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Oberammergau Passion Play Holy Land and Germany Tour

Oberammergau Passion Play Tour
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Day by Day

1
monday
New York, Frankfurt

Today we will meet at JFK International airport for our connecting flights toFrankfurt, Germany via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

2
tuesday
Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Tiberias

This morning we will arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to our flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Continue through Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. We proceed up the new toll road in Israel to the famous Sea of Galilee where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

3
wednesday
Sea of Galilee, Capernum, Beit Shean

This morning we enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, returning to Nof Ginosar where we will see the New Testament boat found below the sea. Continue our morning tour with a visit to Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes. In the afternoon we stop at Magdala, one of the oldest Synagogues dating back to the first century AD. Home of Mary Magdalena and was the fishing center where Peter would have brought his catch to be sold or processed.We follow the Rift Valley running parallel to the Jordan, along the route Jesus most frequently traveled to Jerusalem, to Bet Shean at the foot of Mt. Gilboa, where King Saul was slain. Here we see the
evidences of Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine occupations, and view the ancient tel, Roman Theater and church mosaics. Our last stop today will be at the River Jordan where we will have the opportunity to be baptized, then transfer to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

4
thursday
Cana, Nazareth, Caesarea, Jerusalem

“We are going up to Jerusalem.” (Matt. 20:18). We drive west to Nazareth. Traveling through Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first Miracle, turning water into wine (John 2). We proceed to Nazareth and ascend the Mount of the Precipice at the brow of Nazareth overlooking the Valley of Jezreel, synonymous with Armageddon. We then drive through the valley to the mound of Megiddo, Har Megiddo in Hebrew, which gave its name to Armageddon. We then ascend Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. From there we drive towards the Mediterranean coast traveling south along the coastal highway to Caesarea by the Sea. We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the east, which became the Christian springboard to the west. After the visit to this ancient harbor, we board our bus and we head up the historic Beth Horon road (Joshua 10:10) to the Benjamin Plateau, passing ancient Gibeon and continuing on to Jerusalem. Finally, atop Mt. Scopus, we behold majestic Jerusalem. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

5
friday
Old City, Via Dolorosa, Garden Tomb

“He has risen!” (Mark 16:6) After breakfast we transfer to the Dung Gate, where we walk via the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. WJust to the north we find the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church. The church is perfectly preserved from the Crusader period – with remarkable acoustics. Continuing on we see Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostrotos, and the Arch of Ecce Homo (Behold the Man). We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) through the bazaars as far as the Holy Sepulcher. From there we walk from the Christian Quarter along the Arab Souks through the Cardo Maximo and past the Armenian Quarter. Continuing to Mt Zion and to the grounds of a church called Peter in Gallicantu, which affords the best view of early Jerusalem from the west. (Here, the Assumptions Fathers suggest, was the house where the High Priest Caiaphas interrogated Jesus). We board our bus to the Garden Tomb where we will end our day with a special visit and the possibility of having a private communion on the grounds outside the city walls. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

6
saturday
Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea, Jericho

Today we drive to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from 70 to 73 AD, Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We see the remains of storehouses, cisterns and a sixth-century Byzantine church. Continuing alongside the Dead Sea, 1300 ft. below sea level — the lowest spot on earth — we proceed to Ein Gedi where time permitting we will walk the path to see the waterfall in the desert. This afternoon we continue to Qumran and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will have a stop for lunch and time for those that want to swim in the Dead Sea. We travel to Jericho, the world’s oldest city. From the excavated tel atop the ruins of ancient Jericho we view the lush green Jordan Valley, Elisha’s spring and Qarantal, the Mount of Temptation. We will head up to Jerusalem and return to the hotel for dinner.

7
sunday
Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Herodium, Sheperd's Fields, Bethlehem

“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace” (Luke 19:42) Our drive this morning takes us past the Chapel of Ascension and Paternoster to the Mt. of Olives for an orientation view of Jerusalem and the opportunity of a group photograph overlooking Jerusalem. We then walk the traditional Passion walk. We descend to the church known as Dominus Flevit (“Our Lord weeps”). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospel text and view
the Church of All Nations. Next we visit the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David, enter the Zion Gate and proceed to the Steps that entered the temple and the Southern Wall. It was here that Jesus would have taught the disciples. See a video that shows the temple as it was at Herod’s (or Jesus’) time. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has
been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11). We drive south to the region of Bethlehem passing Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem. We drive to a hilltop for a view of Bethlehem, noting its relation to the rest of the central mountain range, including Jerusalem, as well as to the desert and the area of ancient Moab. This is Herodium, the palace set in a conical mountain built by Herod to mark his tomb. Note the juxtaposition of the two Kings of the Jews. The King Herod buried in great opulence and the King of the Jews born in a humble manger in Bethlehem sitting in the background of the Herodium. We then drive to one of the possible sites for Shepherds’ Fields. We continue into Bethlehem itself, walking through the restored old town to the Church of the Nativity and visiting the manger and see the cave of St. Jerome. We drive back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

8
monday
Jerusalem, Munich, Augsburg, Oberammergau

This morning we transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our flight to Munich. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide and travel north to Augsburg with its magnificent Renaissance buildings, a city noteable for the Augsburg Confession. It was here Martin Luther stayed at the monastery of St. Anna Church in 1518, during his confrontation with Cardinal Cajetan. Our visit of the city will include a stop at one of the oldest social settlements in existence, The Figgerei, founded in 1521. Continue our drive south through scenic Bavarian countryside to our accommodations in the Oberammergau area for dinner and overnight.

9
tuesday
Oberammergau, Passion Play

This morning is free to explore his quaint Bavarian town, site of the extravagant Oberammergau Passion Play. Gripped by war, poverty and plague, the villagers of Oberammergau, in Bavaria, vowed to put on a ‘passion play’ every ten years. That was back in 1633. They survived, and performed the first Oberammergau Passion Play in 1634. Ever since, their descendants have carried out that pledge. This afternoon we join in with the villagers and become part of the tradition and history behind Passionsspieleas as we transfer to the theater. Here we enjoy the Passion Play performance which has a running time of approximately five hours with a three-hour intermission for dinner. While watching the play (performed in German) we will experience the last hours of our Lord’s Life in a way that makes it more
meaningful than we ever dreamed possible. Return to your accommodations for overnight.

10
wednesday
Oberammergau, Castles, Munich

This morning we visit Linderhof, one of Mad King Ludwig’s fantasy castles with its fabulous 105 ft. fountain. Another enchanting drive through Bavaria’s forests and lakelands takes us to the elaborate Neuschwanstein Castle, surely the crown jewel of Bavaria Castles. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

11
thursday
Munich

We will first drive to the Olympic Village to view the Stadium and Press Village, Nymphenburg Castle, Konigsplatz, Glyptothek, Old Pinakothek, and time permitting, to the Eleven O’Clock Carillon Attraction. Continue to Ludwigstrasse University, State Library, Arch of Victory, Ludwig Church, and the Academy of Arts. Next we will see the English Gardens, National Museum, and across the River Isar, the
Angel of Peace, Isar Park, and the Monument of Ludwig Il. Continue our drive down Maximilian Street to the Senate and Diat of Bavaria, Museum of Enthology, Opera House, Hofgrauhaus, and Joseph Platz to the Royal Residence. Proceed through the imposing streets and squares to the Theatiner Church, Marienplatz, New and Old Town Halls, Peters Church and Municipal Museum. Return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

12
friday
Munich, USA

We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible reading.

Pre-Tour: Upper Galilee

Day by Day

1
sunday
New York, Frankfurt

Today we will meet at JFK International airport for our connecting flights toFrankfurt, Germany via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

2
monday
Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Tiberias

This morning we will arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to our flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Continue through Tel Aviv, the largest city in Israel. We proceed up the new toll road in Israel to the famous Sea of Galilee where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

3
tuesday
Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi

“The Head of all those Kingdoms” (Joshua 11:10) The Sources of the Jordan. This morning our drive takes us through the Hula Valley to Hazor, ruins of the powerful Canaanite city destroyed by Joshua and rebuilt by King Jabin and then by Solomon as a chariot city to command upper Galilee. We continue on to the northern limits of Jesus’ travel as we cross the River Hatzbani to Dan, where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). Then a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds; here Peter made his great profession of faith, recognition of Christ Jesus (Matthew 16). Driving along the foot of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel. On our return we will stop at Chorazin and then on to Kursi, where Jesus healed two demonpossessed men, before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Post-Tour: Austria

Day by Day

1
friday
Bavaria, Oberndorf, Salzburg

Today we take a leisurely drive through Bavaria into Austria and just before we arrive at Salzburg, the city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, we’ll make a quick detour to Oberndorf, Austria. Oberndorf is the tiny village where the Christmas carol “Silent Night” was composed. We’ll visit the Stille Nacht chapel, museum and St. Nikolas Church where the beloved carol was first performed. We may even sing a little. Then we drive to Salzburg to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city with its cultural and historic monuments such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Cathedral’s Square with the Cathedral and the birth house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Finally we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

2
saturday
Salzburg, Melk Abbey, Vienna

We drive through the lovely lake land of the Salzkammergut to Vienna, the capital of Austria. On the way we pass St. Gilgen, Bad Ischl, eye-filling Ebensee, towering mountains, densely wooded hills, and placid lakes. We will have time in Gmuden on Lake Traun before motoring along the Danube to Melk. Here we will visit the spectacular Melk Abbey, known for its beauty and the music of its monks. You’ll be humming the rest ofhe day. Continue on to Vienna where we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

3
sunday
Vienna

This morning we begin our day at the the Hofburg Palace, originally a castle dating back to the 13th century, now holding a wealth of history waiting to be explored. Next we visit the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the l7th Century Capuchin Church containing the Imperial Vaults. We will also see City Hall, the Burg Theater, Houses of Parliament, two State Museums, the Opera and the Schonbrunn Palace with its vast French Park. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

4
monday
Vienna, USA

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight back home. We will have relieved some of the finest traditional hymns and classical music ever known and our hearts will be filled with both the sound of music and the joy of music forever.

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* $500 deposit per person
Departure Date May 23 - Jun 3, 2022
Price / Person $5,399.00
Tour Number: 200518
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Departure Date May 23 - Jun 3, 2022
Price / Person $3,810.00
Tour Number: 200518MIL (Pastor Roger Millist and LAND ONLY TOUR)
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