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Jesus Trail Trek in the Footsteps of Jesus
The Jesus Trail is a 65 kilometer hiking route from Nazareth to Capernaum that links important sites from the life of Jesus. Jesus spent most of years in the Galilee and his ministry was center in Capernaum. The main trail route begins in Nazareth with an guided Old City walking tour and then hikers travel on their own on a 6 day 5 night self guided tour that passes through important sites including Cana, Sepphoris, Horn of Hittens, Mt. Arbel, before traversing the Sea of Galilee, by Tabgha before concluding at Capernaum.
Jesus Trail Hiking Tour Self Guided Itinerary:
The Galilee region of Israel welcomes you to walk the paths of Jesus- without a heavy pack! Walk village to village through rugged countryside, see many layers of history as you explore important biblical sites, mingle with locals for a glimpse into rich regional culture, and encounter epic views and diverse flora and fauna. Experience sacred history as you arrive at important religious sites each day. Feel the satisfaction of arriving at your destination by foot to enjoy a hearty well-earned meal and share your trail stories with hosts and fellow travelers.
Accommodations, meals and luggage transfers are all included so you can focus on the journey.
Day 1 -Arrival Day - Old Nazareth Tour
Arrive in Nazareth in the afternoon and settle into the tranquil old-world ambiance of the Fauzi Azar Inn, a restored 18th-century Arab mansion, replete with painted ceilings and marble floors. Relax some sweet mint tea in the common room and meet other travelers. Go on a tour of old city Nazareth. Wander the meandering old city streets, breath in the smell of spices, soak in history and spirituality at ancient churches, and haggle for souvenirs in the historic marketplace Tuck in to hearty regional specialties at dinner, and recover from your journey with a good night's sleep.
Day 2- Village Walk from Nazareth to Cana - 13.5 km
Eat a traditional breakfast of fresh pita bread, salads, sauces and eggs. Carry water and a packed lunch with you- the rest of your luggage will be transferred to your accommodations. Ascend out of the old city and walk through calm pastoral fields to Zippori National Park (Sepphoris) to visit the archeological ruins of the main administrative city in the Galilee at the time of Jesus. Admire the exquisite Byzantine mosaics, drink in the view from atop the Crusader fortress, and take a stroll through the ancient cistern system. Eat a packed lunch before returning to the trail through the small village of Meshhed to arrive at Cana, traditional site of Jesus' first miracle. Take a rest and have a snack at Cana Wedding B&B before visiting the Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water to wine miracle. Eat dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3- Cana to Kibbutz Lavi - 14.4 km
Arise early for a hearty breakfast and do some stretching before ascending out of Cana to walk along a forest ridge with peaceful valley views. Eat your packed lunch in a pleasantly shaded forest. Step onto an ancient Roman road, trodden upon by Roman centurions, up a pleasant hill dotted with ruins, to arrive at Kibbutz Lavi. Explore the kibbutz with a guide and hear a lecture about Jewish-Christian relations. Enjoy a typical kosher Jewish dinner and get plenty of rest.
Day 4- Kibbutz Lavi to Arbel - 16.1 km
Eat breakfast, then head out across agricultural fields to ascend the Horns of Hittin- a volcanic structure where a famous Crusader battle took place. Relish your first glimpse of the Sea of Galilee and the sweeping views into Arbel Valley. Continue down the rocky hillside to Nebi Shu'eib, the holiest shrine for the Druze religion. Visit the tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, and enjoy a packed lunch at the picnic area. After lunch, continue on the trail through Arbel Valley past ancient olive groves and the ruins of Hattin village. Rise out of the valley to Moshav Arbel, where you will stay in charming rustic cabins.
Day 5- Arbel to Capernaum - 16.8 km
Start early to catch a stunning sunrise from Arbel Cliff. Carefully descend the steep trail down the mount, passing ancient cliff dwellings and caves. Drink from the fresh spring at Wadi Hamam before continuing to Tabgha via rolling agricultural land. Explore the mosaics at Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000. Continue around the northern side of the Sea of Galilee to visit the church of St. Peter. Ascend a small ridge to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. End your pilgrimage by exploring Capernaum, the base of the ministry of Jesus, and taking a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Sea of Galilee. Relax on the shore and look back on the landscape you have traversed!
Pricing per person:
* Private single room: $1049
* Private double/twin room: $849 (min. 2 people, 10% on groups of more than 4 people)
* Private triple room: $769 (minimum 3 people)
Upcoming 2012 and 2013 Jesus Trail Tours:
* September 6, 2012
* September 20, 2012
* October 11, 2012
* October 18, 2012
* October 25, 2012
* November 1, 2012
* November 8, 2012
* November 15, 2012
* November 22, 2012
* November 29, 2012
* December 6, 2012
* December 13, 2012
* December 20, 2012
* December 27, 2012
Upcoming 2013 Jesus Trail Tours:
* January 3, 2013
* January 10, 2013
* January 17, 2013
* January 24, 2013
* January 31, 2013
* February 7, 2013
* February 14, 2013
* February 21, 2013
* February 28, 2013
* March 7, 2013
* March 14, 2013
* April 4, 2013
* April 11, 2013
* April 18, 2013
* April 25, 2013
* May 2, 2013
* May 9, 2013
* May 23, 2013
* May 30, 2013
* September 26, 2013
* October 3, 2013
* October 10, 2013
* October 17, 2013
* October 24, 2013
* October 31, 2013
The Jesus Trail Hiking Tour can be done either as a self guided program for you and your friends, or it can be arranged as a fullly escorted tour for your ministry, university or other group.
* 5 nights accommodations at area guesthouses and kibbutzim
* 3 dinners and 4 breakfasts
* Orientation in Nazareth
* Hiking the Jesus Trail guidebook (1 per group) and maps
* Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel and back to Nazareth
* Shuttle back from Capernaum to Tiberias
* Nazareth Village Tour
* Health and Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
* Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Arrival Day, Dinner on second day in Nazareth, Dinner and lodging on last night (day 6)
* Transfers from/to airport
* 4-6 hours of moderate walking daily.
* Bring comfortable broken-in footwear.
* Drink 1-2 liters of water daily. Refill often.
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