Periodically, NPI organizes a tour to Nazareth, Jerusalem and other historical sites in Israel and Palestine.
One important aspect of the tour is to visit the Nazareth Hospital EMMS, the Nazareth Academic School of Nursing and Nazareth Village. This is followed by travel to other parts of 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 to arrange local transportation, lodging and tour guides via a Palestinian-owned tour company in Jerusalem. International Travel arranged for NPI by Raptim Humanitarian Travel. Fly from JFK to Tel Aviv via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines.
March is a beautiful time to visit Israel. Spring flowers remain and the daytime temperatures are nice and warm. Most of the country experiences a high number of sunny but crisp days. Temperatures average between 55 and 75 degrees F.
The tour host will be Kim Haines Eitzen who is a professor at Cornell University and a member of the NPI Board. Ibrahim Emtanis, a native of Nazareth who now lives in Jerusalem, will be our local tour guide.
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. Kim spent some of her childhood years living in Nazareth while her father, Joe, was the chaplain at Nazareth Hospital.
Ibrahim Emtanis is 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 the tour will likely visit:
The March 2020 tour includes lodging at the Golden Crown Old City Hotel in Nazareth and the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem.