Excursion

Jerusalem’s Jewish Heritage

On today’s comprehensive, full-day excursion, learn about Jerusalem’s fascinating Jewish heritage while exploring the region surrounding Jerusalem, as well as its interior.

Price TBD
  • Code
    ASH-I
  • Level
    Soft
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
From the port of Ashdod, travel eastward, ascending the Judean Hills and tracing the ancient route to JerusalemYou will drive through the fertile Ayalon Valley, home to Yad La’Shiryon at Latrun, the armored corps memorial site and museum

After your drive, arrive at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance AuthorityThis new museum, which opened in March 2005, is dedicated to documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, emphasizing each victim’s experience through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessionsThis unique perspective is presented in a sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways leading to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials

After your two-hour visit to the museum, continue with a drive into JerusalemPass the Hebrew University, home to 2005 Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Robert JAumann; the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament); the Israel Museum, which houses the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls; and the State Supreme High Court Following lunch in Jerusalem, make your way to the Old City, passing by the Kidron Valley and the tombs of Absalom and Zacharia – part of the vast first-century necropolis encircling Jerusalem Your drive continues into the walled Old CityYour walking tour of the Old City begins at Zion Gate, scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the siege of 1948Enter the Jewish Quarter and see the Cardo, the main thoroughfare in Roman and Byzantine times Descend to the Lower City to see the Temple Mount and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, considered to be the third holiest site in IslamThe Western Wall is next, thought to be closest to where the Holy Ark was keptExiting the Old City at Dung Gate, re-board your motor coach and return to Ashdod and your Crystal ship.