Galilee is absolutely chock full of historical sites that you might recognise from the Bible, and also many places of Jewish significance too, giving you ample background to this interesting part of Israel. A tour of Galilee’s holy hotspots starts in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus Christ, where you will focus on a visit the Church of the Annunciation. Moving on, you’ll head to the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, which is thought to date back to the 3rd century CE. There is also the beautiful red-domed Greek Orthodox Church of the Seven Apostles here that is nice to admire with the backdrop of the lake.
You’ll visit the first century fishing village of Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, with ruins of a synagogue and a new church built on the site, simple in design but rich in mosaics and murals. Concentrating next on some Jewish history, enjoy an afternoon visit in the mystical city of Safed, birthplace of Kabbala. You’ll meander through the narrow alleys leading to ancient synagogues and artists’ quarters, all with your local guide filling you in on the stories behind this spiritual region.