Nazareth to Amman – Jordan Visa – Nazareth Israel

Nazareth is a city in Israel and the former hometown of Jesus Christ.  Things to do in Nazareth include;

  • Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Gallery at the Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Mary’s Well
  • Jesus Trail
  • Nazareth Old City
  • Salesian Church (and view of the city)

I would recommend the Fauzi Azar Inn if you choose to stay in Nazareth as you can organize transport with them easily. They offer door to door shuttle services to Amman, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv at prices similar to the local bus.  Even if you don’t choose to stay with them you can still take advantage of the shuttle service.

Basilica of the Annunciation

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Basilica of the Annunciation

The Basilica of the annunciation is located on the spot where it is believed the annunciation took place.  The annunciation is the announcement by Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus Christ.  This church was built in 1969 on top of an older church.  Additionally, the grotto of annunciation is located in the basement which is believed to be the childhood home of the Virgin Mary.

Gallery at the Basilica of the Annunciation

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Gallery at the Basilica of the Annunciation

Inside the Basilica of the Annunciation is a gallery of mosaics from several countries representing Marian devotions.  Above are pictured the mosaics of Colombia, Wales, Scotland, El Salvador and Portugal.  It’s fun looking for your countries mosaic as they are spread out all around and inside of the church.  Some countries have donated larger mosaics than others, the mosaic of Germany was the most impressive by far.  Good luck hunting your countries mosaic!

Mary’s Well

There is another location in Nazareth, the Greek Orthodox Church where it is also believed the annunciation took place.  This church is built over Mary’s Well where it is believed she was standing when Angel Gabriel made the announcement to her.

Jesus Trail

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Jesus Trail

The Jesus Trail is quite a hike, it is over a 65 km walk from Nazareth to Galilee.  I walked on the Jesus trail for around 1 km, from Nazareth up to the Salesian church.  There are quite a lot of stairs on this part of the walk so take water if you make the walk during hot seasons.  If you have time to take the full trail, there is detailed information on the Jesus Trail website.  A reward for walking this small part of the trail is that from the Salesian church is a wonderful panoramic of the city and surroundings.

Nazareth Old City

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Old City

Most of the points of interest of Nazareth are located in the Old City.  In fact, there are a few more things to do in Nazareth which I have not mentioned.  These  include the Cactus ancient bath house and the White Mosque.  As well as visiting these, it’s also fun to randomly explore these historic streets.  There are cute bazaars and restaurants as well as people going about their daily business within the old city.

Salesian Church

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Salesian Church

The Salesian Church is also known as the Basilica of Jesus the Adolescent.  This church is most famous for the wonderful panoramic views over Nazareth.  Is there a more rewarding city to look over than the hometown of Jesus Christ?

Panoramic View of Nazareth

Things to do in Nazareth Israel - Nazareth Old City

The view of Nazareth from the Salesian Church makes the short walk on the Jesus Trail worthwhile.  The mountain visible in the distance is Mount Tabor.  As a matter of fact the full Jesus Trail will take you to this mountain.  If you do take the walk to Mount Tabor you’ll be rewarded with brilliant views over the Sea of Galilee.  Another mountain visible from the Salesian church viewpoint is Mount Precipice.  This is the hill where the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus off a cliff.

How to get the Bus from Nazareth to Amman

Shuttle service from Nazareth to Amman

Shuttle service from Nazareth to Amman

You can organise a direct shuttle from Nazareth to Amman Jordan through the Fauzi Amar Inn in Old Town Nazareth.  The guys make this trip 3 times a week so know exactly what is required in passing over the Israel / Jordan border.  In addition, most nationalities including UK, European, US and Australian can get a visa on arrival at the border.

Amman to Petra

2019-01-01T11:47:03+00:00February 12th, 2017|Israel, Middle East|19 Comments


  1. Allison February 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I reckon I would of only made about 1k of that trail as well! 65k’s is a huge journey! I would have loved to find Australia in the mosaics and see how they represented my home. I guess I am now going to have to add Israel and Jordon to my ever growing bucket list!

  2. Ed and Jenn Coleman February 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

    That sounds like an amazing trip. I have, of course, heard of all the biblical towns and it would be fascinating to visit them in real life. I didn’t realize that the Jesus Trail was still maintained and it certainly is one for the bucket list. Also, we absolutely agree that arranging transportation through a trusted hotel can be so much easier for travel for not much more money. There are plenty of other things to worry about when you are on the road.

  3. Jean February 13, 2017 at 1:05 am

    It would be great to see these photos taken on something other then a GoPro. They buildings and streets look amazing. A perfect place to explore and enjoy. I’m up
    For a 65km walk!

  4. Courtney Jones February 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    What an incredible experience! I didn’t realize that it’s a 65 km walk from Nazareth to Galilee – quite a journey! I think it would be amazing/surreal to see all the biblical towns in real life, so many centuries later!

  5. neha February 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Sounds like a great trip. And its really convenient that many nationals get visa on arrival at the borders. It would be really a great experience to see these historical towns

  6. Maxwell February 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Growing up watching the biblical history of Jesus Christ of Nazareth on TV and knowing till date that you can get a tour of all that is really amazing and sure would be on my bucket-list.

  7. Katie February 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic experience on this great tour 🙂 The gallery of mosaics looks fascinating, love seeing art like this. Thanks for sharing tips on getting a visa too! really helpful!

  8. Global Girl Travels February 14, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Exploring that Jesus Trail in Nazareth must feel surreal. It’s amazing how you can explore the same road that Jesus walked through during his passion. Your photos are superbly done. Thanks for sharing a part of the world that we haven’t been to before.

  9. Natalie February 15, 2017 at 1:37 am

    What an adventure for a family vacation to get to walk where Jesus walked. I can only imagine how it would feel to visit these places and share that with the children. It is on our list!

  10. Ellis February 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Jordan is high on my list of countries to visit and your site is very useful. Thanks

  11. Sourav Aggarwal February 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Your site is very helpful for me. I want to Travel Jordan and would visit these places as such.

  12. Carola February 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I did the journey in December. In my opinion, it’s the best way to get from Israel to Jordan (cheaper and saves the visa hassle :-)) Did you do the walking tour the Fauzi Azar offers? Highly recommended! And I should hope you have the Jordan pass for visiting plenty of goodness in Jordan 🙂

    Happy continued travels!

  13. Cez of eTramping February 16, 2017 at 12:16 am

    This sounds like a fascinating trip, I imagine it would be quite an experience. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Mike Cotton March 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I’ve yet to visit the Middle East but a friend of mine went to Israel recently and raves about it. And Jordan with the beautiful delights of Petra – well, maybe it’s time I get myself out there. The photography opportunities look fantastic.

  15. Tiffany March 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Wow! I’m obsessed with the photos you took in such a beautiful city. This place is on my bucketlist and after reading your blog, I really can’t wait to go there!

  16. shayne March 6, 2017 at 2:01 am

    It’s a dream of mine to go to Nazareth. Your photos make it harder for me. I’ve become more excited now more than ever!

  17. Jitaditya Narzary March 6, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Thanks for this detailed post. I have a great desire to visit this region so rich in ancient history. I like the fish-eye shots of certain buildings. Are you using a GoPro?

  18. Suma March 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Just like your other posts on Bethlehem, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this post has also managed to intrigue me with the places linked to Jesus Christ’s life. I cannot imagine how a 65km walking trail would turn out to be, I guess even I might have managed to just complete trail upto the Salasien Church. But it still would be very novel expeirence for me.
    The mosaic collections from around the world also sounds very interesting.

  19. Eric March 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Nazareth is definitely on my Bucket List being Catholic. To see not only the religious images but also the beautiful ancient city must be remarkable. So does the Jesus trail offer albergues (hostels for pilgrims) along the way so you can take the 3 day walk to Galilee?

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