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Jesus Trail Tours Family Package Itinerary

This self-guided tour package is designed for families with children age 9 and under to enjoy an adventurous and satisfying hike together. The 60km trail is split into eight walking days, with an average of 7.5km to walk each day. Accommodations are in family rooms. Kids will love the excitement of climbing through a Roman aqueduct, catching frogs in creeks, swimming in the Sea of Galilee, and climbing the minaret on a historic mosque. Ancient ruins and natural surroundings are a fascinating playground for children, and mom and dad will enjoy the history, the superlative food, and the diverse high-quality accommodations. Read about the Inon family’s journey on the Jesus Trail.

Jesus Trail Points of Interest

Mt. Precipice Nazareth Zippori National Park Cana Ilaniya Kibbutz Lavi Horns of Hattin Nebi Shu'eib Arbel National Park Tabgha St. Peter's Primacy Mt. of Beatitudes Capernaum Tiberias Jordan River Jordan River Mt. Tabor Migdal Sea of Galilee Jesus Boat - Ginosar

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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. Upon check-in you will be issued vouchers, entrance tickets, luggage tags, etc. and will arrange a time for your personalized orientation session with a Jesus Trail Tours staff member. Enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants (not included in package cost). Meals included: none.

Day 2: Nazareth to Zippori – 7.8km

Enjoy the twists and turns of the Old City as you climb up to a ridge to see the path to Zippori spread out before you. Walk through fields full of diverse birds. Arrive to Zippori National Park, with its exciting aqueducts, ancient mosaics, and a Crusader fortress with a view.  Walk to your accommodations in Moshav Zippori. Meals included: breakfast and dinner. Note: some sections of this day have domestic and industrial trash along the trail; cleanup efforts are in progress.

Day 3: Zippori to Cana – 5.6 km

Continue on your way through the small village of Mashhad to arrive at Cana, traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle. Visit the historical Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water to wine miracle. Eat a home-cooked meal with your hosts. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 4: Cana to Ilaniya – 10.5 km

Today’s walk is along a green ridge, with expansive valley views and beautiful landscapes. Arrive to Yarok Az goat farm, where kids can help milk goats, harvest fresh herbs and learn about permaculture. Make sure you sample some creamy fresh goat cheese. Meals included: breakfast and dinner. Note: some sections of this day have domestic and industrial trash along the trail; cleanup efforts are in progress.

Day 5: Ilaniya to Kibbutz Lavi – 4.9 km

Rise early to help with morning farm chores and have a fresh, local breakfast.

This shorter day includes a Roman road (optional) and a visit to a unique Orthodox kibbutz. Enjoy the swimming pool and lavish buffet dinner! A stroll through the rose garden is a great evening activity. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6: Kibbutz Lavi to Nebi Shu’eib – 6.1 km

After a filling buffet breakfast, walk out through fields to the stunning views from the Horns of Hattin, site of a decisive Crusader battle. On a clear day, the snow-capped peak of Mount Hermon is visible to the north. Look back to see the buildings of outer Nazareth showing how far you have come! Descend the horns to visit Nebi Shu’eib, the holiest site for the Druze religion. Visit the tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, and take a break at the picnic area. Meet your shuttle to drive to Moshav Arbel for an overnight in the oasis of Shavit’s Guesthouse, with Jacuzzi, pool and home-cooked meals. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 7: Nebi Shu’eib to Arbel – 9.6 km

After sumptuous shakshuka in Israel’s kitchen, take the shuttle back to Nebi Shu’eib to walk Arbel Valley. Pass the ruins of Hittin’s mosque; the minaret can still be climbed and jasmine trees leave a sweet fragrance. The valley route travels through ancient olive groves, and passes a spring and creek where wild raspberries can be found. Save energy for the climb back to Arbel for another relaxing night at Shavit’s guesthouse. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 8: Arbel to Ginosar – 9.2 km

Start early for the stunning morning light from Arbel Cliffs. 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 Ginosar via rolling agricultural land. Swim in the Sea of Galilee! Stay at same accommodation for nights 8-9 (Ginosar or shuttle to Karei Deshe) Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 9: Ginosar to Capernaum – 6.0 km

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. 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 Ginosar or Karei Deshe for overnight along the Sea of Galilee. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 10: Departure Day

Enjoy breakfast in your atmospheric surroundings then continue on to your next destination.

Total Distance – 61 kilometers (38 miles)

Jesus Trail Elevation Profile 

Total Distance – 60 kilometers (38 miles)


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Family Package Details:

  • Cost: 14400 ILS for family of four (2 adults & 2 children)
  • Family rooms for four persons (1 double bed, 2 single beds in the same room)
  • Recommended for families with children age 9 and under

Family Package Price Includes:

  • Nine nights accommodation
  • Nine breakfasts and eight dinners
  • Personal orientation in Nazareth
  • Jesus Trail guidebook (1 per group)
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation
  • Shuttle from Capernaum to Ginosar/Karei Deshe
  • Transfer from Nebi Shu’eib to Moshav Arbel (Day 6 afternoon)
  • Transfer from Nebi Shu’eib to Moshav Arbel (Day 7 morning)
  • Local English-speaking contact person

Not included:

  • Flights
  • National Parks entry fees
  • Travelers Insurance (recommended)
  • Drinks
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Lunches, and any meals not mentioned in the program



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