Visit Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other important historical sites in Israel. While in Nazareth the tour will visit the Nazareth Hospital, Nazareth Academic School of Nursing and Nazareth Village — important partner organizations of Nazareth Project. The tour will focus 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.
March is a beautiful time to visit Israel. Spring flowers remain and the daytime temperatures are lovely and warm. Most of the country experiences a high number of sunny yet crisp days. Temperatures average between 55 and 75 degrees F. With this year’s tour having been rescheduled for November, we expect a different, uniquely beautiful autumn experience.
The tour host will be Kim Haines Eitzen who is a professor at Cornell University and a member of the NPI Board.
Kim Haines-Eitzen (Ph.D) is a Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions with a specialty in Early Christianity, Early Judaism, and Religion in Late Antiquity in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Her research has focused on the early scribes who copied the books of the New Testament, on women in the early Church, and on the development of Christian monasticism in landscapes of the Middle East.
What are her hopes for the tour?
“I hope that we will together experience the meaningful and vibrant history and present realities in Israel/Palestine — the rich diversity of its peoples, the important work of healing ministries, and the natural beauty of the landscape.
“It is a land of many stories and we will share these stories together in settings that will, I hope, bring to life the biblical narratives and evoke in all of us a sense of appreciation for the past and present.”
Kim grew up in Nazareth during the years her father served as chaplain of Nazareth Hospital. She recalls tramping around archaeological sites with her father, thoroughly bored while fully aware of a deep history in the region. Kim is the mother of two sons; her husband, John, is a musician.
Ibrahim Emtanis, a native of Nazareth who now lives in Jerusalem, will be our 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.
The March 2020 tour includes lodging at the Golden Crown Old City Hotel in Nazareth and the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem.