After breakfast, leave our hotel in Jerusalem heading towards Galilee, on the way we will visit Beth Shean is an ancient city with a glorious past. The bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from its city walls after they were defeated and killed by the Philistines at nearby Mount Gilboa. During the Greco-Roman period it known as Scythopolis, and its zenith was achieved during the Roman period, when it was one of ten major cities, known as the Decapolis, in the area. (Overnight in Tiberias, Meal: B/L/D) The Sea of Galilee (Boat Ride), also known as the Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Tiberias and Lake Kinneret in the Bible, is a small lake fed by the river Jordan and lying about 180 metres below sea level. Violent storms sometimes rush down from the surrounding mountains causing very rough waters. Here, Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea (Matthew 8:23–27), taught from Peter’s boat (Luke 5:3), and walked on water (Mark 6:45-52). You will take a memorable boat ride in a traditional fishing boat of first-century design. Capernaum. Located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry (Matthew 4:13) after He left Nazareth. Jesus lived here for a substantial period, healing the sick, preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles like delivering a man of unclean spirits. (Mark 1:23–26) Another miracle that was performed here was the healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof. (Mark 2:1–12) Capernaum was also home to Peter and Andrew (Mark 1:29) and Matthew the tax collector. Recent excavations are reputed to have located the remains of Peter’s house in this vicinity. There are also the remains of a fourth century synagogue, believed to be built by the centurion whose servant Jesus healed. (Luke 7:1–10) It is likely that this was the synagogue in which Jesus declared Himself as the bread of life.
Mount of Beatitudes. This hill at the north-western point of the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus delivered the famous Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5–7; Luke 6) The hill has a hollowed slope that serves as a natural amphitheatre, amplifying any speaker’s voice. It also has a view of Capernaum and Tabgha. Tabgha (name derived from the Greek Heptapegon or "seven springs"). According to tradition, this is the location along the shores of the lake where Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow Him and become “fishers of men”. (Matthew 4:18–19) Walking on, Jesus found James and John preparing their nets in their father Zebedee’s fishing boat, and called them to join him as well. (Matthew 4:20–22) Tabgha is traditionally held to be where the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, or the feeding of the 5,000, took place. (Mark 6:35–44) Church of St Peter's Primacy. This is where the resurrected Jesus showed Himself to His disciples as they were fishing and called out to them. (John 21) A touching scene followed as Jesus restored Peter, who had denied Him before the crucifixion, and commissioned him to look after His sheep. Holy Communion can be held here.
Yardenit Baptisma: “Water baptism for pilgrims to be held here” is the unique and registered site of baptism for Christian pilgrims, at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. The baptismal site is located on the banks of the Jordan River between magnificent eucalyptus trees and the natural river flora. It is an ideal spot for recollection in serenity and tranquility. (Overnight in Tiberias, Meal: B/L/D)