Nazareth and Sea of Galilee Tour A Day Trip to Christian Sites in the Galilee

Revised and Updated - April 2024

The Best Nazareth and Galilee Tour

  • Embark on an unforgettable journey to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River in northern Israel. This private day tour will take you to Christian sites of historical significance while traversing the stunning landscapes of the Galilee mountains and valleys. Prepare to be captivated by magnificent views as you explore locations that encapsulate pivotal moments in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Sea of Galilee and conclude your journey at the Yardenit baptismal site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Alternatively, you can tailor your experience by selecting from a range of optional sites based on your personal preferences and interests. This private day tour to the Galilee promises an enriching experience filled with discovery, spiritual reflection, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
View of the sea of galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes israel

Galilee Tour With a Private Driver

  • With the convenience of a dedicated driver for the whole day you enjoy unparalleled accessibility, full flexibility and the invaluable insights of a local knowledgeable expert who knows the area like the back of his hand. Enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace, lingering at each destination, and exploring off-the-beaten-path gems often missed by conventional tours. Whether you choose to adjust the route on the fly or add extra stops along the way, the day is yours to shape as you desire. 
  • Time-efficiency is key on this action-packed Galilee tour, given the substantial driving distances and potential traffic delays. Furthermore, these popular tourist sites attract large amounts of visitors year-round, making it essential to factor in waiting times and adhere to opening hours. To maximize your Galilee tour experience, my advice is to kick off early and stay ahead of the tourist influx as much as possible. Following these tips can help you unlock the full potential of your Galilee tour adventure and create lasting memories to cherish.

Going on a Galilee Tour From Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?

  • The starting point for this Galilee tour can be tailored to your preference for pick-up. If departing from Haifa, the journey to Nazareth typically takes around 40 minutes, while reaching the Sea of Galilee requires approximately an hour’s drive. Departing from Tel Aviv extends the travel time to 1.5 hours for Nazareth and 2 hours for the Sea of Galilee. If Jerusalem is your chosen starting point, expect an additional 50-60 minutes added to the travel duration from Tel Aviv.

My Suggested Itinerary

Unveiling Nazareth: Where History Comes Alive

  • Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, serves as your first stop. Immerse yourself in the spiritual significance of the Church of the Annunciation, believed to mark the spot where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Explore the grotto within the church, revered as the remains of Mary’s childhood home. Adjacent is the Church of St. Joseph, believed to stand on the site of Jesus’s father’s carpentry workshop.
  • Just outside Nazareth, take in the panoramic vistas from Mount Precipice, (also known as Mount of Precipitation or Mount of the Leap of the Lord) the place where Jesus is said to have escaped a hostile crowd.
  • Cana of Galilee offers a glimpse into the site where Jesus performed his first miracle, transforming water into wine at a wedding feast. Breathe in the beauty of the rolling green hills, a hallmark of the Galilee region, as you continue your eastward journey.

The Sea of Galilee: Tranquil Waters and Sacred Sites

  • The majestic Sea of Galilee unfolds before you, its crystal-blue waters framed by the imposing Golan Heights. Follow the western shore, passing through Tiberias, one of Judaism’s four holy cities. Steeped in history, Tiberias boasts a charming Old City and rejuvenating hot springs, perfect for soaking in the tranquility after a day of exploration.
  • Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, traditionally considered the location of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Atop the mount, a Roman Catholic chapel offers breathtaking panoramas of the Sea of Galilee and its surrounding valley. Imagine Jesus delivering his profound teachings against this idyllic backdrop.
  • On the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee lies Tabgha, a place of profound significance in Christian tradition. Here, nestled within serene surroundings, stands the Church of the Loaves and Fishes (also known as the Church of Multiplication), commemorating the miraculous event where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes to feed a multitude. Additionally, Tabgha holds importance as the site where Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, reinforcing its spiritual significance.
  • Adjacent to the Church of the Loaves and Fishes is the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, another significant Christian landmark. This church commemorates the biblical account where Jesus conferred primacy upon Peter, instructing him to “feed my sheep.” Pilgrims visiting this site can reflect upon the foundational role of Peter within the Christian faith while enjoying the tranquil beauty of the Sea of Galilee’s shores.
  • Delve into the ancient fishing village of Capernaum, believed to be the home of Saint Peter. Explore the archaeological excavations, revealing remnants of houses, churches, and synagogues from various historical periods. A modern memorial boasts a glass floor, providing a unique perspective of the ruins below. Imagine the bustling life of this village in Jesus’s time.
  • The Sea of Galilee Boat, also known as Jesus Boat, is an ancient fishing boat unearthed in 1986 along the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galile. This remarkable discovery dates back to the 1st century AD, offering a tangible connection to the time of Jesus. It is on display in a special hall at the Yigal Alon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar.
  • Magdala, once a prosperous fishing town on the Sea of Galilee’s western shore, is believed to be Mary Magdalene’s birthplace. Today, it’s an archaeological park and Catholic center, offering visitors a glimpse into its rich history and spiritual significance.

Jordan River: Where Faith Meets the Flow

  • Conclude your tour at Yardenit, the baptismal site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Experience this deeply spiritual location, where pilgrims worldwide follow the tradition of being baptized in the Jordan River. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the surroundings and contemplate the significance of this sacred place.

Optional Sites Along the Way

  • Mount Tabor – A prominent half-sphere-shaped peak in the Galilee that hosts the revered Church of the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to mark the spot where Jesus was transfigured before his disciples. The church, with its stunning architecture and tranquil surroundings, offers lush greenery and panoramic views that attract pilgrims and travelers alike, serving as a serene setting for spiritual contemplation.
  • Tel Megiddo – This ancient mound bears witness to millennia of human history. Mentioned in biblical texts as the site of Armageddon, Tel Megiddo’s archaeological remains unveil layers of ancient civilizations and provide insights into the region’s strategic importance. It stands as a testament to the intersection of history, spirituality, and prophecy in the heart of the Galilee.

Other Optional Locations and Attractions

  • Tiberias hot springs – Recently renovated and reopened, this site in Tiberias offers its visitors mineral-rich water up to 60 C° emerging from 17 hot springs deep underground. Immerse yourself in a variety of indoor and outdoor pools, indulge in dry and wet saunas, undergo spa treatments, and unwind in the comfort of a boutique hotel and restaurant.
  • Hamat Gader Hot Springs – Discover these hot springs, a natural wonder near the tripoint of Israel Jordan, and Syria. With open swimming pools and hot mineral springs reaching temperatures of up to 50°C, this site, located 150 meters below sea level, also offers a boutique hotel, a camping site and an alligator farm.
  • Bet She’an National Park – This site stands as one of Israel’s most exciting archaeological sites, a must-visit attraction for travelers to the region. Explore the well-preserved Roman city featuring historic ruins, including an ancient bath house, an impressive Roman theater, colonnaded streets, and houses.
  • Tzipori National Park – Zippori, once the capital of the Galilee, house of the Sanhedrin and the place where the Mishna was completed. Marvel at archeological ruins like the theater, the Jewish quarter, the Crusader castle, and Dionysus house.
  • Sailing on the Sea of Galilee – Experience the spiritual allure of Sailing on the Sea of Galilee, navigating wooden boats where Jesus miraculously walked on water. This attraction provides a spiritual experience for pilgrims, allowing them to connect with the Sea of Galilee’s powerful legacy.


From the ancient streets of Nazareth to the serene shores of the Sea of Galilee and the sacred waters of the Jordan River, every spot along this fascinating day tour offers a profound encounter with history, faith, and nature. Whether you’re tracing the footsteps of Jesus in Capernaum, experiencing the tranquility of the Mount of Beatitudes, or renewing your spirit at the Jordan River, this day tour to the Sea of Galilee promises to be a transformative experience. Exploring the timeless beauty and spiritual significance of the Galilee, you will treasure unforgettable memories and gain a deeper appreciation for this remarkable region.


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About The Author

Moshe Barak is a highly knowledgeable and reputable private taxi service operator in Israel, renowned for his professional approach, friendly attitude, and attention to details.
With over 20 years of experience and a long list of satisfied customers he is the trusted choice by many international travelers seeking reliable transportation with a personal touch during their trip to Israel.

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