Ashdod: The Gateway to Jerusalem
Ashdod, a city of over 200,000 people is found approximately 70 kilometers from Jerusalem in Israel, on the Mediterranean coast. For many, Ashdod will represent one of the most important stopovers of their MSC cruise vacation, as it is the gateway to the city of Jerusalem, an important destination not only for those of religious faith, but those interested in architecture and history. Once your luxury MSC cruise ship has docked in Ashdod’s well-equipped modern port, we will transport you from your ship either to Ashdod itself, for a city tour and shopping or on to Jerusalem.
If you’re staying in Ashdod, head to the Muslim Quarter, where the magical souks are piled high with tempting, colorful wares. (Bring back leather goods, wine, silver and carpets – all items typical of the region). Serious shoppers may like to visit nearby Tel Aviv, packed with fantastic boutiques and well-priced chains and department stores. However, we do recommend Jerusalem for a day out; it is one of the oldest cities in the world (its history dates back to the 4th century BC) and an extraordinary place, sure to be a high point of your vacation. Thanks to our carefully planned package of excursions you’ll enjoy great deals on the sights in and around Ashdod and Jerusalem. We’ll take in the Old City, visiting the Western (Wailing) Wall and Temple Mount and guide you round all the important sights in this Holy City.
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Port average temperature
Ashdod has a mediterranean climate with hot summers, pleasant spring and fall, and cool, rainy winters. Humidity tends to be high all year round, and rain occurs mainly from November to March. In winter, temperatures seldom drop below 5°C and are more likely to be in the region of 10° to 15°C, while in summer the average is 27°C. The average annual rainfall is 510 millimeters.
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.