Drive from Jerusalem to Nazareth
A journey time of approximately two hours.
Nazareth is home to the imposing and modern Church of the Annunciation. Together with your guide you will view gifts of Mother and Child art sent by nations from the four corners of the globe. You will also see the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary. Nazareth is also Israel's largest Arab town, presenting a good opportunity to ask your guide about the country's rather complex demographics. It is also a great place to eat traditional Arab food, be it street food or something more formal at one of the delicious local restaurants.
Kibbutz Degania Beth tour
Continue to Kibbutz Degania Beth and discover a real insight into the history and present day reality of kibbutz life. You will learn about the theoretical foundations for the kibbutz, both socialist and zionist, about the important role which the kibbutzim played in the history and defence of the young state of Israel and about the current day challenges they face. You will also visit the kibbutz archive which is found in the home of Levi Eshkol, the former prime minister of Israel. The archives contain fascinating material relating to the early days of the pioneer movement generally and Degania Beth specifically.
Sea of Galilee
Continue on to the Sea of Galilee.
Ancient Jewish communities thrived around the Sea of Galilee, as testified by several remains of early synagogues, such as those at Capernaum, It was amongst these communities that Jesus chose to live and preach, and the area is therefore also replete with important Christian sites. Your expert guide will lead you to key sites including the Mount of the Beatitudes (where tradition holds that Jesus delivered the famous Sermon on the Mount); Capernaum, interesting for both the early octagonal church built around the house of Peter, and for the later and ornate 5th century synagogue; and the "Jesus Boat", a boat dating back to the time of Jesus, found and now exhibited at Kibbutz Ginosar. We love the boat for the air of mystery which hangs over it. Together with your guide you will be able to discuss who the men (or women?) were who sailed the boat 2,000 years ago. Was it a fishing boat used by disciples of Jesus? Or a military boat used by Jewish resistors against the Romans? Thinking about who owned the boat, and what it was used for, helps us to consider the various different communities living around the Sea of Galilee at this crucial time in history.
Evening Cooking Workshop
This evening take part in a cooking workshop to see who is the best chef in the group! Following a welcome drink we will divide into two groups and then set to working with our cutting boards, knives and herbs as well as fresh vegetables and produce. Learn how to make an authentic Israeli meal with the help of the resident chef. Following the workshop we will sit down and eat our amazing fresh meal of salads, freshly cooked bread, barbequed meats and some local wine.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
You will be staying at Merom Golan Kibbutz, bed and breakfast