Holy Land & the Passionplay
On the Footsteps of Jesus
September 13 to 26, 2020
(14 days | 12 nights)
Spiritual guides: Bella Albos Pozo & Pater Oliver Quilab
Every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater.
Since 1634, it is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps that the small village of Oberammergau organizes every 10 years the impressive spectacle “the Game of the Passion”. The story goes that in 1633 many people of the village succumbed to the plague. Survivors have vowed to regularly organize the Passion Games. They hoped that by this oath no one would die of this epidemic in the village. Thus every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater. In addition to the Passion Games, Oberammergau is also famous for wood carving, the picturesque frescoes that decorate the facades and the crucifix sculptors (whose fame is worldwide !!) with mainly Christian works.
Bella Albos Pozo
Former History professor, presently involved in Ecclesial movements in the Church. Years of experience in Faith-based travel as well as in coordinating Educational tours. Adheres to sustainable/responsible tourism.
Pater Oliver Quilab
Originally from the Philippines, Pater Oliver Quilab has spent half of his life in Europe. He did his graduate studies in philosophy and theology in Germany where he was ordained 1999. His missionary assignments took him to Bonn, Dresden and Munich. Currently he is working as a parish priest in Switzerland after a teaching stint in the USA.
Meeting at Airport in Toronto. International flight between Toronto and Munchen (Lufthansa or equivalent). Night flight with dinner included on board.
On arrival, private transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure to explore Munchen, the Capital of Bavaria, known all over the world for its Beer Festival. Installation at the hotel with the rest of the groupe: dinner and night.
Day in Oberammergau. Morning to enjoy the bright frescoes that adorn many of the homes and businesses, to admire the work of the wood sculptors. This afternoon, we attend Part One of the Passion Play. After diner, we attend Part Two. Return to Munchen. Dinner and night.
Since 1634, it is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps that the small village of Oberammergau organizes every 10 years the impressive spectacle “the Play of the Passion”. The story goes that in 1633 many people of the village succumbed to the plague. Survivors have vowed to regularly organize the Passion Play. They hoped that by this oath no one would die of this epidemic in the village. Thus every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater. In addition to the Passion Play, Oberammergau is also famous for wood carving, the picturesque frescoes that decorate the facades and the crucifix sculptors (whose fame is worldwide !!) with mainly Christian works.
Note : The Passion Play in extra ($265) – Contact Bella Albos
Limited show tickets available on a first come first serve basis. Interested participants need to order in advance.
Relaxing day to explore Munchen. Why not visiting the church of Saint Michael with its gigantic barrel vault. Here is buried King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the Frauen Dom (Cathedral of Our Lady), where Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI used to be Archbishop of the diocese of Munich & Freising. At noon, be sure to watch the show on Marienplatz, the heart of the city! Here Germany’s biggest carillon and his figurines come alive for eight minutes. your lunch break will surely be at the Viktualienmarkt (food market), the “belly of Munich”. Every day, merchants spread a multitude of local specialties. Dinner and night.
Optional afternoon: Drive to Augsburg. Stop at to the popular church Shrine “ Maria Birnbaum”. When arrival in Augsburg, a local english speaking guide will take you for a guided tour through one the most beautiful and amazing cities on the famous Romantic Road. Founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the city has a lot to offer : the Renaissance City Hall and its breath-takingly Golden Hall, the Fuggerei, the oldest social settlement in the world, the 1000 year-old cathedral, the famous roman fountains, the old Fugger headquarters, and the Maximillianstrasse, the most exclusive and luxurious shopping street i all the Europe. Finally, find out what Martin Luther did in this city during the Reformation.
(Price : 75 $ / per person if 20 participants minimum – including private coach – entrance fee to the cathedral – 02-hour guided tour with local english speaking guide)
Transfer to the airport of Munchen for your flight to Tel Aviv in Israel. Welcome by your english speaking guide and transfer to Nazareth for the installation at the hotel. Dinner and night.
Head up north to Haifa, passing through Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Then, continuation to Caesarea Maritima built by King Herod the Great in 22 B.C. It was here that Pontius Pilate lived. While here, we visit the Roman Theater, the Roman Aqueduct, and the Herodian Port. Dinner and night in Nazareth.
Visit of Nazareth, place of the Annunciation and childhood of Jesus (Luke 2, 39-40). We will first go to the church of St. Gabriel which houses the well of Mary. We will cross the souks (Arab market) to go to the church of the Annunciation. Then we will take the road to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus accomplished his first miracle. (John 2: 1-11). Here, possibility for married couples to have a renewal of vows at that special chapel in Cana!. Dinner and night in Nazareth
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the Sermon on the Mountain (Matt 5-7). Then, We will visit the Church of the Primacy of Peter. Continuation to the synagogue of Capernaum, one of the most important sites of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee (Matt 4: 13, Mark 3: 1, 8: 5 and 14). Our journey then leads us to Tabgha, the traditional place of the Multiplication of the Breads and Fishes (Luke 9: 10-17). We will admire ancient mosaics inherited from the Byzantine era. This day will end with a charming cruise on Lake of Tiberias. Dinner and night in Nazareth.
Departure to visit Chorazim “Unhappy you are, Chorazim!” Continuation to Mount Tabor the place of the transfiguration of Jesus, this mystery of light in the journey of Jesus and the Apostles (Ascent in taxis). Moment of meditation at the shrine of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Dinner and night in Nazareth.
Road through the Jordan Valley, along the Jordan border, before reaching the oasis of Jericho, the oldest city in the world, about 10,000 years old. Stop on the banks of the Jordan (possibility of
renewing the baptismal promises to the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist). Swimming in the Dead Sea whose water contains more than 30% minerals. Mass in the Judean Desert (Wadi Qelt). Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
Visit the Shepherds’ Field and the famous Herodion Fortress, built by Herod the Great, who ordered to kill all children under 2 years old. Back to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the grotto of St. Jerome and the Church of St. Catherine. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.
Today we leave for the Mount of Olives, site of the Ascension and stop for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We stop at Dominus Flevit Church and the Tomb of the Virgin. Continue to Mount Sion. Visit of the Church of St. Peter-in-Gallicante (Traditional House of Caiaphas) and the Cenacle. Dinner and night in Bethlehem.
Visit Gethsemane Garden, then Ste-Anne Church and the pool of Bethesda. Visit the House of Sisters of Sion on the site of the Fortress Antonia with the Arch of Hadrian (Ecce Homo), place of the condemnation of Jesus and the Lithostrotos. Beginning of Via Dolorosa, Way of the Cross to Anastasis, place of the Resurrection (or Holy Sepulcher). Dinner and night in Bethlehem.
Transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back home.
Regular price: $4895/person *.
Please, contact Spiritours if rates without airfare are requested
Supplement for single occupancy: $1050 **
* All prices are based on the current exchange rate as of August 22th, 2019
** According to availability – limited quantity**
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES
The international flight Toronto-Munchen-Tel Aviv-Toronto (Lufthansa or equivalent). with meal and snack on board, and airport taxes | 12 nights in 4 star hotels with breakfast | 12 dinners | All entrance fees (as mentioned in program) | Bus service according to program | English speaking guide (in Germany portions) for assistance at the airport of Munchen and 2 full days | English speaking guide in Holy Land for the whole tour
THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
The lunches | The drinks | The optional tours (to Augsbourg) | The personal expenses | The trip insurance | The tips to guides / bus drivers | The OBERAMMERGAU Passion Play.
Deadline for registration: JUNE 13TH 2020
Or when the maximum number of passengers is reached
Possibility to register after this date, a supplement could apply.
Please fill out the registration form and send it with a first installment of $ 500 plus the full insurance, if applicable. You must register as soon as possible because places are limited (see below). Travel insurance is strongly recommended, to be paid at the time of the initial payment.
Number of participants
Canadians traveling to Germany and Israel must be in possession of a valid Canadian passport at least six months after the scheduled return date. If the passenger does not have the required documentation, he or she may be denied access by the authorities of the countries visited. All non-Canadian passport holder, it is your responsibility to check with competent authorities.
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Laurence Maurin | (514) 374-7965, ext.207
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