We left Northern Israel and headed down to Jerusalem. We had an early morning stop at Yardenit in the Jordan River and we spent over an hour exploring the ruins of Beit She’an. We arrived in Jerusalem in the afternoon and visited Mount of Olives and the Garden Tomb.
Stop #1 Yardenit Baptismal Site
Yardenit is located in the banks of the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. We arrived at the site at around 8am and there were just a handful of people making their way down to the river banks. The visitor center rents out white robes for those who wished to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Stop #2 Beit She’an National Park
Stop #3 Jerusalem
We finally arrived in Jerusalem. Our guide made a quick stop in an area that offers a panoramic view of Jerusalem. It was so windy and cold that I started to shiver and my fingers felt numb. I leaned on the railings and tried to keep still as I took the photo.
Our first stop in Jerusalem is the Mount of Olives. We walked around the Garden of Gethsemane and visited the Church of All Nations.
It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the Garden Tomb. The place was very crowded. There were lots of people at the entrance and there was a long line of people at the gift shop and exit. We met with our guide and he brought us to the Skull Hill viewing platform. There was a photo displayed on the platform of what the hill looked like 100 years ago. We walked around the garden and waited for our turn to enter the Garden Tomb
Our home for the next 4 nights is the Prima Hotel.