This Christian tour to Galilee travels north along the Mediterranean coast then turns inland towards the forests, hills and farmlands of the Galilee. Here Jesus spent his ministry spreading the word of God among the people in rural villages. The tour reaches Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene. Magdala was the site of a Biblical-era fishing village and Second Temple Era synagogue. During excavation of the synagogue a coin dated 29 AD was uncovered proving that the synagogue existed during Jesus’ lifetime. Jesus may have preached in this synagogue during his ministry.
We continue our tour of the Sea of Galilee traveling north along the shore to Ginosar where we visit the Beit Yigal Allon Museum. Here you can see a 1st century fishing boat discovered buried in mud on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The boat has been dated to 100 BC - 70 AD. Jesus would have visited Ginosar and even met the fishermen of the village. He may have sailed out on to the Sea of Galilee in a fishing boat just like this one.
Our Christian tour to the Galilee takes us around the northern end of the Sea of Galilee past the Mount of Beatitudes. This is where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount to an audience of followers. Today a magnificent chapel tops the Mt. of Beatitudes. The church was constructed in 1939, designed by Antonio Barluzzi and funded by Mussolini! The Church of the Beatitudes has an elegant dome, colonnaded cloisters and eight sides representing the eight beatitudes. The next religious site on our Galilee tour is Kafr Kanna. This small town is the traditional site of the wedding feast where Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11). Today the Franciscan Wedding Church (1879) marks the site were the miracle took place. Cana is where Jesus later healed an official’s son. The Galilee tour draws to an end as we leave the green rolling hill of the north and head south returning you to your hotel in central Israel.