To the Galilee
After a large Israeli breakfast (you’ll get to know them well), we will leave the hotel and drive north along the famous highway known in the Bible as the 'Way of the Sea'. We will arrive at Caesarea, where we will explore the ruins of the Roman and the Crusader city. We will see the reconstructed Roman portions, the walls from the times of the crusaders, and the prison area where Paul was held in captivity before being sent to Rome. This was also the place where the first gentile was converted to Christianity. As we leave the beautiful walls and fortifications, we will pass the remains of the Roman horse racing theater known as the Hippodrome. We will look at the remains of a Roman aqueduct, which has been beautifully preserved under the sand dunes for 2,000 years, and study how access to water has defined much of the history of conflict in the Middle East.
We will continue to Mount Carmel and visit the site where the Prophet Elijah fought with the prophets of Baal and won. From here there is a breathtaking view over the whole Valley of Jezreel, better known as the Valley of Armageddon. We’ll discuss what made it so strategic in ancient times as well as today.
Next we arrive at the famous Tel Megiddo. Megiddo was a city that was fought over continually because it controlled strategic access to the interior of the land. Being the largest valley in Galilee on the main crossroads, Jezreel was a very important control point and Megiddo was its fulcrum.
At Megiddo, we will see the remains of King Solomon's Stables, an altar from Abrahamic times (around 4,000 years old), and the magnificent water tunnel. We will continue across the valley to view Mount Tabor, where Deborah and Barak met to plan their wars against the Canaanites. We’ll view the springs where Gideon selected his army and discuss why it was done in that fashion.
Then it is arrival at our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.