Silversea Luxury Cruises To Ashdod (Jerusalem)

Ashdod (Jerusalem)

Busy Ashdod is not only one of Israel's fastest-growing cities, it's also the country's largest port. Perched on the Mediterranean, it processes more than 60% of the goods imported into Israel. Home to many ancient peoples over the centuries, Ashdod today is a modern, planned city. It's also a convenient jumping-off point for exploring several of Israel's most interesting cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Bethlehem.

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Excursions in Ashdod (Jerusalem)

Panoramic 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 armored 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. Visit 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.

A Day in Jerusalem

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 a 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.

Jerusalem, Jewish Heritage

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.

Jerusalem On Your Own

Explore Jerusalem at your leisure during your free time in this magnificent city.


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.

Your tour guide will be available for questions and will be able to point out the main highlights until you arrive at your selected stop within the city.


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.


Upon arrival in Jerusalem, you may choose to leave the coach to explore on your own at either the New City at the Israel Museum or by the Old City at the Jaffa Gate.


Taxis are available at both stops.


At the appointed time and place, re-join your transport for the return drive to Ashdod.


Please note: Tour involves a moderate amount of walking that is up to the discretion of the guests. Modest attire is required when visiting holy sites. Participants will have approximately 5 hours to explore the city on their own. The drive from Ashdod to Jerusalem is approximately 1.5 hours each direction. Note: Guests who do not meet at the designated place/time will be responsible for their own transportation back to the Ashdod port. This programme is a transfer only and does not include admissions, beverages or meals.

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.

Masada and 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.

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.

Beit Guvrin Caves Experience

Explore a part of the underworld in Israel during this half day outing to the recently declared UNESCO World heritage Site of Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park.


Your journey to the park will take you past the Valley of Elah, scene of the famous battle between David and Goliath, to Beit Guvrin. 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. A few feet above eye level are hundreds of small alcoves, where pigeons were kept in ancient times.

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.


At the conclusion of your compelling visit, return to your ship.


Please note: This tour involves extensive walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Overall, approximately 300 metres walking over uneven surfaces and 60 steps are to be negotiated within the caves. Guests are advised to wear seasonal clothing and sensible shoes for the venue visited.

Kibbutz Visit & Barkin Winery

Enjoy a visit to a kibbutz along with a visit to one of the best wineries in Israel during this half-day outing.


A kibbutz "gathering, clustering" is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim (plural) began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism.


The kibbutzim were founded by members of the first settlers who immigrated to Palestine. In 1909, a group of eleven men and women established themselves at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and initiated Kibbutz Degania, The first kibbutz. Despite many difficulties, by 1914, Degania had fifty members. Other kibbutzim were founded around the Sea of Galilee and the nearby Jezreel Valley. At present there are 256 Kibbutzim in Israel; most of them are located in peripheral areas throughout Israel. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle


Kibbutz Visit

Our tour will commence at Kibbutz Yavne, founded in 1941. It is still managed as an old fashioned, wholly cooperative and prosperous kibbutz of 850 members, including the children and the elderly.


The visit starts with an introductory session of kibbutz life and the kibbutz institutes at its small museum. Then tour the kibbutz and view the dairy farm and feed centre, a large food-processing factory, a watch factory and assorted crops. See also the members' residential houses and their solar farm. The latter is located within a vineyard, solely treated by the young generation.


Depart the kibbutz and after a short drive arrive at the Barkan Winery.


Barkan Winery

Wine has been produced in the Land of Israel since biblical times and was also exported to Rome during the Roman Empire. The modern Israeli wine industry was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, owner of the Bordeaux estate Château Lafite-Rothschild. In 2012 the Israeli wine industry produced 36 million bottles of wine in a variety of styles ranging from red, white, rosé, still, sparkling and dessert wines. There are 35 commercial wineries and over 250 boutique wineries. Today Israeli wine exports totals over $26 million. The US born Robert M. Parker Jr. is a world-famous wine critic and his newsletter The Wine Advocate carries international influence. The newsletter records Israel wines as "getting better all the time, and some of them are superb". Over the years leading wineries have gained gold and silver medals for their notable achievements.


The Barkan wines are made from dozens of grape seeds planted across some 2,400 acres (971 hectares) of grape vines. The seeds are planted in areas with conditions most suitable for their growth. Due to the wide variety of grape seeds, customized plantations, suitable fermentation techniques and the wide range of casks, the Barkan Winery is considered to be the vintners' 'Garden of Eden'. The Barkan winemakers have made quite a name for themselves worldwide, and have won many awards.


Barkan Experience and Wine Tasting

Visit the 'Barkan Experience' a modern visitor's centre with world-wide standards. The tour will include an introduction to the winery and tastings of three different wines; A Classic white wine and two red wines of the Reserve Series.


Following this visit and tasting, re-join the coach for the return drive to Ashdod and you awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal to moderate amounts of walking with periods of standing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible; however guests with limited mobility may enjoy the programme. Guests should dress in seasonal clothing and wear comfortable shoes. Guests under the age of 21 cannot drink wine.

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.

Land programmes in Ashdod (Jerusalem)

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Ancient & Modern Israel

Experience the best of Israel during this two-day Mid-Voyage Land Adventure that encompasses the mesmerising sights and heritage of this truly extraordinary country.


01MIDASD-A Ancient & Modern Israel

Departure: Ashdod

Duration:  2 Days/1 Night

Re-join ship: Haifa

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date.  Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  


Depart from Ashdod and ascend the Judean hills to visit Jerusalem's venerated religious and cultural landmarks, including the Old City, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Shrine of the Book, housing the fascinating Dead Sea Scrolls. Spend the night at the historic American Colony Hotel. Head north to discover the heart of the Galilee and dwell on its importance during biblical times. Your overland excursion concludes with the drive to Haifa where you re-join the ship.


DAY ONE - Ashdod/Jerusalem

You will depart from the Ashdod port and proceed up through the Judean hills to Jerusalem, renowned for its timeless beauty and once considered the center of the world. Take in breath-taking panoramic views from the Mount of Olives and enjoy the photo opportunities over the walled Old City. From the Mount of Olives, you will continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Opened in 2005, the museum is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.  Your visit shows insight into the victims' experience through original artefacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-lined walkways that lead to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.


Next, you will carry onto the Israel Museum. Within the 20-acre complex are a Model of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book, the subterranean home of a number of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls. The building of the Shrine is unique in its distinctive design. The dome was contoured to resemble the lids of the earthenware containers that held the scrolls when they were discovered by a shepherd in 1947. This visit takes you to the heart of the Shrine to see a display of original Dead Sea Scrolls, examples of sectarian texts and the oldest biblical manuscripts in existence.


View the detailed 1:50 scale Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Covering nearly one acre, it recreates the topography and architecture of ancient Jerusalem at its peak in 66 BC. As one of the city's cultural landmarks, it provides a three-dimensional contextual illustration for the period documented by the Dead Sea Scrolls. It also makes a striking visual connection to the Shrine of the Book.


Following your visit, proceed to lunch at a local restaurant.


After lunch, drive to the Old City.  Enter through the Jaffa Gate and begin your walking tour passing the bazaar, the Christian Quarter and a part of the Via Dolorosa, offering a view of the golden-topped Dome of the Rock. A stop is made at the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish world. Next proceed to Golgotha Hill and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, for a visit of the site that marks Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. If time permits, a stop may be included for shopping.  A short drive takes you up the Mount of Olives for a magnificent panoramic view.


In the afternoon, you will proceed to the American Colony Hotel for check-in. There is time to freshen up before dinner is served at the American Colony Hotel. This small, but sophisticated boutique hotel, has hosted many famous actors, politicians and influential personalities.  Be sure to take note of the historic memorabilia throughout. After dinner, enjoy an evening drive through the streets of the city. Your scenic drive concludes back at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem


DAY TWO - Jerusalem/Nazareth/Haifa

After a leisurely breakfast and check-out, drive to Nazareth the home of Jesus.  Upon arrival in Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of Christendom's most revered shrines and the largest church in the Middle East. The Basilica was built on the same site where the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Sites to be seen here include the altar and a remarkable 170-foot (52.3-metre)-high cupola that rises high above the upper church. During your guided visit inside the Basilica, see magnificent mosaics, ceramic reliefs, and other superb works of art from around the world.  See the church of St. Joseph built over chambers that housed the Carpentry shop. Walk through the Bazaar of Nazareth, drive by the white stone fountain known as Mary's well.


Leaving Nazareth, you will drive through Canna the location where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine and on to the Sea of Galilee.  Lunch will be served on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Next, proceed to the Yardenit baptismal on the banks of the Jordan River. From here you will drive north to Capernaum.


Continuing on for the picturesque drive to Capernaum situated on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. This ancient fishing village is frequently mentioned in the gospels and, according to tradition it was the base of Jesus' ministry where he chose his first disciples. Take in the atmosphere of this revered site and observe nearby Mount of Beatitudes, famous as the place where Jesus gave his sermon on the mountain to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. Visit the remains of a 4th-century synagogue located just inland from the shore with its façade facing Jerusalem. From a hillside you can view Tiberias, one of the four Jewish Holy cities and the capital of the Galilee. Founded by the Romans, the city was named in honour of Emperor Tiberius.


At the conclusion of your adventure, re-join your coach and commence the 1.5-hour drive to Mount Carmel. Ascend Mt. Carmel for a breath-taking view of Haifa Bay and the golden dome of Haifa's Baha'i Shrine. Drive along the reconstructed German Colony, built by the Templers during the 18th century.


At the conclusion of your adventure, re-join your ship pier side in Haifa.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking at a very steady pace to see all the sites on this itinerary.  Uneven, cobbled walkways with many steps are traversed throughout.  The stone walkways are polished with time and can be very slippery.  This Land Adventure is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise wheelchair.  Dress code is modest casual.  Conservative attire is required during visits to religious sites - no shorts and sleeveless shirts. We suggest dressing in layers as the morning/evening will be cooler. Wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and your camera. Cameras and videos can be used at every site without charge. Bring local currency for any purchases. Expect crowds at religious venues. The tour sequence may vary and depending on the pace of the group, it may not be possible to see all sites. Some flexibility within the itinerary is required; this is a general overview of the program only.  Be aware that an Immigration procedure takes place before re-boarding the ship in Haifa.


Program Includes:

·        One-night stay at the American Colony Hotel (or similar) - Jerusalem.  

·        One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a choice of two glasses of local wine, beer or soft drinks, mineral water).

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:  

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel