What to Do, Where to Stay When Visiting the Jesus Trail

Wednesday, June 3, 2009; 2:25 PM

GETTING THERE: The Jesus Trail is designed to begin in Nazareth. There is regular bus service from Tel Aviv (No. 826) and from Jerusalem (No. 955); it's about a two-hour trip from either city. Those arriving at Ben Gurion Airport can take a train to Haifa; at Haifa's Merkaz Hashmona station, the No. 331 bus goes to Nazareth.

WHERE TO STAY: Maoz Inon's Fauzi Azar Inn (Nazareth's Old City, 011-972-4-602-0469, http://www.fauziazarinn.com) has rooms with private bath (about $53 per person), four-bed rooms with bath (about $35 per person) and dorm-style facilities (about $21 per person). The Golden Crown Hotel & Resort (Mt. of the Precipice, Afula-Nazareth Road, 011-972-4-650-8000, http://www.goldencrown.co.il) offers 243 modern rooms; single rooms with breakfast $140-$200, depending on season; doubles $160-$240; full and half board also available.

WHERE TO EAT: Sudfeh (Hamaaiin Square, 011-972-4-656-6611, http://www.2eat.co.il/eng/sudfeh) features seafood specialties with an Arab flair. Tishreen (Mary's Well 56, 011-972-4-608-4666) serves traditional Middle Eastern dishes, plus an array of Continental ones.

WHAT TO DO: Volunteers lead free all-day walking tours that cover the first leg of the Jesus Trail (Nazareth to Cana, a 12-mile trek; you can return to town by bus). Walks start at 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday at the entrance to the Basilica of the Annunciation. The walk includes Zippori National Park, with magnificent Byzantine mosaics among its ruins.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Jesus Trail Web site (http://www.jesustrail.com) features GPS downloads and PDFs with turn-by-turn directions.

-- H.S.

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