Religious Travel Has Many Options

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Journey through the Holy Land is an 11-day tour which includes three days in Jerusalem for visits to the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Delorosa to Golgotha, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David

When you think of religious travel, do you picture the Holy Land, or perhaps a retreat to a shrine? There is really a lot more to religious travel, and almost as many providers as there are trips. Perhaps one of the best-known tour companies providing religious travel opportunities is Globus Tours. It has been in business for more than 80 years, and enjoys a large repeat clientele. It calls the religious itineraries “faith-based vacations,” because they are a combination of faith-enhancing experiences and the usual sights and attractions of any foreign tour. They have religious itineraries in Europe, as well as Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.

Several of their tours will feature the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2010. All Globus tours feature a tour director and local travel guides for an authentic experience.

Travel the Lands of the Bible

There are four itineraries in this collection.

Journey through the Holy Land is an 11-day tour that starts and ends in Tel Aviv. Stops along the tour are Caesarea, Megiddo, Haifa, Nazareth, Cana, a kibbutz on the shore of Lake Tiberias, the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, Masada and the Dead Sea, and three days in Jerusalem for visits to the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Delorosa to Golgotha, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David, with a side trip to Emmaus and at Latrun, the monastery of the Trappist Monks.

Jordan and Egypt in the Bible is an 11-day tour that starts in Amman, goes to the Dead Sea, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Mount Nebo, Petra (one of the new seven wonders of the world made famous in an “Indiana Jones” movie), the Egyptian pyramids, Giza’s Sphinx and the Coptic Museum in Cairo.

Turkey and the Book of Revelation is an 11-day tour that starts and ends in Istanbul. Highlights are the Blue Mosque, the Silk Bazaar in Bursa, a 3rd century synagogue in Sardes, excursions to Patmos, Ephesus, Syrna, Pergamum’s Acropolis, Troy, and a ferry across the Dardanells before returning to Istanbul.

Perhaps the nicest itinerary is called Footsteps of the Apostle Paul, an 11-day tour that starts and ends in Athens. This trip includes a three-day cruise to the islands of Mykanos, Patmos and Rhodes. There is a stop at Kusadasi for a trip to Ephesus, before sailing back to Athens, and side trips to Corinth, Thessalonika, Philippi, Beroea, and finally Meteora for a tour of St. Stephen’s monasteries.

Travel the lands of Protestant/Evangelical Christianity

Two itineraries in this collection include The European Reformation, which is a 12-day trip from Geneva to Munich, with stops in Zurich for the Grossmunster Church and the Fraumunster Church with its beautiful Chagall stained glass-windows, Heidelberg and its castle, Worms and its Reformation Monument, Mainz and its Guttenberg Museum, a short Rhine River cruise, Coburg, Erfurt, Eisleben, Wittenberg which was Luther’s home for 30 years and the birthplace of the Reformation, Eisenach for Wartburg Castle where Luther translated the Bible into German, the medieval walled town of Rothenburg famous for its Christmas ornaments, Nuremberg, Augsburg, and finally a full day in Munich, with an optional excursion of Crazy King Ludwig’s Bavarian Castle.

There is also England’s Christian Heritage, a 10-day, round-trip tour from London that visits Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle, Oxford’s Christ Church College (its Great Hall was made famous in the “Harry Potter” movies) and Cathedral. Also in Oxford see Lincoln College where John Wesley founded the Holy Club, also known as the “Society of Methodists,” and the Eagle and Child Pub frequented by C.S. Lewis and his friend J.R.R. Tolkien and where they founded their literary club known as the “Inklings.” Journey through the scenic Cotswolds to Bristol to see St. Mary Redcliffe Church and John Wesley’s Chapel and the New Room, the oldest Methodist building in the world. After a visit to Stonehenge, head north to Epworth for the Wesley Memorial Church, then to York one of England’s most intact medieval walled cities, and visit the York Minster. Then on to Cambridge to visit its 500-year-old King’s College and Chapel. Before returning to London, you will visit the Olney Baptist Church and the Cowper and Newton Museum, then the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford.

Travel the Lands of Catholicism

Six different itineraries make up this collection.

Irish Faith and History is an 11-day, round-trip journey from Dublin, where you will visit Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College with its 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and library. From there, participants travel to Knock for the Knock Shrine and Church of the Apparition, the Basilica and the Folk Museum. From Galway you will sail to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders, for a visit to the Aran Heritage Center and Dun Aengus, a spectacular prehistoric stone fort. Then it’s on to Kilfenora and the Burren Centre, Adare with its thatched cottages, the Ring of Kerry panoramic drive, then Kilarney and the ancient Ross Castle. You then drive to County Cork and Blarney’s famous castle, then on to Waterford for a visit to the world famous crystal factory.

The Legacy of Pope John Paul II is a nine-day tour from Warsaw with its famous Ghetto, to Czestochowa with its Marian Shrine and its famous Black Madonna, to Auschwitz for a tour of its concentration camp, Martyrdom Museum, to Krakow, where Pope John Paul II served as Archbishop, for its world-famous Shrine of Devine Mercy, then to the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice, and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, one of Poland’s most famous shrines.

Lourdes and Shrines of France is an 11-day journey, round trip from Paris, where you will see Notre Dame Cathedral, Basilica of Sacre Coeur on Montmartre, as well as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Champs-Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower. Journey on the high speed “TGV” train from Paris to Lourdes to visit the Grotto, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and home. Continue to Avignon to the Palace of the Popes, where the papacy resided in the 14th century, then to Lyon for the St. John Vianney Shrine, home and church. In Nevers see the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette, then continue to Chartres and visit the cathedral before returning to Paris.

Marian Shrines of Europe is a 12-day journey from Lisbon to Madrid, with stops at Fatima for Our Lady of Fatima Shrine and Chapel of the Apparitions, then Santiago de Compostela in Spain — one of the top pilgrimage destinations in the Middle Ages — then to Lourdes in France, and then over the Pyrenees Mountains to Saragossa for Spain’s most famous Marian Shrine, the Basilica of our Lady of the Pillar, and finally to Madrid for sightseeing including the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, and a visit to the Prado Museum for its priceless art treasures.

The Vatican, Assisi and Southern Italy is a nine-day journey, round trip from Rome, visiting St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Catacombs, as well as St. John Lateran Basilica and the Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326 AD by St. Helena, and the St. Mary Major Basilica, then attend the weekly general audience of the Pope, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Also visit the Coliseum and the Roman Forum before driving to Assisi. After Mass, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare. The next day you visit Pompeii, then Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

Finally, the Grand Catholic Italy is an 11-day tour from Rome to Venice, including the above mentioned attractions in Rome, then the Abbey of Montecassino, San Giovanni Rotondo, the Friary of Padre Pio, the Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo, the Holy House of Loreto, Assisi, Siena, then on to Florence with its Academy of Fine Arts, the Cathedral and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Then Padua’s Basilica of St. Anthony and Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Basilica.

Three of the above tours will include a trip to Oberammergau in 2010 for the world-famous Passion Play.

Stop in to Cruise Port Travel or call (928) 472-7878 for information on any of these tours, or the Greek-owned Steps of Paul Coastal Cruises with itineraries to Greece and Turkey. They offer a fund-raising plan for churches.

All the above tours and cruises can be enjoyed individually or as a church group, with all the associated group benefits.

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