If you love history and hiking or biking, then Israel has a wonderful place for you to visit. The Sea of Galilee Trail is a 35-mile trail, divided into 7 segments, that goes around most of the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a freshwater lake. The trail takes you through awe-inspiring, historic, and spiritual landscapes in Israel. The trail passes iconic religious sites of the region, including Capernaum, the Jordan River (both where it flows into and out of the Sea of Galilee), the iconic Greek Orthodox Church of the Apostles, the ruins of Ayish, and Amnun Bay.
Google Map of Sea of Galilee and Surrounding Towns
The trail can be walked, or biked, in segments. Hiking the full path around Lake Kinneret, as it is called by Israelis, will take approximately four days. The path is not difficult: it is mostly flat – there are no mountains and one hill. Along the way you can stop by hotels, beaches, campsites, and restaurants. At Israel Celebration Tours, we recommend hiking the trail for a few hours early in the morning (before 10 am, especially in the summer) and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on one of the beaches, visiting a spa, and having a relaxing meal in one of the local restaurants.
The route is marked with a two white stripes with a purple stripe down the middle. Some segments of the trail are paved, while others are left wild.
The Sea of Galilee Trail ties in with other hiking trails including the Jesus Trail (Nazareth to Capernaum), and the Israel National Trail (from Metulla to Eilat).
When planning for this activity, be sure to have comfortable hiking or biking shoes, hats, sunglasses, and plenty of water. In summertime, a bus service runs around the lake, making every segment easily accessible. On the the south-western side of the lake, near the junction with Road 90 and the entrance to Kibbutz Ginosar, the Tsalmon Stream Promenade is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.