The Galilee is most famous for the Christian world as the homeland of Jesus of Nazareth. Being so, we start by heading towards Nazareth . On the way we pass Caesarea , Megiddo, probable location of “Armageddon” (Apocalypse 16:16), and Mount of Precipice, a cliff near Nazareth where Jesus was rejected (Luke 4).
At Nazareth itself we first visit the Catholic Church of Annunciation (Luke 1) and its nearby S. Joseph Church . Strolling through the Market we visit the Synagogue church (Luke 4), and up to “Mary’s Well“, and S. Gabriel church .
Nearby we visit Cana , possible location of the “first miracle” performed by Jesus, in turning water into wine (John 2).
We then head towards the Sea of Galilee and possibly stop for lunch in one of the local fish restaurants (“Saint Peter’s fish any one?..” ), as well as a baptism ceremony at the Jordan river at ”Yardenit“ .
If prefering to explore the northern side of the lake, we can visit Mount of Beatitudes , and “Domus Galilaeae” , who relate to the “Sermon on the Mount” (Luke 6). Below it, at Tabgha, we can review the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and fishes (Luke 9), and the “Church of the Primacy of Peter” (John 21). We then continue to visit Capernaum , “the town of Jesus“, to review its archaeological finds.
Heading back, and if time permits, we can stop to view the new excavation at Magdala , hometown of Mary Magdalene, where recently a first century Synagogue was discovered (!); at Tiberias, with its Roman era antiquities ; and at Ginosar where the famous “Sea of Galilee Boat“ is displayed. The “Sea of Galilee boat” was a fhising vessel used in the first century, left near Ginnosar, and was miracoulsly preserved, though all made of wood.
If returning to Jerusalem, we could return through the Jordan Valley, passing by Belvoir , Beit She’an , Aenon near Salim , Jericho, Baptism site (el-Maghtas/ Qasr el-Yahud) , Qumran (site of the find of the Dead Sea Scrolls), and the Good Samaritan Inn .
From Haifa: $700
From Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem: $700
From Ashdod: $800