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

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. Upon check-in you will be issued vouchers, 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

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 Cana – 15.5 km

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 walk 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 lunch 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 at Cana Wedding B&B before visiting the Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water to wine miracle. Eat a home-cooked meal with your hosts. Meals included: breakfast and dinner. Note: some sections of this day have domestic and industrial trash along the trail; cleanup efforts are in progress.

Please note the following paragraph due to changes in the infrastructure around Nazareth: As you walk out of the second forest when leaving Nazareth, you will see a busier road (highway 79) right in front of you. From there you can already see the next point that needs to be reached, which is the junction that leads you to Zippori. In order to get there you need to take walk to the right (right after coming out of the forest) along the highway 79. You then come to a junction with traffic lights. This needs to be crossed and you will be led to another road that goes underneath the highway. Following this road you come back to the Jesus Trail path including blazes.

Day 4: Cana to Kibbutz Lavi – 13.9 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. Stop for a break in a pleasantly shaded forest. Visit a nearby ancient Roman road (5 min from route), part of the Via Maris which connected the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee. Walk 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.

Day 5: Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel – 17.0 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 to Nebi Shu’eib, the holiest shrine for the Druze religion. Visit the tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, and take a break at the picnic area. Don’t forget to refill your water bottle! 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 and eat dinner cooked on the premises by your hosts. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6: Moshav Arbel to Capernaum – 18.5 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 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. 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.

Total Distance – 61 kilometers (38 miles)

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