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Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrive in Nazareth in the evening 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 with sweet mint tea in the common room and meet other travelers. Enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants (not included in package cost). Meals included: none.

Day 2: Nazareth

Start your day with a fresh and healthy Arabic breakfast and a leisurely coffee before setting out to explore old city Nazareth. Wander the meandering old city streets, breathe in the smell of spices, soak in history and spirituality at ancient churches, and haggle for souvenirs in the historic marketplace. Enjoy some free time to explore and grab lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, walk to Nazareth Village for a Parable Walk through a recreation of 1st century Nazareth, complete with houses, a synagogue, terraced farmland, and an olive press all authentically recreated in 1st century style. Enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants (not included in package cost).” Meals included: breakfast.

Day 3: Nazareth to Kibbutz Lavi via Zippori – 37 km

Before breakfast, meet the bike staff and tour guide to arrange all the bike equipment for the ride. Eat a traditional Arabic breakfast of fresh pita bread, salads, cheeses 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 ride through calm pastoral fields to Zippori National Park 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. Take a break and refill your water before returning to the trail through the small village of Mashhad to arrive at Cana, traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle. Take a rest and have a snack before visiting the Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water to wine miracle.

Continue your ride along a forest ridge with peaceful valley views. Stop for a break in a pleasantly shaded forest. Visit a nearby ancient Roman road (5 min from route), part of the Via Maris that connected the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee. Ride up a pleasant hill dotted with ruins, to arrive at Kibbutz Lavi, one of very few religious Jewish kibbutzim in the country. Enjoy the swimming pool and peaceful grounds and a kosher buffet in the dining room. Meals included: breakfast and dinner. Note: some sections of this day have domestic and industrial trash along the trail; cleanup efforts are in progress.

Riding distance: 37 km / 22 miles
Total Ascent: 858 meters / 2815 feet
Total Descent: 923 meters / 3058 feet

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Day 4: Kibbutz Lavi to Shaar Hagolan – 45 km

Eat breakfast and head out across agricultural fields to ascend the Horns of Hattin– 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 towards Yavniel Valley. After a pleasant descent towards the Yardenit Baptismal Site, a baptism site located along the Jordan River that is frequented by Christian pilgrims. Then have a comfortable ride along the Jordan River shore to the “Peace Island,” a site on the border between Israel and Jordan where the Yarmouk River flows into the Jordan River. A hydroelectric power plant has operated in Naharayim since 1932. We will end the ride at pleasant hotel ‘El Mul Golan” in Kibbutz Shaar Ha-Golan, with a tasty dinner in the kibbutz dining room.

Riding distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Total Ascent: 270 meters / 890 feet
Total Descent: 780 meters / 2580 feet

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Day 5: Kibbutz Shaar Ha-Golan to Capernaum – 45 km

Start early with rich breakfast in the Kibbutz and start the ride northward to the south shore of the Sea of Galilee. From here, climb sharply to Poriya spring and start the magnificent ride on the scenic bike trail around Sea of Galilee to Upper Tiberias. After a short ride, we start our ascent to Arbel Cliffs. Now we have stunning single track downhill to the sea 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.. Finish your journey at Capernaum by wandering the ruins of the city that was the center of Jesus’ ministry, and spending a moment of prayer in the church built over the home of Simon Peter.. Meet the shuttle for transportation to Tiberias, which has many accommodation options and further transport connections. Meals included: breakfast.

Riding distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Total Ascent: 841 meters / 2780 feet
Total Descent: 850 meters / 2815 feet

View map and aerial photos

Total Distance – 127 kilometers (79 miles)

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Bike Tours on the Jesus Trail offer a guided tour with the best available guides. We cut the itinerary to three riding days, but it can be done by very trained and athletic riders in two days or four days for riders that want more comfortable and leisurely day ride.

Mountain bike tour – Pricing per person:

  • Private single room: 6450 ILS
  • Private double/twin room: 5100 ILS
  • Private triple room: 4600 ILS (minimum 3 people)
  • Groups: Upon request

*Mountain bike tour includes three riding days, minimum three people in group. If minimum group size is not met four weeks prior to starting date, tour will be cancelled or there will be an option to run the tour at a higher rate.

In order to book a Jesus Trail Tour, you first need to fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly with a price quote based on your dates and package type. Pricing is in Israeli Shekels (ILS); see current exchange rates at xe.com.

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Extras:
Extra Guidebooks (1 included in package, 75 ILS per extra). If so, how many?:
Extra Night on Sea of Galilee (adds one day to package, shortens distance of last two walking days to allow more time to visit sites, cost varies depending on room type)

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Good to know:

  • Each day will involve 5-7 hours of moderate riding.
  • Bring backpack to carry at least 3 liters of water.

Mountain bike Tour Packages Price Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodations
  • 3 dinners and 4 breakfasts
  • Full suspension good bike
  • Expert mountain bike guide for 3 days
  • Extra bike and mechanic on short call
  • Orientation in Nazareth
  • Hiking the Jesus Trail guidebook (1 per group) and maps
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Shuttle back from Capernaum to Tiberias
  • Nazareth Village Tour

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Health and travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on arrival day, dinner on second day in Nazareth, dinner and lodging on last night
  • Entry fees to Zippori and Arbel National Parks and Capernaum historic site
  • Transfer from/to airport

Accommodations

These accommodations have been carefully selected for their comfort, location, friendliness and character, and are subject to availability. If the accommodation described is not available we provide an alternative with the same standard of comfort & price.

Luggage

We will transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next. You only need to carry your backpack during the day! Luggage transfer is limited to 2 pieces (bags or suitcases) for private single packages and 3 pieces total for private double/twin packages.

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