Sea of Galilee Tours

The Sea of Galilee makes an excellent base for enjoying a vacation in the hills of Northern Israel. Sea of Galilee tours offer trips around the beautiful area, up into the mountains of the Golan Heights or enjoying the lush green scenery closer to the shores of Kinneret. The area has plenty of beach resorts, water sports centers and attractions around the shores of this 22km (13 mile) long freshwater lake which lies 209 meters (approximately 700 feet) below sea level.

Those looking for outdoor activities in a pleasant climate will find plenty of trails for hiking and cycling. The location also provides the perfect opportunity for taking Sea of Galilee tours on the water. Boat trips, water skiing, fishing and other water-based fun can all be enjoyed easily on a Sea of Galilee tour. Trips further afield can include tours with a local guide to Upper Galilee, the Golan Heights and the Jordan River, which feeds this freshwater lake.

Other tours to Sea of Galilee attractions can include a trip to the hot springs at Hamat Gader in the Golan Heights, or to the springs at Tiberias, known for their mineral-rich health-giving spa treatments which are known to relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.

Those looking for Sea of Galilee tours to more historic places should join a trip to the archeological site of Beit Shean which is a huge site of interest. The ancient theater of Scythopolis still retains its beautiful columns, There is a well preserved amphitheater and the remains of the ancient Roman thermal baths. A guided tour is the best way to get to the site and to learn from your local guide about the amazing history represented by the site.

Another historic sight is the first century fishing boat which was discovered in the mud of the Sea of Galilee in 1986 during a drought when the waters were very low. After it was excavated and treated in a chemical bath for 7 years, it is now an interesting exhibit at the Yigal Allon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar. Many Sea of Galilee tours include the boat in their trips and it is locally known as Jesus’ boat although there is no evidence to link it to him, other than the corresponding era.