Discover The Land Where Jesus Spent most of His Life

For those of you who like to hike, the Jesus Trail offers a unique opportunity to take in the Galilee landscape, from Nazareth to Capernaum, and see the picturesque towns and villages of the Gospels for yourself. This enchanting route winds its way from Nazareth through Sepphoris, Cana, the Arbel Cliffs, Tabgha, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.

Maoz Inon, a 37-year-old Israeli who owns the Fauzi Azar inn in Nazareth, and David Landis, 30, a guidebook writer from Pennsylvania were the two hiking enthusiasts and who came up with the idea for the trail. They’ve met in 2005 while hiking in Israel and created a path linking key historical sites related to the life of Jesus.

Some of the sights in the trail — including the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount — were already popular on commercial bus tours. But others, like the Roman road where the risen Christ is believed to have blinded Paul (an act that led to Paul’s conversion to Christianity), were not accessible from nearby highways.

With no rushing from place to place or being herded onto buses, you can leisurely hike the Jesus Trail over three or four days. You have an engaging variety of overnight options – from hotels to overnight camping, and there are many places to buy water and food along the way. Public buses are available at most starting and end-points.

Among the many highlights along the trail:
Explore the markets and alleys of Nazareth, Jesus' childhood home.
Pray in the Basilica of the Annunciation and discover how the Synagogue Church got its name.
Experience Cana, site of the wedding feast where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.
Visit Tabgha, with its breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee, the traditional site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes.
Capture the calm of Capernaum, Jesus’ home base during his ministry in the Galilee.
Climb the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Bathe at the Yardenit baptismal site along the Jordan River, where John baptized Jesus.
And lots more along the way… Byzantine mosaics, a Crusader battle, 1st Century cliff dwellers, tranquil gardens, a 13th Century Muslim fortress, natural hot springs…

The Western Galilee and the Jesus trail in particular offer us to stand within historical landscape and visit the holy places and sites mentioned in the Bible and the shrines associated with the life and ministry of Jesus. That kind of experience will provide without a doubt an inspiration for the inner, spiritual journey that each pilgrim hopes to experience during his or her stay.