TIBERIAS AND THE JORDAN VALLEY – HIGHWAY OF KINGS
Tiberias & the Sea of Galilee Learn about Tiberias old and new. The city was founded in the first century and is located on the shores of Israel’s main source of fresh water, the Sea of Galilee. Walk along the Sea of Galilee Promenade and learn about famous Jewish sages Maimonides and Rabbi Akiva.
Beit She’an National Park It is here that King Saul was defeated by the Philistines in a vicious historical battle. Later, Beit She’an was reestablished as a Greek city with colonnaded streets, temples, theaters and fountains. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 749 CE; now only remnants remain.
Ancient Beit Alfa Synagogue Built during the Byzantine era, this excavated synagogue is most well-known for its miraculously preserved mosaic. The mosaic vividly portrays the Binding of Isaac, the Temple of Jerusalem and the Zodiac, demonstrating Roman influence on Jewish culture.
Gan HaShlosha National Park Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, relax and rejuvenate at one of the natural pools or Jacuzzis that are idyllically situated below a flowing waterfall. Located in the hot Beit She'an valley, the cool water can be a welcome diversion.
Mount Scopus Jerusalem End the day with a beautiful drive through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem. We’ll stop at Mount Scopus as you enter the city to say the blessing of “Shehechiyanu” to celebrate the joyous occasion of entering the holy capital. Welcome to Jerusalem, our eternal Capital.
Floor of the Beit Alfa synagogue. Sadly, the mosaic doesn't photograph well.
A model of the synagogue.
Looking down into a model of the synagogue, showing floor.
First view of Jerusalem
Our tour group.
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. . . September, 2019