Walking about ½ miles throughout the day on group activities. Driving approx. 60 miles; about 2 hours.
At the hotel, choose what you like from the plentiful dairy buffet with eggs, cheeses, cereals, salads, fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, and more, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
Traveling to nearby Nazareth with our local expert Study Leader, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where we will see to the Church where, according to Christian tradition, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was pregnant with Jesus. The modern church is one of the largest in the Middle East. After transferring to Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), we’ll enjoy an on site lecture given by our Study Leader about early Christianity and the life of Jesus. Capernaum was a “border” town between the Jewish population on the western side of the Sea of Galilee and the pagan population on the Eastern side. It is also the site of an ancient synagogue where it is probable that Jesus prayed and performed miracles as referenced in the New Testament. A modern Church also stands on the site over an archaeological site, which may have been the where some of the homes of the apostles were.
Near the Sea of Galilee, we’ll enjoy boxed lunches.
We’ll move on to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, called the Kinneret in Hebrew. It is actually the lowest freshwater lake in the world, with a circumference of nearly 33 miles (53 km). It was here that the Gospels say Jesus walked on water and performed the miracle of a miraculous catch of fish. Today, however, this is Israel’s only freshwater lake and therefore the source of much of the drinking water for Israel as well as where St. Peter’s fish (tilapia) come from. Boarding a boat, we’ll sail along the shores of Tiberias and the lake for glorious view of the Golan Heights rising to the east. We’ll then return to the hotel.
In the hotel dining room, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal, plus lemonade, tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At the hotel, a member of a kibbutz will join us to teach us more about the history of the kibbutz movement, began in 1909, and how it has changed through the years. Merriam-Webster defines a kibbutz as, “a communal [farm or] settlement in Israel in which all wealth is held in common and profits are reinvested in the settlement.”