Hiking the Nativity Trail

Two thousand ago Mary and Joseph made the long trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.  Hundreds of years before this historic journey, the patriarch Jacob roamed these lands. Bedouins have lived on and moved over this ancient land for millennia, exploring the area’s rugged nature and subtle beauties, offering hospitality to many a toiling traveler.

Today the Nativity Trail winds through Israel and Palestine, climbing and descending the very hills Bedouins and biblical characters traveled for thousands of years. Hikers on the Nativity Trail start their adventure in Nazareth, the home of Mary and, later, the boyhood home of Jesus.

Traveling into Palestine, hikers walk with other adventurers as well as competent, English-speaking, local guides through farm land leading to Palestinian villages. Along the way hikers interact with local people who open up their homes and lay a table of rich, Palestinian cuisine before guests.  Hear stories from a deep, historical land and its people. Travel as thousands have done throughout the years, by foot.  Delight in the hospitality of a rich, welcoming people.  Travel the Nativity Trail.

The trail is not marked and is not likely to be in the near future due to the situation of political control and land ownership on the ground. Walking the trail alone is not recommended for safety reasons, so joining a guided group led by a Palestinian guide is the best option.

Trail Facts:

  • 160 Kilometers
  • 11 days
  • Mostly easy and moderate hiking, 6-9 hours a day with one difficult day
  • Led by an English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations in local houses, monasteries, Bedouin tents, and campsites
  • Luggage transfer
  • Three full meals a day
  • Entrance fees included