Group 1 Holy Land Tourwith Oberammergau Passion Play 18 day tour - September 6, 2022
This might be the ultimate experience; the study of Christ through the Holy Lands combined with the Oberammergau Passion Play. We have designed this special tour to include the BEST of the Holy Lands, along with Oberammergau’s wonderful Passion Play. It has so much to offer. You will attend the wonderful Passion Play in Oberammergau and to top it all off you will spend a week walking where Jesus walked in Israel. The icing on the cake is the addition of Jordan and Egypt. A chance to do all of this on one trip only happens once every 10 years. This really is a once in a lifetime trip.
This once in a lifetime tour of Israel will visit many sites that other tours miss, some even leave off Bethlehem.
Our special Holy Land tour includes all of the important sites in Israel such as Jerusalem, Garden Tomb, Galilee, Bethlehem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Christ’s baptismal site and more. It also includes Petra in Jordan. We will also be doing a fantastic Egypt tour & Nile Cruise that includes: Cairo, the Pyramids, King Tut’s Treasures in the Cairo Museum, Luxor, Karnack Temple (more impressive than the Pyramids), Luxor Temple, a three-night luxury cruise on the Nile and so much more.
This once in a lifetime tour will visit many sites that others are not able to see when they go to Israel. For example; the City of Lehi excavations, located a short distance down from Jerusalem. This is where caves were discovered with writings on the inside walls. It was determined that the writings were by a prophet in hiding that date approx. 600 BC. The Arabs have considered the hill above the cave to be a sacred place. As they put it – “before Mohamed there was a great prophet named Lehi and he taught from that hill.” Even the archaeologists in Jerusalem now call the area Beit Lehi. We do not know if this is our Lehi, but we do know this will be a huge highlight as you visit an active archaeological dig. The excavations are on an army base. Only those excavating and Fun For Less Tours have been given permission to go onto the site. click to view a video on the Lehi excavations
NOTE: The excavations are now far enough along, there are stairs into the underground excavations.
Visiting the Holy Land is a life-changing experience. You will never read the scriptures in quite the same way after walking in the footsteps of prophets, apostles, and the Savior. The men and women whose stories have inspired us since childhood come to life in a manner that is remarkable and penetrating. When Jesus walked to Emmaus with two of his disciples they later remarked, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” We feel confident you too will feel the power of the Bible’s familiar stories as you experience the sights and sounds of the land that gave to us our shared spiritual heritage. After visiting the lands of the scriptures you will always feel a certain unique homesickness for them and a longing to return.
Package Price Includes:
Package Price Includes:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4 Star Oberammergau Passion Play Hotel.
- Priority seating in Category 1 for the Passion Play.
- Breakfast and Dinner in Oberammergau.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- All tours, entrance fees in Oberammergau.
- Israel, Egypt and Jordan
- 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Galilee.
- 4 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Jerusalem.
- 2 night 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Amman.
- 3 nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Cairo.
- 3 nights Nile River Cruise.
- Special Guest Educator throughout Israel: TBA
- You will have tour managers from Fun For Less Tours with you from start to finish.
- All buses, guides and entrance fees throughout.
- The city of Lehi Excavations.
- Boat ride on the Galilee.
- Petra in Jordan.
- Breakfasts and dinners in Israel.
- Breakfasts in Cairo and Jordan.
- Whisper perfect headset receivers, so you can hear every word spoken even when you step away to take that important picture.
- $580 in domestic airfare inside of Egypt:
- Airfare from Cairo to Aswan.
- Airfare from Luxor to Cairo.
- All taxes, ticketing fees and fuel surcharges.
- All shore excursions on the ship.
- All tours, entrance fees, buses and guides throughout.
Package Price: $6,899**
**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include visas, tips international airfare to Tel Aviv, Israel and home from Munich, Germany. It also does not include the $329 flight from Amman to Cairo or the $442 flight from Cairo to Munich.
Group airfare pricing: To be announced around 10 months prior to departure.
You can also purchase your own airfare. If you need a quote from another city please contact our office.
Your day by day itinerary is a partial list of your tour. The itinerary below is subject to change as needed at any time to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have. Our educators are not a licensed Egyptian or Jordanian guide they are not allowed to teach in either country. We have wonderful local guides who will be with us during our time in Egypt and Jordan. In Israel, you do not have to be a licensed guide to teach on-site. Your Educator will do all of their teachings inside of Israel, so you won’t miss out on any of their lectures.
Day 1: September 6: Fly to Tel Aviv
We depart our home and travel to Tel Aviv.
Day 2: September 7: Jerusalem
After clearing customs in Tel Aviv, we will transfer to Jerusalem where we will be staying the next four nights.
Day 3: September 8: Jerusalem
Today our attention is drawn to the Old City of Jerusalem. We will explore the ruins located south of the Temple Mount where you can walk the sidewalks and stairs of Jesus’ time. We will climb the Temple Mount where both Solomon’s and Herod’s temples once stood and where the magnificent Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosques now stand. We will stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred site for the Jewish faith. You can write a prayer on a piece of paper and place it into the cracks of the wall as millions have done before you. We will then travel to the new city of Jerusalem and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are located, and the Model City, a reproduction of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. We will then visit Bethlehem remembering the wondrous account of the Savior’s birth as recorded in Matthew and Luke and retold each Christmas. We will walk through the Church of the Nativity and sing Christmas Carols. There will be time to shop in the best Olive Wood store in Israel, Nissan Brothers in Bethlehem. The day will end at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 4: September 9: Jerusalem – Beit Lehi
We will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, built over 2500 years ago to secure the water supply of Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege. You will need a flashlight for the tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is the Pool of Siloam where the man born blind washed as instructed by Jesus and came away seeing. We will then head to Beit Lehi to experience firsthand an archaeological dig. Our visit to Beit Lehi includes beautiful early Christian mosaics, oil presses, a mikvah (a ritual bath) and the recently discovered columbarium where doves were raised by the thousands for sacrifice at the Temple. There is also a New Testament period stable which will give you one of the best examples of what the birth of the Savior was possibly like. On our way back to Jerusalem we will stop at the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath.
Day 5: September 10: Jerusalem
Today we reach the spiritual pinnacle of our pilgrimage as we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last hours of his life and feel the deep appreciation these places create and for the sacrifice of the Son of God. We begin on Mt. Zion at the traditional site of the Upper Room where the Last Supper was shared with devoted apostles. We will then visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, the possible site of the cock’s crowing and the Palace of Caiaphas where Jesus was tried. From there we descend into the Kidron Valley to visit Gethsemane, the Garden of the Savior’s deepest prayers. In the afternoon we will enter the Old City and continue the last hours of the Savior’s life. We will visit The Church of St Anne where the Pools of Bethesda were located. Here Jesus commanded the impotent man to take up his bed and walk. We continue on to the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, the location of the Antonia Fortress where Pilate tried the Savior. Our highlight day concludes at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb where we will have time to ponder the Resurrection and final triumph of Christ.
Day 6: September 11: Masada – Galilee
We will visit Christ’s Baptismal site on the Jordan River. We also plan to swim in the Dead Sea. We will then make a quick photo stop of the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Rising above the desert floor is Herod the Great’s fortress of Masada which we will visit via cable car. During the Jewish revolt in 70 C.E., Masada’s defenders committed suicide rather than be taken prisoner by the Romans. After we will drive to the Galilee area where we will be staying for the next 2 nights. Today, we will also visit the Arbel Cliff for a fantastic overview of the Sea of Galilee. At the end of the day, we will return to our hotel in Galilee. Our day would not be complete without a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we will discuss Jesus walking on the water and stilling the storm.
Day 7: September 12: Nazareth – Galilee
This morning we will head to the Mediterranean Sea where our focus now shifts to the Apostles Peter and Paul as we discover Caesarea. Here the Roman centurion, Cornelius, became the first gentile convert to Christianity and Paul related his account of his vision on the road to Damascus to King Agrippa. We will visit the picturesque old Roman aqueduct and let you wade in the Mediterranean Sea. We conclude our visit to Caesarea at the Roman theatre and hippodrome where chariot races were held. Then on to the top of Mt Carmel where Elijah had his historic confrontation with the priests of Baal with its dramatic conclusion. We then travel on to Nazareth, home of the Savior for thirty years of his life. We will visit Mount Precipice, which has a sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley from Nazareth dominated by Mt. Tabor where we will discuss the transfiguration of the Savior. Deborah and Barak gathered their forces at Mt Tabor and defeated Sisera’s iron chariots.
Day 8: September 13: Galilee – Amman
Our journey today takes us north of the Sea of Galilee. We begin by visiting Capernaum where so many wonderful events and teachings of the Savior took place. We then stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where we will ponder the great truths delivered by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Driving to the far north of Israel to Tel Dan. Here Jeroboam erected a golden calf for the Israelites to worship, marking the beginning of the events that would end with the “lost ten tribes.” The restored walls and gates give us an excellent idea of the fortifications Joshua had to face as he conquered the land. We will visit Banias, known as Caesarea Philippi in the days of Jesus where he asked his disciples, “Whom do ye say that I am?” Later this afternoon we will cross into Jordan and transfer to our hotel in Amman, Jordan.
Day 9: September 14: Petra
This morning we will travel to Petra, the newly voted “Wonder of the World. “We will walk down the narrow canyon to the breathtaking view of the Treasury, Petra’s most famous landmark. You will have time to visit this fascinating city carved from the cliffs of the canyon and experience some of the best ruins found anywhere in the world. We will then head back to Amman to overnight.
Day 10: September 15: Amman – Cairo
Today we fly to Cairo, Egypt. This flight is not included. The price is $329. Upon arrival in Cairo, we will visit the Cairo Museum, which houses the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts anywhere in the world, including King Tut’s Treasures. Overnight Cairo.
Day 11: September 16: Cairo – Aswan
This morning we will visit the Pyramids, built over four thousand years ago and is the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We will then see the Sphinx. This evening we will fly to Aswan. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our Nile cruise ship.
Day 12: September 17: Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu
This morning you will take a boat ride to the Philae Islands with its temple dedicated to Isis. Then we will sail on the Nile to the Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples.
Day 13: September 18: Luxor
Luxor is more impressive than Cairo and the Pyramids! You will marvel at its sheer grandeur and its monumental architecture and excellent state of preservation. This morning we will visit the Valley of the Kings, the site of the tombs of the Pharaohs. In the afternoon we will visit the best ruins in Egypt –Karnack! We will also visit Luxor Temple before returning to your cruise ship.
Day 14: September 19: Cairo
Today we will finish touring Luxor. Then we will fly to Cairo and transfer to our hotel.
Day 15: September 20: Cairo
Today we will finish touring Cairo.
Day 16: September 21: Fly to Munich – Oberammergau
This morning we will fly to Munich. This flight is not included in the package price. Upon arrival, we will travel into the German Alps to the Oberammergau area. You will have some free time to explore Oberammergau before transferring to your hotel. NOTE: Our Passion Play Hotels are in the Oberammergau area. They can be in the Oberammergau Village or other villages nearby. For those staying in the villages close by, from what we have been told, they will be running shuttle buses from the different villages to the Oberammergau Village and back.
Day 17: September 22: Oberammergau
This morning you can take one of the shuttle buses into Oberammergau. This afternoon will be the first half of the Passion Play. Then there will be a break for dinner, which is included. After, we will return to the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 18: September 23: Home
This morning we will transfer to the Munich airport to catch our flight back to the US.