by bike Tour Itinerary
The Jesus trail bike tour is accompanied by an accomplished guide and expert rider. The basic route is three days long however, athletic and experienced riders can complete the tour in 2 days although a four day option is also available for a more leisurely trip.
- mountain bike tour on three riding days, minimum three people in group. If minimum group size is not met four weeks prior to start date, tour will be cancelled or there will be an option to run the tour at a higher rate.
Sign up for a tour here: https://jesustrail.com/tours/bike-tour-on-the-jesus-trail
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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. Enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants (not included in package cost). Meals included: none
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. Enjoy dinner at one of Nazareth’s many fine restaurants (not included in package cost).
Meals included: none
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 (not included in package cost).”
Meals included: breakfast
Riding distance: 37 km / 22 miles
Total Ascent: 858 meters / 2815 feet
Total Descent: 923 meters / 3058 feet
Before breakfast, meet the bike staff and tour guide to arrange all the bike equipment for the ride.
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 ride 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 break and refill your water before returning to the trail through the small village of Mashhad to arrive at Cana, traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle. Take a rest and have a snack before visiting the Orthodox and Catholic churches commemorating the water to wine miracle.
Continue your ride 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 that connected the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee. Ride 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.
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 towards Yavniel Valley. After a pleasant descent towards the Yardenit Baptismal Site, a baptism site located along the Jordan River that is frequented by Christian pilgrims. Then have a comfortable ride along the Jordan River shore to the “Peace Island,” a site on the border between Israel and Jordan where the Yarmouk River flows into the Jordan River. A hydroelectric power -plant has operated in Naharayim since 1932. We will end the ride at pleasant hotel ‘El Mul Golan” in Kibbutz Shaar Ha-Golan. , with a tasty dinner in the kibbutz dining room.
Riding distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Total Ascent: 270 meters / 890 feet
Total Descent: 780 meters / 2580 feet
Start early with rich breakfast in the Kibbutz and start the ride northward to the south shore of the Sea of Galilee. From here, climb sharply to Poriya spring and start the magnificent ride on the scenic bike trail around Sea of Galilee to Upper Tiberias. After a short ride, we start our ascent to
Arbel Cliffs. Now we have stunning single track downhill to the sea. 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.. 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.
Riding distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Total Ascent: 841 meters / 2’780 feet
Total Descent: 850 meters / 2815 feet
Total Distance – 127 kilometers (79miles)