Kibbutz Ein Gev, located on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is one of the largest and wealthiest kibbutz in Israel. Ein Gev was established, like many of the kibbutzim around the Sea of Galilee, in the mid 1930’s as a tower and stockade settlement, with the threat of attack from the surrounding area strong. Today, the kibbutz has a large agricultural and tourism industry.
Visiting Kibbutz Ein Gev
Palm trees at Ein Gev
Kibbutz Ein Gev runs a thirty-minute train tour through the Kibbutz, providing an introduction into the unique kibbutz way of life. The route passes through the school, communal dining room, farms and housing area. Along the journey passengers can descend from the train at the entrance to the banana groves. Here they can learn how bananas are cultivated on the kibbutz and taste the fresh fruit cut straight from the trees.
The kibbutz counts tourism as one of its largest industries – operating a holiday resort, one of the largest in the Sea of Galilee area, which opens onto the lake itself with many activities including watersports, and kids activities such as visiting the dairy farm, banana plantations, and ostrich breeding area. The Kibbutz also runs a fish restaurant.
The Sea of Galilee at Ein Gev
Train tour: 14 NIS (children) and 16 NIS (adults).
Train tour: Sunday – Friday 12.30 and 14.30; Saturdays/ holidays 12:00 every hour, until dark.
Restaurant: Summer 11.30am – 10.00pm; winter 11.30am – 9.00pm.
It can be a good idea to check the running times of the tour on your day of visiting by calling 04-6658008.