gedi and the famed Qumran Caves lay below. It is here that, in 1947, Bedouin shepherds found the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of the century. Next, fly westward toward Jerusalem, enjoy spectacular panoramic views only accessible by helicopter, including Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives, world-famous Temple Mount and walled Old City.


Jerusalem, Old City Tour, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Lunch

Land in Jerusalem, meet your guide and begin a two-hour sightseeing tour of the Old City. Enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate on the western side, then stroll past some of the most sacred sites in religious history. The colourful Bazaar leads to the Christian Quarter along part of the famous Via Dolorosa, believed to be the route of Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at Golgotha, which represents the six oldest Christian sects. View the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, and stop at the Western Wall (formerly the Wailing Wall), the holiest site in the Jewish world. Exit the Old City through the Dung Gate, then proceed for lunch at a first-class restaurant. After lunch, transfer back to your helicopter for the 30-minute flight back to Ashdod, then re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles-1.86 miles (about two kilometres-three kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel and rocky surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the venue. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and currency for purchases from the ship. Guests taller than six feet, six inches (about two metres) cannot participate on this tour. Guests weighing more than 198 pounds (about 90 kilograms) cannot participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note that this tour has a cancellation policy of 72 hours and 100% cancellation fee applies.

Silver Shore Privato: A Day in Jerusalem by Private Car

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 by private car.


Depart the pier in Ashdod with your English-speaking driver/guide for the approximate two-hour drive into the Judean Hills, then on to Jerusalem. Along the way, and after a short comfort stop, your car travels via the same route used to reach Jerusalem for centuries.


Jerusalem City Tour

Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty, and was once considered the centre of the world. Your sightseeing drive through this picturesque and historic city takes you by some of Israel's most notable landmarks, including the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), and the State Supreme High Court.


Mt. Zion

Next, your drive continues on to Mt. Zion, located south of today's city walls. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus' last meal with his disciples and the descent of the Holy Spirit is thought to have taken place. Located on the ground floor of Mt. Zion is the Tomb of King David, one of the most visited and venerated sites by people of the Jewish faith.


Dormition Abbey

Stop at the Dormition Abbey, a massive yet serenely-beautiful structure topped by a high-domed bell tower, a conical dome, and corner towers. Following your visit, proceed for a buffet lunch served at a local hotel. After lunch, re-join your car for the drive to the Old City.


Old City

After entering through the Jaffa Gate your walking tour passes by the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and part of the Via Dolorosa. Amongst the sites you will view is the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A photo stop is then made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on Golgotha Hill, the church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.


Kidron Valley

Re-join your car for the drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley. En route, you can view the Church of All Nations at the Gardens of Gethsemane, as well as the sacred churches on the Mount of Olives.


Your scenic tour of Jerusalem concludes with a leisurely drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with steps to negotiate at religious sites, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is sold per car and will accommodate up to 2 guests. The price is exclusive of meals, entrance fees, parking fees, excess mileage and gratuities. Only one person in your party need reserve a ticket for this programme. This tour is 100% non-refundable within 7 days of the start of your cruise. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required during visits to religious sites; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary; in case of heavy traffic, some additional time may be involved when parking the vehicle. This programme is with a driver who is also a guide; a separate guide may be added to this programme for a supplement of USD $459 (at time of printing). Please consult the Shore Concierge Manager on board for availability of a separate licensed guide, should you decide to secure one.

Silver Shore Privato: A Day in Jerusalem by Private Van

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 by private van.


Depart the pier in Ashdod with your English-speaking driver/guide for the approximate two-hour drive into the Judean Hills, then on to Jerusalem. Along the way, and after a short comfort stop, your van travels via the same route used to reach Jerusalem for centuries.


Jerusalem City Tour

Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty, and was once considered the centre of the world. Your sightseeing drive through this picturesque and historic city takes you by some of Israel's most notable landmarks, including the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert J. Aumann, the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), and the State Supreme High Court.


Mt. Zion

Next, your drive continues on to Mt. Zion, located south of today's city walls. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus' last meal with his disciples and the descent of the Holy Spirit is thought to have taken place. Located on the ground floor of Mt. Zion is the Tomb of King David, one of the most visited and venerated sites by people of the Jewish faith.


Dormition Abbey

Stop at the Dormition Abbey, a massive yet serenely-beautiful structure topped by a high-domed bell tower, a conical dome, and corner towers. Following your visit, proceed for a buffet lunch served at a local hotel. After lunch, re-join your van for the drive to the Old City.


Old City

After entering through the Jaffa Gate your walking tour passes by the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and part of the Via Dolorosa. Amongst the sites you will view is the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A photo stop is then made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also included. Perched on Golgotha Hill, the church marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.


Kidron Valley

Re-join your van for the drive past the city walls and through the Kidron Valley. En route, you can view the Church of All Nations at the Gardens of Gethsemane, as well as the sacred churches on the Mount of Olives.


Your scenic tour of Jerusalem concludes with a leisurely drive back to the pier.

Please Note: This tour is sold per car and will accommodate up to 6 guests. The price is exclusive of meals, entrance fees, parking fees, excess mileage and gratuities. Only one person in your party need reserve a ticket for this programme. This tour is 100% non-refundable within 7 days of the start of your cruise. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with steps to negotiate at religious sites, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are encouraged to wear seasonal clothing with flat, comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required during visits to religious sites; shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary; in case of heavy traffic, some additional time may be involved when parking the vehicle. This programme is with a driver who is also a guide; a separate guide may be added to this programme for a supplement of USD $459. Please consult the Shore Concierge Manager on board for availability of a separate licensed guide, should you decide to secure one.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Ashdod at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Private cars are very limited and must be brought in to Ashdod; therefore half-day service is not available. The service includes an English-speaking driver/guide and can cover a distance of up to 125 miles (200 kilometres) in an air-conditioned sedan. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees, parking fees, excess mileage and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Guests wishing to hire a separate guide may do so by arranging this 48 hours in advance with the Shore Concierge Manager on board with a supplemental charge of $459 (at time of printing). When using a separate guide, the vehicle capacity is a maximum of 2 guests per car. Excess mileage, parking fees, tolls and services beyond 8-hours will be billed to your shipboard account.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Ashdod at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Private vans are very limited and must be brought in to Ashdod; therefore half-day service is not available. The service includes an English-speaking driver/guide and can cover a distance of up to 125 miles (200 kilometres) in an air-conditioned van. Actual vehicle model and capacity varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees, parking fees, excess mileage and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Guests wishing to hire a separate guide may do so by arranging this 48 hours in advance with the Shore Concierge Manager on board with a supplemental charge of $459 (at time of printing). When using a separate guide, the vehicle capacity is a maximum of 4 guests per van. Excess mileage, parking fees, tolls and services beyond 8-hours will be billed to your shipboard account.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.