10 Day Holy Land and Passion Play


DAY 01: USA / EUROPE.  Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport two hours prior to their departure to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served in-flight.

DAY 02: MUNICH / OBERAMMERGAU. After our arrival, we check into our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

DAY 03: OBERAMMERGAU.  Today is entirely devoted to the Passion Play. 

DAY 04: MUNICH / TEL AVIV.  Early morning departure to the airport for our flight tothe Tel Aviv airport where we will be met and transferred to our hotel in a suburb of Tel Aviv - situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.  Dinner will be served at our hotel.  Weather permitting, we suggest a walk after dinner on the beach.

DAY 05: TEL AVIV / GALILEE.  After breakfast, we drive through the citrus groves and farms of the rich land of Sharon, northward to the Roman aqueducts and amphitheater.  Driving through the Jezreel Valley to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) and Megiddo.  Continuing northward along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel - the biblical site of Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal (IKings:18). See the Jesus boat and baptism service before dinner. Overnight at our hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.

DAY 06:  TIBERIAS / CAPERNAUM / CAESAREA PHILLIPI / MT. HERMON / GOLAN HEIGHTS.  This day will be an exciting day in the Galilee area after a delicious breakfast.  We will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:13-17).  Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matt. 5-7) and to Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes - (Mark 6:34-44).  Lunch with St. Peter's fish.  We will then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter's confession (Matt. 16:16) at Caesarea Phillipi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12) the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8) and the present day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon and Syria come together.  We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and to the outlet passage at the southern tip of the Sea.  We will stop at the beautiful Pilgrims Park at the Jordan River.  Return to our hotel for overnight.

DAY 07: NAZARETH / JERICHO / JERUSALEM.  Early morning departure to Cana and then on to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus.  We continue past Bethshean and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22). Then up to Jerusalem with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit.  Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane.  See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple.  We then drive to Mt. Zion where we visit the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20) and the Tomb of King David.  Continue to tour New Jerusalem:  Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Model City of Jerusalem which depicts in miniature the Holy City as it appeared in the first century and the pool of Bethsaida.   Overnight at our hotel in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

DAY 08: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM.  Today begins with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God.  Continue totheTempleAreaofMt.  Moriah.   Visitthe El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon's Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place.  After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha - Place of the Skull - for a worship service.  This afternoon continue our tour to Bethlehem.  We will visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20) then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13).  We return to Jerusalem passing Rachel's Tomb to our hotel for overnight.  

DAY 09: DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / MASADA.    This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.  Continue along the Dead Sea to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  Visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. *  We continue on the Jericho Road viewing the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history.  On the way we view Ein Gedi, a green oasis in the middle of the desert.  Then ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress, where from 70 - 73 A.D. the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against Rome, and where the remains of storehouses, cisterns, and a 6th century Byzantine church are still on view.   On to our Jerusalem hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10: JERUSALEM / TEL AVIV / NORTH AMERICA. Travel to Tel Aviv for our flight to home - the end of an unforgettable journey.