From the Book of Genesis to modern times , fish have played an important role in the history of the Land of Israel. Come with Tailor Made Tours as we take you to the beaches and waterways of Israel on our Catch the Fish of Israel Tour. From fresh water pools in the Golan to salt water fishing on the Red Sea, only with Tailor Made Tours can you catch the one that Jonah let get away!
Tailor Made Tours- Fishing Tours in the Holy Land!
Fish are a very important part of the Israeli economy and agriculture industry. In the past five years, the state has become one of the leading exporters of fish to the European Union, a development that has boosted Israel’s economy. Israel now ranks among countries like China, Japan, and Singapore with the distinction of producing the best quality fish. Israel's fish exporters have been exporting top quality fresh water fishes and marine species for some time and exports to the EU are expected to increase.
Since joining the exporting industry, the nation has gained a reputation for quality, which experts from Israel's Agriculture Ministry, credit to the methods used in Israeli aquaculture. The boom in Israel's fish industry is supported by four major fish exporters: Agrexco, Magnooy, HaZorea, and Sundag. Although each company competes against each other, each maintain the spirit of free competition and each company has its own EU client base. The Israeli government credits the companies for keeping the fishing industry alive - they contribute heavily to the industry's $12+ million in net profit.
Day 1: Depart from home- to the land where the Bible unfolds before your eyes.
Day 2 :Tel Aviv – Flying over the Atlantic Ocean and over Europe, we reach the shores of Israel. Upon arrival to the Ben Gurion Airport, we are met by a Tailor Made Tours representative and our guide and transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv on the coast of the Mediterranean. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying being in Israel. In the evening we have a wonderful buffet dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Tel Aviv, Herzeliya- to the North
After a rich Israeli breakfast, we begin our tour of Israel with a visit to Jaffa where Jonah boarded a boat, fleeing from the L-rd, later to be swallowed by a fish. Here we see a great view of Tel Aviv. Then continue north through the orange groves of Sharon, continue to Herzeliya, for your:
1st Fishing Stop- While in Herzeliya- near the famous Arena Mall you will board a yacht- for your fishing trip
This luxurious yacht is equipped with unique and sophisticated sonar which allows mapping of fish in the water. In addition, there is a digital thermometer which aids in locating the underwater streams (thermocline).The yacht also has a sophisticated G.P.S. which maps dozens of “obstacles” such as reefs, sunken ships, streams, wrecks and more. Included is the most modern fishing equipment: fishing rods, reels, variety of baits, hooks, sinkers, outriggers, downriggers, planners and much more. The yacht has also a water tank for carrying and storing live bait fish (Live-Well). And you will be able to use the huge thermally isolated tank for keeping the fish at the right temperature until the return to the marina. Fishing trips having a variety of equipment tailored to the season and types of fish available in the area. Professional and complex fishing trips like “CHUMMING” including live bait spreading. Follow the coastal road to King Herod’s ancient Roman port city of Caesarea. Visit Zichron Yaakov with its famous vineyards. Tour Haifa, the Carmel Mountains, Stella Maris, the Bahai Gardens and archeological sites. Next stop Acre: visit Crusader UNESCO Heritage site of the underground city. Visit the ancient port city and the market place. We head up Mount Arbel for a spectacular, panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee.
Stay overnight on a Kibbutz.
Day 4: The Galilee
Around Sea of Galilee – First, we visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, then we visit the city of Capernaum and view remains of an ancient synagogue. Next we visit Tabgha, with its mosaic floor depicting the feeding of the 5,000, and then visit Mensa Christi on the shore where Jesus fed His disciples after His resurrection. Then we board an ancient-type Jesus boat for a ride on the Sea of Galilee, recalling Jesus’ experiences with fishermen. Passing through Tiberius: 2nd Fishing Stop: There are the three “escort boats” on Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), which go out to sea with the fishermen, packed with travelers here to see the local fishermen at work. Let's go fishing! There are 27 species of fish in the Sea of Galilee. 21 of these are natural to the lake, and six were added my mankind. The highest ranking fish in the lake is the St. Peter’s fish. The annual St. Peter’s catch in the Sea of Galilee is 200-300 tons. Each escort boat in Ein Gev can carry up to 150 people, and they are customarily booked for functions, celebrations, and family or business outings. The outing includes appropriate catering, drinks, lectures, and entertainment in the middle of the lake. The journey with the fishermen is accompanied by a guide who speaks about different fishing methods and various types of fish en route, from catfish to mullet. An arm’s length away, the fishermen cast their nets and check their loot, from the smaller silver carp to giant carps. Overnight: at hotel on the Galilee.
Day 5: Galilee-Jerusalem
First stop Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Beatitudes. Continue along the Jordan Valley to Beit-Shean - Scitopolis - a major city during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Walk along the main streets, theatre, bathhouses and shops. Proceed to the ancient synagogue at Zippori and hear talk of restorations on-site.
Day 6: Jerusalem
Beginning with the Old City of Jerusalem and a tour on foot of Mt. Zion, KingDavid’s Tomb, the Room of the Last-Supper, Dormition Church, Zion Gate and the Old City Quarters: Armenian, Jewish and Christian. Visit the Cardo, the Western Wall and underground temple tunnels, Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Overnight Jerusalem
Day 7: Masada, Qumran, Ancient Synagogue and the Dead Sea
Descending through the beautiful scenery of the Judean Desert, you will be stopping for an overview of Jericho before arriving at the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. Drive along the sea, tour Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue on to tour Masada – ancient fortress built by Herod the Great in the 1st century B.C., the last Jewish stronghold during the revolt against the Romans in the 1st century C.E. Visit ancient synagogue nearby and view ancient mosaic inscriptions. Bring a bathing suit for a dip in the Dead Sea. Drive to Eilat.
Day 8: Dead Sea-Eilat
Drive to the "ISRAELI RIVIERA" EILAT. Enjoy a day of fun and relaxation in the beautiful white sand beaches.
EILAT FISHING TOUR: Eilat's Coral Reef. Eilat's coral reef is regarded as a national treasure, and its corals, sponges and shellfish have been protected since 1956. The reef ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world: 1,270 different species of fish, belonging to 157 families, make their home there, along with hundreds of species of coral and 1,120 species of mollusk. The region's rich fauna attracts frequent visits of large vertebrates, such as whale sharks, dugongs and dolphins, and the beach area is a nesting site for hawksbill sea turtles. 3rd Fishing Stop: Board a luxury touring yacht at the modern Eilat marina for a leisurely cruise and lunch on the Red Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available for those who would like to get "up close and personal" with the most exquisite coral reefs and tropical fish to be found in the world. Afternoon at leisure to sample the delights of Eilat, including water-skiing, paddle boats, wind-surfing, banana boats, or even a swim with the dolphins Overnight: Eilat
Day 9: Eilat
Enjoy a day at leisure on Eilat's gorgeous beaches. Enjoy a morning swim in the Red Sea. Evening: Walk the bustling Eilat boardwalk and join in the carefree excitement of Israeli night life. Overnight: Eilat
Day 10: Israel/USA – Early Departure for your flight back to Tel-Aviv. Today, we depart for home, leaving Israel with indelible memories.