Jesus Trail Hiking Package from Nazareth
- Explore Nazareth's Old City - the hometown of Jesus
- Reach Cana by foot, the traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle
- Walk on part of the old Roman road in the footsteps of Jesus.
- See the Horns of Hattin - the site of the final Crusader defeat.
- Enjoy stunning views from Arbel cliff to the Sea of Galilee
- Visit Tabgha, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000
- Reach Capernaum - the city that was the center of Jesus’ ministry
- Day 1Arrival
Check in to your room at the 18th-Century Arab mansion: Fauzi Azar — complete with hand-painted ceilings and hanging chandeliers. Unwind in the courtyard, surrounded by an ancient water fountain and greenery, or enjoy the sunset on the balcony. The Inn staff will wake care of your needs so you can rest before your upcoming adventure.
Accommodation: Fauzi Azar (or similar location).
- Day 2Nazareth
The day starts with a traditional and healthy Arabic breakfast: fresh vegetables, pita-bread, and richly brewed coffee. Orientation for the trail will be scheduled for this day. A Jesus Trail staff member will meet you personally to go into detail about the Trail, taking in all of your questions and adjust the hike to your own preferences, and exchange contact details so you can call him/her at any point during the hike. You will be given a pack of everything you need, including guide book, maps, luggage tags, contact numbers, and itinerary.
You can join a free walking tour of the Old City of Nazareth, led by a local Nazarene, as they explain the incredible and moving history of the building that you have been staying in. You will be taken through the twists and turns of the Soug (market), seeing Nazareth through the eyes of a local. Then, enjoy some free time in the city before heading to Nazareth Village for a Parable Walk through the recreated first-century farm and village. Your day finishes at the Fauzi Azar Inn, socializing and relaxing with the other guests.
Accommodation: Fauzi Azar
- Day 3Nazareth to Cana 15.1 km
Start your day with the healthy Arabic breakfast, and get ready to hike! Leaving the Old City through its 406 steps, you will immediately be treated to your first breathtaking view of the Galilean landscape. The trail begins en route to Zippori National Park, a fascinating archaeological site, where you will spend some time within its grounds before continuing through a small village and into the bustling city of Cana, the traditional location of Jesus’ first miracle. Your third night will give you the opportunity to experience authentic Arab hospitality and local cuisine in a comfortable, homey guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Cana Palace
- Day 4Cana to Kibbutz Lavi 14.7 km
The morning begins with a home-cooked breakfast —fuel for another day of exploring! Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the houses as you leave Cana and descend through Beit Keshet Forest towards a section of the Roman Roads. As the ancient remains of the Roman road between Acre and Tiberias, it was likely the path used by Jesus on his journey from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. Then, you will continue on to Kibbutz Lavi, one of the few Orthodox religious kibbutzim, where you will spend the night in their modern hotel and experience a kosher buffet for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
- Day 5Kibbutz Lavi to Moshav Arbel 17.1 km
Another kosher meal sets you up for the day. You will leave the hotel and trail through the Kibbutz farm. The first stop of the day is ‘The Horns of Hattin’ where awe-inspiring 360 panoramic views greet your from atop this extinct volcano. Next, you take the path to Nebi Shu’eib, the holiest place for the worldwide Druze community. The final stretch of the day transports you back in time through old olive groves and ancient scenery, seemingly untouched by history, as you make your way to Moshav Arbel where a cozy bed and delicious meal await you!
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Arbel Holiday Homes
- Day 6Moshav Arbel to Capernaum 18.5 km
Breakfast will kick-start the incredible, final day of your journey. Starting with a walk to Mount Arbel National Park, you will soon have the chance to see the Sea of Galilee glistening in the morning sunlight. The trail takes you down the cliff-face and into Wadi Hamam, a Bedouin Village, before guiding you on to the Galilean coastline. You will reach the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Taghba before continuing on to the final destination. At Capernaum, the place that Jesus chose to make him ministerial base, you can explore the ancient site and applaud your hard work! You have just walked from Nazareth to Capernaum – just like Jesus did! Now, either wait for your shuttle to pick you up from there, or consider one more walk…to the Mount of Beatitudes to be picked up form there instead.
The accommodation options on the list 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. In rare cases of no availability, it will be possible to switch to an alternative date or receive a full refund.
Good to Know
- This is a self guided hiking tour, meaning it includes printed guiding materials and a local contact, but no actual guide
- Lunches are not included in the tour. It will be a good idea to either stop at a market each night to buy snacks or pack your own meals
- Tour and orientation are from Fauzi Azar in Nazareth
- Dress according to the season. Bring warm clothes for nights and evenings
- Modest clothing required for entering holy sites
- Note: Religious meal requirements (such as kosher or Halal) cannot be accommodated in this package
- Transportation after the tour will take you to Tiberias, or drop you off along the way. You may request this shuttle to be from Mount of Beatitudes if you choose to do this additional short hike
- The accommodation options on the list 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. In rare cases of no availability, it will be possible to switch to an alternative date or receive a full refund
- Five nights accommodation
- Five breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Personal orientation in Nazareth
- Guided Nazareth tour
- Jesus Trail Guide Book (1 per group)
- Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation
- Local English speaking contact person
- Self guiding materials
- National Parks entrance fees
- Lunches and any meals not mentioned in the program
- Traveler’s Insurance (recommended)
- Transfer from/to any airport
- Optional – transport to Jerusalem/Tel Aviv at the end of the tour
- Optional – Extra Jesus Trail Guidebook
- Optional – Local guide. A licensed tour guide can hike the 4 days of the trail with you and your group. An unmissable opportunity to truly experience this magnificent trail and hear the stories that gave its name. Contact us directly at [email protected] to arrange.
Am I fit enough to hike the Jesus Trail?
Physical fitness is very personal and varies from person to person. Generally, you should be prepared to walk 16 km (10 miles) a day. You may wish to train in advance and build up to 10 miles a day, by starting with shorter walks.
Consult with a physician before taking the trail if you have arthritis or have had any surgery on your knees, hip, or ankle joints.
This trail is not recommended for those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, back pain, and other ailments that may affect your ability to walk long distances.
Are water sources available for refilling bottles during the hikes?
Water is readily available every few hours for most of the trail.
Is it safe to hike the trail and travel alone in Israel?
Many people walk the trail alone and have found this to be safe. Generally, locals tend to be exceptionally helpful and honored to have you coming through their towns and villages. There is always some risk with hiking alone in any part of the world, but the risk in the Galilee region is considered minimal.
How much money should I bring with me for the hike?
There are no fees to walk the trail. There are 3 national parks along the trail—Zippori (optional but highly recommended) and Arbel (the trail passes through this national park), and Capernaum that have a small entrance fee.