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Holy Land and Oberammergau with The Passion Play

Trip Length

10 Days

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Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Take in this magnificently crafted pilgrimage that blends the highest depths of spirituality, combining a visit to the Holy Land tracing the path Jesus took from the North to Jerusalem , followed by the journey to Oberammergau, settings of the unmatched decennial Passion Play.

Highlights

  • Visit sites of the Bible and share the experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
  • Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well
  • Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Tabgha, site of The Miracle of the Fishes and the Loaves
  • Capernaum, the city of Jesus
  • Mt. Tabor (traditional site of the Transfiguration)
  • Jerusalem to visit the Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, and Church of All Nations
  • The Passion Play in Oberammergau

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: USA

Today we depart the USA on our international flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served on aboard.

DAY 2: Tiberias

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will be met and transferred to our hotel in Galilee for dinner and overnight. Already we can feel the heart of this land enchanting us. Tomorrow we will visit sites of the Bible and share the experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus. (B,D)

DAY 3: Tiberias

Drive along the Mediterranean coast to the ruins of the ancient Roman capital, Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in 22 B.C. Visit the Roman Theatre, the Aqueduct and Herodian Port. Continue to Haifa to see the magnificent panoramic view from the top of the mountain, and then to Mukraka, the location of Elijah’s altar. Proceed via the Valley of Armageddon to the excavation of Tel Megiddo, followed by a journey up the mountains of the lower Galilee to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Driving via Cana of Galilee we reach Tiberias. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B,D))

DAY 4: Tiberias

Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount, and Tabgha, site of The Miracle of the Fishes and the Loaves. We will proceed to Capernaum, the city of Jesus, and then cross the Jordan River to the land of Gaderenes. Afternoon visit to Caesarea Philippi and the Golan Heights. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 5: Jerusalem

This morning, drive via Mt. Tabor (traditional site of the Transfiguration) to Megiddo, located in the biblical valley of Armageddon. Visit Solomon’s Stables, the Silo and famous Water Tunnel. Pass through Bet Shean and proceed to Jordan Valley, Jericho, to visit the ruins of the oldest city on earth, and Elisha Spring. Ascend the Judean Hills and, via the Mt. of Olives, travel to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 6: Bethlehem / Jerusalem

We visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Our morning walking tour consists of the Old City, St. Stephen’s Gate, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch. We see the Gabbatha pavement and proceed to the Temple area on Mt. Moriah to view the Dome of the Rock, Mosque El Aqsa and the Western Wall, Golden Gate, and the Pinnacle. Continue through the Bazaar to the last Stations on the Via Dolorosa. In the afternoon, we will drive to nearby Bethlehem to visit to the Church of the Nativity and view the Shepherds Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 7: Jerusalem

Drive to the Mt. of Olives for an outstanding view of Jerusalem. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension, Garden of Gethsemane, and Church of All Nations. See the Kidron Valley, Tomb of Absalom, Zachariah and James, Mt. Zion, the Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb. Continue traveling by the Hebrew University and the Knesset, we will arrive at the Israel Museum. Take in the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scroll collection is exhibited. Then we go to the recently constructed Model of Ancient Jerusalem. This display will give us a better understanding of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Christ. We will also visit the recently excavated archeological site in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the Gihon Springs. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

DAY 8: Munich

Today we fly to Munich. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to Oberammergau for our two-night stay. (B,D)

DAY 9: Oberammergau

Today we join with the people of the village and experience the Oberammergau Passion Play. In this charming place, surrounded by unforgettable alpine views, we will experience the last week of Christ’s life. (B,D)

DAY 10: Oberammergau / Munich / USA

Depart early this morning for Munich Airport for our return flight to USA arriving home the same day. We take with us memories and blessings to last a life time. (B)

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

Israel:

Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas. You may even see the odd wintertime snowfall in different parts of the country.

Spring and autumn-time are both great times to visit Israel, as the temperature stays in the high 60s to mid 70s throughout. You’ll smell the diverse citrus harvest and experience the high holidays when traveling between September and November, or catch stunning views of flowers blossoming across the country when visiting between March and May.

All in all, there’s never a bad time to visit Israel – just pack accordingly!

Find up-to-date weather forecasts for Israel here: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/israel

Germany

Germany weather is a mix of two major climatic conditions – the continental (in the south) and the maritime (in the north). Overall, it is a country of good climate over all, with the best time to visit Germany is in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn.

Spring begins on the colder end of things, with March still cold and stiff, but the end of the month brings some life back to the land. The real spring season begins come April and trees start to blossom. May is at its best spring behavior and the weather is never better. Hence if you wish to visit Germany and avoid crowds, April-May make for a great time. Spring season also marks the celebration of Easter and many business and trade fairs take the country by storm.

Summer makes for the peak tourist season in Germany, as it does in the rest of Europe. Weatherwise, expect highs in the 80’s — perfect for exploring the outdoors, as well as the many music festivals that come through.

Autumn is a shoulder season and a good time to visit to avoid crowds. October is the time of drying leaves and everything green is overnight turned to gold. The average day temperature stays in the 60’s and drops to low 50’s come nightfall. Autumn is also the major season of rain in the country so please come prepared.

Wintertime in Germany can get brutal. The major northern chunk of Germany, due to close proximity to the sea, is a windy green landscape, while southern parts see freezing temperatures that sometimes dip to -4°F. The season is not for ideal for travel, but those who brave the cold can enjoy beautiful Christmas markets and Carnival in February.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/germany

Packing List

Israel

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Israel. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust. Of worth remembering, as a modern country, you will be able to purchase any needs in-destination – just in case!

• 7-9 x underwear, socks

• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!

• 3-4 x shorts

• 2 x long, loose shirts

• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops

• 2-3 evening tops

• 1-2 x swimming gear

• 1-2 x sweater or cardigan

• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops

• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes

• 1 x pair of more formal shoes

• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket

• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear

• Sunglasses

• Sun hat

• Toiletries

• 1 x beach bag

• 1 x day bag

• 1 x evening bag

• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed

• Passport and travel docs

• insurance Specific packing notes for religious sites:

• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)

logans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Germany

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten days’ trip in Germany. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust, given the significant difference between warm summers and fiercely cold winters.

• 7-9 x pairs of underwear, sock
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal
• 2-3 x shorts (if in warmer season)
• 2-3 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops (think layers in wintertime)
• 2-3 evening tops
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
Scarf – Men and women wear scarfs throughout the year, especially in fall and winter.
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• 1 x evening bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Passports

Israel

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.

Germany

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Israel

Tourist Visas are Not required for stays of 90 days or less. Please see below for detailed information about entry, exit and visa requirements

Germany
Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

Israel

The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim in Hebrew or shekels in English). There are 100 agorot (agora in singular) in each shekel. Bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5, NIS2 NIS1 and 50 and 10 agorot. Unlimited sums of local and foreign money may be brought into Israel as cash, travelers’ checks, credit cards or State of Israel bonds. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travelers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory; to carry a small amount of US dollars, since certain tourist sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, take payment in dollars. More Information is available here. Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.

Germany

The currency of Germany is the Euro, which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash.

Cash is truly king in Germany, and many smaller businesses may not be too obliging if you use plastic, particularly for smaller purchases. That said, most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express to certain extent) are accepted, and ATMs are ubiquitous. The cash machines are also often your best for lowest exchange rates, so try to skip the exchange houses at first.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. There is no standard for you to follow, but consider rounding up on restaurant bills, and adding a euro while paying for a taxi-ride. Please note that tips should be in cash.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Israel

Internet access in Israel, one of the world’s tech capitals, is world-class and ubiquitous. Almost every café and restaurant will offer it freely. You’ll also find wifi spots in touristic sites and even offered city-wide by local municipalities. Hotels will have it in their lobbies and the guestrooms, but may charge for it. Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function. Another option that might work best is to rent out a mifi device, which create a wifi network that you and your party can use to stay connected while you’re in Israel. Almost every hotel has internet access – in-room and/or wi-fi and/or at its Business Center. Internet cafes are to be found everywhere too. There are public phones throughout Israel. You will need to buy a “Telecard” magnetic card to use them: they’re readily available at newsstands, supermarkets, post offices or at your hotel front desk.

Germany

Wifi access in Germany can be tricky, given a ruling by the German civic court on public providers’ responsibility for unlawful actions taken by customers using their services.

As such, Free wifi at cafes and hotels can sometimes be limited if available at all. Public wifi zones are often accessed at cost, which can run up a hefty tab after days of use.

Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function.

Electricity and Adapters

Israel

The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs. The Israeli power supply is single-phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers (converters) and adapter plugs.

Germany

In Germany the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Israel

Israel is a casual country when it comes to dress code. It is not uncommon for business executives even to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work! However, we will be visiting some religious sites where “modest” clothing is appropriate. On entering Jewish religious sites, women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. We suggest bringing a scarf or cardigan to throw over your shoulders, and a skirt that can be easily pulled over your shorts for a more “modest” look. Pants or capris are also acceptable. Men should have their shoulders covered on the days where religious sites are on the itinerary. Remember to bring comfortable lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. Know that when your feet are happy, you stay happy walking.

Germany

Germany is a land of contrasts when it comes to dress. On the one hand, Germany is a liberal democracy with growing ethnic diversity and cosmopolitan attitudes. Yet German culture is historically more conservative and still holds on to its rigid characteristics. Travelers won’t be bothered for their dress, as long as you keep to modest clothes when entering religious sites. But to blend in remember that , as in the rest of Europe, Germans dress more formally. Particularly in major cities, fashion-forward clothing is ubiquitous.

Food & Water

Israel

Israel has great food. Most people are probably familiar with falafel – fried ground chick peas served with salad in pita. Meat eaters will love shwarma, lamb sliced off a spit and served in pita (similar to gyros). Both are cheap, filling meals. Lots of other Mediterranean specialties like shishlik (shish kebab), baklawa (sweetmeat made of dough, honey, and nuts) and moussaka (baked eggplant, minced meat, onion and parsley) will stimulate your taste buds. Hummus (hummus bi tahini), is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The Americanization of Israel also means you will find such familiar names as McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Dunkin’ Donuts. Water. The water in Israel is safe to drink; nevertheless, it is different from what you are used to and people with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to bottled water. Also, Israelis don’t usually put ice in their drinks, so if you want some, ask for kerakh. Keep in mind that not everything in Israel is kosher. Restaurants that are kosher serve either dairy or meat and close on Shabbat. The restaurant should have a Teudat certificate either on the window or available for inspection. Unless the menu or check says otherwise, tips are not included. Staying Hydrated. The sun is much stronger in Israel than most places even in the U.S. Carrying a water bottle is mandatory, as your body will require much more frequent hydration than you are probably used to, around 2-4 liters of water per day. Israelis often recycle their plastic store-bought bottles of water by refilling them from the tap (which is safe to drink!). If you don’t have a water bottle, we will be making plenty of stops for you to purchase water.

Germany

Tap water in Germany is among the safest and cleanest in the world. However, locals may still opt for bottled water when dining out. Food hygiene matches water safety, but please take the usual precautions when eating out.

Timezone

Israel

Israel is +3 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here:https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/israel

Germany

Germany is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/germany

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