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VIPIsrael – Cortes DeRussy Father/Son Israel Tour Friday, May 02, 2008 - Saturday, May 10, 2008

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Friday, May 02, 2008 (VIP & Transfer)

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Welcome

Touchdown at Ben Gurion International Airport. After you descend from the aircraft, you’ll be transferred to the Masada Lounge for relaxation and refreshments. Meanwhile, a VIPIsrael representative will process your luggage while agents of Israel’s border police expeditiously clear you through customs. Transfer to Jerusalem and Checkin to your hotel to freshen up. Towards evening.....WELCOME SHABBAT AT THE KOTEL As the sun sets preparations will be made for welcoming the Shabbat with prayers and dancing at the Kotel. As you enter the Old City, look around you and notice how people from all corners of the world enter through the various Gates with one purpose in mind, to welcome the Shabbat. Dinner at your hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem, David Citadel

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Saturday, May 03, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle) • • •

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Dead Sea

After breakfast, drive towards the shores of the Dead Sea, pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Take a short flight around Masada Dead Sea area in a private plane to view the ancient fortress and Judean Desert from above. Explore the ancient remains of the fortifications, King Herod's palace, storerooms and baths. Take in the beauty of the natural Ein Gedi Waterfall; take a light hike along a waterfall oasis, whose beauty exudes vibrant hues of green, red, blue and yellow, a small slice of heaven. Take in the beauty of the natural Ein Gedi Waterfall. Experience a small slice of heaven as you hike along a waterfall oasis, whose beauty exudes vibrant colorful hues. The oldest ruins found in Ein Gedi are from the fourth millennium BCE, when people in Eretz Israel first began to use copper. Continue along the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and a rich source of minerals for export. Take a swim or ‘float’ & let the buoyant waters support you as you relax on your back and think of nothing else but the sea and the salt all around you! Enjoy lunch and entrance to the Dead Sea mud spa at one of the hotels. Return to Jerusalem and enjoy the evening relaxing or you may like to take a walk down Ben Yehuda Street. One of the favorite gathering places for many young Jerusalemites. There are many artists displaying their jewelry and crafts, as well as many wonderful sidewalk cafes.

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem, David Citadel

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Sunday, May 04, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle) •

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Old City

We shall start our pilgrimage in Bethlehem and attend Mass, at the royal city of David, the place of the birth of Jesus in the Grotto of the Nativity. We visit also the Shepherd's Field. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman Street. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. Next explore the amazing City of King David. Begin with a breathtaking observation overlooking Biblical Jerusalem and observe 3,800 years of history dating back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey quickly heads underground to some of the newest archaeological excavations at the site. Here, while exploring the recently excavated fortresses and passageways, you will relive King David's conquest of the Jebusite city as described in the 2nd Book of Samuel. Continue to Mt. Herzl's new Museum dedicated to the life of Theodore Herzl, the father of the Zionist Movement. Visit the gravesites of Prime Minister Golda Meir, Theodore Herzl, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin & others. Learn about the Heroism of the 1967 battle for Jerusalem at the Ammunition Hill, once a Jordanian army camp, which in the time of the six day war in 1967 became a symbol to the bravery of the Israeli soldiers in the battle for Jerusalem. A tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. Walk through the Museum, the Children’s Hall, and the Memorial Hall and view the recently constructed Memorial to the Deportees. The visit continues by descending to the Valley of the Communities – a man-made valley shaped in the form of the European Map, and built in remembrance of over 5,000 European Jewish communities that suffered under the Nazis.

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem, David Citadel

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888.448.4778

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Monday, May 05, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle) •

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Old City

After breakfast, drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the top of the Mount there is a magnificent view over all of ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy shrines on the Mount and walk on down the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept) enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. We visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was scourged. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. Next we shall enter within the old Walled city of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of Jesus. We visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgment Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. We ascend to Mt. Zion where we shall stop to see the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is built over the Palace of Caiaphas. Next we shall drive through the New City, passing the Knesset (Israel's Parliament building), and on into the hill country to a "city of Juda" which today is called Ein Karem. Here we shall visit the Church of the Visitation, which by tradition is built over the house of Zacharias, where the Virgin Mary came to visit. Here John the Baptist was born. Continue on to visit the famous and remarkable Israel Museum to visit The Shrine of the Book, where you will be able to view the Dead Sea Scrolls housed in a specially built structure - an architectural masterpiece. Also on the museum grounds is a huge outdoor model of Jerusalem during the second temple period, you don’t want to miss this. Dinner at the fabulous Dharna Moroccan Restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: Jerusalem, David Citadel

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle) •

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Coastal

After breakfast, checkout of your hotel and travel to the ancient remains of Beit Shean – one of the oldest settled sites in the country with escavations dating back to the 5th century BCE. This is where, in biblical times, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were nailed to the city walls by the Philistines. There are many highlights to see, including the 1st-century 7,000+seat amphitheater, the western bathhouse and the 150-meter long 'Palladius Street' Visit Gan Hashlosha and relax in the natural pools and rejuvenate in the natural jacuzzi that occurs underneath the flowing stream of an invigorating waterfall The warm waters of the Amal River flow through the length of the park and can be enjoyed year round temperatures in the 80’sºF. A fantastic place to relax and re-charge for the remainder of your trip. Drive through Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. A stopover at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed his Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha to visit the traditional site of the Multiplication Miracle of Loaves and Fishes and on to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, wherein lies the Rock of Mensa Christi. Take a short journey to Capernaum the center of Jesus' Ministries; see the remains of the ancient Synagogue and the house of Peter. Enjoy a rest at the famous Tiberias Hot Springs, known throughout the ages for its curative powers, is located in this scenic lakeside resort. Evening Cruise on the Sea of Galilee.

OVERNIGHT: Tiberias, Galei Kinneret

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Thursday, May 07, 2008 Israel Independence Day (Guide & Vehicle) • •

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Golan

After breakfast, ascend the Golan Heights to the City of Katzrin, which was established in 1977 and was one of the first urban settlements in the Golan. In Katzrin, see a fascinating audio-visual presentation describing the history of the Golan throughout the ages & tour the ancient reconstructed Talmudic Village and a partially restored 1,500-year-old synagogue. At the Golan Magic Welcome Center in Katzrin, view a colorful accurate model of the Golan Heights, one of a kind in Israel. The model uses unique lighting effects that run along the streams, canyons and settlements of the Golan Heights. Enjoy wine tasting at the Golan Heights winery. Your next stop is the observation point on Mount Bental, an abandoned Israeli bunker overlooking the entire Golan Heights. From here you can see the mountains of the Galilee and Lebanon, and eastward into Syria. Here also lies the Valley of Tears, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Yom Kippur War was fought. Next you will have the very special privilege of being the guest of an Armored Brigade at their IDF base. This is an exclusive VIP experience!

OVERNIGHT: Tiberius, Galei Kinneret

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888.448.4778

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Thursday, May 08, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle) •

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Center

Checkout of your hotel and Drive through the "Plain of Armageddon" to the town of Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well and the Church of St. Gabriel. Visit the Blessed Cave, view Mary and Joseph's house. Then to nearby Cana, the scene of the wedding feast, where Jesus turned the water into wine. At Nazareth Village, you can experience first-hand the Biblical period, surrounded by costumed guides. Ascend Mount Tabor with its spectacular view of the Galilee, and visit the Church of Transfiguration. Visit the fountains and walkways of the Baha’i Gardens, which rise to Haifa’s most imposing landmark, the Shrine of the Bab. Near the upper entrance to the gardens with can visit the Ursula Malbin Sculpture Garden, filled with hands-on sculptures, where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views. Continue to the spectacular “Palmach Museum”. Through a modern multi-media presentation, view the history of the Palmach from 1941 to the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel.

OVERNIGHT: Tel Aviv, Dan Hotel

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888.448.4778

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Friday, May 09, 2008 (Guide & Vehicle)

Tel Aviv

After breakfast, Visit the ancient city of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great and once the seat of Roman rule.

The Caesarea National Park contains an impressive Roman Ampitheatre, the Hippodrome, a horse-racing arena that could seat 20,000; also a giant headless statue on Byzantine Street & Mansion, and the Roman Aqueducts. The Time Tower combines 3-D imaging technology with the local structures to bring history ‘truly’ to life! Next visit to the Diaspora Museum at University of Tel Aviv. The museum illustrates the life of the Jews in different communities around the world during 2000 years of exile. Learn about the history of the modern state at the Hall of Independence where Ben Gurion Declared Independence in 1948. This building was the first modern home in Tel Aviv, later to become the Town Hall and eventually the place where we declared our independence as a Jewish Nation. Browse the shops and experience the unique flavors and ambience of the famous Dizengoff St., Shenken St. & Rothchilde Ave The Carmel Market is imbued with oriental flavor, on of the few places in the city that reminds visitors of Tel Aviv’s Middle Eastern location. Tour the aromatic and enticing stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables, hot breads and spices. The intriguing Nachlat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair (open every Tuesday & Friday) for more than 250 Israeli artists presenting their handcrafts, jewelry, judaica and interesting gifts; also live music, glassblowing, and life street performances on a regular basis. Freshen up and enjoy an evening in Tel Aviv.

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OVERNIGHT: Tel Aviv, Dan Hotel

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888.448.4778

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Saturday, May 10, 2008 (VIP & Transfer) •

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Farewell

At your leisure explore the famous Jaffa Flea Market. Browse through an array of stores offering an exotic, oriental flavor, selling hookahs, antique furniture, silver jewelry, and an endless array of knick knacks. Fancy 19th century vintage clothes from Europe and many other such treasures await you as the actual market expanse, a colorful delight or a rusty xylophone? The Jaffa Flea Market is an amazing place to explore. Many unique stores await you, such as ‘Albertina’ which sells 19th century vintage clothes from Europe and many other such treasures await you as the actual market expanse, a colorful delight. Visit Old Jaffa port that was the most important port at the ancient times. Through this port the cedars from Lebanon were imported in order to build Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, where fishing boats still depart and return daily with the fresh ‘catch of the day.’ Visit the artist colony and the galleries of old Jaffa. Walk along the Promenade which connects the Old Jaffa Port to Modern Tel Aviv boardwalk full of restaurants and clubs. Check-out of your hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport. Relax in the Masada Lounge while a VIPIsrael representative handles your luggage and checks you in for your flight back home. Begin planning your next VIPIsrael Adventure!!!!!

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888.448.4778

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