The cruise stopped in Ashdod and Haifa. We rented a car in Ashdod and drove to Jerusalem where we stayed overnight. Jerusalem is one of our favorite cities in the world to visit. You have the mix of the religions, the mix of the Old City and the New City, the unbelievable history and the over-whelming sense that you are visiting a very special place on earth. If this is your first visit have a guide who can give you the history of what you are seeing. We did this on our first visit (a land tour for 10 days) This visit we went to the Wailing Wall and met dear friends.
Our second day we went to Mt. Scopus for the "view". We then drove to Cesarea, the ancient port of King Herod. We toured the area which has some well maintained Roman ruins. We spent the afternoon exploring Zichron Yaakov, an area known for wines.
Not to be missed for first time visitors are Jerusalem, Massada/Dead Sea.