The Christian Tour
Galilee – The Christian tour
Our tour starts with a visit to the famous Nazareth city of Jesus’ childhood where we will visit the church of Annunciation “… The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin… and the virgins name was Mary. And he came to her and said: Hail, O favored one; the Lord is with you… And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus”. (Luke 1;26). A short drive from Nazareth leads us to the village of Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine at the wedding feast. ”… the mother of Jesus said unto Him, “They have no wine”…And there were set there six water pots of stone…Jesus said unto them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim…When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, not knowing from whence it had come… (John 2; 1-11). Heading towards the Sea of Galilee, the most famous sea in the bible. Visit Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee’s most northern shore, where we find the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, the famous and traditional site of the food multiplication where Jesus fed 5,000 people. Here is the Fourth-century pilgrim Egeria’s account written when visiting Tabgha: “In the same place (not far from Capernaum) facing the Sea of Galilee is a well watered land in which lush grasses grow, with numerous trees and palms. Nearby are seven springs which provide abundant water. In this fruitful garden Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish.”
This is also where Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection “…This is now the third time that Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was risen from the dead… (John 21:1-17)
Drive to mount of Beatitude where Jesus delivered his sermon on the mount which contains a passage known as the Beatitudes: “…Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted…” Next visit Capernaum the town of Jesus Christ and St. Peters house. This town was called home by Jesus during his ministry in the Galilee. There are many times that Capernaum is referred to in the New Testament some of these include driving out of a demon preaching in the synagogue, the healing of the Centurion’s servant and of a paralytic.
Travelling for the rest of the day around the stunning Sea of Galilee and visiting Yardenit the baptismal sites of the Jordan River. “Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John to be baptized by him. (Matthew 3:13). Concluding our day we will travel the scenic route via Mount Tabor, the site of transfiguration. This is the site of the Transfiguration as described in the Synoptic Gospels, where Jesus became most beautiful and radiant, spoke with Elijah and Moses, and God called him “Son”. “…Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9;7).
The above tour is our suggested tour, below are some other sites of interest which can also be visited or combined with the Galilee tour.
Arbel –A vertical cliff towering overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Mount Carmel – Were Elijah challenges 450 prophets of Baal to a contest at the altar on Mount Carmel.
Kursi – Remains of a large monastery commemorating the miracle of the Swine that Jesus performed.
The Ancient Boat in Ginosar – A 2000-year old Fisherman’s Boat from the time of Jesus.