Faith is a daily part of life, and people express it in their own unique ways—whether it’s attending church or temple on a weekly basis or saying a quick prayer every morning. Many people want to better understand religion and see significant places where spirituality was born. Some may not be particularly religious, but simply appreciate the history, architecture and tradition found in churches and cathedrals.
Faith-based travel opens the world of religion to groups, showcasing influential spots and holy monuments.
There are countless churches, temples, divine structures and acres of sacred land around the world. Globus Religious vacations help travelers explore them through inclusive tours, full of one-of-a-kind experiences and visits to must-see sites, ensuring travelers get the most out of their experience.
Grand Catholic Italy
Globus Faith-Based Vacation – 10 Day tour from Rome to Padua
For those traveling to reaffirm their faith, there is no better time to start planning a faith-based vacation to Italy than now. Pope Francis declared 2016 a Jubilee Year of Mercy, and many historic moments of grace, compassion and joy are expected during the upcoming year. 2016 is definitely the year to visit Rome, and Globus exposes you to the city’s deep religious roots through this inspirational itinerary.
This tour begins in Rome, home literally thousands of churches. Start your journey by taking a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Two days in Rome will also include visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Paul outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, and St. Mary Major Basilica. Travelers will also attend a Papal Audience (held weekly, subject to availability) in St. Peter’s Square. After departing Rome for Umbria, you’ll stop in Cascia to see the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle. The highlights in Assisi are the Basilica of St. Francis and St. Clare, as well as the Porziuncola, where St. Francis founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. When you arrive in Sienna, you will visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, then visit the sanctuary of St. Catherine and wander the narrow streets of this beautiful Tuscan city. The next stop is Florence, which includes a visit to Santa Maria Novella Basilica and Signoria Square, and then the Basilica that houses Michelangelo’s tomb. Then, head to Padua with a day in Venice, where you will enter by private boat to meet your local guide. Visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a final farewell dinner back in Padua. For more details, click here.
The European Reformation
If you’re interested in Martin Luther, this is the trip for you. Start in Berlin with a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and be sure to snap a photo of the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. In Wittenberg, you will visit the Luther House and Museum, and the Melanchthon House, before continuing on to Leipzig and stopping at Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked. The tour also takes you to Eisleben and Luther’s Birthplace Museum; Eisenach, to visit Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament; Coburg Fortress, and Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgement on Luther. You will also visit Trinity Church, where Luther presented his case, as well as the famed Reformation Monument. Enjoy a scenic Rhine Cruise after Mainz, and then head to the medieval town of Rothenburg, where you can pick up some of its famous Christmas ornaments. Next you will journey to Nuremberg and visit the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and then on to Augsburg, where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. The trip ends in Munich, where you will explore the Marienplatz, with its Old and New Town Halls, and enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner. Click here for more details.
Journey Through the Holy Land
Globus Faith-Based Vacation – 9 Day tour from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Visit the land where so many religions were born. Start in Tel Aviv with a lovely welcome dinner, then make your way to Caesarea, a wonderful place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Here, you will visit the Roman Amphitheater and the Crusader Fortress. In the afternoon, head to the fortified city of Megiddo, considered one of the most important biblical sites in Israel. Then you will arrive in Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy an excursion to Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus turned water into wine; and Nazareth, to visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph Church. Enjoy a short cruise on the Sea of Galilee on your way to Jerusalem, where you will have outings to a number of influential places: Ein Karem, Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea, and a walking tour of the Old City. Visit the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, the Wailing Wall and so much more. You even have the option to go to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and visit the Holocaust Memorial in Yad Vashem. End your spiritual journey with a farewell dinner. To find out more, click here.
Whether you are seeking a deeper connection to your faith, you have a general interest in religions and their history, or you are curious to explore the powerful places that are linked to your beliefs, then a faith-based tour is right for you. And a faith-based vacation with Globus, a leader in escorted travel for decades, will make the journey even more enjoyable. You’ll enjoy the benefits, convenience and security of escorted travel, a diverse selection of activities and excursions, and stays in cities where you can truly immerse yourself in the culture. To learn more about our tour offerings, click here.