Walk in the footpaths of Jesus on the Gospel Trail.
It’s pilgrim’s progress: walking in the footsteps of Jesus. There are now two trails where Christian pilgrims can get outdoorsy and follow in the footsteps of their prophet.
Late November, the Israel Ministry of Tourism launched the Gospel Trail, a modular trail that follows the paths that Jesus is believed to have taken when he left Nazareth, the home of his childhood, for Capernaum on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which became the center of his ministry. It is the second trail to follow the footsteps of Jesus, joining a somewhat parallel course as the Jesus Trail nearby.
The 62 kilometer Gospel Trail starts at Mount Precipice near Nazareth and ends at Kfar Nahum, and it consists of specially-signposted footpaths and roads which can be traveled on foot, by bicycle, horse and by car even.
Green tourism in Israel
The new trail is expected to enrich the Israeli tourism experience for Christian tourists to Israel.
Over the last few years, there has been an increase in Christian tourism to Israel, and the Gospel Trail is expected to attract an additional 200,000 tourists over the next two years. We like the “green” component of getting outside and hiking through villages to know the land and people along that trail.
Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: “Christian tourism is both significant and central to the incoming tourism industry in Israel. The Gospel Trail enhances the spiritual experience for every tourist and traveler in Israel, and especially for the Christian community.
“It is a real honor to invite the entire Christian world to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to walk in the same places where he walked.”