Ashdod Port Excursions


Ashdod_Port_TourismAshdod, the 5th largest city and the busiest port in the country. A port existed in Ashdod during biblical times and it was one of the 5 major Philistine towns. Later on it changed hands from Philistines to Israelites… Byzantines…Crusaders… and Arabs, who were there till 1948. The Arabic town had the same name, but it was pronounced “Isdod”.  

In 1956 the modern city of Ashdod was established on virgin sands, outside the historic settlement area, by waves of immigrants, initially from North Africa and later from Russia. As a planned city, expansion in Ashdod follows a main development plan, which facilitates traffic and prevents air pollution in residential areas, despite the growing population.

SEE OUR LIST OF CRUISE EXCURSIONS FROM ASHDOD PORT BELOW which can be adapted to your own specifications.

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As the schedule for shore excursions is tight, the tour routes below reflect that constraint. Our objectives are:

♦ To open a small window towards understanding…the sites…the people…the history and present

♦ To vividly bring to life your visions and perceptions of the Holy Land

♦ To make your day memorable and enjoyable


Tours from Ashdod Port

Jerusalem of Gold 


Masada and the Dead Sea
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The Southern Frontier

Jerusalem- Galilee
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  • Itineraries are subject to time allocations related to cruise ship docking and departure times; or to changes in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as weather conditions, traffic, holiday diversions etc.
  • The programs are based on geographic proximity and themes; however, you may mix and match or request your own route. As long as it is viable we will do our best to fulfill your request, or we will alter it together to suit your wishes.
  • Many of the sites have both Judaic and Christian context. Although the focus may be towards sites of a particular religion, our view is from a historic standpoint and does not infringe upon your own religious or non-religious feelings which are fully respected.
  • In the winter season (October-March) the day is shorter which shortens the opening times of various sites. Site visitations may also change on Fridays and Saturdays. Some routes may alter to reflect these factors.
  • You can plan a tour as private, or can offer other people to join and share expenses. We can accommodate small groups of up till 6 in a luxury vehicle or larger groups in larger vehicles.
  • Dress code when visiting holy sites: no shorts and no sleeveless shirts, otherwise you can wear what you like. In summer: Bring hats, suntan lotion, water. In winter: Warm clothing. In some instances, bringing a box lunch from the ship may eliminate the need for lunch stops and allow more time for visiting sites.
  • When swimming is planned, if possible, borrow towels from the ship to bring along.
  • Water shoes, beach thongs or similar are recommended for bathing at the Dead Sea area.


In order to arrange your tour please provide the following information:

  • The name of the ship and cruise line.
  • The port that the ship docks at on each day and the tour dates.
  • The cruise time schedule for shore excursions.
  • Number of people in your party and ages.
  • Physical limitations or disabilities.
  • Type and level of accommodation (if required).
  • If you wish to design a specific program for you or your group, please indicate your interests and wishes.