From Tel Aviv we will head north towards Caesarea, which was the capital of Judah during the Roman and Byzantine period. We will visit this accomplished Roman city, which was uncovered during archaeological excavations. The ancient city includes an amphitheater (still active today), a hippodrome, an aqueduct and what used to be the most modern port in the Mediterranean during Roman times.
Our trip continues to Nazareth, the city in which Jesus spent his childhood, followed by a visit to the “Basilica of the Annunciation”, where Angel Gabriel appeared before St. Mary and announced the conception of Jesus.
Our lunch break is taken in the city of Tiberius, located besides the Sea of Galilee (also called Lake Kinneret). We shall dine at a restaurant viewing the Sea of Galilee waterfront for a taste of St. Peter’s fish, just as Jesus and his disciples did.
We will proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes, right on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where we shall visit a beautiful church commemorating “The Sermon on the Mount”. Following that we continue to the ruins of Capernaum, called “Jesus’ own City” where he was active for 3 years and met most of his disciples. We shall also pay a visit to the remains of the special limestone synagogue in which Jesus taught (according to the Bible) the house of St. Peter, and more.
Our next station is the “Chapel of the Primacy” at Tabgha, where reach out and touch the water of the Sea of Galilee. We then continue to the “Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish” commemorating the miracle of fish and loaves.
Our day is concluded at the Baptism Site located on the spot where the Jordan River exits to the Sea of Galilee on its way south.