Jordan, the Holyland, and Oberammergau
Jordan, the Holyland, and Oberammergau

Jordan, the Holyland, and Oberammergau

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Oberammergau Passion Play departing 22 May 2022.

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – register and pay your deposit of $2,000.00 by 30 Nov 2021 and pay $14,995 per person share twin/dbl – based on main deck on CroisiEurope cruise

Optional: $465 per person to upgrade to upper deck on CroisiEurope cruise

If you are travelling alone and want the opportunity to matched with a same sex room mate please let us know.

Business class upgrades available.

Come to Jordan the Holyland and Oberammergau following the footsteps of Moses Jesus St Paul & St John with the Very Rev Mike Hawke Dean of Nelson Cathedral and his wife Patsy a former teacher.
To visit the Holyland and see the places where Jesus walked taught and ministered is such a wonderful experience.

Join Patsy and I on our latest Pilgrimage starting 22 May 2022. This is my 6th tour with Innovative Travel to the Holyland and Jordan.

Then continue with a Croisi cruise Budapest-Passau – culminating in the once-in-a-life-time Passion Play in Oberammergau Germany.

Ask some friends to join you so you can share this incredible experience together.
 

Day 1: New Zealand - Amman

Fly from New Zealand to Amman. Christchurch or Auckland.

Day 2: Amman - Dead Sea (D)

Welcome to Jordan. Jordan is a unique country with a wealth of cultural and scenic attractions to offer the visitor. Jordanians are gracious and welcoming hosts they will often surprise you with their command of English. Please remember that religious beliefs traditional customs and daily manners may sometimes seem quite strange at first. Please be patient if you think things are a happening at a different pace than you are used to!

On arrival in Amman you will be met by a local representative and assisted with pre-paid group visa formalities. Transfer directly to the Dead Sea Spa Hotel for overnight accommodation. Remainder of the day is at leisure to relax and catch up. Time for a float in these therapeutic waters which contain over 30% in natural minerals. The Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and from 6 to 16 kilometres wide. It is fed by the Jordan River but it has no outlet. As its name suggests the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life. This is due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals—350 grams of salt per kilogram of water as compared to about 40 grams in the world’s oceans. This concentration is caused by a rapid rate of evaporation. These natural elements give the waters of the Dead Sea certain curative properties recognized since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago.

Dinner this evening is at the hotel to meet with your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Dead Sea - Mt Nebo – Madaba – Petra (BLD)

Today explore the area around the Dead Sea area and Jordan Valley. Visit Madaba where you can view the oldest known map of the ‘Holyland’ inlaid in mosaics in the St George church which was constructed approximately 542 AD by the Christian community at Madaba. Enroute to Mt Nebo visit La Storia Museum and handicraft centre where you will see first-hand the art of mosaic making plus you will be able to add a stone to the largest mosaic in the world that is currently being created. Continue to historic Mt Nebo where Moses looked out over the ‘Promised Land’. Continue to Petra for two nights at the Petra Guesthouse or similar.
Lunch is included at Madaba at the Haret Jdoudna Restaurant.

Dinner is a wonderful experience tonight at the local Petra Kitchen Restaurant for a cooking class, followed by sampling your creations.

Day 4: Petra (BLD)

Today depart to discover the lost city of Petra. Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During the iron age approximately 1200 BC the area was inhabited by the Edomites who controlled the trade routes between the Arabian Peninsula and Damascus in what is today Syria. (Edom is the Aramaic word for red). According to the Bible King David subdued the Edomites around 1000 BC. The area later became controlled by the Nabataeans merchant people from the Arabian Peninsula who settled in South Jordan more than 2000 years ago. From a remote staging post they dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia levying tolls and sheltering caravans laden with Indian spices and silks etc. The Nabatean Kingdom endured for centuries and Petra became widely admired for its refined culture massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. Ultimately however the Roman Emperor Trajan annexed the Kingdom. By the 16th Century it was completely lost to the west and was so until 1812 when it was re-discovered. Most of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of rock cut tombs and temple facades funery halls and rock reliefs.

Lunch is included at Petra at the Nabatean Tented Restaurant.

Return to your hotel for an early dinner.

This evening there is an option to relax at your hotel OR to return to Petra – for the Petra by Night Experience. This event is a magical way to see part of the rock city by candlelight. Walk the entire Siq to the Treasury, lit with over 1,500 candles to bring the major attraction due into spectacular view.

Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum – Eilat (BD)

This morning transfer to Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia rode across the desert with his Arab liberation army. Take a jeep ride through this impressive moon-like landscape with its dramatic canyons and dunes, plus a camel ride for an hour is included before continuing to the Arava Border with Israel. Lunch is at Wadi Rum (at own expense).

At the border approx. 3pm.

After border procedures you will be met by our Israeli representative before continuing to your hotel in Eilat for overnight.

Dinner is at your hotel this evening.

Day 6: Eilat – Jerusalem (BD)

Transfer via the Negev Desert to Masada the ancient Herodian fortress made famous during the time of King Herod as the last Jewish stronghold. On the way to Jerusalem pass by Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered before continuing to Jerusalem for four nights.
A Welcome dinner is included this evening.

Day 7: Jerusalem and Bethlehem (BD)

This morning start with a spectacular view of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives.

The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge in East Jerusalem with three peaks running from north to south. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. It is frequently mentioned in the New Testament as the route which Jesus took from Jerusalem to Bethany and the place where he stood when he wept over Jerusalem. Jesus is said to have spent time on the Mount teaching and prophesying to his disciples and also coming there on the night of his betrayal.

Walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Visit nearby St Georges Church time permitting including a church service. Continue to Bethlehem.

Visit the Shepherds Field. Meet with Angela a personal friend of Mikes to discuss the day to day lives of those living in this area and an opportunity to purchase local handicrafts.
Dinner is included at Bethlehem this evening. Return to Jerusalem.

Day 8: Jerusalem  - Old City (BD)

This morning start with a walk underneath the Old City here see recent excavations that reveal the most exciting archaeological finds of the ancient world. Exit from underground at the Southern Wall Stairs. Continue your tour along the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Nearby is the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose again. This site is said to the site of the Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary) where Jesus was crucified. The church has been an important Christina pilgrimage focus since at least the 4th Century AD.

Dinner is included this evening

Day 9: Jerusalem   (BD)

Day at leisure to further explore Jerusalem on foot. Optional visit to the Garden Tomb with Mike.  

Day 10: Jerusalem-Galilee (BD)

This morning depart for the Galilee area. First stop at Caesarea. Continue to Haifa and view the Baha’i Gardens. Onto Mt Carmel Muhraka. Travel to Nazareth to see Mary’s well and visit the Church of Annunciation.

Continue to our Kibbutz Hotel on the shores of the Galilee for two nights. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 11: Galilee (BD)

Drive to Caesarea of Phillipi at Banias Springs and then tour the Golan Heights to better understand the geopolitical issues affecting the region. Here visit Tel Dan. On your return to the Galilee is a visit to Safed, city of Mystical Judaism for a walk through the artists’ colony.

Dinner is included this evening.

Day 12: Galilee – Tel Aviv  (BD

This morning start with a boat ride in a traditional wooden sailing vessel on the Sea of Galilee. Explore the centre of Jesus’ ministry at Capernaum and see the remains of the synagogue where he preached. Onto the site of the miracle of the Fishes and Loaves at Tabgha and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where the Sermon on the Mount took place.

For those that want there is an opportunity to renew your wedding vows if you wish to at Cana Church.  

Drive south to Tel Aviv for our last night in the Holyland.

Tonight, is a farewell to Israel dinner at a local Jaffa restaurant.

Day 13: Tel Aviv - Budapest  (BD)

3am Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for your onward flight to Budapest for two nights.  

Welcome to Hungary.

On arrival at 9.05am you will be met by our Hungarian representative and taken on a short orientation tour before transferring to your hotel for two nights. Check-in is at 2pm. Remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps visit the famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath. Dinner tonight is own arrangements.

Day 14: Budapest

This morning is a half day excursion to the picturesque city of Esztergom, with its impressive Cathedral and Basilica. This afternoon is free time   for shopping or exploring the city.

This evening dinner is at the   Alabardos Restaurant, housed in a 15thC gothic building. The restaurants aim is to present traditional Hungarian dished in a new modern form.

Day 15: Budapest (BD)

This morning is either at leisure or tour to a handicraft market and Porcelain factory.

Lunch is at own expense before transferring to board your special Oberammergau CroisiEurope Cruise.

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. In the evening, join us for an evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music.

Over the next six days sail from Budapest to Passau. CroisiEurope is a French founded cruise company that offers an all-inclusive cruise, amazing European cuisine, an open bar, including your choice of regional wines, beers, cocktails and spirits, plus tea and coffee. All sightseeing is included. Take time to relax as your floating hotel sails down the Danube.

Day 16: Budapest – Bratislava (BLD)

This morning is guided tour of Budapest. Discover the history and architecture of this picturesque city. The metropole was once two distinct cities only united in 1873: Buda with its winding streets Turkish baths and Buda Castle; and Pest with its flatter landscape offering a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube.

Day 17: Bratislava – Vienna (BLD)

We'll arrive in Bratislava in the early morning. This morning is a sightseeing tour of Bratislava. Lined by the Danube Bratislava intrigues. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city which reveals magnificent baroque palaces churches and pleasant squares. The pastel-coloured façades give its many houses their unique style. Our ship will cruise to Vienna. This evening join us on an excursion of Vienna by night. Vienna symbolizes power and strength through its architecture and monuments. Street lights and special lighting accentuate shapes and dramatize the lovely baroque structures.

Day 18: Vienna (BLD)

This morning visit Schoenbrunn Palace a former summer residence for the Hapsburg monarchs. We travel on The Ring part of the vast changes to the Viennese cityscape that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century before arriving at the palace. The 1441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural cultural and historical monuments in Austria.

This afternoon visit Hofburg Palace an imperial march through history art and luxury. The Palace is also known for having been during 600 years the Winter Residency of the Habsburgs. You will visit the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments and access the 19 official and private rooms that once belonged to Franz Joseph and Elisabeth. The Imperial Apartments are a reflection of the monarchic splendour.

In the evening is a Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). Famous waltz melodies will take you back to the era of Franz Joseph and Sisi. The first half of the concert will be devoted to Mozart compositions and the second half to Strauss. We'll start cruising during the night.

Day 19: Melk – Passau (BLD)

We'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley before arriving in Melk. Visit Dürnstein the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. You will be able to stroll through the streets of this medieval town and visit the Baroque abbey. In the afternoon visit Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736 it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious co-ed school with more than 900 students. In the evening we'll start cruising towards Passau. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

Day 20: Passau – Oberammergau (BLD)

Savour one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. and discovering Passau. We’ll have lunch in town. Around 2.00 p.m. departure by coach to Oberammergau known throughout the world for its Passion Play. After checking into a 3-star hotel dinner will be in the local area.

Day 21: Oberammergau - The Passion Play (BD)

You will be transferred by coach to the village for some free time. Use this time to stroll and take in the atmosphere and wonderful pastel-painted homes—some dating back to the 13th century—decorated with religious motifs. After lunch (own expense) transfer to the theatre for the performance of the spectacular Passion Play.

In 1633 the residents vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague they would produce a play thereafter depicting the life and death of Jesus. Performed during years ending in zero it is considered as one of the grandest in the world.

The production involves over 2000 performers musicians and stage hands—all residents of the village. They rehearse for over six months and present the play over 100 times during a performance year. The open-air theatre adds to the magic of the show.
We have reserved the best orchestra seats for our customers.
A meal is included with the show and will be served during intermission. After the show return to your hotel by coach.

Day 22 Oberammergau – Munich (BD)

Transfer to Munich for overnight. On arrival in Munich is a three hour city tour of Munich. A farewell dinner is included this evening.

Day 23: Munich - Dubai – New Zealand (arrives 15 June) (B)

Morning at leisure. Lunch at own expense before transferring to the airport fo