Jerusalem - Bethlehem - Jericho (46 km)
Today, we will drive to the little town of Bethlehem. When we arrive, we will step out into Nativity Circle and begin exploring by visiting the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. We will also see some of the other churches in the town, as well as the Milk Grotto, where Mary supposedly first fed Jesus. Then, we will overlook the Shepherd's Field and see the church. After that, we will descend into the Judean Desert via the Inn of the Good Samaritan. We will stop at Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, and the Zacheus Sycamore. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Bethlehem is a Palestinian city located in the central West Bank, about 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Its population is approximately 25,000 people. it is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate. The economy is primarily tourist-driven.
This city square in Bethlehem gets its name from the manger where Jesus is said to have been born. The Mosque of Omar and the Palestinian Peace Center are the two most notable buildings in the square.
Church of the Nativity
This basilica on the West Bank of Palestine was commissioned in 327 by Emperor Constantine on the location believed to be the birthplace of Christ. The original church has been rebuilt since then.
This field just outside of Bethlehem has been used by shepherds to tend their flocks since ancient times, and is still used to this very day. In the Bible, this is where an angel announced the birth of Jesus.
This shrine in Bethlehem was hollowed out from the rock and is sacred to both Muslims and Christians. Supposedly, Mary and Joseph stopped in this cave to nurse the baby Jesus.
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Nazareth - Galilee (30 km)
After breakfast, we will drive north, traveling through the Plain of Armageddon, eventually arriving in Nazareth, where we will see the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. After that, we will continue to Cana, the place where Jesus supposedly turned water into wine at a wedding, on our way to the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum, the home of the Apostle Peter. Then, we will continue, passing Tiberias on our way to Yardenit, where it is possible for guests to receive baptismal services. On our way back to Tiberias, we will get an amazing view of Mount Tabor.
Nazareth is a city in the Northern District of Israel. At the end of 2007 it had a population of 40,800. Nazareth Illit was founded in 1957. It was planned as a Jewish town overlooking the Arab city of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley.
Basilica of the Annunciation
According to the Roman Catholic church, this church is located on the site where the Annunciation occurred. The church is fairyl young, having been built in 1969.
St. Joseph's Church
This Franciscan Catholic church can be found in the Old City of Nazareth, the town of Jesus' youth. Built in 1914, it is named after Jesus' father, the carpenter Joseph.
Tiberias is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (called "the Kinneret" in Hebrew), Lower Galilee, Israel. Established in 20 CE, it was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius.
Sea of Galilee
This freshwater lake in northern Israel is the second-lowest lake on Earth, after the Dead Sea. It is an important site in the New Testament of the Bible, considering that Jesus lived in the area.
This ancient fishing village on the Sea of Galilee is an important setting in the New Testament of the Bible, in which it is said to be the hometown of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew.
Located along the Jordan River in Northern Israel is this baptism site, an important pilgrimage destination for Christians because, according to tradition, it was the site of Jesus's baptism at the hands of John the Baptist.