2 Day Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Galilee

The ideal way to see the best sites of Israel for those passengers on cruises arriving for 2 days in Ashdod Port, or for cruises arriving first to Ashdod Port and then continuing to Haifa Port.


(Itinerary also available for those arriving to Haifa Port for 2 days or first to Haifa Port and then continuing to Ashdod Port. Link to Itinerary >)





Tour Itinerary

Tour Code: AJBG2

 DAY 1 
  • Drive from Ashdod on the Mediterranean, crossing the land of the biblical Phillistines, ascending the Judean mountains to JERUSALEM.
  • Stop atop the MT. OF OLIVES for a panoramic view of the old city, where the merging of past and present unfolds before you.
  • Descend to the foot of the mountain to the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
  • Cross the KIDRON VALLEY and enter the walled city.
  • Visit the WAILING WALL – holiest shrine in Judaism today.
  • Walk the VIA DOLOROSA, station by station to GOLGOTHA and the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, the ancient site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
  • Walk through the ROMAN CARDO and exit the town via Zion Gate on MT. ZION to visit the traditional ROOM OF THE LAST SUPPER.
  • Drive north along the JORDAN VALLEY until the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight in Galilee.

 DAY 2 
  • Drive  along the shore of the SEA OF GALILEE – the stage for most of the events in Jesus’ life:
  • Visit the MT. OF BEATITUDES, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Continue to TABGHA, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’.
  • On to the CHURCH OF PRIMACY, where Jesus appointed Peter as his successor.
  • Visit CAPERNAUM, a Jewish village of 2000 years ago that was the centre of Jesus’ messianic work.
  • Drive to the Lower Galilee village of CANA, the traditional location of the first miracle performed by Jesus of turning water into wine.
  • Continue to neighboring NAZARETH, childhood home of Jesus, and the CHURCH OF ANNUNCIATION.
  • Drive west until MEGIDDO (ARMAGEDDON) – one of the key sites to understanding the history of the Middle East.
  • Return to Ashdod Port (or Haifa Port).



Tour Options

This tour is also operated as a PRIVATE TOUR, enabling you to travel within the realm of your own circle of friends or the intimacy of your own family with the flexibility to adapt an itinerary to suit your group and interests. Below is a list of sites on the same route and close in themes which can be exchanged or added, depending on personal preferences and time constraints. Religious services may also be arranged for all faiths.


Chapel of Dominus Flevit: “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it….” (Luke 19:41)
Tower of David Museum: museum for history of Jerusalem.
Israel Museum: with its large scale model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period and Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept.
The Milk Grotto: a serene grotto only a few minutes’ walk from Manger Square in Bethlehem, believed to be the location that the Holy Family took refuge during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before they fled into Egypt.
Shepherd’s Field: which leads through the Christian Village of Beit Sahour,near Bethlehem is associated with the fields where the shepherds saw the Star of Nativity.
Garden Tomb: a rock hewn tomb believed by some to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Petrus in Gallicantu Church: traditionally, where Peter denied Jesus.
Church of St. Anne: a 12th-century Crusader church , built over the traditional site of the birthplace of Anne, ‘Mary’s mother’. Acoustics, designed for Gregorian chant, are so perfect that the church is virtually a musical instrument to be played by the human voice. Pilgrim groups come to sing in the church throughout the day,
Bethesda Pools: believed to be the site where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15). Ruins of a Roman temple to the god of medicine can be viewed here and remains of a Byzantine church built over the temple.
Ein Kerem: birthplace of John the Baptist, this scenic town is less than a day’s walk form the Temple in Jerusalem, where Zacharia, John’s father was called to his duties, as priest.
Church of St. John: inside of which is a cave, traditionally the birthplace of John the Baptist.
Church of Visitation: located on the hillside of Ein Kerem with a splendid view of the valley and the surrounding forest topped hills.
Bethsaida: an ancient fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, believed to be the origin of the 3 apostles (Peter, Andrew and Philip).
Korazim: mentioned in the New Testament as one of three towns (in addition to Bethsaida and Capernaum) that Jesus cursed because they did not heed him.
Kursi: a Christian monastery on the shore of the Sea of Galilee; traditionally the location where Jesus healed two men possessed by demons.
Zippori (Sepphoris): Main town of the Galilee during the 1st Century, and traditional birthplace of Mary.
Mt. Tavor: centre of the Jezreel Valley, traditional site of the Miracle of the Transfiguration.
Ein Dor: with archaeological artifacts that reveal the ancient way of life of the area.
Mt. Precipice (Mount of the Leap): where according to the new testament, the people of Nazareth drove Jesus away and attempted to throw him off the cliffs.
Man in the Galilee Museum: where a fishing boat during the time of Jesus, is on display.
Yardenit: the registered site of baptism for Christian pilgrims, where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and along the Jordan Valley, all the way to the Dead Sea.