Group 5 Holy Land Tourwith Oberammergau Passion Play 18 day tour - September 27, 2020
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 spend time studying the life of Christ with Dr. S. Michael Wilcox, 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 in one trip only happens once every 10 years. This really is a once in a lifetime trip.
Here is a partial list of what you will see and experience:
Jerusalem, the sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Masada, Jerusalem Center, Nazareth, Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb, Mount of Beatitudes, Mt. Carmel, Capernaum, Caesarea, Mt. Tabor, Antonia Fortress, tour on top of Temple Mount, Palace of Caiaphas, Mt. Nebo, Jesus’ baptismal area, swim in the Dead Sea, Petra, Amman and so much more! We also visit places others miss or are not allowed to visit. Some even leave off Bethlehem, and most leave off Jordan! One of the sites missed by everyone else: The ongoing excavations of the City of Lehi. A cave was discovered a short distance from Jerusalem with writings of a Prophet from 600 BC. The Nomad tribes consider the hill above the cave to be a sacred place. As they put it, “Before there was Muhammad there was a great prophet named Lehi and he taught from that hill”. This will be a major highlight of your tour in Israel. The excavations are on an Army Base. Only those excavating and Fun For Less Tours have been given permission to be in this area.
Package Price Includes:
Important Tour Information: Every group will have Dr. S. Michael Wilcox as their educator in Oberammergau to prepare you for the Passion Play and every group will have a second educator in Israel. You will enjoy Jack Marshall. He is highly qualified and has been to Israel many times. In order to stay away from the heat of summer, all of our Holy Land Tours will be in late September. We will start in Oberammergau and then move to the Holy Lands in middle of September and into October. We did not want our tours to be in the heat of the summer.
Package Price Includes:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
- Dr. S. Michael Wilcox Guest Educator in Oberammergau for the 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 Oberammergau.
- Israel, Egypt and Jordan
- 3 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Galilee.
- 4 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Jerusalem.
- 2 night 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Amman.
- 2 nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Cairo.
- Special Guest Educator: Jack Marshall will be the educator for your 8 days 7 nights in Israel. Michael is your educator in Oberammergau and will prepare you for the Passion Play. In Egypt and Jordan, it is against the law for unlicensed educators to teach. We will have local professional guides throughout Egypt and Jordan.
- In order to avoid the heat of summer, we will be having two separate tours going at the same time. They are separated by two days.
- 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.
- Breakfast and dinners in Israel.
- Breakfasts in Egypt 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.
- 5 star Nile Cruise ship with all meals.
- All shore excursions of the ship.
- All tours, entrance fees, buses and guides throughout.
Package Price: $6,475*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare, tips, visas or border crossing fees.
ESTIMATED cost of airfares in 2020:
these are estimates only (they could go up or down) they
will not be available to purchase until 10 months before tour.
(round-trip) SLC to Munich - Cairo to SLC: $1,775
(non-stop) Munich - Tel Aviv: $429
(non-stop) Amman to Cairo: $245
We depart our home and travel to Munich.
Day 2: September 28: Munich
After clearing customs in Munich we will drive to Oberammergau. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to listen to Dr. S. Michael Wilcox explain the Passion Play.
Day 3: September 29: Oberammergau
This morning we will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. S. Michael Wilcox again. 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 4: September 30: Munich – Jerusalem
Today we will fly from Munich to Tel Aviv. After clearing customs we will transfer to Jerusalem where we will be staying the next four nights.
Day 5: October 1: 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. As we 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 Brother in Bethlehem. The day will end at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 6: October 2: 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 columbary 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 7: October 3: 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 8: October 4: 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 where we will be staying for the next 3 nights.
Day 9: October 5: Galilee
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, we will pass the Canaanite city of Hazor on our way 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?” 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 10: October 6: 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. Today, we will also visit the Arbel Cliff for a fantastic overview of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 11: October 7: Galilee – Amman
This morning we will cross into Amman, Jordan. After the border crossing, we will drive to our hotel in Amman.
Day 12: October 8: 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.
Today we fly to Cairo, Egypt. This flight is not included. The price will be announced around two years before the trip. Estimated price is $245. Upon arrival in Cairo, we will transfer to our hotel.