Itinerary and photos for 5/12

12MAY Monday ~ Arrival day in Israel, Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Magdala ~
Our flight arrives at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv in the morning. ~ As we get on our way, we drive north from Tel Aviv along the coastal plain of the Mediterranean Sea. We begin our tour of Israel in Caesarea Maritima where Cornelius, the centurion, was baptized as the first Gentile convert (Acts 10). It is also where Paul was imprisoned before traveling to Rome to appear before Caesar (Acts 23-26.) The archeological site at this Roman capital, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar, includes restored Crusader fortifications, a Byzantine street, a Roman theater, amphitheater & well-preserved aqueducts. In Caesarea, Jeff uses the acoustics of the Roman theatre as a perfect setting for our tour orientation & teaching. Each group, divided by motor coaches, tours the archeological site with their Israeli guide. ~ A further drive up the coast brings us to Mount Carmel, also known as Muhraka (in Arabic- "place of burning".) The Carmelite monaster
y is built on the traditional site where the prophet Elijah slew the false prophets of Ba’al (1 Kings 18.) The panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley reminds us of the stories of Elisha & Elijah (I Kings 17 - II Kings 2.) ~ As we travel on to the region of the Galilee, we actually descend below sea level to the Sea of Galilee. ~ Mass is at the newly opened site of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Only recently excavated, this is the site of Mary Magdalene’s home town. ~ Tonight we check in for 3 nights on the shores of the Galilee.