Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Haifa: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

1. From Haifa: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

After being met by your guide at the Haifa cruise port you will take a pleasant drive north to Galilee. The journey takes you past the Jezreel Valley, known as biblical Armageddon. Our first stop is in Nazareth where Jesus spent the first years of his life. Tour the magnificent Church of Annunciation that marks the site where Mary first learned of her future son. Then explore the 1st-century grotto dwelling under Saint Joseph’s Church. According to tradition, Mary, Joseph, and their son Jesus may once have lived here. As the tour leaves Nazareth we see Mary’s Well then continue past Kfar Kana, the biblical town of Cana. Here Jesus changed water into wine. The tour takes you to the edge of the Sea of Galilee, and the Mount of Beatitudes. Here you can picture Jesus preaching to his followers. Visit the Beatitudes Church that looks out over the Sea of Galilee. The tour continues to Tabgha, a small village by the water. Here we tour the Multiplication Church where Jesus miraculously shared five loaves and two fish between thousands of followers. The next stop is in Kfar Nachum (Capernaum). This is where Jesus spent most of his ministry. After a lunch break at a Galilee restaurant, we stop on the banks of the River Jordan, at Yardenit. If there is enough time you may be baptized at this traditional baptismal site. The tour makes its way south passing the twin peaks of the Horns of Hattin, where Saladin famously defeated the Crusaders in 1187. At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to the port in Haifa in time to board the cruise ship and continue your adventure.

From Tel Aviv: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth & Sea of Galilee

2. From Tel Aviv: Guided Day Trip to Nazareth & Sea of Galilee

See the famous sites of Israel on a day tour from Tel Aviv. Visit Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, and more. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned coach. Take part in a baptismal service on the Jordan River and see the Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry.  Your journey begins by traveling along Israel’s scenic coastal plain via the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. In Nazareth, visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph's carpentry. Traveling on, see the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Be amazed by the famous Sea of Galilee and the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum and the city of Christ. Finally, overlooking Tiberias, visit the site of baptism on the Jordan River, where you can have a baptismal service. Return to Tel Aviv driving along with the view of Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration.

From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

3. From Tel Aviv: Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Day Trip

Spend a day exploring Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast on this full-day tour departing from Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya. Let an expert guide take you on a climate-controlled bus to visit ancient cities and monuments along the coast. Begin by discovering the harbor city of Caesarea. Witness an ancient Roman city filled with ruins, including one of the largest amphitheaters built in the Roman era. Next, journey to Haifa to visit the Baha’i Gardens. Tour the Baha’i gardens with their stunning terraces, known as one of Israel’s top attractions. Take the opportunity to photograph the UNESCO-protected gardens before continuing on to Rosh Hanikra. Once there, explore the area’s limestone grottoes and white-chalk cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. From the cliffs, peek over the border into Lebanon before continuing to Acre, in the north. Conclude your experience in Acra's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marvel at its impressive city walls, charming port, and oriental bazaar. Learn about the ancient city’s fascinating history from your guide as you wander historic streets known to the Greeks, Byzantines, and, Ottomans.

From Jerusalem: Jordan River, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Jordan River, Nazareth & Sea of Galilee Tour

Discover religious sights from the New Testament on this guided day trip from Jerusalem. Travel by air-conditioned coach to sights like the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of St Joseph, the village of Kafer Kana, and the Yardenit baptism. Depart from your hotel in central Jerusalem and travel to Nazareth by air-conditioned bus. Listen to stories about the city, known as the birthplace of Mary and the childhood home of Jesus, and learn about its importance in Christianity. Upon arrival, visit some of Nazareth’s key religious sites. Discover the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary. See the Church of St Joseph, believed to stand on the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop. Continue through the village of Kafer Kana, the site where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine, and arrive at the Sea of Galilee. Pass the Church of the Multiplication and explore Capernaum, before continuing to the ruined synagogue where Jesus taught. See the modern church built over St Peter’s house, and pass through Tiberias to arrive at the Yardenit baptism site on the Jordan River. On the return journey, enjoy beautiful views of Mount Tabor, before your tour ends back at your hotel.

From Tel Aviv: Jordan River, Nazareth, & Sea of Galilee Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Jordan River, Nazareth, & Sea of Galilee Tour

After pickup from hotels in Tel Aviv, your tour begins with an air-conditioned drive to Nazareth. Hear tales of the city, known as the childhood home of Jesus, and its important role in the Christian faith. See the Church of the Annunciation, where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary in Christian scripture, and the Church of St Joseph, believed to stand on the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop. Continue through the village of Kafer Kana, identified as the site where Jesus transformed water into wine, and arrive at the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Pass the Church of the Multiplication, and explore Capernaum on the shores of the sea. View the ruins of the synagogue that stood where Jesus taught and see the modern church that sits over St. Peter’s house, where Jesus is believed to have stayed.  Pass through the waterfront city of Tiberias and arrive in Yardenit, a sacred baptism site on the Jordan River. Admire this idyllic spot and enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Tabor, known to Christians as the Mount of Transfiguration, before your tour ends back in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv: Golan Heights Day Trip with Guide

6. Tel Aviv: Golan Heights Day Trip with Guide

The tour departs from Tel Aviv in the early morning and travels north along coastal roads with stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea. Pass by the cities of Hertzilya and Natanya before turning inland to travel through the Plain of Armageddon as mentioned in the Book of Revelations. As you continue through the landscapes, keep a look out for Megiddo, the site of an ancient Biblical city, before arriving at the southernmost point of the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a pit stop to stretch your legs and admire the view that stretches out from Kinneret against the backdrop of Golan Heights. Cross the Jordan River next, at the foot of Golan Heights, and pass through Hamat Gadar as you begin the ascent. Journey through the luscious green countryside until you reach the Shalom Observatory, where you can admire another stunning view of the Sea of Galilee. Travel on to Katzrin where excavations have uncovered a village from the Mishnah and Talmud periods, and learn about the archaeological findings that include a synagogue, houses, and an oil press. As you explore Katzrin, also known as the Capital of the Golan, learn about how since the Middle Bronze Age the location has been occupied by the Romans, Mamluks, Ottomans, and even the French. Visit the Golan Antiquities Museum next, and admire an array of findings from Golan Heights and the archaeological site in Katzrin. Learn about the displays within the museum thanks to informative audiovisual presentations as well as insightful information about Gamla, the historic Second Temple era Jewish city which has also been excavated nearby. Continue onto Mount Bental to see what remains of Syrian fortifications, bunkers, and trenches that were captured by the Israeli’s in the Six Day War of 1967. From here, see how close Syria is as you look down on the city of Kuneitra which has been protected by Canadian UN forces since 1974.

From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

7. From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem: Galilee, Nazareth, and More Tour

Start your day with pickup from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Visit Nazareth and the impressive Basilica of Annunciation for a tour of the church and the old city of Nazaret. Continue towards the Sea of Galilee and pass Cana, the site of Jesus’s first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit ancient Capernaum, located at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes and see the Church of Multiplications. Finally, visit Yardenit Baptismal site at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee, one of the possible sites of Jesus’ baptism. Explore this vibrant site that welcomes hundreds of thousands of pilgrims yearly who flock to the waters of the Jordan river. Return to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem with a suite of unforgettable memories and wonderful impressions.

From Jerusalem: Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tour

Enjoy a day exploring some of the most significant holy sites in Israel on an excursion by bus from Jerusalem. The guided tour sets out from the city early in the morning and drives along the scenic coast via Tel Aviv and the plain of Armageddon to Nazareth. Arrive in Nazareth and visit St. Joseph’s Church and the Church of the Annunciation. The largest Roman Catholic church in the Middle East, the Church of the Annunciation is, according to tradition, the scene of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary.  Continue onwards via Kafr Kanna to view the Mount of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Set on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, you will stop to view the sea, and continue to the nearby ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum. Visit Tiberias on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, considered one of the 4 Holy Cities of Judaism, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed. Drive to the Jordan River at Yardenit, where guests are invited to receive an optional baptismal service. Return to Jerusalem via a scenic route that takes in views of Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration.

From Jerusalem: Day Trip to Golan Heights and Mount Bental

9. From Jerusalem: Day Trip to Golan Heights and Mount Bental

Spend the day traveling through Northern Israel visiting historic sites like Golan Heights and Katzrin. Drive through Hamat Gader, cross the Jordan River, and go into the Golan Antiquities Museum. Learn the history from your guide, while traveling in a comfortable vehicle. Start the day by driving inland and going through the plain of Armageddon as mentioned in Revelations. See the Megiddo site of an ancient Biblical city. Reach the southernmost point of the Sea of Galilee and stop to look down on the sea from above and take in the pastoral vista.  Cross the Jordan River and pass through Hamat Gader, a popular spa destination. Continue through the countryside until you reach the Shalom Observatory. From here, there is a stunning view looking back at the Sea of Galilee and you can see the Israeli city of Tiberia in the distance. Continue to Katzrin where excavations have uncovered a village from the Mishnah and Talmud periods. The village has been partially restored and you can see the archaeological findings which include a synagogue, houses, and an oil press.  When you reach Katzrin, a city sometimes referred to as the Capital of the Golan, visit the Golan Antiquities Museum where you can see findings from the region and the nearby archeological site. The museum displays artifacts and has audiovisual presentations about the city of Gamla.  Lastly, travel to Mount Bental to see what remains of the Syrian fortifications. The Syrian bunkers, base, and trenches were captured by the Israeli's in the Six-Day War of 1967. From here we can see how close Syria is as we look down on the Syrian city of Kuneitra. 

Private Customizable Guided Tour to Nazareth and Galilee

10. Private Customizable Guided Tour to Nazareth and Galilee

Begin with a pickup in the morning from your hotel in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, or anywhere else in central or northern Israel. If you are coming by cruise ship you will be picked up from the Haifa port as you exit the ship. After pickup, just explain what you would like to do or what your interests are and you will be taken to all the places that you want to see. If you are interested in particular sites of interest to Christianity, you will be provided with an expert guide who will take you to all the main sites. Discover the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Capernaum, and the Mount of Beatitudes. If you are more interested in Judaism, an expert guide will take you to Tzippori, the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Safed, and much more depending on your arrival location. Whatever you want to do, you are the boss and we are at your service. Enjoy a full-day of travelling in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Languages other than English can be arranged as well. See you in the holy land!

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What people are saying about Sea of Galilee

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,387 reviews

Group was just two of us and the guide. We saw Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Church of Annunciation, Mount of Beatitudes, Kapernaum, House of Peter and more. Many facts were shared from the guide about Jewish and Arabic cultures, about the region, history and archaeology of the sites. Guide Danny was very professional, knowledgeable, patient and open. It was amazing to learn about experiences from the point of view of the person who lives in Israel. We were able to try Arabic sweets and buy some exotic fruit, we also sampled Mediterranean cuisine with the Jewish twist. It was amazing to sample side dishes which were many different combinations of vegetables, Kebob, and fresh fish. Overall the tour was worth spending the time and money, well thought out and tailored to our requests. There were also recommendations in what would be interesting to do in other cities and places.

This was a great overview of 4 important sites. Gaya, our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. The description says meals are not included however, they have a planned meal that you pay for - they should include this in the description to make sure you have enough cash. The only hiccup was at drop off when Other travelers had to catch a cab and left everyone else stuck on the bus - good that they helped those people but should have someone else wait instead of holding up everyone else.

The Golan Heights and Galilee excursion was simply amazing. Our tour guide Udi was kind, funny and extremely informative. He took the time to explain all the Jewish history and border limitations of the sites we visited, and answered all our questions. We had a great lunch by one of the villages in the north of Israel. The Golan heights is a beautiful change of scenery and well worth the money. A must see part of Israel. Thank you for this great journey.

Eiton was our guide and was very knowledgeable and very accommodating to all the members of the tour. He did a super job in handling a very rude passenger in our group as well !

This tour was awesome! Our guide Dan has so much knowledge that he shared with us. Will definitely recommend this tour. It’s a very long day; but, so worth it.