Tiberias is the lowest city in Israel, at 200 meters below the sea level, situated on the shoreline of Lake Kinneret, the biblical name of the Sea of Galilee, also referred to as Sea of Gennesaret or Sea of Tiberias. Herod Antipas, who founded the city around 20 C.E., named it after the Tiberius, a Roman Emperor. Deeply associated with Jewish history, Tiberias is considered to be one the holy cities for Judaism along with Jerusalem, Safed and Hebron. It was the centre of religious and political activities of Jews from the second to the tenth century.
Tiberias was a significant spiritual center in the Mishnaic era and the Talmudic era, and later became the Galilean capital in the Muslim Empire around 1187. After a decline, the Ottoman Turks revived the city, which suffered a major earthquake in 1837. However, Zionist pioneers established part of the first kibbutzim of Israel, and with the establishment of Israel, newcomers flocked Tiberias, increasing the population. Tiberias is also the place where Jesus performed numerous miracles, including walking on water, and calming the storm in the Sea of Galilee. Hence it is also a renowned pilgrimage destination for the Christians.
Ever since Roman times, Tiberias has been a well-known tourist destination, even in the ancient world, particularly as a recreation spa comprising natural hot springs over 600 feet below the sea level. Some of its historical attractions include Daher El-Amar’s eighteenth century fortress, the Church of St. Peter, Jewish ritual bath and the city wall’s black basalt remnants. Pilgrims visit the important burial sites of many Jewish sages, including tombs of Rabbi Yochanan Ben-Zakai, Rabbi Akiva, and that of Maimonides, a great sage and philosopher. Yardenit is a site traditionally identified by Christians as the place of Jesus’ baptism, attracting thousands of believers.
Dona Gracia Museum in Tiberias depicts Gracia Nasi’s story, of saving Jewish refugees of Spanish inquisition, through vivid visuals and sound effects. Hamat Tiberias National Park consists of seventeen hot springs having a water temperature of 60 degree Celsius, infused with about hundred minerals, offering unique therapeutic qualities. Its healing qualities are popular since ancient times. Bethsaida, on the northeast shore, is a beautiful fishing village, and the home of Peter and Andrew, the apostles of Jesus. Kibbutz Ginosar to the north of Tiberias has a museum dedicated to Israel’s great Statesman namely Yigal Allon. It also has a ‘Jesus boat’, which is 2000 years old, excavated from Kinneret in 1985.
Degania Aleph, the oldest Kibbutz of Israel is found south of the sea, and Migdal, the old town of Mary Magdalene is located to the north of Tiberias. Capernaum, on the south is a lakeside town depicting the biblical days. Mount Bernice, in the proximity of Tiberias offers a spectacular view, and has the remains of Anchor Church. Mount of Beatitudes, which is also close by, signifies Jesus’ Sermon on this Mount, where the twelve apostles were chosen. The Greek Orthodox Church with prayer houses and religions icons is also popular.
With a variety of lodging places, the marina in Tiberias offers boat rides, and fabulous views of the sunset. A pleasant promenade along the lakeside leads to the central broadwalk up to downtown, a lively commercial hub with restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Apart from the pilgrimage sites, Tiberias offers contemporary attractions, serene beaches and active water sports, forming an excellent vacation destination.
The hotel is located in the centre of Tiberius, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. From this lovely area with many restaurants, shops and cafes, it is a 20 minutes’ walk to the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Situated alongside the lakeside promenade, the Caesar Premier Tiberius occupies a prime position overlooking the historical Sea of Galilee and close to the area’s main shopping and entertainment centers.
Located on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, the hotel is close to the Golan Heights and the adventurous attractions found there.
Located high on a mountain, this Glatt- Kosher hotel mainly caters for Jewish religious travelers. At this peaceful location, just minutes from Tiberius, there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The Nof Ginosar kibbutz hotel is located on the shores of the Sea of Galliee, 10 minutes drive from Tiberius. It offers peaceful surroundings and comfortable rooms overlooking the gardens or the mountains.
With a central position in the historic city of Tiberius, the Prima Galil Tiberius Hotel offers great views over the city and the Sea of Galilee.
Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel is ideally located directly on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with a wonderful view of the Golan Heights. It also offers extensive spa facilities.