Day 3: To the Galilee
We will wake up on our first day in the Holy Land. After a rich, Israeli breakfast, we will leave the hotel and drive north along the famous highway, biblically known as the “way of the sea.”
We will arrive at Caesarea , where we will explore the ruins of the Roman and the Crusader City. We will see the reconstructed Roman city, the walls of the time of the Crusaders and the prison where St. Paul was held in captivity before being sent to Rome. This was also the place where the first gentile was converted to Christianity. As we leave the beautiful walls and moat, we will pass the horse racing theatre the Hippodrome.
We will stop at the amazing remains of the Roman Aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved under the sand dunes for 2,000 years. We will continue to Mount Carmel and visit the Mukhraka, the site where the Prophet Elijah debated the 450 prophets of Baal. From here there is a breathtaking view over the whole Valley of Jezreel, better known as the Valley of Armageddon.
After a complimentary Falafel lunch at Druze Village, we continue to the famous Tel Megiddo, the archaeological mound, which inspired James Mitchum’s book, “The Source.” Here we can see the remains of King Solomon’s Stables, and altar from the time of Abraham (4,000 years old) and the magnificent water tunnel.
We will visit Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation. We continue across the Valley to view Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. On the way to Tiberias, we pass Cana of Galilee, the village where Jesus performed his first miracle – the miracle at the wedding.
We then arrive at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Lake of Galilee for dinner, a stroll on the streets of Tiberias and an overnight stay.