Kinneret Travel Guide

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Kinneret Things to Do

  • Yardenit Baptismal Site

    Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John… Although not the original site where baptism of Jesus took place (this most probably happened according to Mathew at Qasr el Yahud, 115km further south, just over Dead Sea) thousands of people (especially Christian pilgrims but also many from other beliefs) come to Yardenit (little...

  • Bet Gabriel on the Kinneret

    The Bet Gabriel on the Kinneret is a social and Cultural Center located at the South Eastern Side of the Sea of Galilee, close to the original armistice line between Israel and Syria in 1948. This Cultural Center was host to the historic 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty between then King Hussein of Jordan and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel....

  • Eat St. Peter's Fish (Tilapia)

    If you are on a Christian Pilgrimage to the Sea of Galilee Region, where Jesus began and Ministry and stayed with his 12 Apostles for 3 years, then you will be served the Iconic Fish that was the fish that was multiplied with loaves of Bread during the Miracle of the Fish and Loaves and also Tilapia were one of the three main types of fish caught...

  • Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)

    Kinneret Town is named after the the Judeo Aramaic Word for the Sea of Galilee, which is the only freshwater lake in Israel and is the center of Jesus Ministry for 3 years before he embarked to Jerusalem and hence is a major part of the Christian Pilgrimage as many of the biblical sites related to Jesus and the 12 Apostles are related to this...

  • Golan Heights

    If you are going to Capernaum and Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes, the drive is nearer coming from Kinneret to those destinations via driving along the east side of the Sea of Galilee where you will pass by the historic and controversial Golan Heights, which commands a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee and which was actually a part of Syria...

  • The Real Border of Syria and Israel

    Part of Kinneret is the actual border between Israel and Syria as this is where the armistice line was forged in 1948 after the Israel War of Independence, before the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where Israel Occupied and annexed the Golan Heights (not recognized by the United Nations nor by any Country of the World). The Armistice...

  • Roman Catholic Baptism at the Yardenit...

    Many Roman Catholics on Pilgrimage here in Israel would be more conservative in the Jordan River Baptism in that instead of donning the Traditional White Robes being rented at the Site, Prefer to be just Sprinkled in the Head with water from the Jordan River, as a tradition as the sacrament of baptism in Roman Catholic Church is when a babyor an...

  • Christian Baptism at the Jordan River

    All Christians of all denominations have a dream of being baptized on the Jordan River whether they be Roman Catholics, Eastern Rite Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, Coptic Christians, etc. but only a few can make it as the cost to go to Israel if you live far is very expensive and about 40,000 Christians get baptized at...

  • Jordan River

    The Jordan River is sacred to Christians from all over the World as this was the Site of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in AD 30. the Jordan River is mentioned about 175 times in the Old Testament and about 15 times in the New Testament. The word Jordan comes from the Hebrew word 'yardane' meaning descender which is appropriate for...

  • The Wall of The Baptism of Jesus at...

    around the Yardenit Baptism Site are various engravings from around the world that is translated into most languages of the world where Christianity is present that depicts the Baptism of Jeus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. it depicts various biblical verses from both the Old Testament and the New Testament that records the Jewish...

  • Yardenit – Baptismal Site

    Yardenit is the Baptismal site located at the Southern end of the Sea of Galilee. This place is not far from the where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea on its way down to the Dead Sea.Yardenit is a sacred holy area. People come from all over the world to visit this unique site.According to these texts, the baptism site is probably close to the...

  • Community Wall

    The "Community Wall" welcomes the visitors at the entrance to Yardenit. It describes the Baptism of Jesus Christ with the text taken from the New Testament written by the Armenian artist Hagop Antreassian in both ancient and modern languages.“These panels are dedicated to Christians throughout the World, who at this place, have followed their...


Kinneret Restaurants

  • Restaurant at Bet Gabriel Cultural...

    Bet Gabriel Cultural Center has a fine dining Restaurant and Bar the faces the Southern Sea of Galillee where you can find Panoramic Views of the Sea of Galilee more so by dining al fresco outside. Tchelet Restaurant serves Italian and Middle Eastern and Israeli Cuisine . This Kosher restaurant serves an assortment of home made pasta, fish...

  • Snack Stand at Yardenit Baptism Site

    Besides having a small souvenir area outside the main building at Yardenit, the have a snack stand cum small souvenir store beside the Jordan River Baptism Site that sells snack foods and refreshments to hungry and thirsty christian pilgrims in the Baptism Site. They have bottled water, assorted fresh juices, sports and electrolyte replenishment...

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Kinneret Transportation

  • How to go there

    Yardenit is located on river Jordan at the south exit of Sea of Galilee, just behind the gate of the Dam that is used on rainy winters to lower the level of the lake. It is located just outside Kinneret kibbutz, 10km south of Tiberias, 40km W of NazarethBy carWe drove from Tiberias in less than 10’. There is a large parking lot with plenty of space...

  • Big Tour Buses from Nazareth or Tiberias

    Nazareth and Tiberias are the popular base areas to start a multi day tour or Pilgrimage into Northern Israel and if you are coming from Tiberias, Kinneret is just a 20 kilometer and 25 minute drive south and if coming from Nazareth, the drive is about 46 kilometers and 50 minutes away (but you would pass by other pilgrimage sites like Mount...

  • How to get to Yardenit

    Yardenit is located at the bank of the Jordan River near Kibbutz Kinneret on the southwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Or the Kinneret Lake). It is located in the north of the Jordan Valley, 6 kilometers southern of Tiberias and 28 km from Nazareth. We got to Yardenit by bus. It took us half an hour.You can watch my 4min 21 sec HD Video ...


Kinneret Shopping

  • what to shop in Yardenit

    What a trap! If you want to visit Yardenit you must go through the large souvenir store, oh yes, it’s strategically located there waiting for the thousands of visitors that come and go daily. Obviously there many religious related items (rosaries, wooden crosses, statues, icons) but also regular souvenirs (magnets, tshirts, glasses etc) and many...

  • Yardenit Souvenir Store

    Yardenit actually has two souvenir stores, at the main entrance and exit going to the Yardenit Jordan River Baptism Site and a small stall cum eatey located in the baptism grounds, just beside the rest rooms. These souvenir stores have all the obligatory souvenir items, both the secular like fridge magnets, post cards, key chains, books, t-shirts,...

  • Shopping in Yardenit

    The Souvenir shop within the Visitors Center is designed in the form of a bazaar in a Galilean style typical of the time of Jesus. It sells numerous holy items and rents robes and towels to the visitors, who take home a Baptism or a Rededication certificate. You can see my Certificate which proves that I visited Yardenit and made an ablution there...


Kinneret Local Customs

  • Yardenit Fridge Magnets

    Well, what can I say, By now, everybody knows that I love to collect fridge magnets and shot glasses from my travels everywhere and being here in Yardenit, the Jordan River Baptism site in Israel is no different. they have lots of different kinds of refrigerator magnets but I could not find any shot glasses. the fridge magnets are avialable in...

  • Baptism in the Jordan River

    Visitors usually dress in white robes to enter into the Jordan River. It costs 20 NIS ($5). Entrance is free of charge. You only have to pay 6 NIS ($1,5) for a case to hide your clothes.You can watch my 3min 40 sec HD Video Yardenit - Jordan Baptismal Site out of my Youtube channel.You can watch my high resolution photo of Yardenit on the Google...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Kinneret Off The Beaten Path

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    Huge Catfishes at Jordan River

    by machomikemd Written Sep 10, 2013

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    Catfish, being Non Kashrut (non Kosher) as it does not have scales hence is non kashrut and not eaten by jews, are thriving along the Jordan River, particularly here at the Yardenit Baptism Site! it was allegedly released in the sea of galilee (kinneret) in the 1970's by a pet owner and from a few fishes, it spawned and became numerous as it does not have predators here as it is not a native specie and since Jews does not it them, they became monstrously huge! and they also migrated to the Jordan River (please see my videos of these cat fish too.). I want to cook them and eat them but we were on a tight schedule, sigh.

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  • Renting Baptism Gowns and Certificates

    entrance to the baptismal site is free, if one is being baptized, you are required to wear a baptismal robe (unless you will just sprinkle water from the Jordan River as traditional Roman Catholic Pilgrims like us do).The cost of renting a baptismal robe which includes a towel,entrance to the change facility and a baptismal certificate is $10. Swim...

  • Yardenit Baptism Site

    The Yardenit Baptism Site, situated in Kibbutz Yardenit, at the Jordan River, is the only Approved Israeli Jordan River Baptism Site for christians in Israel. Jordan have a separate Jordan River Baptism site in Jordan at Bethany, just above the Dead Sea, about 105 kilometers south of Yardenit. Yardenit site is located at the southern exit of the...

  • Kinneret

    Kinneret is located at the southern end of the sea of Galilee, at the start of the Jordan River, it is a small town with a kibbutz and was founded in 1908 and the main tourist draw here is that they have established a Jordan River Baptismal site for Christians (although the biblical baptism site is actually far from here and no one knows the exact...


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