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Sailing on the Sea of Galilee

As you head out to sail on the Sea of Galilee from the pier Tiberias, Genesaret, Capernaum National Park or Ein Gev, the spray refreshes you, gulls wheel overhead, and other “sailors” call out greetings.



Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

What would a lake be without some wet fun? Cruise the lake in a floating restaurant, nightclub yacht, fishing boat, kayak or canoe – all available to rent or book in advance on the shoreline, particularly at the Yigal Alon Harbor in Tiberias. Or splash around at one of three water amusement parks in the vicinity.

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

For Christian believers, Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19-21), calmed a storm (Matt. 8:23-26), and showed the disciples miraculous catches of fish (Luke 5:1-8; John 21:1-6).

For Jewish believers, who also take the lake trip, heading out to where tradition says Miriam the Prophetess caused a miraculous spring to appear.

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

There are – in 2016 – four sailing companies available. All of them are available in Tiberias, and there are some differences between them. And there are some things you need to take care it will not happen:

  1. Many shippers of the boats by the various sailing companies tend to cut the time of the boat tour short to save fuel! Don’t let this happen. The best way is ‘asking’ the shipper how long the trip lasts and monitor it.
  2. The blaring Israeli music from the speakers is a headache creating experience. Ask the shipper to cut it.
  3. The best time for a boat trip is early morning in silence. Alternatively the late evening is something beautiful, especially with all the lights from the shores, except you don’t see much! A boat trip in the afternoon or late morning s not advised; it’s warm and sweaty.
  4. Instead of taking a boat trip, you can hire a little 3-4 persons boat from the pier of Tiberias for NIS 100 per hour. In the winter months, the price will lower to NIS 75 per one and half hour.

The Galilee Sailing Ltd company is located at the Yigal Alon Promenade and is a standard sailing company with nothing extra then only supplying you with a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee in their Jesus Boats. Be aware of overzealous shippers, because they tend to cut the duration of the boat trip short to save fuel! They don’t have an Internet presence and the only way to get more info or order a trip is by calling them or go directly to the company.

Holy Land Sailing is a boat company, operating on the Sea of Galilee for already 20 years and are focused on Christians. They maintain seven boats, ranging from 45 to 150 people on a boat. They fleet consists only out of Jesus Boats.

The Lido in Tiberias is a bit more then a sailing company. It has its own ‘beach’, series of restaurants and a fleet of ten boats. They do have not only Jesus Boats in their collections, also the more conventional tour boats. They organize different cruises for everyone, ranging from party boats in the evening and night, religious cruises in Jesus Boats, Dinner boats and more. But also here you need to look out of cutting the trip short by the shippers to save fuel.

The last, but not the least is the Sea of Galilee Worship Boats, which is managed by Daniel, a converted Christian. They have a fleet of boats and focus on the Christian public for boat trips. They are highly professional and truly offers an excellent experience to anyone booking a tour.

Prices for a tour on the Sea of Galilee range from company to company. The reasonable price for an individual wanting a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee is between the $15 and $25, and not more.

The duration of a boat tour is between 40-60 minutes, unless they declare it differently before the tour.

The price of hiring the Jesus Boat with shipper is from $250 for a hour.

  • For those, who want to have a Holy Mass on the Sea of Galilee, you need to provide your own priest. Contact Wim the Guide for a list.
  • With tours from Wim the Guide, he always asks his groups for their preferences. For example, if they want to catch their own fish (with or without a little help of the shipper) and to eat it in the restaurants in Tiberias. Or a praying session or a Holy Mass, or swimming at certain locations in the Sea of Galilee. Or maybe to organize live music on the tour. And there is no reason that you can ask this yourself to the boat company instead of letting Wim organize it.

Galilee Sailing LTD

Address: Yigal Alon Promenade | Ancient Boat Museum, Tiberias 14122, Israel
Phone Number: +972-50-939-7000
Sun – Thu 7:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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Holy Land Sailing

Address: Tiberias Marina, Tiberias 14100, Israel
Phone Number: +972-46723006
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Lido

Tel: (972)-4-6710800
Fax:(972)-4-6790470
E-Mail: decks@barak.net.il
Address : The Lido beach, Gdud Barak Rd.    P.O.BOX: 253   Tiberias   Zip:14102
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Sea of Galilee Worship Boats

Tiberias Pier, Tiberias, Israel
Phone Number: 972-54-6864247
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This tour is for Orthodox visitors to the Holy Land. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, followed by Caesarea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Jerusalem, Qumran, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada and the Negev. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German, Dutch, Russian and Greek.

You will visit the following cities or places in this tour:

Day 1 – Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Day 2 – Caesarea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee
Day 3 – Sea of Galilee
Day 4 – Golan
Day 5 – Golan, Jerusalem
Day 6 – Jerusalem (old city)
Day 7 – Jerusalem (old city)
Day 8 – Jerusalem (new city)
Day 9 – Qumran, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada
Day 10 – Negev

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Tour itinerary

Day 1 – Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Jaffa
Jaffa
  1. JaffaAncient city, thousands of years oldMap
  2. Jaffa port – Ancient port
  3. Simon the Tanner’s homeSt. Peter (Apostle) had a significant dream
  4. Kedumim SquareVisitor Center Square
  5. Sheinkin Streetfamous, happening streets in Tel AvivMap.
  6. Carmel marketmust-sees market in Tel AvivMap.
  7. Nachlat Binyamin Arts & Crafts FairArt market
  8. Evening tour – We supply evening entertainment in Tel Aviv for you

Day 2 – Caesarea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee

  1. Caesarea National Parkmost important cities in the Roman worldMap.
  2. Roman theater, the hippodrome and Herod’s palace
  3. Tel Megiddois an ancient city, counting currently 26 layers of ruins, is created 7,000 BC (making it 9,000 years old)Map.
  4. Mount Tabor – Map.
  5. Church of the Transfiguration – Map.
  6. Nazareth Villagetouch the time of Jesus, see its sights, hear its sounds …Map.
  7. Church of St. GabrielOrthodox counterpart to the Catholic BasilicaMap.
  8. Kfar Cana Wedding churchJesus turned water into wine at a wedding, at the behest of his mother MaryMap.
  9. Sea of Galilee – Map.
  10. Evening tour – Evening entertainment and a small tour

Day 3 – Sea of Galilee

Capernaum 1

  1. Kibbutz Ginosar – … famous 2,000 year-old Galilee Boat – Map.
  2. Boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee –
  3. CapernaumJesus’ “own town” – Map.
  4. BethsaidaMiracles, home to Peter, Andrew and Philip and cursed …
  5. Kursi –
  6. Primacy of Petercommemorates Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter after a fish breakfast 
  7. Tabghablessed by seven springs … – Map.
  8. Korazim – Map.
  9. Mount of Beatitudes – – Map.

Day 4 – Golan

Gamla Nature Reserve
Gamla Nature Reserve
  1. Biblical Bashan (Alonei Habashan) – Map.
  2. Gamlathe Masada of the north – Map.
  3. Katzrin –
  4. Mitzpe Gadot Lookoutabandoned Syrian post 
  5. Kibbutz El Romm & the Valley of Tearsscene of important battles of the Yom Kippur War
  6. Hula Valley –
  7. Druze villagesDruze villages with exceptionally unique character
  8. Tel Dancombines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience
  9. Caesarea Philippi or Baniaspeaceful spot for prayer and reflection

Day 5 – Golan, Jerusalem

Yardenit Jordan River Baptizing
Yardenit Jordan River Baptizing
  1. YardenitFor those who wants to baptize, you can here.
  2. Beit She’anlike a walk through time
  3. Mount Gilboa – – Map.
  4. Jericho – – Map.
  5. Mount Scopuspanorama of Bethlehem, the Judean Desert and the New City
  6. Evening tour – A small tour with dining and entertainment

Day 6 – Jerusalem (old city)

Dome of the Ascension
Dome of the Ascension
  1. Mount of Olives –  most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures
  2. Pater Noster – Sanctuary of the Eleona
  3. Dome of Ascensionshrine marking the place where Jesus is believed to have ascended to heaven
  4. Palm Sunday Roadbiblical road that Jesus followed when he entered into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
  5. Dominus Flevit Churchwhen “Jesus wept” over the death of Lazarus
  6. Garden of Gethsemaneyoung saplings when Jesus came here with the disciples on that fateful night after the Last Supper
  7. Grotto of Gethsemaneplace where Jesus, betrayed by Judas, was arrested
  8. Pools of Bethesdamiraculous healing of a paralyzed man by Jesus
  9. Via Dolorosa – the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion
  10. Church of the Holy Sepulchrewhere Jesus was crucified
  11. Church of the Holy Sepulchre Chapelsplace where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial 
  12. Garden Tombthe site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus

Day 7 – Jerusalem (old city)

Old City Jewish Quarter
Old City Jewish Quarter
  1. Mount Zionhighest point in ancient Jerusalem
  2. King David’s Tombthousand-year-old building that houses the Tomb of King David
  3. Room of the Last SupperJesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples
  4. Jewish Quarter
  5. Western Wall last remnant of the Temple in Jerusalem
  6. Western Wall Tunnelsmassive as the open-air portion of the Western Wall is – at over 180 feet long and over 60 feet high
  7. Temple Mountwhere Abraham offered Isaac
  8. Davidson Visitors Centerexperience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors
  9. City of Davidplace where King David established his kingdom
  10. Hezekiah’s Tunnel1,500-foot-long-tunnel created by King Hezekiah
  11. Pool of Siloamwhen Jesus cured a blind man with a mud mixture

Day 8 – Jerusalem (new city)

Ein Karem
Ein Karem
  1. Yad VashemHolocaust remembrance and education center
  2. Children Memorialtribute to the approximately 1.5 million Jewish children who died during Holocaust
  3. Ein Karem – – Map.
  4. Israel Museumdisplays relating to archaeology, Judaica, ethnography, history and culture 
  5. KnessetIsraeli Parliament Building 
  6. Ben Yehuda pedestrian malls – beating heart of center-city life in the capital
  7. Nahalat Shiva pedestrian mallspicturesque neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem
  8. Mahane Yehuda Market – largest open market in Israel

Day 9 – Qumran, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada

Masada Mountain & Cable Car
Masada Mountain & Cable Car
  1. QumranHiding places of the Dead Sea Scrolls 
  2. Essenescarried within themselves all of the seeds of Christianity and of future western civilization
  3. Ein Gedioasis of Ein Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea 
  4. Masadadesert fortress of Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea 
  5. Dead Sea – high mineral content allows nothing to live in its waters
  6. Evening tour – Entertainment in the desert

Day 10 – Negev

Mini Israel Theme Park
Mini Israel Theme Park
  1. Valley of Ayalonsuccession of stories about biblical, historical and modern events and battles over the two traditional roads to Jerusalem 
  2. Emmaus Nicopolisvictory of Gorgias and two disciples met Jesus 
  3. Valley of ElahDavid’s epic battle against Goliath 
  4. Beit Guvrin National Park –
  5. Tel Maresha –
  6. Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape ReserveAncient agricultural terraces 
  7. Mini Israel theme park – 350 intricate, hand-crafted, true-to-life scale models
  8. Evening tour – Entertainment in the wilderness

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On multiple day tours, where we will be sleeping outside the Tiberias area, the customer is also responsible to pay my lodging and meals.

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My fee is $150 per full day of touring. This means either a walking tour or a tour where you provide transportation. My fee for half day tours is $100. In some cases I need to charge transport money. Go to Top

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I arrange for you myself as the guide and transportation as you require. Call me +972-52-483-9865 or email me: wim.vincken@gmail.com

  1. Guiding, vehicle, driver and fuel for a full day
    – Up to 6 people for up to 10 hours and 200 km is $450.
  2. Guiding, vehicle, driver and fuel for a full day
    – Up to 16 people for up to 10 hours and 200 km is $750.
  3. Guiding, vehicle, driver and fuel for a full day
    – Up to 30 people for up to 10 hours and 200 km is $950.

Keep in mind that there are many guides who both drive and guide at the same time and charge a higher (or similar) rate. Here you are getting a dedicated driver besides me as a guide. This means that I can give you my full attention while the driver gives his full attention to the road! Also there are often sites where the driver will be able to drop us off in one area to walk around and tour and then pick us up in a different area rather than having to walk back to the vehicle. This is by far the best way to tour!
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