Best of Israel - Day 1 & Day 2
Indulge in the very best of Israel's sights, complete with a unique night in the glorious city of Jerusalem. Pamper yourself in the lowest place on Earth, the mineral-rich Dead Sea. Contemplate the Jewish nation at Yad Vashem. Follow the pilgrim's journeys throughout the centuries to the place of Christ's birth and the city where he was crucified.
Visit the Basilica of the Agony, also known as the Church of All Nations thanks to the number of countries that donated to its construction. The church enshrines the Rock of Agony, where Jesus wept after visualizing the destruction of Jerusalem. Beside it is the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas had betrayed Christ.
Discover the cultural mosaic preserved in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting all four Quarters – Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian, and behold their historic wonders. Touch the ancient stones, hear the Middle Eastern market vendors, and smell the incense wafting from the church doors as you wander through the cobbled streets. Visit the Wailing Wall, the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple. The 2000-year-old wall was built by King Herod as part of the 2nd Temple's expansion, and ever since the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple in 70 CE, Jews have prayed facing the holy wall.
Walk past some Stations of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried, and resurrected. The magic of the Muslim Quarter is to be found in its markets. Locals and tourists mingle and haggle over clothing, jewelry, religious artifacts, food and spices, antiques and souvenirs in centuries-old covered bazaars bursting with color. As you walk through the colorful and diverse market, enjoy some of the regional culinary delights that draw the locals to this market. Along the tour sample some local treats such as baklawa or halva, local bread with hyssop, and wash it all down with some fresh squeezed healthy juice.
Stroll through Jaffa Gate, one of the Old City's seven open gates, in the Armenian Quarter. Guarded by the iconic, moated Tower of David, the Gate is named after the road that leads from it to the port city of Jaffa.
Visit a leading Dead Sea resort for lunch and to enjoy the property. Stay afloat in the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Cradled in the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is called so because the mineral-rich waters are too salt for any fish to survive. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating 25-minute spa treatment. You can select one of the following: a Mud Wrap - Body wrap with natural Dead Sea mud. The mud is rich in minerals and known for its health properties. A positive impact on the body, muscles, joints, and skin. Or select a Classic Mini Swedish Massage designed to improve your circulation and relieve and soothe muscle tension.
Afterward board the coach for a 90-minute trip to Jerusalem where your check in is at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Relax and enjoy dinner at the hotel, plus there is an option to enjoy an evening night tour. Behold the beautiful Old City of Jerusalem bathed in new evening light. View the gold-lit Old City walls and witness the changes from day to night. Stop to take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem from Armon HaNatziv. Spot the Golden Dome of the Rock and impressive Old City walls perched above the valley.
Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will discover the unique memorial sites at Yad VaShem Museum. Take a moment to consider, reflect and connect here. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes tour providing a fascinating glimpse to the stories behind the displayed diaries, photographs, and artifacts. The tour in Yad Vashem will be conducted by a Yad Vashem's professional guide. Then enter the Israel Museum and visit the museum's Shrine of the Book wing, where the fragile Dead Sea Scrolls and precious Aleppo Codex are displayed. Further glimpse into the past with a look at the 2nd Temple Period model of Jerusalem.
Next, visit the home of a Jewish Orthodox family for a taste of the traditional Shabbat meal – the most important meal of the week. Its customs and traditions have been preserved for centuries by the Jewish Diaspora and included in the daily life of Jews at home in Israel.
After lunch, a highlight for this day is the visit to the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is the oldest Christian church in daily use, dating back to the 4th century AD. A local monk will also escort you to the Grotto where Jesus was born. Then have a short comfort stop to buy some souvenirs in a local shop before the 60-minute return by coach to the yacht in Ashdod.
Notes: This Yachting Land Adventure operates on both days during your call to Ashdod. It must have been booked by **May 17th, 2022** and requires a minimum number of guests to operate. This YLA has been confirmed to operate (After May 17th), any cancellations after this date are subject to 100% penalty. Any bookings after this date will be subject to availability and cancellation penalties will apply. Pricing is based upon double occupancy & single rates are on a request basis. Guests with Israeli Passports need to send us a copy of their passport by May 17th, in order that we can arrange their entry to Bethlehem with the rest of the group. Please book early in order to avoid any disappointment.
Please wear conservative attire – cover shoulders and knees as religious sites are visited during the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and have adequate protection against the sun. Bring a hat, swimsuit, towel and flipflops, however don't bring any jewelry with you, as it is not recommended to go into the Dead Sea with it and the only place to leave it is in the lockers.
This Yachting Land Adventure includes entrance to the resort’s pools, changing facilities, showers and bathrooms. Swimming pool and the Dead Sea beach. Guests will receive a locker (for 2 guests) and a towel. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking disabilities. Guests should indicate any food allergies or sensitivities a minimum of 3 days before departure. Please pack one bag that you are responsible to carry it in and out of the hotel and don't forget to bring your medicines.
Guests will be issued with a B2 Visa on arrival, and you must show this Visa on check in at the hotel.
In the event of a positive Covid PCR test the day before arrival; any canceled Yachting Land Adventures may be subject up to 100% penalty.
The Old City of Jerusalem is crowded and has lots of steps. Additional Spa treatments are available for sale and need to be reserved 4 weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Spa treatments are not performed on pregnant women and children. Hotel reservation: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, in King Deluxe with balcony on half board basis.
There is a long line to the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, time permitting, there will be a visit to the Grotto, which can be very crowded at times. The monk escort to the Grotto is subject to the monk's availability. Lunch is served at a local Jewish home, family members may be present during lunch. Also, Please advise your preferred spa treatment so it can be booked on your behalf.
All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night hours
Price: 2499 USD