2020 Holy Land and Oberammergau Passion Play with Don Beesley - Sold Out

Dates Sep 10-25, 2020
Destination Tel Aviv; Jerusalem; Galilee; Munich, Germany; Oberammergau, Germany;
Duration 13 days 12 nights
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Once every decade for more than 350 years the small town of Oberammergau in Germany has celebrated the life of Christ with the world’s best known passion play as an expression of thanks to heaven for sparing the town from the plague.

This tour is directed by Don Beesley, Institute Director Emeritus.

What a better way to study our Savior, Jesus Christ than to see his home in Israel and learn of his life and miracles there and then move to Germany – to a little town in the mountains that celebrates his miraculous last week of life and his ultimate sacrifice for us.

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Day 1 and 2: Sep 10-11, 2020

U.S.A. • Transatlantic Flight • Israel

We will take a flight from our various home cities, meet at whichever international airport fits flight plans, and then to Ben Gurion Airport, the following afternoon. We will begin our tour by traveling up through the hill country to historic Jerusalem and check in to the Olive Tree Hotel for five nights. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:Sep 12, 2020

Orson Hyde Memorial Garden • Jerusalem Center • Bethlehem 

We will begin this day by visiting the beautiful Orson Hyde Memorial Garden on the Mount of Olives for a special experience. Then we will attend sacrament meeting with the members of the Jerusalem Branch at the Jerusalem Center. We then go to Bethlehem, the site of the Savior’s birth, to visit the Church of the Nativity. At Shepherds’ Field overlooking Bethlehem, we will review the biblical events connected with this area. We will end the day with a tour of the Garden Tomb with one of their excellent guides. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sep 13, 2020

Mount of Olives • Israel Museum • Yad Vashem

We will begin this day by driving to the Mount of Olives, where we will review the last events in the Savior’s life. We will then drive by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on our way to the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls display) and the famous Model City of Jerusalem. Our next stop is at the Yad Vashem (Holocaust) Museum to review the impact of the Holocaust on the history of this land and the Jewish people. There should be time this afternoon for personal sightseeing or shopping. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Sep 14, 2020

Holy Mount • Western Wall • The Ophel • Hezekiah’s Tunnel

We begin this day with a tour of the Holy Mount (or Mount Moriah), ancient site of the temples of Solomon and Herod, now occupied by the world-famous Dome of the Rock and El Aksa Mosque. We will then visit the Western Wall, a site sacred to Jews today. Afterward we will visit The Ophel display and excavations (southern wall of the Holy Mount). Our last touring opportunity for the day will be the unforgettable experience of visiting the City of David and walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. There should be time later in the day for personal sightseeing or shopping. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Sep 15, 2020

Footsteps of Jesus

On this special day we will visit the scenes of the last 24 hours of the Savior’s ministry. We will begin at the traditional Upper Room (scene of the Last Supper, washing of feet, and the last teachings of Jesus to His apostles). We then go to St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, possible site of the cock’s crowing, and the Palace of Caiaphas. Our next visit is to Gethsemane, where the great atoning sacrifice took place as well as the arrest of Jesus. Then we will go through Lion’s Gate and visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda. We then walk to the general area of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus may have been questioned by Pilate. We will walk out the Damascus Gate to Golgotha, where He was crucified, and the Garden Tomb, where the Savior broke the bands of death. While there we will have a group meeting. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7:Sep 16, 2020

Jericho • Qasr el Yehud • Mount Tabor • Tiberias • Sea of Galilee

We will leave Jerusalem in the early morning, paralleling the path Jesus would have taken from Jerusalem to Jericho. As we pass near Jericho, we will discuss the important biblical events that occurred there. Our first visit this morning will be Qasr el Yehud (the traditional location of the baptism of Jesus). It was also in this location that Joshua brought the children of Israel across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. This is also where Elijah and Elisha parted the Jordan River. We will travel up the Jordan River Valley toward the Sea of Galilee. When we arrive at Mount Tabor, we will take taxis to the top for a discussion of the Savior’s Transfiguration. If time permits, we will end our day with a visit to the LDS Branch House in Tiberias to experience a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee. We will spend two nights at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8:Sep 17, 2020

Capernaum • Mount of Beatitudes • Sea of Galilee

Our first visit today will be to Capernaum, the home of the Savior during His Galilean ministry, where He performed many miracles and gave many teachings, including His “Bread of Life” sermon. We will then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where the important “Sermon on the Mount” was given. We will conclude this day of touring with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9:Sep 18, 2020

Nazareth • Jezreel Valley • Caesarea • Tel Aviv

We begin this day by driving west, passing near the village of Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle, and arriving at Nazareth, where we will visit the Nazareth Village and discuss the boyhood of Jesus and the manners and customs of the time of Jesus. We will cross the historic Jezreel Valley and continue through the Carmel mountain range and on through the beautiful Plain of Sharon, arriving at Caesarea Maritima to discuss Roman life during New Testament times. We will arrive in Tel Aviv and check in to the Metropolitan Hotel for the night. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10:Sep 19, 2020

Munich • Oberammergau 

We will depart from Tel Aviv for a flight to Munich, Germany. We will tour the city of Munich, including lunch in the Olympic Tower. We will stay the next two nights in a hotel close to Oberammergau. (B,L)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11:Sep 20, 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 

Today we will attend the Oberammergau Passion Play. The play, which began in 1634 and is held once every decade, reenacts the Passion of Jesus Christ—from His arrival in Jerusalem to the crucifixion and resurrection. The performance takes place over an afternoon and evening (seven hours), with an included dinner break in between. Over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village, participate in the play. This experience will highlight the life of the Savior. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12:Sep 21, 2020

Tyrol/Bavaria • Neuschwanstein Castle

Today we will have a daylong excursion through the alpine region. We will travel to Fussen and visit the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig and said to be the inspiration for the castle at Disneyland. If time allows, we will also visit the Linderhof Castle (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13:Sep 22, 2020

Munich • U.S.A.

With an early departure from Munich, we will begin our journey home. A lifetime of memories and friendships will be ours to keep! (B)

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • LDS Tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides for in depth location detail and history
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided


  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation on all tours *ONLY 1 BUS PER TOUR DIRECTOR EVER
  • Hosted by Don Beesley and other Local Licensed guides
  • All hotels will be deluxe 3-4 Star (by American Standard)  and well located to local services and sites
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itineraries
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums 
  • Transportation and lodging Passion Play package as outlined in your itinerary with PRIME seats
  • Audio system headsets throughout tours
  • Document package with souvenir program of the Passion Play

Not Included:

  • All airfare for all destinations as listed on the itinerary  (Group pricing options will be offered in 2019)
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $250.00 NON REFUNDABLE down payment NOW confirms your spot on tour
  • $750.00 pp deposit will be due 1 March 2018
  • Final Payments will be due Dec 31st, 2019