Nazareth Project Inc.

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Israel/Palestine Tours

12 Day Inspirational Tour  | Oct. 12-23, 2022

The tour included Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other important historical sites in Israel/Palestine. While in Nazareth the tour visited the Nazareth Hospital, Nazareth Academic School of Nursing and Nazareth Village — important partner organizations of Nazareth Project. The tour focused on historic sites, current realities and reasons for hope in present day Israel/Palestine (including the Galilee, the West Bank, Jerusalem and many other sites near Jerusalem).

NPI works with a North-American travel company to plan the international travel bookings and arrange local transportation, lodging and tour guides via a Palestinian-owned tour company in Jerusalem. International Travel arranged for NPI by Pilgrim Tours, Inc.

Healing & Hope Tour Overview

  • 6 days in Nazareth and the Galilee
  • 5 days in the Jerusalem area
  • Several visits to West Bank locations

The tour host was Wayne Speigel who is a pastor and a member of the NPI Board.

Wayne has served as lead and interim pastor in several Mennonite congregations in eastern PA and Virginia and has been on the boards of charitable organizations and in Mennonite denominational leadership. He has studied in Israel/Palestine on several occasions.

Ibrahim Emtanis, a native of Nazareth who now lives in Jerusalem, was the local tour guide. Ibrahim has been a licensed tour guide in Israel since 2013. He graduated from the Israel School of Tourism at the University of Haifa. He speaks fluent English and Hebrew, with Arabic being his mother tongue.  Ibrahim has a wide knowledge of the various Middle Eastern religions and sects including Christianity, Judaism, Samaritan, Islam, Druze, Baha’i, and Ahmadi’. He specializes in Holy Land Christian Pilgrimage tours. Ibrahim graduated from Nazareth Baptist High School.

Among many other stops NPI tours include:

  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Mt. Of Olives Panorama
  • Israel Museum (incl. the Shrine of the Book and Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • Yad Vashem
  • Bethlehem
  • Shepherd’s Field
  • Church of the Nativity
  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Qumran
  • The Dead Sea
  • Temple Mt., early morning
  • Western Wall
  • Southern Wall
  • Pools of Bethesda
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Jerusalem – the old city
  • Gethsemane
  • Jericho
  • Mt. Beatitudes
  • Ein Beda (Tobas) or Al Maleh
  • Capernaum
  • Tabgha, the 2 churches
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Nazareth Village tour & lunch
  • Agamon HaHula for bird watching
  • St. Gabriel church
  • Church of the Annunciation
  • Mt. Precipice
  • Cana
  • Dan
  • Sephoris
  • Arbel
  • Megiddo
  • Beth Shean

The tour includes lodging at the Golden Crown Old City Hotel in Nazareth and the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem.

For more information or if you have questions please contact Howard Good at howardgood@nazarethproject.org or by phone at 717-475-8737.

Photos courtesy of www.freeisraelphotos.com.