Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
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Approximately 10 Hours
The Yad Vashem Museum and Mt Zion are just two of the many highlights of this comprehensive full day program. From the pier, your motor coach will take you via the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem. Your first stop will be at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum—a sanctuary and temple of memories dedicated to the millions of Jews who died during World War II. A most impressive and complete documentary collection is housed within its informative museum, illustrating the persecution from 1933 to 1945. You will also visit the Children’s Memorial. 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, where you will commence your walking tour. Starting at 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.
There is no restroom stop on the approximately 1½-hour drive between Ashdod and Jerusalem. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Lunch will be served on morning tour departures; dinner on afternoon departures. Minimum age is 10 years. Tour does not operate on Saturdays or holidays.