Sea of Galilee Travel

The Sea of Galilee, or Kinneret, is only 22km long (13 miles). Yet it is well-known by Christians for its biblical significance. It is set in the hills of North Israel and those choosing to enjoy the Sea of Galilee resorts will find it is a beautiful place to visit with its blue waters contrasting with the green agricultural landscape of the surrounding kibbutzim and the dry brown mountains in the background. Sea of Galilee Travel is easy as it is just 60km east of Haifa and 144km from the main Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

The surrounding hills reach 1400 feet above sea level and the mountains of the Golan Heights tower above at 2500 feet. It is this location of the Sea of Galilee, to the west of the mountains, which can cause sudden storms to descend upon the lake, which visitors should be aware of.


The Sea of Galilee travel destination has been popular for decades as it is surrounded by historical sites and offers plenty of fun activities. Those enjoying a Sea of Galilee vacation can take local tours to Upper Galilee, the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. The Sea of Galilee is fed by the River Jordan and melting snow from the Golan Heights and is a valuable source of fresh water. The area enjoys a tropical climate and has fertile soil. The shore is dotted with beaches, camping grounds, water sports centers and walking tracks, making the Sea of Galilee travel destination ideal for all ages and interests.


The hot springs of Hamat Gader in the Golan Heights and those at Tiberias, so loved by the Emperor Tiberias, still offer health-giving warm baths. Many of those visiting the Sea of Galilee travel to the archeological site of Beit Shean, while those seeking adventure can go on boat trips up the River Jordan, participate in watersports such as windsurfing, jet skiing, waterskiing and swimming, or head for the nearby Luna Gal waterpark for family fun. Commercial fishing takes place on the Sea of Galilee and provides fresh fish for the prosperous communities around the lake.


The Igal Alon Museum is located along the shores of the Sea of Galilee where visitors can see what is claimed to be Jesus’ boat. River rafting, jeep trips, hiking and cycling offer something for everyone, making the Sea of Galilee travel destination one of Israel’s top resorts. The main towns for Sea of Galilee vacation tours include Tiberias, Sosita and the ruins of Bethsaida.