Tour Detail

11 Day The Holy Land and Rome

Itinerary

Day 1 - Oct 21 New York, NY

We depart on our international flight to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.

Day 2 - Oct 22 Galilee

We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where we are met by our tour escort and transferred to our hotel in the Galilee. Enjoy some free time before dinner. Overnight in the Galilee area. (D)

Day 3 - Oct 23 Galilee

Our exploration of the Holy Land begins with visits to Christian sites along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus taught and performed miracles here. We visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, where, according to tradition, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon is commemorated in the Church of the Beatitudes, built overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We continue to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. A mosaic commemorating this miracle is located near the altar at Tabgha. We also visit Capernaum and the Church of the Primacy of Peter. Later we proceed to the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor and the Jordan River, site of Jesus' baptism. We enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and visit Ginnosar where we see a fisherman's boat that dates to Christ's time. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee area. (B, D)

Day 4 - Oct 24 Jerusalem

Today we travel to Nazareth in the Lower Galilee, the place where Jesus grew up and lived most of his life. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, built over the Grotto of the Annunciation, the place where early Christian tradition says that the angel Gabriel spoke to the Blessed Mother. We continue to Joseph's carpentry workshop and then to Cana, site of the wedding feast. On Mount Carmel we stop at the Carmelite Monastery at the Muhraka, site of Elijah's altar, and celebrate Mass at Stella Maris Church. Paintings in the church dome depict Old Testament stories, including one of Elijah being swept up to heaven in a fiery chariot. We continue to Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea to discover the ancient Crusader and Roman town, its aqueduct and theater. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 5 - Oct 25 Jerusalem

We spend the day in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting St. Anne's Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Ecce Homo Arch. We continue through the Bazaar to the Via Dolorosa, which winds through the streets of Old Jerusalem and commemorates the path that Jesus walked on his way to the crucifixion. We visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the tomb, where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Later we head to Bethlehem for an inspiring visit to the Church of the Nativity (subject to availability). While returning to Jerusalem, we view Shepherd's Field and Rachel's Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 6 - Oct 26 Jerusalem

Our destination for today is the Dead Sea region, the lowest point on earth. We drive to Masada, the fortress where Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing death over surrender. We continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. This afternoon we can opt to "float" on the Dead Sea. On our way back to Jerusalem, we view the caves of Qumran where, in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 - Oct 27 Jerusalem

Today we participate in a full-day tour of Jerusalem including the Mt. of Olives, Mt. Scopus, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Basilica of Agony. We continue to the Kidron Valley and to Mt. Zion, site of the Last Supper room, and David's tomb. We visit a model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period as well as the Shrine of the Book atthe Israel Museum. We drive to the village of Ein Kerem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 8 - Oct 28 Tel Aviv - Rome

We depart very early for our transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in the "Eternal City" we are met by our tour escort and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for individual exploration. Dinner and overnight are in Rome. (B, D)

Day 9 - Oct 29 Rome

After breakfast we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of "Imperial" Rome, including the Catacombs, the Appian Way, St. Peter in Chains, the Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. We also visit the three major basilicas in Rome including 1600 year old St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, Cathedral of the city of Rome and St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the burial place of St. Paul. Dinner and overnight are in Rome. (B, D)

Day 10 - Oct 30 Rome

After breakfast we depart for Vatican City, to attend a Papal Audience ( subject to availability ). In the afternoon, we visit the splendid Vatican Museums with their world-renowned art collections and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's frescoes. We conclude our visit with a tour of the awe inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, including time to pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. We have the remainder of the day to explore the wonders of Rome on our own. Dinner and overnight are in Rome. (B, D)

Day 11 - Oct 31 New York, NY

We depart for Rome's Fiumicino Airport for our return flight, arriving the same day. (B)

Highlights

Visit sites of Jesus' ministry in the Galilee, places where he lived, preached and performed miracles. Explore the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Mt. Tabor and Bethlehem. Discover the mystery of the Judean Desert and the majesty of Masada and its tragic/courageous history. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, visit the Room of the Last Supper, and The Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Explore "Ancient" and "Christian" Rome including Vatican City, Rome's major Basilicas, the Catacombs and the Colosseum.

Included Highlights:

Round trip airfare from a New York Area gateway, including flight from Tel Aviv to Rome

Superior class tourist hotels:

2 nights in the Galilee

4 nights in Jerusalem

3 nights in Rome

Breakfast daily and 9 Dinners

Sightseeing as per itinerary

Airport-hotel transfers & porterage

Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach

Services of a Professional Regina Tours Escort

Daily Mass