Our first full day in the land of Israel saw us traveling from one coast to the other. We started by watching the sun rise over the resort city of Netanya on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. From there, we traveled to Caesarea Maritima. This large seaport city was truly a jewel in the crown of King Herod's building projects. We toured the theatre, palace, hippodrome, and harbor.
We then climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and revisited the story of Elijah's contest against the prophets of Baal. Our view was very clear and we could see for miles. There are so many locations of Biblical stories that can be seen from there.
After lunch, we toured the ancient city of Megiddo. Once again, the views across the Jezreel Valley were fantastic.
We concluded our day with a visit to Nazareth Village. This first century replica village helps the visitors understand life during the time of Jesus.
We have arrived at truly one of my favorite hotels in Israel, the Ron Beach on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will spend three nights here touring the land of Galilee.
The tour group is doing great and everyone is having a great time. It is an honor to travel with them and learn more about the Bible.