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One Day Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tours
Highlights
Explore the city of Nazareth, where Jesus grew up.
Get close to the Church of Annunciation and its nearby St. Joseph's Oratory.
Come to the Sea of Galilee via the Capernaum and the Church of the Multiplication.
Visit Yardenit, the place where Jesus was baptized.
Itinerary Details
One Day Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tours
Welcome to the well-planned Nazareth tours! Your English-speaking driver-guide will pick you up on time in your hotel lobby, and then you'll drive about 1.5 hours north to Nazareth. Nazareth is the home of Jesus' father Saint Joseph, and mother Mary. Jesus spent his youth here. You will first visit the Church of Annunciation, the holy place for Christians and the biggest Christianity church in the Middle East. Built in 1966, the Church is in memory of the angel Gabriel reporting to the Virgin Mary the birth of Jesus and is the most eye-catching building in Nazareth. The walls of the church are inlaid with various images of Virgin Mary donated by churches from all over the world. The Church of the Annunciation is divided into two levels: the lower level is where Virgin Mary had ever lived, and the Annunciation took place there; on the upper level is the newly built church.

St. Joseph's Oratory locates next to the Church of Annunciation. Jesus once lived here. The classic feature of St. Joseph's Cathedral is the crutches. It is said that many old and sick people came here to worship with crutches. Because they were blessed by God, they did not need crutches when they left, so crutches were just left here. St. Joseph's Church was rebuilt on the former site and is divided into two levels. The upper level is used for religious ceremonies and prayers for believers, and the lower level is the site of the old church. It is said that St. Joseph's Oratory is also where Joseph had his carpentry workshop.

After visiting, you will depart Nazareth and head to the Sea of Galilee. In the Sea of Galilee tours, you will drive through Canaan to visit the Capernaum and the Church of the Multiplication at the foot of Mount Beatitude. The Bible records that Jesus ascended Mount Beatitude to preach the gospel to the people, which was the famous "Sermon on the Mountain". According to legend, Jesus fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish while preaching in Galilee. Inside the Church of the Multiplication, there are mosaic patterns depicting the fish and bread. Such images also appear on various local souvenirs. The church is unpretentious, and the floor of the church is inlaid with many local water birds, flowers and other patterns, which are unique and lifelike.

Then you will drive all the way through the Golan Heights, modern Tiberias, to the last stop of the Nazareth tours, Yardenit, where Jesus baptized. Being the baptism site of the Jordan River at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee, the Yardenit baptismal site is not deep and is about 15 meters (49 feet) wide. It is said that about 500,000 people come here every year to be baptized. You can see Christian baptism here if you are lucky. On the way back, you can see where the strata of Mount Tabur have changed. Finally, you will arrive at the hotel after about 1.5 hours' drive, and the one day Nazareth tours end.

Tips: Lunch is on your expense, and the driver will recommend the right restaurant for you according to your preferences.
What's Included
  • Services of English speaking driver guide and A/C vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off services.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Israel.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, laundry, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Israel Visa Fee.
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