It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Israel in May of this year.
It's understood that the Pope will be escorted around the country but the exact destinations have not yet been revealed.
One can only think that his itinerary will include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and parts of the Galilee.
Logostically, this can be a nightmare for tourists since security would be at a maximum. When then-president Bush visited last spring I was there and saw what extreme security measures for visiting VIP's can do. For starters, those that had reservations for the King David had their reservations nullified for Bush's use.
Let's use this thread to post useful information for travellers as this trip by the Pope may cause some plans to change.