Omega Tours & Travel Fri, 11 Dec 2020 02:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Omega Tours & Travel 32 32 Best 3 Biblical Gardens in Israel Thu, 10 Dec 2020 03:18:32 +0000 What to see in Israel | 3 Must-Visit Biblical Gardens

Have you ever wondered what bible gardens are and what took place in them? Gardens of the Bible were places of loveliness, sanctuary and sustenance. It is referred to as a place of shelter, recognised as a place of provision of food and seen as a place for quiet retreat. It is also a setting to meet with friends.

Israel has some of the best landscaped gardens with a biblical theme. These gardens feature cultivated collections of plants that are mentioned in the Bible. Some of these biblical gardens also display objects to illustrate biblical stories or to demonstrate how people lived in biblical times.

Tree at Neot Kedumim in Israel

Jesus’s crown of thorns possibly made from this thorny tree which can be seen at Neot Kedumim.


1. Neot Kedumim

Take a journey to the world’s only biblical landscape nature – Neot Kedumim, spread across 625 acres of restored land. The reserve is a remarkable place for the family and especially people wanting to get a glimpse into the landscape of ancient Israel, as reflected in the Bible.

Neot Kedumim in Israel

To create the biblical park, thousands of tons of soil were trucked in, reservoirs were built to catch runoff rainwater, ancient terraces, wine presses and ritual baths were restored, and hundreds of varieties of trees and plants were cultivated. You can find the seven species – olives, wheat, barley, figs, pomegranates, dates and grapes. You can see plants and trees, water and agricultural fittings such as cisterns, oil presses, wine presses and threshing floors as they were thousands of years ago. This amazing biblical reserve won an Israel Prize in 1994 as a model of restoration ecology. The park also offers additional activities such as tree planting and sheep herding.

Sheep Herding at Neot Kedumim in Israel

Sheep Herding at Neot Kedumim.



2. Nazareth Biblical Village

Go back in time to the first century to witness first-hand daily life at the Nazareth Biblical Village in the Galilean city where Jesus once lived and walked. This open-air museum provides a 3D experience focused on showing examples Jesus used in His teaching. The Village is the ideal place for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience where the crossroads of first century and present meet. It makes a biblical first century come alive for visitors.

Synagogue at Nazareth Biblical Village in Israel

Synagogue at Nazareth Biblical Village.


You meet costumed staff and pose next to them. All this deepens your experience and captures it as a photographic memory. You see villagers praying in the period synagogue, milking goats and practising their trades. You visit a reconstructed first century tomb, a watch tower, an olive press, a carpenter shop and a weaver’s room. In spring, you smell the blooming wildflowers. Donkeys and chickens roam about the grounds. In summer, you see grapes being pressed for wine and in the fall, you see the olive harvest.

Joseph at Nazareth Biblical Village in Israel

Joseph is busy with his carpentry work at Nazareth Biblical Village.



3. Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden

Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden gives visitors a glimpse into the spiritual, physical and agricultural world of the Jewish people in the land of the Bible. The lovely biblical garden includes an ancient wine press, an olive press, a burial cave, a ritual bath, an agricultural tower, a Galilean-type synagogue and a Bedouin tent. You find a variety of biblical plants and trees as well as reconstructed facilities from biblical times.

Olive Press at Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden in Israel

Olive Press at Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden.


The skilled guides of the garden take you through a journey of biblical stories such Ruth and Boaz, spiritual symbolism and the parables of the New Testament. Not to be missed – the biblical meal with Jesus Passover experience, a sumptuous culinary trip to the past. The meal comprises greens, lentils, meat pottage, stuff chicken, dried fruit and Haroset served with grape juice and tabun baked pita.

Passover Meal Experience at Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden in Israel

Biblical meal with Passover experience.


The site is also home to the Yad Hashmona Country Hotel, surrounded by stunning views of the evergreen Judean Hills and the Mediterranean coastal plain. It is a great place for spiritual rejuvenation during your stay at the hotel. In addition, you can visit the nearby biblical city of Kiriath Jearim known for the house of Abinadab that guarded the Ark of the Covenant from the time of Samuel until the time of David.

View from Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden in Israel

View from Yad Hashmona Biblical Garden.


Our Lord Jesus says in Song of Songs 8:13 (NLT), “O my darling, lingering in the gardens, your companions are fortunate to hear your voice. Let me hear it, too!”


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The Dead Sea | A Must-Visit in Israel Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:49:24 +0000 Dead Sea Israel – Your Next Spa Vacation

The Dead Sea is really a wonder. Just effortlessly float on your back and enjoy the Mediterranean sun and splendour of the desert around you. Not to worry – you can’t sink in the Dead Sea. It is immeasurably beautiful with milky blue water and shores encrusted by white salt deposits. The Dead Sea rewards each visitor with an unforgettable experience. Wade into the salty water, scoop handfuls of black mud and slather it on your body for a photograph.

Dead Sea Float in Israel


Dead Sea – Quick Facts

It is not a sea but a lake, bordered by Israel and Jordan. The evaporation hovering the Dead Sea gives a constant haze over its surface. The Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, but it has no exit point so that the rich minerals build up within the Dead Sea water. Due to the high salt content of the water, no living creatures can live in the sea except for microscopic creatures such as bacteria and microbial fungi. In recent decades, the Dead Sea has been rapidly shrinking.

Google Map of Dead Sea

Photo by Google Maps


Dead Sea – In The Bible

It is known by a few different names in the Bible, including the Salt Sea, the Sea of the Arabah and the Eastern Sea. It has been mentioned several times in the Bible.

An advancing force of Ammonites and Moabites was on their way from beyond the Dead Sea to fight King Jehoshaphat.

“After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.”  – 2 Chronicles 20:1-4 (NIV)

Read the full story here – 2 Chronicles 20

Ezekiel prophesied that the Dead Sea will one day flow with fresh water and fishermen will be able to cast their nets from shore.

“He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” – Ezekiel 47:8-12 (NIV)

Read the full prophecy here – Ezekiel 47

Zechariah also echoed this same prophecy that life-giving waters will flow where today the Dead Sea water is salty.

“On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean, flowing continuously in both summer and winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped. All the land from Geba, north of Judah, to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become one vast plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up in its original place and will be inhabited all the way from the Benjamin Gate over to the site of the old gate, then to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.” – Zechariah 14:8-10 (NLT)

Read the full chapter here – Zechariah 14


Dead Sea Minerals – A Vital Secret

The Dead Sea is full of superb minerals which can help keep your skin healthy, smooth, young-looking. Dead Sea beauty treatments make use of the mineral rich Dead Sea mud dug out of the banks and floor of the Dead Sea. The mud and minerals from the water are used in creams, anti-aging remedies, make-up, face masks and more. People suffering from skin disorders are often told to soak in the Dead Sea. They visit the Dead Sea to take salt baths and mud treatments to improve various conditions and illnesses such as psoriasis, arthritis and various allergies, and get their skin revitalised. The Dead Sea air has a low pollen and allergen content, making it ideal for those with respiratory problems. The air is also high in oxygen which is great for overall well-being.

Dead Sea Israel


Dead Sea – Spa Resorts

In ancient times, the Dead Sea was a sought-after destination for royalty such as King Herod and Queen Cleopatra who visited the Dead Sea to enrich their bodies with the essential minerals of the water and mud pools. Consider spending a night or two at the Dead Sea. This will enable you to soak in the therapeutic waters across two days and will allow plenty of time to indulge in a few spa treatments offered by many of the hotels that line the shores. You can enjoy a full health club and spa that offers natural thermal and mineral body treatments. You can cover your body from head to toe in the all-natural nurturing Dead Sea mud, leaving your skin soft and fresh, and your soul with an experience of a lifetime. You can also enjoy a soothing massage. There are many suitable alternative accommodation options such as hostels, guest houses and cottage style units at local kibbutzim. Prices tend to be cheaper, and you mostly won’t have access to an on-site spa or health club – but you will certainly experience stunning sunrises and sunsets alongside local flora and fauna, which is just as pleasurable.

Dead Sea Resorts in Israel


Dead Sea – Beaches

It is possible to visit the Dead Sea as a day trip from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Top choices for day trippers are Neve Midbar Beach and Kalia Beach. You can find mud to slather yourself in and showers to use when you’re ready to wash off. Other amenities include changing rooms, lockers as well as a café to satisfy your appetite with lovely views of the turquoise waters of the Dead Sea and the surrounding golden-brown mountains. It’s ideal for people of all ages, families and couples.

Dead Sea Beach in Israel


Excursions Around The Dead Sea

There are interesting places to visit nearby the Dead Sea. The sites can easily be worked into a full day itinerary or spread over two days.  Along the shore of the sea are several biblical locations: the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the desert wilderness of Ein Gedi where David took refuge, the Jordan River Baptismal Site and Jericho city. Other attractions on the western shore include Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and Masada (as seen below), the royal fortress of King Herod which stands atop a cliff with views over the Judean desert.

View of Dead Sea from Masada Israel


Dead Sea – A Must Visit

When it is safe to travel again, do consider a trip to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 434m below sea level and the hottest spot in Israel. The Dead Sea is not just your average beachside vacation – it’s a complete world of attractions and leisure sites throughout the entire local desert region. At the same time, take the relaxing opportunity to hover on the water surface, while your skin enjoys all the benefits of the salt and minerals.

Dead Sea Float with Mud


Create a DIY Dead Sea Israel Spa Day at Home

Now that you have more time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is a good time to pamper yourself. Try a DIY Dead Sea Spa Day at home. While there’s nothing like a real-life Dead Sea spa experience to make you feel rejuvenated, it may add a little comfort to your day and improve your overall feeling of wellness. Your body will thank you. You can coddle yourself with Dead Sea minerals, from bath soak and body scrub to hair care, facial mask and anti-aging treatment. You can get some of the popular Dead Sea mineral products like Ahava, Premier or Seacret online. Enjoy!


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Winepress, Vineyard and Winery Visits in Israel Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:00:50 +0000 Where to go in Israel? | Winemaking and Winery Tours

Everywhere are the valleys and mountains with olive trees, the land of Israel is full of them. But what you will also see are the endless vineyards.

Dalton Winery's Vineyard in the Galilee Region in Israel

Photo by Dalton Winery, in the Galilee Region

Ancient Winemaking in Israel

Israel has a long history of wine production, dating back to biblical times and continuing to modern day. Hundreds of winepresses are found in the fields, villages and cities of the Holy Land. The ancient winepress was a giant, hallowed out rock where the grapes were brought and crushed by the feet of the workers, extracting the juice to make the wine. Many vineyards and winepresses are found in most of the biblical places and ancient sites, in Galilee in the north, Golan, Shomron, Judean Hills and the Negev Desert, in the south.

Ancient Winepress at The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel

People of the Bible and How They Lived, Winemaking in Israel

Photo by Reader Digest’s Great People of the Bible and How They Lived


The Bible has References to Wine, Winepress and Winemaking

It’s no secret that wine flows freely in biblical stories. Grapes are one of the seven species connected to the land of Israel along with wheat, barley, figs, pomegranates, olives and date honey. Vineyards and winemaking were common in agrarian Israel. Wine was an essential part in the worship of the people of God in both Old and New Testaments. Wine was used in celebrating the Passover. Wine is associated with life and God’s blessing. Wine was used in the Scriptures as symbols of many important truths: Jesus turned water into wine at the Cana wedding and the Passover cup at the Last Supper was filled with wine.

Cluster of Grapes at a Vineyard


Rediscovering the Promise of the Land

Ancient Israel must have been one of the earliest wine-producing countries. Wine production came to a halt with the Muslim conquest in the 7th century AD and did not start up again until the arrival of Baron Edmond de Rothschild in the late 19th century. Israel has gone through ups and downs within the wine industry but today the Holy Land is returning to a world class wine status.

Israel is renowned for its agriculture. Its Mediterranean weather and fertile soil give the wine an ideal foundation of producing the perfect grapes. Israel’s viticulturists are forward-looking. Most of Israel’s wineries are technologically innovative and they engage internationally trained winemakers, with experience in major wine producing countries. Israel is honing the art of winemaking to vie with some of the best in the world. Today, hundreds of wineries, ranging in size from small boutique enterprises to large companies, are producing Israeli wines.


Winery Visit in Israel

Consider a half day or full day trip to discover some of Israel’s wineries – you can enjoy an array of experiences such as wine education, cheese and chocolate tastings, chef restaurants, vineyard tours and beautiful scenery. The winery tour includes wine tasting and takes you to see the winemaking process first-hand. You get to learn about how good quality wine is produced by traditional winemaking techniques combined with new technology and how variations in the soil and climates are reflected in the wines. You get to tour around the vineyard on a jeep, a memorable experience full of scents and tastes in the fresh air of the hills. Call us for your private Israel wine tour on your next visit to Israel. We are happy to provide an itinerary and pricing on just about any tour you would be interested in. Click here if you are interested in organizing a private tour.

Psagot Winery's Vineyard in the Judean Hills in Israel

Photo by Psagot Winery, in the Judean Hills

Golan Heights Winery's Vineyard in Israel

Photo by Golan Heights Winery

Cluster of Grapes in a Vineyard at Golan Heights, Israel

Photo by Tamar Sokolski – Golan Heights Winery

Top 11 Foods You Must Have in Israel Mon, 13 Jul 2020 05:00:36 +0000 Israeli Cuisine – Hummus, Falafel and More

Think of Israel cuisine and we probably picture bowls of hummus for dipping, pita breads stuffed with falafel and salads of finely diced tomatoes with plenty of herbs and olive oil. Think again … there’s a whole lot more to this. The Israeli cuisine is unbelievably diverse, a blend of local dishes and dishes brought to Israel by Jewish immigrants. Israeli food is probably one of the healthiest foods in the world. Here are some dishes we think you will love to try when you are next in Israel or cook in your very own kitchen.


What to Eat in Israel?


1. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a good choice for breakfast. It is a dish of eggs poached in a tangy sauce of simmering tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion, garlic and spices. Some will add spinach, feta cheese and other ingredients to the mix. It’s nourishing, filling and it’s simple to make with this recipe.

2. Shawarma

Shawarma is a popular Israeli street food classic made of grilled beef or chicken heavily marinated in olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and warm spices. It can be served on a plate surrounded by colourful vegetables including tomatoes, onions, shredded lettuce and pickles or simply in a wrap.


3. Falafel

Falafel is a great snack by itself. It is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, herbs and seasonings. It is usually stuffed into pita bread or served atop fresh greens. How to make perfectly crispy falafel?


4. Ptitim

Ptitim also known as Israeli Couscous is a great meal for kids. The tiny pasta pearls are made from semolina flour, dried and then toasted to give a nutty flavour. It is known colloquially in Israel as “Ben-Gurion’s rice”. Just add anything in it … carrots, tomatoes, corn, peas, any herb or spice … and make it your own style as you like.


5. Challah bread

Bread comes with every meal in Israel but be sure to try the Challah bread made with eggs, flour, butter, yeast and sugar. It is a simple recipe. The most important thing is the braiding. Try this at home.


6. Hummus

Hummus is a creamy dip typically made with a blend of chickpeas, tahini, salt, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.  It is a meal on its own or we can eat it with different veggies, use it as a salad dressing, spread it on two pieces of toast or create a fancy grain bowl. Try this recipe at home.


7. Baba ganoush

Baba ganoush is simply aubergine mixed with tahini, lemon juice, garlic and whatever other flavours you want to add, and served with bread, crisp vegetables and pita chips.


8. Latkes

Latkes are popular Israeli potato pancakes, made from mashed or grated potatoes, flour, eggs, onions and finely crushed matzo crackers.

9. Kanafeh

Kanafeh is a thin vermicelli-like cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup, topped with ground nuts like pistachios.


10. Baklava 

Baklava is very rich in aroma and flavour. It is prepared from phyllo dough sheets with butter and pistachios, cashew nuts and walnuts, soaked in sugar syrup or honey.


11. Halvah

Halvah is crumbly and dry. It is made of tahini from typical chocolate and vanilla flavour to pistachio, cinnamon flavour and many more flavourings.


So here it is, the top 11 foods that you should try when visiting Israel! Even though travelling may not be possible during this season, we can stay home and try the above recipes. Have fun!

Lord, bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us. Amen!


Stay Home Now, Travel Later Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:58:59 +0000 While we aren’t travelling now, that doesn’t mean we should stop the travel inspiration from coming. We can think about all the places we have been and all the places we hope to see sometime soon. This is also a great time to buckle down and save money for our next travel since we are not out social spending.



Plan your next trip with us


It is more realistic to look at trips that must be planned and take more coordination than an average weekend vacation. What kind of trip do we want to take in the future? Is it going to be a tropical holiday? Is it a safari in Africa? Is it a destination that we just haven’t been before? How about considering your next travel journey to Israel and the other Bible lands such as Jordan, Turkey or Greece? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for travel inspirations! Visit our website for more information or drop us an email so we can contact you!



Stay home now, travel later


Now’s the time to perfect our travel photography skills. When everything is online, we can easily find tips and tutorials to improve our skills. So when that big trip comes up, we are dialled in.


Here’s a tutorial on 5 Tips for your Best Iphone Photography:



Maybe we have a ton of travel photos just sitting in our laptop or phone, waiting to be printed. Now is the time to get those printed and used for something creative – be it a scrapbook, a travel journey or a picture frame hung on our wall.


Check out Photobook Singapore, where we can print your photos on a mug, phone case, tumbler, calendar or make them into a beautiful photobook:



Maybe just lose ourselves in our favourite reads, watch our favourite travel movies on Netflix or do some easy home fitness workouts to keep fit.


Try this easy-to-follow workout for beginners:


We will travel again soon. In the meantime, stay safe!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Build Your Own Trip Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:20:32 +0000
Everyone has their own style when it comes to travelling. Whether you’re travelling with friends and family or if you choose to go solo, there is never a right or wrong way to do things. However, there are some differences if you choose to participate in either a private or a group tour.


Group Tour

A group tour with a fixed departure date offers you the opportunity to meet new people along the way and mix with like-minded travellers, in some cases, from all over the globe. If guests were attracted to the same itinerary, chances are you will have something in common. You will share a tour guide and a bus driver, but their special treatment makes you feel like part of a friendly family. With a group of any size, there is bound to be time spent on waiting and herding participants of the tour. The itinerary is set well in advance and is not available to be altered by participants. Typically, a group tour helps keep the tour price manageable when compared to a small, private tour.

Private Tour

It allows you to choose your own departure date and duration and tweak the itinerary according to your desires. It is exclusively for you and your travel party. You will have your own personal tour guide, with a private vehicle and driver. No other guests will join this tour so you can enjoy your privacy. It is also useful for those who need special care, including older relatives, young children or disabled travellers. This simply translates into greater flexibility, better comfort and personalised service. A private tour is usually costlier than a group tour. However, a private tour doesn’t just have to be for two. With sufficient numbers, this private tour can be arranged for a similar price to a group tour.

At the end of the day, your trip is up to you! Your decision should be based on what will work best for you and whoever you are travelling with. Consider what is most important to you as you travel. If you are interested in designing your own itinerary or discussing a private tour further, get in touch today with us.

Click here for more information on our available tours or here to organize a private tour.

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Consider a trip to Israel in 2020! Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:17:51 +0000 If you’re looking for the best destination to visit in 2020, we suggest Israel.

Israel is a country of immense natural beauty, amazing culture, countless historic and religious sites and unbeatable history. Israel is probably the only country in which you can visit tip to tip in less than a day. Driving from the Red Sea resort town of Eilat on the southernmost tip to Metula in the mountainous snow-capped Golan Heights in the north will only take you six hours. So even if you only have a day, come to Israel!

It is every believer’s dream to visit the Land of the Bible. For those who have visited Israel they would say that their trip was incredible in every sense of the word. There was something throughout the trip that touched them, personally and spiritually. Many would even say that they left a piece of themselves over there and they have full intentions of going back to Israel.

Here are the three main reasons why you should visit Israel.

1. The Bible will vividly come to life

You’ll never read the Bible the same after walking the paths of Jesus and trekking the land where Joshua battled, Elijah called down fire and David reigned. The land and people, sights, sounds and smells will forever influence you. These encounters will shape the way you understand and read the Bible.

Ayalon Valley

Valley of Elah

2. Israel has a diverse landscape

The north is green and lush with mountains overlooking vistas of valleys and fields and rivers and lakes. In the centre of the country, you have the modern high-rise buildings of Tel Aviv, contrasting with the ancient alleyways of the Old City in Jerusalem. The south offers the Negev’s natural resorts and parks. Right at Israel’s southernmost tip, there is Eilat, with its Red Sea oasis.  From swamps to lakes, craters to mountains, Israel has literally got it all.

Northern Israel

Tel Aviv


Southern Israel

3. Because it has the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth

No trip to Israel is complete without covering yourself in mud and floating in the buoyant Dead Sea. The mud baths are also supposed to do wonders for your skin and are said to having healing powers.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

So join us on an awesome trip to Israel at least once in your lifetime!

Click here for more information on our available tours.

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Oberammergau: The Passion Play 2020 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 06:41:49 +0000 Oberammergau is a small village nestled into one of the most stunning, unspoilt regions in Germany – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria. This charming village is known not only for its once-in-a-decade Passion Play, but also for its beautiful façade painting (Lüftlmalerei) at the house walls and for the art handicraft of the professional woodcarver (Herrgottschnitzer).

Garmisch Partenkirchen

Nearly 400 years ago, the history of the Passion Play began. Back in 1634, the town of Oberammergau was hit by a devastating plague. The townsfolk vowed that they would perform the Passion of Christ once every ten years if that plague spared them. Believing themselves to have been spared by the grace of God Himself, the villagers kept up their end of the bargain, and in 1634 the people of Oberammergau produced the first ever Passionsspiele. The promise has been kept until today.

Passion Play

The Passion Play is an important event in the life of Oberammergau residents and one which they embrace with enthusiasm. Hundreds of locals put up an unforgettable show that is attended by over 500,000 people from all over the world. The show is complete with impeccable costumes and makeup, haunting music, brilliant scripts, and gorgeous settings. Each performance is held in two sittings – each lasting for two and a half hours – with a three hour break in between. The play is performed in German but booklets with translations in other languages are available. In 2020, it will be performed for the 42nd time by the inhabitants of the village from 16th May 2020 to 4th October 2020 at the Passion Play Theater.

Passion Play Theatre

Besides enjoying the once-in-a-decade Passion Play at Oberammergau, you will also get to visit many fabulous landscapes of Germany. Read here for more information.

Interested in our tour to Germany in July 2020, click here for more information.

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Fabulous Landscapes of Germany Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:30:23 +0000 Germany is a country full of interesting sites, rich culture, vibrant cities, stunning historical architecture, sprawling alps, winding rivers, lush valleys and elegant castles. Here are some attractions that you get to visit when you join our July 2020 tour.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen

Neuschwanstein is an impressive fairytale-like castle that inspired Walt Disney to create his most famous park, Magic Kingdom. Surrounded by sweeping valleys, towering mountains and beautiful lakes, Neuschwanstein is best viewed from Marienbrücke, or Mary’s Bridge — a bridge over the Pöllat Gorge that offers stunning views of the castle and the scenery around it. The name Neuschwanstein means ‘New Swan Castle’ and was inspired by a famous 19th-century opera, Lohengrin.

Castle Neuschwanstein


A village of 7,000, tucked against the sheer walls of the Bavarian Alps.


Heidelberg Schloss, Heidelberg

Though now in ruins, Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle) remains an impressive structure that can be seen from nearly anywhere in Heidelberg. Nestled in the rich green forest of the Königstuhl hillside, some 80 metres from the rest of the city, the castle can be reached by funicular railway or by stairs. Once at the top, soak in the views of the city below (including the Neckar River and the Old Bridge), take in the impressive Renaissance architecture, and roam the castle’s gardens.

Heidelberg Castle


The highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 m above sea level.


Insel Mainau, Lake Constance

Floating in Lake Constance, near the city of Konstanz, you will find a small garden island named Mainau. Covering about 110 acres of land, the island is nicknamed ‘Flower Island’ as it is covered in parks and gardens teeming with vibrant, colourful flowers and about 500 species of trees, along with beautiful sculptures and fountains.

Island Mainau

Schaffhausen (Rhine Falls)

The Rhine Falls remains Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall.

Rhinefall Schaffhausen

Cable Car Ride over River Rhine

Enjoy the spectacular views where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

Cable Car ride over River Rhine

Drosselgasse, Rudesheim

At the heart of Rüdesheim’s old town, you will find the charming Drosselgasse, a cobbled street filled with historic buildings, restaurants, bars and shops. At 144 meters in length, the street is lined with some of the city’s best entertainment venues where you can enjoy regional dishes and wines as well as energetic live bands.

Drosselgasse, Rudesheim

Besides the beautiful landscapes Germany has to offer, what makes year 2020 special is the once-in-a-decade Passion Play at Oberammergau. Read here for more information.

Interested in our tour to Germany in July 2020, click here for more information.

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Other Treasures of Greece and Island Hopping with Celestyal Cruises Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:01:30 +0000 Greece has history at every turn. All around the country and the islands, there are ancient sites of various historical periods: from remains of ancient Greek temples to Byzantine monasteries and Neoclassical mansions. Some of the most interesting archaeological sites include the Acropolis of Athens, the Sanctuary of Delphi, the Palace of Knossos in Crete, Ancient Olympia and Mycenae. Greece also boasts of many World Heritage UNESCO Sites such as Rhodes medieval town, Meteora, Delos Island and Saint John monastery in Patmos Island.

Cruises in Greece is the best way to see the Greek islands. The four-day cruise aboard Celestyal Olympia from Piraeus would take in the majestic and picturesque Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. It is a hectic and busy cruise, but it will be rewarding! It is perfect for sampling the various islands, cultures and history!


Delphi, Greece

Sitting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is a famous sanctuary, dedicated to the Greek god Apollo and home to the Oracle of Delphi. In the ancient times, it was believed that Delphi was the centre of the world (the navel of the Earth). When asking for a prophecy, people would come with valuable offerings to the Oracle of Delphi. Delphi had many treasuries to guard these gifts such as the Treasury of Athenians. Before entering the temple, pilgrims had to wash in the Castalian Spring. When Christianity became the dominant religion of the Byzantine Empire, the oracle of Delphi was closed as a pagan place. The Archaeological Museum of Delphi hosts findings from the site and the region. The most famous exhibits are the Charioteer and the Sphinx.


Meteora, Greece

Meteora is truly one of the most impressive rock formations in the world with its ‘hanging monasteries’. Monks and hermits have been finding refuge in this unique rock formation for more than a thousand years. The word Meteora means literally “hovering in the air”. Of the 24 monasteries that were built between the 13th and 16th century, only six eastern Orthodox monasteries remain in place on these ancient structures atop its massive rock pillars and the village and countryside below.

Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Crete is an island blessed with a diversity of the landscape: the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities and villages, and stunning countryside. The island is the birthplace of the first advanced society on European soil, the Minoans. Heraklion is the largest city of Crete and famous for the Palace of Knossos, a well-restored and sprawling work of Arthur Evans who spent much of his life and his inherited fortune to make Knossos what it is today.


Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, the largest and most popular island of the Dodecanese island group, is known as the “Knights Island” with a rich historical past. The ancient city of Rhodes was designed by the greatest city planner of antiquity, Hippodamus of Miletus. Stone walls, stone-paved alleys, elegant mansions, and a medieval castle – all things of a medieval fairy tale! The Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights are certainly the highlights.

The Palace of the Grand Master was originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century AD. It was converted by the Knights of the Order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order and the administrative headquarters of their state. It had 158 rooms with only 24 open to visitors. The rooms have antique furniture, exquisite marbles, sculptures, carpets and fine Oriental vases. The floors are paved with a mosaic of ancient Roman and Byzantine art.  Today, this magnificent building is a museum.


Mykonos Greece

Mykonos, the famous island in the Aegean! Everywhere you look, there is a maze of white-washed alleyways. Give yourself some tome to wander, getting lost in the narrow streets is half the fun. Little Venice is made up of homes that were built in the 18th century and have their foundations in the sea. The Windmills is another attraction. Powered by the north wind, these windmills used to ground grain into flour until the early 20th century. There is time before the cruise departs to check out some of the best restaurants in the Mediterranean.


Santorini Greece

Santorini – the precious gem of the Aegean! It is famous for its stunning caldera, the volcano, and the romantic sunset. Perched on the edge of steep cliffs, the villages of Santorini offer an amazing view of the Aegean Sea and the submerged volcano. Spend some time exploring Oia and Fira with the traditional Cycladic architecture.


Greece should be in every traveller’s wish list. The country is the perfect place for an enjoyable holiday. Greece is famous for its beautiful landscape, long coastline with amazing beaches, sunny weather and rich history. Plus, Greece is also a significant biblical place that traces the footsteps of Paul on his journey to spread the word of God.

Paul’s missionary journeys changed the world, and when you, too, follow In the Footsteps of Paul, you will see the New Testament coming alive in a whole new way!

See the ancient marketplaces of Thessaloniki and Philippi, explore the archaeological ruins at Delphi, stand on the spot in Berea where Paul preached, take in the awe-inspiring views of Meteora, enjoy an exciting four-day Greek Isle cruise to Mykonos, Patmos where John wrote the Book of Revelation, Rhodes with its Crusader-era Masters Palace, Heraklion, beautiful Santorini, a stop in Kusadasi with a chance to see fascinating Ephesus, view the ruins of Corinth where Paul lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila, and see the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul stood to deliver his famous Areopagus sermon about the ‘Unknown God’.

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