Day 1 USA to Tel Aviv, Israel.
DepartU.S.fromNew Yorkarea airport. Enjoy dinner served aboard overnight flight.
Day 2 ISRAEL
Arrive BenGurionAirport. Our representative will help you through customs and take you to the bus where you will meet your guide. Transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3 GALILEE
After breakfast, drive to Caesarea on the Sea. Visit the Roman Theatre, the new excavations and the Aqueduct. Continue to Mt Carmel. Visit the Church of Stella Maris. Enjoy a special experience of the Israeli Falafel lunch. Drive to Nazareth. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation (Mass), St Joseph Carpentry workshop, St Mary’s Well and the Old Market. Dinner and overnight in Galilee (Tiberias). (B,D)
Day 4 GALILEE
After breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor. (Mass). Visit the Church of Transfiguration. Continue to Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. On to the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a special fish lunch tasting the famous St Peter fish. Cruise on a boat to Capernaum. Visit the House of St Peter, the Ancient Synagogue and Tabgha where the Multiplication took place. End day visiting the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Galilee (Tiberias). (B,D)
Day 5 JERUSALEM
After breakfast, drive along the JordanValleyto Beit Shean. Visit the largest excavation in Israel, with the Roman hot baths and Theatre. Continue to Jericho, the oldest settlement on Earth. Enter the Holy City of Jerusalem with a special ceremonial blessing. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 6 JERUSALEM
After breakfast, begin the day from the Top of Mount of Olives. Visit the Chapel of Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster. Walk down hill to visit Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Basilica of Agony (Mass). Drive to the Dung Gate to view the Wailing Wall, and the Temple Mount. Walk to the Old City. Visit the Pool of Bethesda and St Ann’s Church. Begin walking the stations of the Via Dolorosa (possible carrying a wooden cross). Visit the Holy Sepulchre and Mt Golgotha. Walk through the Arab Market to the Jewish Quarter; visit the Cardo - the colonnaded street. Walk out from the Zion Gate to Mount Zion. Visit the Church of Dormition, David’s Tomb, and the Cenacle. Continue to St Peter Galicantu. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 7 JERUSALEM
After breakfast, drive to Bethlehem. Visit the Shepherds Fields, and the Church of Nativity (Mass). Return to the New City of Jerusalem. Visit the Biblical village of Ein Karem, birth place of John the Baptist. Continue to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial for the Six Million Jews killed by the Nazis. End day visiting the Model of Jerusalem of the second Temple era. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
Day 8 JERUSALEM
Free Day in Jerusalem, or take part in an OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP to the Dead Sea and Masada (approximately $100). Drive down the Judean Hills to the Dead Sea area. Visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947. Continue driving along the Dead Sea shores, the lowest place on Earth (1300 feet below sea level), passing by the oasis of Ein Gedi. Arrive to Masada, the site of the Zealots last stand against the Romans. Ascend by cable car to observe Herod’s magnificent palace, bathhouse, storage halls as well as the synagogue and other rooms. Descend by cable car. Drive to the Dead Sea from an unforgettable experience floating on the saltiest water. Drive back to Jerusalem for Farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 9 USA Arrive back home.
Round-trip airfare from a New York area airport, airport-hotel transfers, hotel tips and taxes, full Israeli breakfast and dinner daily, accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (3star hotels with private bathrooms), porterage at the hotels (1 piece per person), sightseeing as indicated in itinerary, touring by Private Air Conditioned motorcoach, Services of a Professional Pilgrimage Escort and Daily Mass.