Information About Shore Excursions

  • 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, as salt crystals may be sharp. 
  • A local guide in Bethlehem is designated when visiting Bethlehem and is subject to regulations of the Palestinian authority.   The tour in Bethlehem requires a stop at a local souvenir shop and a tip to the local guide is expected. Passports are required.
  • Travelling with children under 5 is not really recommended for group tours. However in private tours when travelling with young children (3 or younger) we advise that you have some type of carrier (back or front, depending on age) . Parts of the routes can be in locations that have uneven footing ,  small spaces and cobblestone roads. 


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.