Jesus Trail Tour

Tour Itinerary Tour Rates Tour Inclusions Tour Highlights

We are glad to introduce to you special hiking and adventure "Jesus Trail" tours, which include 5 nights accommodation and 5 hiking days. The tours are available either on self guided or guided basis. The Jesus Trail is a 37 Mile (61 kilometer) hiking trail in the Galilee region of Israel which connects important sites from the life of Jesus as well as other historical and religious sites. The Jesus Trail offers an alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of Jesus in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by hiking through the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee in Israel.

Note: The Jesus Trail Tour requires hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities related to traveling on foot through wilderness as well as populated areas and roads, all of which have potential hazard involving risk of injury or death. Each person participating in this tour needs to understand the risk involved, obtain necessary training and take the needed precautions. It is strongly emphasized that the wilderness can be a dangerous place and no one should undertake any hike described on the Jesus Trail without recognizing and personally assuming the associated risks. You alone are responsible for determining if you should attempt any of the hikes on the tour. Israel Tourism Consultants, it’s employee’s and or owners are in no way liable in case of injury or death as a result of any circumstance during this tour.

Itinerary

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, entrance tickets, luggage tags, etc. and will arrange a time for your personalized orientation session with a Jesus Trail Tours staff member. Take the opportunity to enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants on your own. Meals included: breakfast.

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 on your own. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 3 - Nazareth to Cana – 13.5 km (+3km to visit Zippori National Park)
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 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 lunch break and refill your water before returning to the trail through the small village of Mashhad to arrive at Cana of Galilee, 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.

Day 4 - 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. 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 – 16.1 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 at the highly-rate on-site restaurant. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6 - Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel – 16.1 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 of Jesus trail tour – 61 kilometers (37 miles).

What time is normal pick-up hours from my hotel or airport?
  • Arrival to Nazareth on the first day is on own. Optional shuttle rates from Tel Aviv to Nazareth: $15 per person for fixed daily departure of 10:30 am (from the Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv, Levontin st' 21). From Ben Gurion Airport to Nazareth: For 1 to 4 pax - 260 USD for shuttle. For 4 to 20 pax - 400 USD for shuttle. For 20 to 50 pax - 700 USD for shuttle. Contact us for shuttle rates from Tel Aviv to Nazareth or Ben Gurion airport to Nazareth.
Additional important information for your tour:
  • Hiking gear and walking shoes a must.
  • As per any travel destination-never leave your valuable belongings out of sight.
  • Health and Travel Insurance (strongly recommended).

Rates & Dates

Tour Rates & Dates

Self-Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Per person in single.

1099.00

1349.00

Per person in double.

899.00

1119.00

Per person in triple.

819.00

1039.00

Prices advertised are land package prices and are per person in U.S. dollars and inclusive of taxes. For Guided tour, a min of 5 pax in group required! If minimum group size is not met 4 weeks prior to starting date, tour will be cancelled or there will be an option to run tour as self-guided. Contact us for schedules. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Included
Included services in package:
1. Personalized orientation session with a Jesus Trail Tours staff member.
2. 5 Nights hotel accommodations.
3. Guided tours are guided on four walking days (Guided tour only).
4. Hiking the Jesus Trail guidebook (1 per group) and maps.
5. Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
6. Shuttle back from Capernaum to Tiberias.
7. Nazareth Village Tour.
8. No added fees for credit card payment.

 

Highlights
Tour Highlights:
  1. Nazareth (Luke 1:26, Luke 4:16, Luke 4:29 & Matthew 2:23) the childhood home of Jesus.
  2. Nazareth Village is an open-air museum, that reconstructs and reenacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. The village features houses, terraced fields, wine and olive presses all built to resemble those that would have been in a Galilee village in the 1st century. Muslim and Christian living history enactors dress in period costume and show visitors how farm, domestic, and craft work was performed two thousand years ago.
  3. Zippori National Park encompassing the ruins of a talmudic city, is located west of Nazareth. Described by Josephus Flavius as "the ornament of all Galilee," it was the seat of the Sanhedrin and the home of Rabbi Judah Hanasi, third-century redactor of the Mishnah. The partially restored 4,500-seat Roman theater affords a beautiful view, and Zippori’s famed mosaics include the haunting "Mona Lisa of the Galilee", the evocative fifth-century synagogue floor and Nile Mosaic. The cavernous first-century CE water system is an adventure, and the visitors center hosts activities, tours and ‘ancient-style’ events.
  4. Cana of Galilee, once Cana in Galilee, a village or town not far from Capernaum, memorable as the scene of Christ's first miracle, (John 2:1,11; 4:46).
  5. Ilaniya is a small Jewish community of about 300 members. Ilaniya, originally called "Sejera," was founded in 1899 and was one of the earliest farm settlements of the First Aliyah. The first settlers were Jewish immigrants from Kurdistan and Jewish converts from Russia.
  6. Roman Road - the remains of an ancient Roman road that linked Acre and Tiberias. Jesus likely used this road on his journey from Nazareht to the Sea of Galilee, as it was a major east/west thoroughfare during his time.
  7. Kibbutz Lavi - one of the few orthodox religious kibbutzim. Founded in 1949 by British immigrants, Kibbutz Lavi is the biggest manufacturer of synagogue furniture in the world. The kibbutz also has a hotel and a little agriculture.
  8. Horns of Hattin - Karnei Hittin is believed to be the site of the Battle of Hattin, Saladin's victory over the Crusaders in 1187. From here you'll enjoy a 360° view of the Jesus Trail.
  9. Nebi Shu’eib is a large mosque-like structure located at the base of the Horns of Hittin. The building houses the traditional tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, (Exodus 3:1) a prophet in the Druze tradition.
  10. Arbel National Park - A sheer cliff rising majestically above the Sea of Galilee with a magnificent view of the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon; an ancient community that left remnants of its fine synagogue; trails to a cave-fortress nestled in the rock – these are the Arbel: a nature reserve and national park, a jewel of nature and landscape and an ancient heritage site unparalleled in Israel.
  11. Migdal - The modern town is the traditional site of Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus. The name Magdala comes from the word “tower” and likely referred to towers used for drying fish caught in the Sea of Galilee.
  12. Sea of Galilee where the Lord calmed the storm (Luke 8:22-25), and where the dramatic miracle walking on water (Mark 6:47-52) took place.
  13. Kibbutz Nof Ginosar and see the Ancient Jesus Boat the remains of a 2,000 year old boat that was used at the time of Jesus and his disciples.
  14. Tabgha is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and Primacy of Peter (Matthew 13, Mark 33, Mark 45, & John 21), see the Church of Multiplication.
  15. Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5, Matthew 6, Matthew 7, Matthew 8) where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, see the famous Church of the Beatitudes chapel.
  16. The church of St. Peter’s Primacy built by Franciscans in 1933 to remember the place where Jesus bestowed church leadership on Peter, (Matthew 16:18) “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
  17. Capernaum (Matthew 4:13, Matthew 13:54, Matthew 17:24, Luke 7, Mark 1:2, John 4:46 John 4:54) the center of the Lords ministry, and where he preformed many miracles, and it's in Capernaum where Peter’s mother-in-law lived and was healed (Luke 4:38-40).
  18. Tiberias is synonymous with vacations in Israel. Here one can enjoy a variety of activities in a city that offers wonderful opportunities to mix relaxation with nature, history with contemporary attractions, serene quiet with active water sports, and pilgrimage sites with unique tourist attractions.
  19. Jordan River where believers celebrate and some take the opportunity to submerge themselves in the same waters the Holy Spirit descended like a dove from heaven when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17).
  20. Mount Tabor - reaches 575 meters above sea level and known as the site of the Transfiguration, when Jesus became radiant, spoke with Moses and Elijah, and was called “Son” by God (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:28-36).
  21. Mount Precipice is a mountain outside of Nazareth, where tradition has it an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff (Luke 4:16-30).

Not included services in our tour rates:
1. Tips to guide.
2. Personal extras or meals not mentioned above.
3. Health and Travel Insurance (strongly recommended).
4. Drinks.
5. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Arrival Day, Dinner on second day in Nazareth, Dinner and lodging on last night.
6. Entry fees to Zippori and Arbel National Parks and Capernaum historic site.
7. Transfer from/to airport and or hotel.

Tips during your Galilee tour: It's important to consider your Tour Guides and Drivers work very hard to make your tour an experience of a lifetime, and most of their annual income comes from the generosity of those they are serving during the tours. It is recommended that tour guides are given at least $6.00 per touring day per person, and drivers are given at least $4.00 per touring day per person. Please consider also hotel staff during your stay, and other staff that will support you during your tour.

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