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The Gospel Trail


  • Nights
    5 nights, 4 walking days
  • Meals
    5 breakfasts 2 dinners
  • Terrain
    wide dirt & asphalted tracks mostly down hill through woodland, lake coastal trails,
  • Grade (?)
    2

Important events and developments significantly affecting mankind, happened in the relatively small area of Lower Galilee and the Kinneret (Sea Of Galilee). Jesus grew up here, and from here he began to effectively spread the gospels. Karnei Hittin was the arena for the decisive battle in which the Muslims led by Salah al-Din achieved great victory and signaling the beginning of the end to Crusader rule in Israel.

Many intriguing places along the route shed light on other significantly dramatic events in history. Of equal impact are the transitions between the gentle rolling hills of Lower Galilee to the Kinneret lying below sea level, between the limestone hills to the basalt plains and between woodlands and agricultural regions. A similar contrast marks the characteristic vegetation which varies from the Mediterranean area to the predominating almost barren landscape around the Sea of Galilee. Stunning and interesting scenic look out spots are a spectacular part of the diversity of the Gospel Trail. 

The finishing point in Tabgha on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee between the lakeside churches is undoubtedly rewarding providing an extraordinary experience on the individual pilgrim's journey.

Villa Nazareth hotel
Villa Nazareth hotel

Alternatively for nights 2 and/or 3
Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Shavit guest house
Shavit guest house

Alternatively for nights 4 and 5
Karei Deshe Hostel
Karei Deshe Hostel

Pilgerhaus Tabgha
Pilgerhaus Tabgha

Day 1: Nazareth to Ilaniya.
Nazareth is the city of annunciation, where Mary received the news that she was to give birth to the Son of God. 
The first day of the Gospel Trail begins at the eastern end of Upper Nazareth.
A scenic route leaves the heart of a busy residential area and almost immediately you are walking through quiet wooded areas and continue along the trail for spectacular vantage points with a reward of great views for the Lower Galilee and the Jezreel Valley. Most of this trail is downhill and completely shaded. In the spring you can find carpets of flowers under the Mount Tabor Oak of the Beit Keshet forest. Mount Tabor with the Church of the Transfiguration at its summit can be seen almost the whole length of the trail. Bicycle routes, recreation areas and archaeological sites to mention just some points of interest along the way. Your overnight accommodation is in Moshav Ilaniya in an ecological B&B.  21Km, 8Hrs. Optional - 17Km, 6-7Hrs with a transfer to the trailhead (included).

Day 2: Ilaniya to Arbel. Early in the day the trail crosses one of the busiest intersections in the Galilee the Golani Junction. An easy walking trail that begins tucked back in a planted pine forest continues after crossing the road, to wide open spaces of agricultural area with pastures, wheat or chickpeas. The trail passes through one of the largest and most famous battlegrounds in the history of Israel the Battle of Karnei Hittin, between the Crusaders and the Muslim army of Salah-a-Din. There is a magnificent view of the Arbel Cliff and the Sea of Galilee in all its splendour. Towards the end of the trail you are strongly recommended to visit the holy place of the Druze. The trail ends in Moshav Arbel and if you arrive just before sunset you are guaranteed a mesmerizing sight. 16KM, 6Hrs.

Day 3: Arbel to Karei Deshe (Tabgha). Arbel Cliff is one of the most beautiful vantage points in Israel. It is worthwhile to get up early and watch the sunrise over the Golan Heights the transition from dark to bright. The edge of the cliff overlooks the Sea of Galilee and the Ginnosar Valley as well as parts of the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. The trail goes steeply downhill from an altitude of 180 m above sea level to a height of 200 meters below sea level on the Sea of Galilee. The trail continues north alongside the groves of the Ginnosar Valley, passes through Migdal (Magdala Mary of Magdalenes hometown (Luke 8:2)) and overnight accommodation is at the Karei Deshe youth hostel. *13km, 5Hrs.

Day 4: Tabgha to Capernaum (circular). This day is dedicated to pilgrimage and visiting the churches of Tabgha (Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes), Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes. There is a promenade between the churches along the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee and the trail passes through orchards and fields, a nice mix of sacred and nature. In the church yards you can wander between beautiful buildings both old and modern, landscaped gardens, ornamental ponds, colourful mosaics and more. The trail is flexible and you can choose which of the sites to visit and so determine the length of the trail. This is an opportunity to take your time and absorb the unique atmosphere of the area.   *17Km, 6-7Hrs.

* It is possible to upgrade the accommodation on days 3 and 4. See costs on the price list. If you decide to upgrade, the trek on day 3 will be 15 km and take about 6 hours and the trek on day 4 will be 13 km and take roughly 5 hours.
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