Date: March 27 - April 7, 2017

Departure: New York City, NY

Price: $5198 (Air & Land), $3998 (Land Only)

($100 Early Bird Discount for all deposits received

anytime before June 26, 2016.)


 • 12 Day/10 Night accommodations in 4-5 star hotels in Israel & Rome

• Breakfast & Dinner daily

• Sightseeing as per itinerary (see below)

• Airport-hotel transfers

• Hotel taxes & baggage handling

• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach

• Services of a Professional Tour Escort

Not Included:

• Optional Insurance (recommended)

• Single Supplement is $1,450.00

Dear Friends,

Vangie and I are thrilled to announce our next trip to Israel and Rome, and hope that many of you reading this brochure will come along with us. This will be our fifth trip to the Holy Land, and we are praying and believing it will be our best yet. Visiting Israel is perhaps the highest point in my travel experience over the past forty years at Gateway. We can't put into words the thrill and excitement of seeing many of the sights and places Jesus walked, and actually making that pilgrimage in person. I can remember the first time I saw Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and dozens of other Biblical places in person. 

Talking about the birth place of Christ, Calvary, the empty tomb, is one thing, but seeing them is another. We want each of you to experience that same sense of history and that same feeling of spiritual blessing as you walk the streets, see the sights, and read the Scripture on the very spot it speaks about. The trip will also include an extension in fabulous Rome, Italy. Of all the combinations of cities we have visited when going to the Holy Land, none compares to Rome. Seeing the Coliseum, the great churches, the catacombs, the Vatican, are all memorable experiences you will never forget. The food? What more can we say about real Italian cuisine! We will also have the opportunity to spend some time in evangelism with our friends at Italy For Christ at one of the famous sights. Our accommodations will be fi ve star in Israel and 4 star superior tourist in Rome. Modern air-conditioned buses will take us from sight to sight each day. This is really a “trip of a lifetime” and all who have joined us in the past have all agreed. Make this a matter of prayer and plan to join us in March, 2017.

Please read through this this page and put yourself in the daily itinerary, thinking about the thrills of seeing the Bible come alive, and the tastes of the finest Israeli and Italian foods, in some of their finest hotels. Call to make your reservation. We have a limited amount of people who will make this trip with us, and we want you to be one of them.


Pastor & Vangie Mercaldo


Put yourself in the daily itinerary, thinking about the thrills of seeing the Bible come alive, and the tastes of the finest Israeli and Italian foods, in some of their finest hotels.

  • Day One - DEPART USA

    Depart from the USA on overnight flight Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served aboard.

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Two - TIBERIAS

    Arrival in Tel Aviv, we are met and transferred to our hotel in the Galilee for dinner and overnight. (D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Ginnosar where we visit the fishermen's boat found here that dates back to Jesus' time, continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. On to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes and to Capernaum, the center of the Lord's early ministry. Drive along the lower Galilee mountains to Cana, site of the wedding feast , followed by a visit to the Nazareth Village where we experience a living presentation of life at the time of Jesus and visit the Church of Annunciation and Mary's Well. We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    This morning we drive along the Sea of Galilee and arrive at Yardenit, the Baptismal Center on the Jordan River. From here we drive to Mount Carmel to visit the Carmelite Monastery at Muhkraka, the location of Elijah's altar. We continue via the Valley of Armageddon to the excavation of Tel Megiddo and drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman theater and aqueduct. We ascend the Judean Hills to arrive at the Holy city of Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Departing Jerusalem we visit the inn of the “Good Samaritan” and continue to the shores of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. We drive along the shore to Masada, the fortress where the Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing suicide over surrender. Continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. After lunch, we enjoy a short “float “ on the Dead Sea. Continue to Qumran where in 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in cave. Afterwards we return to Jerusalem. (B, D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Six - JERUSALEM

    We start the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, followed by an orientation beside Calvary. Travel to the Old City, through St. Stephen's Gate to the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch. View the Gabbatha pavement then proceed to the Temple area and Mt. Moriah to visit the Western Wall, the Ophel archaeological park, where we see the Pinnacle and visit the new visitors' center dedicated to research of the Biblical Temple. Continue through the Bazaar to the last stations of the Via Dolorosa. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the cave of St. Jerome. (B, D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Seven - JERUSALEM

    Drive to Mount Scopus to view the impressive home of the Hebrew University. Then drive to the Mt. of Olives for an outstanding view of Jerusalem. Visit Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, and Church of All Nations. See the Kidron Valley and Tomb of Absalom, Zechariah and James. We continue to Mount Zion, the Room of the Last Supper, and King David's Tomb, and past the Knesset and the Israel Holocaust Museum. Next visit the recently constructed Model of Ancient Jerusalem. Time permitting, visit the recently excavated archaeological site in the Jewish quarter— the Cardo, the “Wide” wall built by king Hezekiah and the Herodian mansion. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Eight - JERUSALEM

    Today we will have a full day at leisure to pursue personal interest. Go your favorite museum or site, shop or just relax. Dinner tonight. (B,D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Today after breakfast we check out of our hotel and start our morning of sightseeing with a visit to Latrun. We first visit the Monastery of Latrun, founded in 1890 by a group of Trappist monks from France. Between 1948 and 1967 it was in no manland located between Israel and Jordan and supervised by the UN. Across the road, opposite the monastery, is a Memorial and Armored Corps Museum of the Israel Defense Forces Armoured Division. A perfect way to end your tour of Israel. From here you will be taken to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight to Rome. Upon arriving in Rome you will be met and assisited through customs then transferred to your hotel for dinner. (B,D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Ten - ROME

    Today we visit the Vatican Museum then the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's celebrated “Last Judgement”, then on to the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see Michelangelo's incomparable Moses. Next, we drive by the Roman Forum and Coliseum to explore the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls that was built over the apostle's tomb. (B,D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Eleven - ROME

    We visit St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world, then visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major and St, John Lateran with it's Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis?” and the Holy Stairs. We drive along the Appian Way to the Catacombs where early Christians held their forbidden services and buried their dead. We return through Rome's center past fountains and the famed Spanish Steps. We will have dinner and spend the night. (B,D)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day Twelve - ROME/USA

    We transfer to Rome Airport for our flight home and arrive in the US on the same day. (B)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner