Cruising on the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is one of the most beautiful spots in Israel and is of historical and spiritual significance both to Judaism and Christianity. The city of Tiberias was the center of Jewish study in the Land of Israel for many years, and the Galilee was the primary location of Jesus’ ministry. An excellent way to see these important sites on your trip to Israel – and to enjoy some sunny recreation – is with a cruise on the Sea of Galilee.
Cruises start from the various ports that run along the shores of Tiberias, with boats pulling right up to the boardwalk on the water’s edge – or from Ein Gev on the opposite shore. Despite its name, the Sea of Galilee is actually a relatively small lake, so the water is calm, and the boat rides here are pleasant. The clear water reveals the plethora of fish swimming beneath its surface, including St. Peter’s Fish, silver carp and tilapia.
Some of the boats are built from wood and resemble the boats used for fishing during the lifetime of Jesus. While cruising around the waters, your guide will point out famous Christian holy sites visible from here, such as Capernaum and Bethsaida. You’ll see the peak of Mount Arbel with Migdal, home of Mary Magdalene, at its foot.
Sea of Galilee cruises run all day long and into the evenings. You can sail on the lake in the middle of the day for maximum sightseeing, or choose a sunset cruise for a romantic experience. At night, the cruise ships turn into dance parties, playing Israeli and Western pop music, traditional Arab tunes and even some waltzes. Take a picnic meal on the boat, or eat in one of the fine restaurants in Tiberias or Ein Gev after disembarking.