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.
It started to drizzle as we were heading out. Another busy day with five sightseeeing stops.
Stop #1: Yigal Alon Museum in Tiberias
One of the museum’s popular attraction is the Galilee Boat, a 2,000 year old ferry and fishing boat. There was a pier behind the museum, and several boats were offering ride around the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret). The boat ride lasted for about an hour, and was surprisingly smooth even though it was rainy and windy that day.
Stop #2 Tabgha
Many believed that the miracle of multiplication happened in Tabgha.
Stop #3 Capernaum
It was raining heavily when we arrived in Capernaum and I left my umbrella at the hotel. The camera just mostly stayed inside my bag and I only took a few snaps. There was a memorial/church built over the ruins that is believed to be the house of St. Peter. The memorial has a glass floor that allows you take a peak of the ancient house below.
From Tel Aviv we made our way north, making several stops along the way (Caesarea by the Sea ➡️ Carmel Mountain ➡️ Nazareth). After a full day of travel and sightseeing, We were tired and ready for a hot meal. Our home for the next two nights is the beautiful Ramot Resort. The hotel offers a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights.
An early start to a busy day. We left for the airport at 4AM and breezed through the security check at LAX. As we settled on a bench in the waiting area, we were informed that our flight was going to be delayed. An hour passed and we’re still waiting. The call for boarding finally came, and we are close to 3 hours behind schedule. After nearly missing our connection in Toronto, we finally made it to Tel Aviv.