Head down to the Coastal Plain today past the Ayalon Valley, where Joshua called the moon to stand still during battle with the Canaanites. Stop in Jaffa
, the picturesque ancient port from which Jonah set sail before being swallowed by the whale, where King Solomon imported the cedars of Lebanon to build the Temple in Jerusalem, and where Peter had his vision at Simon the Tanner's home. Don’t miss the visitor center in Kedumim Square that showcases the history of the city and is built around antiquities from the time of Jesus. Enjoy a beautiful view of modern Tel Aviv
from Jaffa, before driving through the city and continuing north.
Continue across the Sharon Plain
to the excavations of the ancient city and port at Caesarea
National Park. King Herod built Caesarea in honor of his patron Emperor Augustus in the mid-first century BCE, and Pontius Pilate ruled the country from here.
Peter’s story, which you began to explore in Jaffa, continues here when he baptized Cornelius the Centurion in Caesarea. It was from this port that Paul set sail to preach in communities all over the Mediterranean, where he was later imprisoned for two years and appeared before Felix, Festus and King Agrippa. All these events are reflected in the ruins you’ll tour, including the Roman theater, the hippodrome and Herod's palace, as well as mosaics and other remains from the centuries when Caesarea was an important Christian center, and the Crusader walls, moat and gates.
Drive through the Ara Valley to Tel Megiddo
, the Armageddon of Revelations 16:16. Tour the remains of one of the most intensively inhabited sites in the country with over 25 levels of settlement, spanning some 3,000 years, including walls, gates, palaces and dwellings from the time of King Solomon, King Ahab and the Assyrians. A highlight will be your walk through the water system, one of the great engineering marvels of antiquity. Take in the breathtaking view of the Jezreel Valley, sometimes called “the battlefield of the Bible.”
Cross the Jezreel
Valley past Mt. Tabor
scene of the battle of Deborah and Barak against Sisera of Hazor and Endor, where Samuel appeared to Saul, and continue to the Sea of Galilee
and the Tiberias area.
Overnight in the Tiberias area