Enjoy 13 days in the Holy Land, Germany, and Austria with Commissioners Bill and Marilyn Francis. You'll walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you retrace his steps in the Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Then you'll fly to Germany for the Passion Play portion of your tour. Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play are included with time to explore the sites in southern Germany, such as Ettal. July 13-25, 2020. Prices start at $4,598* departing from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
About the Oberammergau Passion Play
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to insure that all actors of the world's largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Oberammergau Passion Play ticket
Day 1 Depart USA
Catch your international flight to the Holy Land and enjoy the transatlantic journey.
Day 2 Arrive in Tel Aviv
You will be welcomed at the Tel Aviv airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 Sea of Galilee Day
Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue which stands on the site where Jesus taught. With Bible in hand, cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, participate in a special onboard worship service. At Kibbutz Nof Ginnosar, you’ll learn about the “Ancient Boat”, a rare example of the kind of boat in which Jesus would have sailed. Travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached to the people (Matt. 5‐7). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5,000, you’ll visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9:10‐17). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). At the River Jordan, remember your baptism in the Yardenit Baptismal Site.
Day 4 Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea
This morning journey to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Church of the Annunciation where the Virgin Mary learned she was with child. Look out over Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) to view one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. This afternoon explore Caesarea, a center of the early Christians where an angel visited Cornelius, the first Gentile believer (Acts 10), and where Paul was imprisoned for two years before appealing to Caesar.
Day 5 Bethlehem and Jerusalem
In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site (Luke 2). Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and envision the scenes of the night before Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26: 36‐44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was questioned the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26: 57). Meditate on the events of the Last Supper as you visit the traditional location of the Upper Room (Mark 14: 12‐26).
Day 6 Qumran, Dead Sea, Jericho, Jerusalem
Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Take a dip in the salt and mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. As you stop in Jericho to view the ruins of the city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1, 2, 20), in the distance, you can also see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matt. 4:1‐11). End your day with a group picture taken from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1: 9‐12).
Day 7 Jerusalem
Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City. Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. View the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle (John 5: 1‐31). Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1), and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross"). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love.
Day 8 Fly to Munich. Transfer to Alpine Village
Depart Tel Aviv and arrive in Munich where you will be met by our local representatives. Continue to your alpine hotel for your five night stay.
Day 9 Castle and Churches Day
Today is a full day of photographic wonders. You will visit the beautiful Abbey of Ettal and the picture‐perfect Church in the Meadow at Wies. You will tour the magnificent Castle of Linderhof, Mad King Ludwig’s main residence. This small royal residence is a delightful fantasy home for any crazy king or up‐and‐coming mogul.
Day 10 Salzburg
Enjoy a full day musical adventure as you explore the city of Mozart’s birth, Salzburg. You’ll visit the Cathedral and famous Horse Fountain. You’ll view Hellbrunn Castle, Mirabell Palace and ‐‐ from across the river ‐‐ see Leopoldskron Palace, which is famous as the film location for “The Sound of Music".
Day 11 Oberammergau Passion Play
After the Black Plague that was rampant in Europe left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one‐of‐a‐kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner is included in Oberammergau tonight.
Day 12 Innsbruck
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half‐day, morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th‐century. You’ll view Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, the Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own.
Day 13 Return to USA
Return home with a lifetime of memories to share!
Enhance Your Journey
Italy Post Tour $1748
July 25‐27 ‐ Free Time On‐Your‐Own
Breakfast and dinner included with hotel, touring will be on own.
July 28 ‐ Tyrol to Venice
Depart your Tyrolean Village and begin your journey to Venice. Drive through the Brenner Pass and enjoy spectacular views of the Dolomites, a mountain range between Austria & Italy. Check into your hotel in the Venice area for dinner and overnight.
July 29 ‐ Venice
Enjoy a full‐day tour of Venice. Rising between sea and sky this fascinating city boasts waterways and boats instead of roads and cars, encompassing 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals. Stand in the Piazza San Marco, bordered on three sides by palatial arcades in two tiers and faced on the other by the Basilica of St. Mark, one of the world’s most magnificent churches. Tour the Basilica with its treasure of marble and gold‐background mosaics. From the square you can see the famous Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, as well as the charming pink and white Doge’s Palace. After seeing the romantic Bridge of Sighs, enjoy free time to explore on your own. You can shop, stroll along the bridges and canals or even indulge in a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Dinner on own this evening or optional Venice island dinner ($48 (projected) per person). Dinner is on own this evening.
July 30 ‐ Verona & Lake Garda
Travel to Verona, home to Roman ruins and a courtyard that is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, whose story was set in Verona. Stop at Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake and enjoy the scenery before continuing on to Milan. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
July 31 ‐ Milan
Explore Milan today, home to great Fashion houses such as Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. This picturesque Italian city boasts the best of the old world and the new. Enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Teatrale alla Scala museum where you can learn about the history of Italian operas and see displays full of costumes and set pieces. This afternoon you may shop and explore on your own or take an optional tour to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” mural ($28 (projected) and limited availability). Return to your hotel in Milan for dinner and overnight.
August 1 ‐ Depart Milan & return to USA
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
*Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
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