11 Day Israel & Oberammergau Passion Play2022-03-02T12:52:29+02:00
11 Day Israel & Oberammergau Passion Play
September 6 – 16 • 2022
Day 1 – U.S.A. to Tel-Aviv
Join your fellow travelers for the journey of a Lifetime! It all begins with our flight to Tel Aviv. Meals are served on board according to the airline schedule.
Day 2 – Arrive Tel-Aviv, Tiberias
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv we are met by our agent who assists us through customs and security. We then motorcoach for Tiberias, where we will have dinner and overnight at our hotel right on the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
Day 3 – Golan Heights, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Gideon Springs, Beit Shean, Galilee
After breakfast, we travel north to the Golan Heights for a beautiful view of northern Israel’s landscape. Then, we head to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16). We embark on a short hike to Tel Dan to see the altar of Jeroboam before heading to Gideon Springs. Next, we visit Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. This is where King Saul and his sons’ bodies were hung from the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10-12). We return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee, Jordan River
There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from your hotel room or from a boat. Today will include many biblical sites along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and in the Upper Jordan Valley: e.g. Capernaum (Matt. 4:13), Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5), Tabgha (Feeding of 5000; Mark 6), Church of Peter of Primacy (John 21), Magdala (Matt. 15:39; Luke 8:2); and view Mt. Hermon (Deut. 3:8) and Tiberias (John 6:23). Afterwards, we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. Optional: baptism in the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5 – Tiberias, Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima, Jerusalem
We start early this morning and stop at many biblical sites: Cana (John 2), Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2), Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kgs. 9:15; Rev. 16:16) and Caesarea (Acts 9 & 25). We then drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Mt. of Olives, Temple Mount, Bethlehem
We begin our explorations with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breath-taking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed to the Church of Ascension, descend to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and there visit the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western (Wailing) Wall of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Sam. 24:18-25). On this site now stands the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El-Aksa Mosque. From the temple area, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate, St. Anne’s Crusader Church, and then onto the Pools of Bethesda. This afternoon we pass by Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field. Time permitting, we’ll view Israel’s Knesset, the huge bronze Menorah.
Day 7 – Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada, Jericho, Jerusalem
This morning we depart Jerusalem via motorcoach and we will descend down to the Dead Sea and the wilderness of Judah. Our first stop will be Qumran and the possible settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Following the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we will stop at Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul, and everyone will have an opportunity to put their feet in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the earth. Continuing south, the next stop is Masada, where we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogues, temples and palaces. From here we continue into Jericho for a short visit, conditions permitting. Before returning to our hotel, we’ll visit the recently updated model of Jerusalem near the Shrine of the Book (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time). Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Yad Vashem, Israel Museum, Garden Tomb
We begin the day by driving to Ein Karem village, the birthplace of John the Baptist, to see the Church of Visitation, and then go to Yad Vashem and spend time touring The Holocaust Memorial. From there we will go to the Israel Museum, including the Bronfman Archaeological Museum and the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Late in the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb with a special communion service together. We enjoy our Farewell Dinner and final overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Tel-Aviv, Munich
After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport for our non-stop flight to Munich. After customs and passport formalities, we meet up with our guide who welcomes us to Germany. The drive between Munich airport and the tiny village of Oberammergau is spectacular. First, we have a brief orientation tour of Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Then, we drive south towards the snow-capped Alps. Our accommodations for the next two nights are in a little village near the Oberammergau area.
Day 10 – Oberammergau Passion Play
The drive between Munich and the tiny village of Oberammergau is spectacular. We drive south towards the snow-capped Alps. Oberammergau is not only known for its World- Famous Passion Play, but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colorful and attractive frescos known as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning we have time to explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and a woodcarving workshop. Then we should take our seat at the Passion Play Theater for the early afternoon performance. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are either born in Oberammergau or been residents for more than 20 years. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ we can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the Bible presented as still life. After 2.5 hours it is time for a dinner break, which is waiting for us in a local restaurant. After dinner, we have the opportunity to stroll around in the village and to do some shopping. Later this evening, the second part of the play starts and will end at approximately 11:00 pm. We will go to our hotel in the Oberammergau area for overnight after the play.
Day 11 – Munich Airport, U.S.A.
Today we depart from Munich airport for our flight back to the USA. We return home the same day. Indeed we have experienced the Journey of a Lifetime! We visited all of the wondrous sites connected with the Savior and the Bible in the Holy Land, then capped off these unforgettable experiences with the most memorable and spectacular presentation of Christ’s great Last Week, the traditional Passion Play of Oberammergau.
Round trip airfare per brochure, deluxe motor coaches, First Class / Superior First-Class hotels In Israel & 3-star accommodations in Oberammergau area, guided sightseeing, entrance fees to sites visited, breakfast & dinner daily per brochure.
Taxes and fuel charges totaling $595 USD comprised of $264.60 for fuel charges (subject to increase by airline up to 30 days prior to departure) and $330.40 for taxes (including federal inspection fees for the U.S. Customs and Immigrations; international air transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment and U.S. and International arrival and departure, and other government imposed fees up to $300 per person).
Gratuities of $175 for tour guide or cruise director, local host, driver, local guides, and/or ships’ crew; gratuities on ferries, and cruise ships.
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