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Excursion 3: Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee
Tour Code: HFA-002
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 10 hours)

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This captivating full day tour allows you to experience for yourself the historic locations and stunning scenery of the places where it is believed Jesus lived, preached and performed his miracles. Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive from Haifa to the top of Mount Carmel. From this advantageous view point, you'll be treated to spectacular panoramic views of Haifa and its glistening bay. After your photo stop, it's on to Nazareth - the place where Jesus spent his early years.

Upon arrival in this fascinating town filled with rich historical significance, you'll have the opportunity to explore the amazing Basilica of the Annunciation, one of Christendom's most revered shrines and the largest church in the Middle East. The Basilica is built on the same sight where the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Amongst the mesmerizing sites you'll see here is the altar, which incorporates a portion of the grotto where Mary had lived. A remarkable 170-foot- high cupola that rises high above the upper church adds to the Basilica's grandeur and allows the interior to be illuminated with natural light. You will also find a significant collection of magnificent mosaics, ceramic reliefs and other marvelous works of art from around the world adorning the vast interior.

Your next stop is the Church of Joseph, which is built over the chambers that once housed Joseph's carpentry shop. Inside this lovely church you will find wonderful stained glass windows adorning the church's outer walls. From here, it's a walk through the colorful bazaar and onward past Mary's Well, a white stone fountain that serves as a shrine commemorating the Virgin Mary. The shrine is located at the site of an ancient underground spring where it is believed Jesus and his mother came to draw water.

Re-boarding your coach, you'll travel through Cana, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Then it's on to Tabgha, where he later multiplied the loaves and fishes. Soaking in the atmosphere of this site, you can almost imagine yourself amongst the crowd on the Mount of Beatitudes where he preached the famous Sermon on the Mount. Traveling on, your coach will bring you to Capernaum. Located on the beautiful shores of the Sea of Galilee, this is considered the center of Jesus' ministry while he was living in this area. During your visit here, you'll see the ruins of an ancient synagogue where a lovely mosaic floor was recently discovered.

Following a busy morning, you'll enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch at a local hotel before heading off along the panoramic seashore to the Yardenit baptismal sight where the River Jordan separates from the Sea of Galilee. In this naturally scenic and symbolic setting, pilgrims from around the world come to perform baptismal ceremonies. On your relaxing ride back to the pier in Haifa, you'll view Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration where Jesus appeared to his disciples in radiant light while speaking with Moses and Elijah.

Please note: The sights on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests. There is a moderate amount of walking, at times on an incline and some steps to negotiate in the churches. It is recommended that those guests with mobility concerns evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. When visiting the religious sites, your head must be covered and conservative attire is required. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. Lightweight clothing, caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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