We are spending the first night in Netanya which is located along the Mediterranean coast just north of Tel Aviv. Tomorrow is the first full day of seeing some of the significant sites associated with both the New Testament and Hebrew Scriptures.
The Mediterranean Sea is perhaps one of the overlooked features that shaped this area. Travel by sea was much like travel for air for us. It cut travel time in the ancient world by more than half. A great website that helps compute distance, time, and cost for travel in the ancient world is ORBIS.