DAY 10– TUESDAY – MAY 28 – SEA OF GALILEE – NAZARETH – SEPPORIS – MEGIDDO- CAESAREA – JERUSALEM
This morning we said goodbye to the Sea of Galilee. We headed first to Sepporis, a spectacular 1st century city known for the Mona Lisa mosaic. The small town of Nazareth existed in the shadows of this influencial city where both Jews and Romans lived. Leaving Sepporis, we hiked a portion of the “Jesus Trail” on our way to Nazareth. The Jesus Trail runs from Nazareth all the way to Capernaum, a distance of about 70 kilometers. Meeting our bus, we drove through Nazareth to the “precipice” from which the whole Jezreel Valley came into view.
After eating lunch in Afula, we continues through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo (Har Meggido in Hebrew), which gave its name to Armageddon. Here we saw ancient gates (from various time periods), among other ruins. We walked down 183 steps into the Iron Age water system as well. From here, we made our way through the Mt. Carmel range to Caesarea Maritima, King Herod’s impressive port city. We saw the theater, palace area, hippodrome among other ruins. The famous “Pilate inscrption” was found here. Before leaving Caesarea, we stopped to see the aqueduct that brought fresh water into the city from the Carmel range.
We ended the day by driving to Jerusalem. Driving through Tel Aviv traffic (and slowing us down a bit), we enjoyed a late dinner at our hotel, Lev Yerushalyim. After dinner some of us explored the area outside our hotel for a while. We look forward to 4 days here in Jerusalem!