The Sea of Galilee and Nazareth

A Spiritual Journey through the Galilee of Jesus

The Galilee is at the very heart of Jesus’ life. We will retrace the steps and focus our attention on the literal landmarks that have shaped the path of Jesus and laid the foundations for the essence of the Christian faith. After all, it is not for nothing that the Galilee is often referred to as ‘Jesus Land’.

Our journey will begin with a drive up north through beautiful, green landscapes. Our route will afford the opportunity to see the distinguished Jezreel Valley, more widely known as the ‘Valley of Armageddon’, believed to be the future site for the final battle at the End of Times.

A journey as spiritual as this can only have one starting point: the city of Nazareth, the childhood village of Jesus…

Jesus of Nazareth

This localeencompasses most of Jesus’ short life and is full of meaning for millions of Christian followers worldwide.

There are diverse routes to follow when visiting this multifaceted city. We offer two main routes according to your personal preference.

The first option is the classic Nazareth route, and the second approach is a visit which depicts life in the times of Jesus.

Church of Annunciation

A good place to begin your tour of classic Nazareth is the remarkable Church of Annunciation. This church was built where tradition claims that arch-angel Gabriel announced the upcoming birth of Jesus to his mother, Mary. Here he was informing her of the role Jesus would fulfill for all humankind.

The Church of St. Joseph resides right next door. According to tradition, both Joseph’s house and his carpentry workshop stood here. A view of this humble beginning will afford us a glimpse into the way Jesus’ childhood environment was shaped.

It is not difficult to envision history in the time of the Lord in magical city of Nazareth. When you choose to navigate the holy city according to the second route, Church of Annunciationyou can envision the agricultural practices, and daily living habits in these early times.

Imagine the water that Mary draw from her well, the humble carpentry work of Joseph, and the coming of age of the young Jesus Christ. The architecture, scenery and atmosphere all bring the Lord’s spirit to life.

Another optional route is a visit to Mount Precipice which is the traditional site of the Rejection of Jesus. The disbelieving people of Nazareth unsuccessfully tried to push Jesus from the mountain.

This mountain-top will afford us a view of the beautiful Jezreel Valley, widely known as Armageddon.

Around the Sea of Galilee

After our visit in the mountainous city of Nazareth, we’ll head on to the Sea of Galilee. On the way, we’ll briefly pass through Cana, where Jesus performed the

The Franciscan church at The Mount of the Beatitudes

the sea of Galilee, Israel

first of many miracles, known as the Wedding (or the Wine) Miracle.

The Mount of Beatitudes awaits us right ahead, specifying a very significant stage in Jesus’ life. This is where jesus delivered the famous and quintessential Sermon on the Mount. We’ll visit the beautiful church that the architect Antonio Barluzzi built eighty years ago.

We will try to understand together why this place, more than any other, is so important to all the different Christian denominations.

Sea of Galilee boat tours are known worldwide. The shimmering blue waters of the Galilee beckon sailors, bathers and hikers alike. Our tour will lead us to Tabgha which lies on the sea’s shore. This is a wonderful backdrop for our visit to the Church of the Multiplication, where Jesus performed the notable miracle of the Loaves and Fishes.

 

Capernaum – The village of Jesus

However, Capernaum is our main stop for the day. This is not only the village where Jesus spent three years of his life, residing in the house of St. Peter’s mother-in-law. It is also the place where Jesus took a crucial step in the eyes of many. This is where Jesus set up his own ministry.

Our day will conclude with an enjoyable stay at Yardenit, the unique River Jordan baptismal site. This spot, where the Jordan River departs from the Sea of Galilee on its way to the Dead Sea, gives us an idea of what Jesus and many others felt when John the Baptist baptized them at the river waters.

Time permitting, we’ll make a quick stop in the vicinity of Kibbutz Degania, immortalized in Israeli poetry. Here we will recount the story of the kibbutz movement, which has no parallel outside of Israel.

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