Jerusalem’s Jewish Heritage
Discover some of the most important cultural, historical and religious landmarks in the Middle East, if not the world, during this pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where a guided walk of the Old City features the Temple Mount, the Cardo and the Western Wall. A visit to the well-curated and soul-stirring Holocaust Museum is a particularly memorable highlight.Price TBD
DurationApproximately 8 1/2 hours
Aboard your motor coach, travel east, ascending the Judean Hills and tracing the ancient route to Jerusalem. Venture through the fertile Ayalon Valley, home to Yad La’Shiryon, officially called The Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum at Latrun, a memorial site for fallen soldiers and an outstanding tank museum.
After making your way through the village of Ein Karem, arrive at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, or simply, the Holocaust Museum. Opened in March 2005, the museum documents and explicates the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust, poignantly bringing into focus victims’ experiences through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions. This unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways leading to exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.
Following your two-hour visit, continue into the city of Jerusalem, viewing such landmarks as the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament); the State Supreme High Court; the Israel Museum, which houses the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls; and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Robert J. Aumann, serves as a professor emeritus.
Stop to enjoy lunch at a Jerusalem hotel before making your way to the viewpoint on the Mount of Scopus, where you will cast your eye over the panorama and hear an explanation of the sights.
Next, drive around the city walls and through Kedron Valley, passing the tombs of Zacharia and David’s son, Absalom, which are part of the vast first-century necropolis encircling Jerusalem. Soon you will reach the entrance to the Old City at the Zion Gate, scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the siege of 1948. Here, you will begin your walking exploration of Jerusalem, entering the Jewish Quarter and seeing the Cardo, the city’s main thoroughfare in Roman and Byzantine times.
Descend to the Lower City to see the Temple Mount and the golden Dome of the Rock, one of the world’s oldest examples of Islamic architecture and considered the third-holiest site in Islam. Next, view the Western Wall, also known as the 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.
Exiting the Old City through the Dung Gate, re-board your motor coach and return to Ashdod and your Crystal ship with a journey of approximately 1¼ hours.
Important Notes: Guests must be a minimum of 12 years of age in order to participate. As this excursion involves a substantial amount of walking over sometimes uneven and steep surfaces, along with extensive stairclimbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should dress conservatively, with knees and shoulders covered. Crowding can be expected, especially in the Old Town of Jerusalem. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.