Israel Day 4: Galilee
On the bus along the Sea of Galilee …
After a busy first day of touring, last night we had a relaxing evening at El Mul Golan. Wine by the kibbutz pool, dinner at the kibbutz dining hall, and more wine outdoors on the grounds of the kibbutz.
After breakfast at the kibbutz we explored locations around the Sea of Galilee. Out first stop – Capernaum, where two ancient synagogues are built on top of one another and also the home of Saint Peter.
Next a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. With the heat and humidity it’s still hazy here, but on the boat we can see the Golan Heights to the east and Tiberias on the hillsides to the west of the Sea of Galilee. And a note that the Sea of Galilee is the largest body of fresh water that is below sea level. My camera GPS shows that we are 208 meters below sea level. Then we see the Ancient Galilee Jesus Boat and hear the story of the boat’s discovery and excavation. The boat is said to be from the time of Jesus.
Our last stop before lunch is the Tabgha Benedictine Monastery and Saint Peter’s Church where Jesus prepared bread and fishes for the disciples.
We have the traditional Sea of Galilee lunch of Saint Peter’s Fish at Tanureen Restaurant, then we’re back on the bus for a ride up the Golan Heights. On the ride our guide, Rotem, walks us through the formation of the state of Israel with the events leading up to and following the UN vote in 1948.
In the afternoon we visit the Olea Essence olive oil factory at Capernaum Vista Olive Farm. They produce a selection of olive oils and health and beauty products made from olives.
And we wind up the day’s touring with a visit to Golan Heights Winery for a tour of the bottling plant and a great wine tasting.
Dinner tonight is back at the kibbutz and tomorrow we make our way to Jerusalem.