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Holy Land

DAY 1 – DEPARTURE
Depart the USA for your overnight flight to ISRAEL. Enjoy dinner served aloft.

DAY 2 – NETANYA
Upon arriving at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport you will be met by your RENAISSANCE TRAVEL representative who will help you transfer to your hotel by private motorcoach.  Mass will be celebrated at your hotel.  Dinner and overnight in NETANYA.

DAY 3 – NETANYA…GALILEE…CAESAREA…HAIFA…NAZARETH…GALILEE
After breakfast you will depart from Netanya to enjoy a scenic ride along the coastal road to CAESAREA to visit the ruins of this crusader town featuring the ancient Roman Theater.  Continue on to HAIFA for a visit to Mt. Carmel where Mass will be celebrated in Stella Maris Church.  In NAZARETH you will visit the old city, the Church of the Annunciation and Cana.  Return to your hotel in Galilee for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 – GALILEE…TABGHA…CAPERNAUM…MT. TABOR…GALILEE
Today’s tour will take you along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to the Mount of the Beatitudes; TABGHA, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fish; CAPERNAUM; and MT. TABOR,  site of the Transfiguration of Christ. Finally, you will board a boat for a cruise along the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the waters.  Return to Galilee for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 – GALILEE…JERUSALEM
Depart after breakfast for JERUSALEM.  En route, you will visit BET SHE’AN and JERICHO, the most ancient city in the world, as well as the Jordan River.  Arrive in Jerusalem in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 6 – JERUSALEM
Today’s visit, after breakfast, will be through the old city of JERUSALEM –- Mt. of Olives, Mt. Scopus, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Basilica of Agony.  Continue on to KIDRON VALLEY and MT. ZION for a look at the Room of the Last Supper.  On to BETHLEHEM to visit the Church of the Nativity where a Mass will be celebrated in the Grotto.  The group will also observe Shepard’s Field and visit Rachel’s Tomb.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7 – JERUSALEM
After breakfast, you will continue on your visit of the ancient city. Enter St. Stephen’s Gate to view the church of St. Ann, birthplace of Our Lady.  You will partake in a walking tour of the Via Dolorosa to retrace the last steps of Jesus, and celebrate Mass (if available) at the Holy Sepulchre.  Visit the Christian and American quarters, the Kardo, the Western Wall.  Continue to Yad Vashem Memorial Museum and Ein Karem, and the birthplace of St. John the Baptist.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8 - JERUSALEM
After breakfast enjoy a free day in Jerusalem or take part in an optional side trip to MASADA and the DEAD SEA (approx. $55 per person). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 9 - JERUSALEM
After breakfast, the day is free to spend it as you desire in Jerusalem. You can do some last-minute shopping or return to those sites which had interested you earlier.  A special “Farewell Dinner” will be served this evening.  Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 10 – JERUSALEM…DEPARTURE FOR THE U.S.A.
Depart for Ben Gurion Airport in the early morning for your return flight to the USA where you will arrive on the same day.

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