Experience the Passion Play Like Never Before! (Oberammergau)
We arrive in Munich. After customs and passport formalities, we meet up with our guide who welcomes us to Germany. The drive between Munich’s airport and the tiny village of Oberammergau is spectacular. First, we have a brief orientation tour of Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Then, we continue on our way for the Tirol, where we will spend the next two nights, in a little village near Oberammergau. After breakfast, our bus will take us to Oberammergau, which 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 then be transferred back to our hotel for overnight after the play. Overnight is back at the hotel in Tirol.
See the Holy Land of the Bible
After breakfast, we will leave Tirol and make our way to Munich Airport for our flight to Ben Gurion Airport, Israel. Upon arrival we are met by our agent who assists us through customs and security. We then meet our amazing Israeli tour guide and board our motor coach for our hotel in Tel Aviv. After dinner, we enjoy free time in Tel Aviv. This morning, we depart for the Galilee, as we begin our sightseeing, we will visit Caesarea Maritima, where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion (Acts 10). We also see Mt. Carmel, where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). After lunch (not included), we continue on to Nazareth (Jesus’ childhood home) for an incredible visit to the Nazareth Village, a replica village of what it may have looked like during the time of Jesus, with its olive tree groves, homes, wineries and more. From here we have a short drive to Tiberias arriving in time for dinner and overnight at our hotel that is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Nothing compares to watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee! We begin todays sightseeing as we board a replica wooden “Jesus Boat” to set sail on the Sea of Galilee. From here, we make our way to Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His early ministry. Afterwards, we visit Tabgha (the traditional site of the feeding of the 5000), and the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. We will then spend time reflecting and worshiping at the Mt. of Beatitudes. For those interested, our lunch stop includes the option of ordering the special St. Peter’s Fish (not included). After lunch, we travel north to Golan Heights for a beautiful view of northern Israel’s landscape. Then we head back to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Be Baptized in the Jordan River
Today, we make our way to the Jordan River, those interest will have an opportunity to be baptized. Afterwards we say good-bye to the Galilee as we make our way for our visit to 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). Last, we head to Jericho for a visit. We then begin our drive/ascend to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. After breakfast, we travel south along the western shore of the Dead Sea toward Masada where we ascend by cable car up to King Herod’s astonishing fortress. From here we will make our way to Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, as we walk up to the Ein Gedi waterfalls. Afterwards we have a short drive to Qumran, the settlement of the Essenes. They were the first century sect who authored the Dead Sea Scrolls. Afterwards, we make a special stop at the Dead Sea for a short swim or float. Dinner and overnight are again in Jerusalem. After breakfast, we depart our hotel a little earlier than normal as we make our way to the Temple Mount, a 36 acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel 24:18-25). This area is the third holiest shrine in Islam, housing both the El-Aqsa Mosque and the magnificent Dome of the Rock. From the temple area we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk to the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Pavement (where Jesus stood while being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. Afterwards we board our bus as we drive to the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are shown. We will then make our way to the Southern Steps These are the same steps that Jesus would have walked up to the Temple area. We conclude our sightseeing with a special visit to the Garden Tomb for time of worship, communion and reflection. After, we return back to our hotel for dinner. Following dinner, we will have a special visit to the Rabbinical Tunnels. Overnight is in Jerusalem.
Explore Jerusalem & Worship at the Garden Tomb
We begin today on the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the famous, breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage proceeds down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the ancient olive grove at the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, we enter Jerusalem through the Zion Gate and proceed to the Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. Then, we make our way back to the Western Wall. Afterwards we have a short walk to City of David, and then we go on second short walk to Hezekiah’s Tunnel (conditions permitting). Be sure to bring a flashlight and water shoes to walk through the tunnel. Anyone wanting to stay dry can walk through Hezekiah’s shaft. We return to our hotel in time for Dinner and overnight. We begin today with a visit to the Temple Mount, a 36 acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel 24:18-25). This area is the third holiest shrine in Islam, housing both the El-Aqsa Mosque and the magnificent Dome of the Rock. From the temple area we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa –We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and then conclude our day with a short walk to the original steps that Jesus climbed as he entered the Temple area. We end our day in worship at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem. After breakfast we begin our sightseeing as we drive to Herodian to visit one of King Herod’s fortresses. Next, we will drive along the Wadi Qelt then make our way to Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, we will have an opportunity to stop at the Shepherd’s Fields and also see one of the original caves before we have lunch (not included) then we will make our way for a visit to the Church of the Nativity. Afterwards, we will allow some time for shopping and to see how they carve the olive wood by hand. We return back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.