Nahal Amud in the Upper Galilee

Yam le Yam (Sea to Sea) – Inn to Inn Trek

Yam le Yam (Sea to Sea)  is a “Classic” 5 days Trek in northern Israel. We start at the Mediterranean sea, Cross the Upper Galilee ridge, visit interesting Druze villages, and the old city of Safed. Then, along Nahal Amud to the shore of the Sea of Galilee

Overview Map

Yam le Yam (Sea to Sea) - Inn to Inn Hiking map

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Yam le Yam (sea to Sea), is “The” classical multi-Day trek of the Galilee region. Starting on the shore of the Mediterranean sea on the west and ending at the shores of Lake Kinneret in the east gives a sense of achievement. The trek also passes and stays overnight at Safed and the Druze villages of Beit-Gan and Hurfeish that are interesting locations for additional exploring.
The best time of year is Feb-March when the kziv and Amud streams have stronger water flow, and the landscape is green and dotted with wildflowers. The Trek can still be enjoyable anytime between November and May.
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 0 – Kibbutts Gesher Haziv

  • We will meet in the afternoon/evening for a detailed briefing meeting to discuss all aspects of the trek, provide you with maps, and make sure that the GPS app function properly.
  • Preferred Lodging: Travel Hotel Gesher Haziv
  • The next morning a taxi will take you to the trailhead.

Day 1 – Kziv Stream


  • Distance: 15 Km (5-6 Hours) / Climb: 615 m
  • Starting Point: Moshav Avdon
  • End Point: Moshav Abirim
  • Overnight: Druze village Hurfeish
  • Preferred Lodging: Hapisga Zimmer
  • Our accommodation is 500 m from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. (The first Sea of the “Sea to Sea”)
  • Twenty minutes Car Shuttle from our Accommodation to the trailhead, where our “Yam le Yam” adventure begins!
  • You will spend most of the first day of the “Yam le Yam”  be along the Kziv stream. It is the longest stream in the Galilee, with the broadest drainage basin. It is characterized by a very rich Mediterranean flora — a mix of Carob, Oak Arbutus, and  Oriental plane, along with a wide variety of wildflowers.
  • Some several beautiful springs and pools provide great spots for a pleasant lunch break.
  • Towering on the south cliffs is the Monfort Crusader Castle. A worthwhile short detour!
  • We end up with a climb from the riverbed to Abirim, where a car shuttle will take you to our next accommodation in the Druze village – Hurfeish.

Day 2 – The Druze villages

  • Distance: 13 Km (5-6 Hours) / Climb: 550 m
  • Starting Point: Druze village Hurfeish
  • End Point: Druze village Beit Jann
  • Overnight: Druze village Beit Jann
  • Preferred Lodging: El Jermek 2000
  • Today’s route connects two Druze Villages. The Druze are a religious minority in Israel of only 100,000 people. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience their culture, heritage, and great food.
  • The trail starts directly from our accommodation.
  • We start along the upper section of the Kziv stream and reach the beautiful Ein Hotam spring.
  • From the spring, we take a steep climb to the ridge and traverse the ridge up to Beit Jann.
  • Beit Jann, at over 1,000 m ASL, is one of the highest settlements in Israel.
  • It is an ancient village, populated by the Druze in the 13th century. It is optional to book a tour with a local guide to explore the narrow alleys and learn about the history of the Druze. (Check this option in the booking form if you are interested)

Day 3 – The High Galilee

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  • Distance: 14 Km (5-6 Hours) / Climb: 200 m
  • Starting Point: Durze village Beit Jann
  • End Point: Amirim
  • Overnight: Amirim
  • Preferred Lodging: Eretz Amirim Country House
  • The trail starts directly from our accommodation.
  • If you are trekking in late April or May, check out if the Admonit (Paeonia Mascula) flower is blossoming. It is one of the rarest and most impressive flowers in Israel and the best spot to see it is a 15 minutes detour from our trail. (The reddish flower in the above Gallery).
  • If you are trekking in October-November, check out if the Helmonit (Sternbergia Clusiana) is blossoming.  it is also just a 15 minutes detour  (The Yellow flower in the above gallery)
  • We walk on the ridge south of Nahal Kziv and reach a small spring called Ein Hazaken. The spring is little with a very low flow-rate, but it’s located in a beautiful open meadow. A great Picnic spot.
  • From the spring, we begin a long descent toward Amirim.
  • You can be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive to unwind at Amirim whose residents are vegetarians and vegans

Day 4 – Nahal Amud

  • Distance: 8 Km (3 Hours) / Climb: 300 m (Not including a tour of Safed)
  • Starting Point: Amirim
  • End Point: Safed
  • Overnight: Safed
  • Preferred Lodging: Rosenthalis Boutique Hotel
  • We start with a 20 minutes Car Shuttle from our Accommodation to the trailhead.
  • Today’s hike is the most relaxed day of the “Yam le Yam” trek. We walk along the Miron stream and reach the Amud Stream. (Nahal Amud).
  • It is a fantastic section. The stream runs along with beautiful cascades and small pools. You will also notice remains of past human activity in the form of ancient Watermills and Aqueducts.
  • Another attraction of the day is a tour in the holy and ancient city of Safed.
  • Explore the narrow and picturesque alleyways of the Old City, the artist quarter, and soak up the unique atmosphere of this city.
  • The city has a long history, full of stories and myths. It is optional to book a Tour with a local guide.  (Check with us if you want this to be prearranged).

Day 5 – Down to the Sea of Galilee

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  • Distance: 21 Km (8-9 Hours) / Climb: 100
  • Optional – 17.5Km (6.5-7 Hours)
  • Starting Point: Safed
  • End Point: Migdal (Sea of Galilee)
  • Overnight: Migdal
  • Preferred Lodging: Dvir’s Vacation Wodden Cabins
  • The trail starts directly from our accommodation.
  • We descend back to the Amud stream at a more eastern location than where we left it off yesterday.
  • In this section, the stream is mostly dry but not less attractive.
  • We walk between different vegetation types and varying climates. Passing through geological formations (one of which the stream is called after – “The Amud” – pillar) and passing prehistoric sites. End on the shores of Lake Kinneret (The other Sea of the “Sea to Sea”) at the village of Migdal, where Mary Magdalene came from. You are now formally a “Yam le Yam” graduate!

Yam le Yam (Sea to Sea) – FAQ’s

How many days does it take to walk the Yam le Yam Trek?

3-5 days depending on your pace

Are there companies organizing hikes on the Yam le Yam Trek?

Israel by Foot offers a Self-Guided Inn to Inn style travel along the trail with luggage transfer and accommodation in local B&B’s

What is the highest elevation on the trail?

1200 meters ASL (Mount Meron)

Is the trail way-marked?

The trail is not a “formal” trail and does not have its own marking. It is a connection of existing local trails. All of them are well marked

What is the best season to hike the Yam le Yam?

March-April when the chance of rain is small and temperatures are not too hot.