Day 5, January 12

Primacy of Peter, Tabgha, Bet Shean, Judean Wilderness, Qumran, Jerusalem ~ Returning to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, we visited the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy for mass & toured nearby Tabgha, where the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves & Fishes protects a fifth century mosaic commemorating the story (Matthew 14:15-21.) Leaving the Galilee, we passed in view of Mt. Tabor with the lovely Basilica of the Transfiguration, the site of Christ’s Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36.) As we travel down the Jordan Valley we also visited Bet She’an, a Roman city that has been restored enough to see the excavations of the streets & shops as they originally were. Next we stopped at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and also did a bit of shopping at the gift shop there. Then we ascended to the Jerusalem and stopped for our first view of the Golden City from a promenade where we will shared a traditional Hebrew blessing of bread and wine. Then we went to our hotel the Olive Tree where we will stay for the remainder of our pilgrimage.