Cruise Port Atlas | Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel Map | Location

Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines visiting Ashdod: Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity, Holland America, Costa

Key Attractions: Old Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Tower of David, Western (Wailing) Wall, Cardo, Hurva Synagogue, Knesset, Israel Museum, Shrine of the Book, Bible Lands Museum, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of All Nations, Chapel of the Ascension, St. Andrew's Church, Christ Church, St. Georges Cathedral, Church of St. James, Church of the Redeemer, Church of Maria Magdelene, Noble Sanctuary, Dome of the Rock, AA Mosque, Yad Vashem, Holocaust Museum, Hall of Names, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Ein Kerem, Qasr al Yahud, Yad Kennedy Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Gordon Street, Diaspora Museum, Caesarea Maritime Dead Sea, Masada, Qumran Caves, Eid Gedi Kibbutz, Bar Kochba Caves

Ashdod is the location of ancient settlements as are most coastal areas of Israel, but it does not have any significant tourist attractions. Cruise ships dock there because of the port facilities and its proximity to Jerusalem and the Black Sea. Even closer is Israel's largest metropolitan area Tel Aviv. For those who do not want to visit Jerusalem and interested in modern Israeli culture, Tel Aviv is your destination of choice. Just over 100 years old Tel Aviv was established by Jewish immigrants and features the UNESCO World Heritage White City, an area filled with striking Bauhaus buildings. Considered one of the world's top beach cities, Tel Aviv has a 24 hour lifestyle and an aggressively modern outlook, including a strong LGBT sub-culture.

Most will want to travel to the historic capital of Jerusalem, which certainly has the most contentious and dramatic history of any city in the Western World. Many tourists are, in fact, religious pilgrims visiting one of the world's holiest cities, considered sacred by three of the world's most important religions. For Jews, Jerusalem is the center of their historic homeland and the site of the two most important temples in their history built by Solomon and Herod. What remains of the second temple is the Western Wall at the point where the Jewish and Arab Quarters meet. For Christians, Jerusalem is the site of Jesus' persecution, crucifixion and rebirth. Christians often take tours that follow the route which tradition says Jesus took on his way to the cross, known as the Via Delarosa. In addition, it is the location of churches dating back centuries from many of the world's Christian denominations. Muslims consider Jerusalem the third most holy site in their religion after Mecca and Medina. Islamic tradition is that Mohammed traveled to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven from a large rock on top of the Temple Mount. On this spot, the early Islamic rulers built the stunning Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

For those who have already visited Jerusalem and want something different, a tour to the desert area adjacent to the Dead Sea is an alternative. Near the Dead Sea is Masada, the last stronghold of the Jews in their struggle against the Romans. Many will take a dip in the high-salt waters of the Dead Sea where even non-swimmers cannot sink. The nearby desert Ein Gedi kibbutz offers tours.

Local Currency: New Shekel | Current exchange rates at xe.com

Primary Language: Hebrew and Arabic

Secondary Languages: Arhamaic, Russian and English commonly spoken

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Ashdod Marina by Avraham Krichevsky

Geography and Population

While Ashdod is one of the most ancient of ports, the current city is one of Israel's newest, founded just over 50 years ago on a sandy hill overlooking the shore. It is now Israel's major port on the southern Mediterranean shore. The population is now just over 200,000 making it the country's 6th largest city.

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How Far?

Taxis charge 12 ILS (New Shekels) initially and about 5 ILS per kilometer thereafter. Fares are taken from Numbeo.com (December 2012).

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Tel Aviv Airport 44 KM 35 minutes 232 ILS
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Jerusalem 66 KM 55 minutes 345 ILS
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Yad Vashem 68 KM 60 minutes  
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Bethlehem 75 KM 1 hour 10 minutes  
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Jaffa 34 KM 34 minutes 190 ILS
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Tel Aviv 42 KM 33 minutes 225 ILS
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Black Sea 135 KM 1 hour 40 minutes  
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Masada 160 KM 1 hour 50 minutes  
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Caesarea Maritime 94 KM 1 hour 10 minutes  
Ashdod Cruise Terminal Haifa 140 KM 1 hour 40 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Weizman 10, Tel Aviv, phone - 972 3-697-4444, 40 KM, 34 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Union Bank, Sderot Yerushalayim 12, Ashdod, 77523, 4.6 KM, 10 minutes
Jerusalem - Union Bank, Malkei Israel 47, Jerusalem, 95501, 65 KM, 55 minutes

Tel Aviv - Union Bank, Derech Ze'ev Jabotinsky 1, Ramat Gan, 52520, 39 KM, 30 minutes

Post Office

Rogozin 5-7, Ashdod, 4 KM, 11 minutes

Port and Berths

Nearest Street Address - Derech Tel Mor, Ashdod
GPS - 31.83017, 34.644649

Photo of Church of St. Peter in Old Jaffa by Avi1111