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Jesus Trail, Galilee

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The Jesus Trail is a 65km hiking and pilgrimage route in the Galilee region of Israel that traces the route Jesus may have walked, connecting many sites from his life and ministry. The main part of the trail begins in Nazareth and passes through Tzippori, Cana (Kafr Kanna), the Horns of Hattin, Mount Arbel Cliffs, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, and the Mount of Beatitudes. An alternate return route passes by Tiberias, the Jordan River, Mount Tabor, and Mount Precipice.HistoryThe trail was founded in 2007 by two hiking enthusiasts, Maoz Inon, a Jewish Israeli entrepreneur who has established hostels and guesthouses in Israel, and David Landis, a Christian American hiking specialist. The actual marking of the trail took place in 2008. It is currently managed and promoted largely by the work of volunteers, and is a non-profit project.The trail is public and free for anyone who wants to hike and camp along its course. The Jesus Trail is marked with a blaze of three stripes painted on rocks along the way (white, orange, and white). When portions of the Jesus Trail combine with other trails (such as the Israel National Trail), an additional orange circle is added to the previous trail marker. All marking of the trail was completed by the public Israel Trails Committee (ITC) which works in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). Trail maintenance and cleaning up has been a combined effort of international, national, and local organizations including JNF-KKL (The Jewish National Fund), the Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth, village schools, and international volunteers.
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  • I enjoyed walking the Jesus Trail very much. I walked it in 2 days, but would recommend 3 days in order to have more time to enjoy the landscape and especially the different cultural stops on the way....  more »
  • We did the Jesus Trail in 4 days from Nazareth to Magdala. If you go to Nazareth I would recommend two days to see all the biblical/historical places. Our first day we arrived at Nazareth 13 : 00. We ...  more »
  • I was also at the worst possible time, in August. The heat, 20kg of luggage (as a backpacker) and some bad/missing signs did unfortunately no joy. Of course I was myself to blame. Scenic was less green than in the other seasons in the summer of course, but otherwise there's really not much to see. I'm going on (with the official Pocket Guide and Google maps) on their own and have in "Fauzi Azar Inn" and in the "Cana Guest House" stayed. (1) from Nazareth to Kafr Kanna: most of the "untouched nature of Israel" (it says so in any travel guide) is unfortunately littered. To the Zippori, I can't say anything National Park. But the majority of the route goes through an urban area. (2) from Kafr Kanna to LAVI: here it runs even to 2/3 through areas/fields/forest, that are not littered. Scenic there is a small little to see, but what is nothing compared to Germany (one learns how beautiful your country is actually ;)). I walked towards the end not after LAVI, but visited a friend. Then take the bus to Tiberias. Conclusion: I believe, who according to Israel to the hiking goes, wasted his time, even to a different season. In DE/A/CH, there are by far to see better. Also, always a highway, street, town or just rubbish mountains in close proximity, which certainly helps the orientation, but the landscape is impaired in Israel. Also, the markers are often absent, a map and Google maps are so duty!
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