Sea of Galilee - A magical place to visit

Published on June 25, 2019 by IBMT

Sea of Galilee - Wonderful place

In life, some things you may only get to do once, and a visit to the Sea of Galilee is one such vacation. Holy Land tour packages wouldn’t be complete without time spent in the area that is by far some of the most beautiful in the entire country. Holy land tours from Canada and the US can be booked through our office at IBMT Tours and we a great reputation for booking quality Holy Land tours packages that satisfy every detail on the traveler’s to-do list. With many competing attractions in Israel, the region of Galilee stands out as a place where the travelers can enjoy a great many activities in a small area. It saves on long bus or car rides from stop to stop and the local culture and customs are easily assumed when you visit Galilee. In Galilee, the locals will tell that there are two distinct and separate areas – Upper and Lower Galilee. A rugged, mountainous area that offers tranquil views of the entire area is part of the allure of this area. There is a great deal of natural beauty, immense cultural history and plenty of historical attractions to stimulate your interests. In Lower Galilee, you will be able to visit many ancient villages and see well-defined agriculture that has been a staple of the local economy for thousands of years. To get a handle on the area of Galilee, it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the west, has the Jezreel Valley as the backstop in the south and the Jordan Valley as its eastern border. With some many activities available in Galilee, a vacationer can be forgiven if they don’t get to take in everything, it just means they will have to come back to see what they missed in this beautiful section of Israel.

Galilee, a vacationer’s paradise

When you make Galilee your vacation destination, you have a choice of many different activities to fill your days. For the novice traveler to the seasoned adventurer of the world, Galilee holds something for everyone and it is presented in an unpretentious style that befits the area.

  • For the adventure traveler, and or hiker, you couldn’t go to a better part of Israel than Galilee. For the nature lover or hiker in you, you can feast on the scenery from spectacular views; travel the verdant valleys, and the hills and wide landscapes that call Galilee home. Historical sites abound and they will compete for your attention, as will the quaint picturesque villages that are way stations along your nature trip journey.
  • If white sand beaches are what you crave when you visit the region of Galilee, you can have them in abundance. The turquoise, crystal clear waters of the Sea of Galilee have hosted tourists for many years and the relaxation factor is understated when you experience a day at the beach. In this area, make sure to visit Rosh Hanrika – this geographical formation contains white, rocky cliffs and caves that have been carved out of the rock over thousands of years and exploring them are treat like no other.
  • In other parts of Galilee, you can be part of the urban art culture – the area hosts many art galleries and is home to some of the greatest cosmopolitan art that is produced in Israel. In the eastern region, you can visit the Rosh Pina and Safed areas that hold many excellent encounters for art lovers the world over.
  • Before you leave Galilee, you must try some of the excellent restaurants and bistros that the region is famous for. Traditional Israeli cuisine from renowned restaurants like Ein Camonim, Auberge Shulamit, Muscat, Gaucho and Dag Al Ha’dan restaurant is waiting to seat you and serve you from their expansive menus.

It doesn’t matter if you're a romantic, an adventure traveler, a group or families with kids there is lots to see and do in the region of Galilee and there is nobody better to show you the sights and sounds of Galilee than our company IBMT Tours. When you consult our travel company for next trip to the Holy Land, we want you to be aware that we have been working for more than 30-years to make vacations a thing to cherish and behold. Don’t settle for less, make a phone call to our office at IBMT Tours today at 1.877.977.4268 and let's get you packing for your Galilee vacation.


We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.

For years, it had been a deep desire of mine to lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land.  I’m not sure how it happened (perhaps the grace of God), but I ended up working with Israel Biblical Mission Tours (IBMT) and specifically Ornan Sharaby.   Because I had never led a group like this before, I needed guidance.  Ornan and his team were wonderfully helpful.  They answered all my questions, and never seemed irritated when I called or emailed with what some might have considered a “Silly question.”  Then, when it was close to departure time, I had some apprehensions.  Ornan assured me that he had taken care of everything.  On the day of our departure, we (a group of 27) had no issues whatsoever.  As predicted, everything was “Taken care of.”  The flight experience was good.

Upon our arrival in Israel, the bus and the guide were waiting for us, took us to our Hotel, and we slept well.  We departed on our experience the next morning. 

As we progressed day by day, my wife and I were extremely pleased (as was the entire group).  Every detail of our trip was laid out, and we were treated so very well by everyone.  We experienced no difficulties at all.  It was truly better than we had anticipated.  My compliments to IBMT, and to Ornan and his team.  I simply cannot imagine things going any better.  Our itinerary was wonderful, our bus, and driver were phenomenal, and our guide was friendly, fun, and extremely knowledgeable.  They all made sure that we had an incredible Holy Experience…and we DID!

Every single member of our trip was overwhelmed with the experience, and went out of their way to tell me that their Holy Land Pilgrimage exceeded their expectations. 

Finally, on our last day in Israel, our driver and our guide, expressed their appreciation to us, and made sure that we arrived at the airport on time, and then our guide took up to the right place and helped us get checked in. 

I therefore, with no trepidation whatsoever, very highly recommend IBMT and Mr. Ornan Sharaby when you plan your Holy Land experience.  You could not be in better hands.

Pastor Stan Patterson
Church 213  Covington, Georgia

This was an incredible tour of Israel with IBMT Tours and I loved the additional trip to Petra as well. We had a very knowledgeable guide from Israel who gave us an extensive explanation of everything we saw in Israel. All of the hotels I stayed in were great with comfortable beds and wonderful buffet breakfasts!!

Dear Brother Ornan and Brother Thomas,

We, KBCUSA had a wonderful time with IBMT Holy Land Tour in November 2014. It was really great joy for our group, the members of Karen Baptist Churches USA. You have fulfilled our great expectation to visit the Holy Land. We all appreciate for your well arrangement for excellent hotels, Tours and the tour guide and the drivers as well. Especially we appreciate for your kind arrangement from Canada even we were on the Tour in Israel and the warmly and kind assists of Mr. Thomas Portmann who taking care of us as his family. We really enjoy the trip with IBMT. And this year, we will be going to Israel with your Tour again. I would like to invite you to visit and present about the upcoming tour at our KBCUSA annual meeting which will be held in Buffalo in July 23-15, 2015. We expect about 500 people at the conference. 

Thanks and God bless you.

My trip to the Holy Land Israel

It is a dream trip is a desired journey, but God is the one who knows when your turn is and when is your time. Since I was at a young age I always wanted to know the world. I thought where Jesus was born, my love for God and my faith; it grew and grew inside of me and with it to know the steps of Jesus. I dreamed about knowing of what I have always heard where Jesus was born, where the Angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and to know where Jesus was born and suffered so much on his way with the cross. Well my dream came true and even more because I received a wonderful grace of the Lord that I know that everyone that visit those distant and blessed lands of the lord receive with open arms and those who seeks him receive his blessing if you come with open heart. It happened I went in the search of my heart to have an encounter with the Lord and I found it, I meet where he walked, where he suffer, where he celebrated his last dinner even where he was born and was happy healing the poor and those who knew of him.

One day my daughter Paloma tells me Mom go to Holy Land, go to Israel she said because she knows that in my heart I knew that I had this thirst the one that it will not heal with any water only with the water that only the Lord knows how to take away. I stared at her and I said to her ok Paloma I want to go, she stood up like guided by the Holy Spirit and immediately started to make arrangements. I still did not understand that God used her so that I can go in search of him, that he had plans for me.

She like the Sheppard contacted Mr. Ornan at Holyland Tours and it was the best decision since we wanted to find the right person to do a religious tour, but I turn up short because it was not only a religious tour with the content discipline and knowledge of the history that our tour guide made this experience masterly

I know that everything was prepared by this gentleman, the attention, the good service offered by Mr. Ornan, and after arriving to my first destination Tel Aviv I was to be reunited with my group and to begin our crossing it was something wonderful a trip that I will never forget and without being afraid of being wrong with my age 47 years old it was the best trip I ever had.

1. The places we visit like Caesaria, Haifa Acre, Tiberías. Capernaum, Banias, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jerusalém and Massada. These where places that where impregnated in my heart and specially the Old City where I had the divine experience with the lord, where I felt that God touched my heart where I felt that I was not there by accident that I was in this place because God had a plan for me.

I invite everyone that have not yet been to visit these holy places and the land of God to go, to give yourself this wonderful gift because this will change your life and heart, we know how we arrive but we do not know how we will leave. It is so that I assure you that if you arrive with your hearts open and are willing to let god fill you with love you will receive his blessing not only for yourself but for your family as well, give yourself this gift and let god heal you and blessed your heart and give yourself the opportunity to Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus

Dear Thomas:

It was my intention to write to you upon returning from Israel, to tell you how awesome and wonderful the tour turned out to be.

Thomas, I am still in awe of the modernity and beauty of Israel , even though I know that my level of enjoyment and excitement there could have been much less were my cousin and I not fortunate enough to have the intelligence, knowledgeable and dedicated tour guide that Doron Kaufman was / is. I took a total of 1,750 photos; I will be making a photobook from them.

About our guide Doron — He was always pleasant (smiling) and caring, the best tour guide I have ever experienced. His impartation of what he knows about Israel is in its own ilk and he made every trip seem special.

It will interest you to know that I’ve been selling Israel to all my friends, work colleagues and family, telling all how safe I felt under the guidance of your representative and for them to be sure to book a trip there at some time via IBMT Tours’ Thomas Portman. I also encouraged each to ensure t that their tour guide be none other than Doron Kaufman.

So, until my next trip to Israel and with warmest wishes and kindest regards.


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