Day one kicks off with a drive through the Judean Hills, you’ll wind down the mountainside to the Dead Sea. Lying at the lowest spot on earth, its waters are packed with therapeutic salt and minerals which find their way into products sold all over the globe. You can enjoy a swim or simply lie back and relax. Don’t forget to take a little bit of the magic home with you, snapping up some Dead Sea products on your way. Continuing on, you’ll drive to the River Jordan at Yardenit to see the place where Jesus was baptized. All this and we even fit some time in for shopping. You'll have a nice break for lunch located close to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Your next stop will be the city of Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation, which is built on the site where the Angel Gabriel is said to have visited Mary. Then you’ll head back to the city of Jerusalem to the hotel where you’ll spend the night. After checking in to the hotel, having had dinner and time to relax, there’s an optional tour of the illuminated city of Jerusalem to those of you thirsty for more.
Day two starts with Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Kicking things off is a fly-by driving tour, passing the Israeli parliament building known as the Knesset, the Museum of Israel and the Shrine of the Book. Next you’ll drive to the top of the Mount of Olives. Named after its olive tree-planted slopes, this place is thought to be where the dead will be resurrected on Judgement Day. The views from here are epic. From here, you’ll head for the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was betrayed by his disciple Judas. A visit to the Church of All Nations is also on the itinerary. It’s followed by: a walk through the old city following the path Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection and a glimpse of the shimmering mosques of Al-Aqsa and The Dome of the Rock. You’ll also stop off at the Western Wall, the place where Orthodox Jews put prayer notes into the cracks of the wall. Finally, you’ll head to Bethlehem for lunch and to see one of Christianity’s most sacred sights – the Church of the Nativity. Built on the same site as the place where Mary gave birth to Jesus.
As with all tours, the order and day that we visit the attractions can vary. It's really important that you chat to your Destination Services team onboard to confirm which sites you'll see on which days. For single rooms, a supplement of about £52 applies, payable onboard. Again, be sure to talk to the Destination Services team onboard for further details. You'll need to bring with you anything from the ship you would usually need on an overnight stay including any medication, your ship towel and perhaps some sandals for the Dead Sea visit. Most driving times are at least one-and-a-half hours. Also, shorts should not be worn and both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees while visiting the holy sites. Entrance to the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and to the Grotto in the Church of Nativity are not included due to the volume of visitors at the site. In Jerusalem you’ll go on a walking tour lasting about 2 hours, taking in some of the stages of the cross.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.