Excursion

Masada Flightseeing & Jerusalem Exploration

Discover Jerusalem on a guided exploration and hover over Masada in a helicopter on this delightful excursion.

  • Code
    ASH-EW
  • Level
    Extreme
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
  • Duration
    Approximately 7 hours

Pre-Reservation Required


After a brief transfer to the helicopter pad, begin your flightseeing adventure by flying to Masada. You will hover above this archaeological wonder for about ten minutes, enjoying a unique perspective of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short fueling stop, you will then fly over the Syrian-African rift and the Dead Sea. The sulphur hot springs of Ein Gedi and the famed Qumran Caves lay below, where 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 magnificent views only accessible by helicopter including Mt. Scopus and Mt. Olives, the world-famous Temple Mount and the walled Old City.

 

Upon arrival, land in Jerusalem, where your transportation and guide await to escort you on a two-hour guided tour of the Old City.

 

Entering the Old City at the Jaffa Gate on the western side, your path winds through some of the most sacred sites in religious history. The colorful 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. You will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at Golgotha, representing the six oldest Christian sects. View the golden-topped Dome of the Rock and experience the Western Wall (formerly the Wailing Wall), the holiest site in the Jewish world.

 

Exiting the Old City through the Dung Gate, you will proceed to the exquisite American Colony Hotel for a relaxing lunch and beverages.

 

After lunch, your driver will take you to your helicopter for the 30-minute flight back to Ashdod, where you will transfer to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves approximately two hours of walking in the old city, it is not recommended for guests with walking disabilities. It is recommended that guests dress conservatively for their visit to Jerusalem. Ladies must cover their knees and shoulders, while gentlemen must wear pants. Sunglasses are also recommended as strong glares may be expected during your flight. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. See information concerning flightseeing cancellation and special cancellation conditions on page XXX. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved. 

Availability:
Extremely limited
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FLIGHTSEEING/FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS
The aircraft operators will decide if weather conditions are suitable for flightseeing. If the flight is canceled, a full refund will be made. In th event the flight operates, refunds cannot be made if you elect not to participate. In some destinations, minimum or maximum numbers must be sold before the flight can operate.

SPECIAL CANCELLATION CONDITIONS
If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest's shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged throught the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

All Crystal Adventures with Special Cancellation Conditions can only be canceled in writing to Crystal Cruises. Please e-mail your cancellation to
crystaladventures@crystalcruises.com or you may fax your cancellation to (310) 286-2412.