Jerusalem and Bethlehem
There are some destinations in the world where you
could well pinch yourself, hardly daring to believe you
are actually there. The Holy Land with its place names
indelibly etched on humanity must surely be one of
The Via Dolorosa, Gethsemane, Temple Mount and the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the city
of King David. The Church of the Nativity and Manger
Square in Bethlehem.
You may find it hard to take all this in, such is the
magnitude of what we will see.
Our momentous trip to the Holy Land begins in the
important Israeli port city of Ashdod. Arriving in
Jerusalem, we head for the cemetery on the Mount
of Olives where Jesus went on Palm Sunday after
arriving from Jericho.
From this vantage point, there is the most stunning
panorama across the walls of the Old City (a UNESCO
World Heritage Site) to the Temple Mount and the
golden Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque.
We learn about where Jesus was betrayed by Judas
Iscariot, arrested by the Romans and later sentenced
by Pontius Pilate.
We then travel to Bethlehem located in the West Bank
to visit site of the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of
the Nativity and Manger Square. Lunch is provided in
Bethlehem and there is time for souvenir shopping
before we head back to port.