Day 3 – Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo, Mount of Olives
Heading towards Jerusalem, our first stop will be the Arab village of Cana. In the heart of the village, two churches mark the event of the “first miracle” of Jesus (John 2) – turning water into wine during a wedding. We will review the archaeological discoveries made at the site, and possibly conduct a ceremony of “renewal of the vows.” Next we will head to Jesus’ hometown – Nazareth. Strolling through the local market, we will reach the mass-scale Church of Annunciation. Here, by centuries-old tradition, was the home of Mary. This is also where the angel announced to Mary that God would make her pregnant by a miracle (Luke 1). In the market itself, we will visit the Synagogue Church. Here, Jesus spoke for the first time about his messianic role (Luke 4), and got rejected. This event led Jesus to move to Capernaum. We will end the tour with a visit to Mount Precipice, where the people of Nazareth, rejecting Jesus’ claims, tried throwing him off a cliff. The site also offers some breathtaking panoramas of the Jezreel Valley, the Carmel Mountains, the Jordan Valley and the Gilead Mountains. Eventually, we’ll join the coastal highway and head to Jerusalem! If time permits, upon arrival, we will greet it from Mount of Olives Viewpoint.