The 7day Cruise with MSC Lirica from Piraeus, gives you the opportunity in 7 days, to visit Ancient Ephesus in Kusadasi, Limassol in Cyprus, our Greek Islands of Rhodes and Santorini and of course, the Holy Land.
A trip to the Holy Land would hardly be complete if it failed to include visits to two of the most famous places in the world, the city of Jerusalem and the small town of Bethlehem. This tour gives you a chance to do both and begins with a 2-hour coach ride through fascinating landscape from Haifa to Jerusalem, one of the most inspiring places on earth and renowned for its historical significance, spiritual symbolism and visual splendour. Your tour of Jerusalem city begins with a stop at Haas Promenade, one of three connected public parks, for breathtaking views over the town. A walk through the old town of Jerusalem then follows, taking you through Jaffa Gate and along part of the "Via Dolorosa". Widely held to be the holiest of roads by Christians all over the world, this is the path that Jesus took on his way to the cross. The tour also includes a chance to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but without entering the tomb. Then it is on to the Western Wall, an important site of Jewish worship that also forms part of the outer retaining wall of the adjacent Temple Mount. After some time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch, you will continue to Bethlehem and pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity, at the birthplace of Christ. Completed in 339 A.D., it is accepted as the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. Your tour of two holy cities ends with your return to the port of Haifa and your ship.
The excursion in Jerusalem & Bethlehem costs 119€ for the adults and 102€ for the children.
Duration of excursion: 12 hours - Lunch is included
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Please note: as the tour involves walking a distance of about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) over uneven, cobbled terrain with some steps and inclines, it is unsuitable for guests who use a wheelchair; guests of limited mobility are requested to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability before taking part. Guests are requested to wear appropriate attire for visits to places of religious importance; guests are further recommended to wear comfortable shoes. Popular locations may be crowded, and queues must be expected. The tour includes only an outside visit to the Silver Star grotto. Guests will need to be in possession of their passport to enter Bethlehem. As not all guides are allowed to enter Bethlehem, a local and English-speaking tourist escort may accompany you instead. Your guide will join your coach only after the visit to Bethlehem.