DAY 1: USA
Depart U.S. from New York area airport on overnight flight. Meals will be served on board.
DAY 2: TEL AVIV
Arrive Ben Gurion Airportwhere group will be met by tour guide. Transfer by motorcoach to hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
DAY 3: MT. TABOR / NAZARETH AND CANA
Today, we will drive to Mt. Tabor. Visit Mount Tabor with a spectacular view of upper Galilee, where Jesus transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John, and upon which stands the Church of Transfiguration. Continue to Nazareth, visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and view the Blessed Cave, where Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. View Mary and Joseph’s House and carpentry shop where Jesus spent 30 years of his life. Visit Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle. Dinner and overnight in Galilee. (B,D)
DAY 4: SEA OF GALILEE / BOAT RIDE / CAPERNAUM / TABGHA
After breakfast, drive to Capernaum, the town of Jesus which is the center of his ministry where he performed many miracles. Visit the House of St. Peter and the ruins of the ancient Synagogue where Jesus preached. Stop at Tabgha, the Primacy of St. Peter and visit the Church of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, the site of the multiplication miracle, and the Mt. of Beatitudes. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Galilee. (B,D)
Day 5: GALILEE / JORDAN RIVER / BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM
After breakfast visit Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Continue to Bethlehem and visit the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
DAY 6: JERUSALEM
After breakfast, join a full day tour of Jerusalem. Visit Mount of Olives, walk down the Road of Palm Sunday to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus endured his Agony. Continue to Kidron Valley and Mount Zion. Visit the chapel of the Ascension, from which Jesus returned to his Father. Visit the old city of Jerusalem. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre. See the Christian, Armenian Quarters and the Wailing Wall. Visit the Upper Room where Jesus instituted the Eucharist & the Priesthood. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
DAY 7: JERUSALEM (Optional – Dead Sea & Masada)
Today is at your leisure in Jerusalem or you can join an OPTIONAL full day tour to the Dead Sea and Masada (approximate cost: $100). Depart Jerusalem and descend on the winding road through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, 400 meters below sea level. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea via Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, to Masada. Here the Zealots withstood the Roman forces for 3 years, 70-73 AD. Ascend by cable car to the summit of this mountaintop fortress, and visit Herod’s Palaces, the baths, and synagogue. After descending by cable car, enjoy the experience of a "swim" in the Dead Sea. Return to Jerusalem for dinner. (B,D)
DAY 8: JERUSALEM / ROME
Depart BenGurionAirportfor flight to Rome. Upon arrival in the “EternalCity” the group will be met by their tour guide and escorted to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
DAY 9: ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy visits to three of four major basilicas of Rome, including: St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Visit also to the Church of St. Peter in Chains and see the famous artwork of Da Vinci. The day will also include a trip down the Appian Way as well as a visit to one of the early Christian Catacombs. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
DAY 10: ROME (Papal Audience)
Attendance at the Holy Father’s Audience when the Holy Father is in Italy. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
DAY 11: ROME / U.S.A.
Depart for flight to U.S., arriving the same day. (B)
Round-trip airfare from New York JFK airport, flight from Israel to Rome, airport-hotel group transfers, hotel tips and taxes, full Israeli breakfast (in the Holy Land) or buffet breakfast (Rome) and dinner daily, accommodations in 3 star hotels with private bathrooms, sightseeing as indicated in itinerary, tour guide / escorts, deluxe motorcoach transportation, and porterage at the hotels (1 piece per person). Tips to bus drivers and tour escorts/guides are not included.