Customized Group Tours 2021

Ireland & ScotlandApril 20 - May 3, 2021

Tour Code: PTIE21

 
From windswept cliffs and the bright green sparkle of early Spring on the Emerald Isle, to the craggy outcrops and fog-laden mists of the Scottish Highlands, this tour of the British Isles will offer new perspectives at every turn. We’ll visit the Ring of Kerry, the Book of Kells, and the Blarney stone in Ireland. Scottish highlights include Glasgow, the Lochs, and Edinburgh.  We’ll pass by train through some of England’s most picturesque landscapes before arriving for a tour of London’s top sites. Let your imagination roam free as we guide you through these unforgettable regions.  
Rescheduling to 2022
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Tour Cost:
$3,599 per person
double occupancy

England: Mayflower Anniversary Tour

June 4 - 15, 2021 • Tour Code: MMA21

 

Are you a Mayflower Descendant? This tour is designed for you and your family and friends!

You are invited to join other “cousins” on a Mayflower-themed tour of England, on the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage, an event of global significance. The Mayflower Pilgrims’ principles of individual liberty and freedom first took root in the UK, were nurtured in the Netherlands and then flowered in America. Their values have since guided all modern democracies.

On the tour you’ll gain an understanding of the Pilgrims’ lives before they sailed by visiting the homes where they lived, the churches where they worshiped, and the jail in Boston where they were imprisoned. You will also see the ports of Southampton, Dartmouth, and also Plymouth, their final departure point. Other highlights include Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Lincoln Castle and Cathedral, and lunch in the Mayflower Pub in London – a favorite for the crew of the Mayflower.

Tour Cost:
$3,599 per person
double occupancy
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Vikings, Trolls & Fjords: NorwayJune 11 - 20, 2021

Tour Code: NOR21

 
Norway is a land of fjords – more than 1,000 of them dot the coasts.  This tour will take us to the top of a fjord to view the massive cliffs. We’ll cruise the waters of the fjord to get a true perspective of the sheer slopes. There will even be an opportunity to take a plunge into the freezing waters. We’ll see coves and bays and inlets that compete with the colorful towns and villages and cities for picture-postcard views. We’ll hold our collective breath on hairpin roadway turns, have our breath taken away by an amazing train journey, and take in a deep breath of history at a 13th century Stave Church. This is Norway – the land of the North, not to be missed.   
Rescheduling to 2022
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Tour Cost:
$3,219 per person
double occupancy

Germany, Austria & SwitzerlandJuly 11 - 23, 2021

Tour Code: KKG21

 
Vineyard covered landscapes dotted with half-timbered villages and baroque palaces, surrounded by snow-covered mountains set against an azure blue sky – these are the images that await you on this tour of the Alpine regions of Central Europe.  We’ll start with the quaint towns of Germany, Wurzburg and Rothenberg, where you’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time a few centuries.  Then, we’ll enjoy the sights of Salzburg in Austria, made famous by the “Sound of Music”.  We’ll continue back across the border to the wood-carvers town of Oberammergau. We’ll dip into Switzerland and Lichtenstein for some incredible sightseeing and shopping. These are the Alps at their best.  Our last days will be spent exploring the Black Forest, enjoying a cruise on the Rhine and visiting a castle keep. Come enjoy them with us. 
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Tour Cost:
$3,499 per person
double occupancy

SwitzerlandJuly 18 - 28, 2021

Tour Code: GVGS21

 
Fall in love with Switzerland as we explore the nooks and crannies of this alpine delight. We will alternate excursions into the countryside for sensory overload at majestic waterfalls, mountain views and crystal-clear lakes with cultural cities and historic villages.  We’ll ride some of the famous Swiss trains, including the breath-taking Glacier Express. We’ll dine on Swiss specialties, visit cheese makers and wineries, and taste other local treats.  Little Switzerland will leave a big impression on your heart from your first day, so invite your friends to join you on this delightful experience.  
Rescheduling to 2022
The Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church.
Tour Cost:
$4,975 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from Chicago

Pilgrimage to Poland: Homeland of Pope John Paul II

August 22 - 31, 2021 • Tour Code: SJP21

 
Join Father Tom Loomis and the St. James Coffeehouse on a journey of faith, friendship and fantastic sights in Poland.  We’ve carefully curated a collection of stops that will guide you through the country’s deep history and incredible global contributions.  We’ll show you lofty views from mountaintops, go deep into mines that will blow your mind, pray at elegant and inspiring churches and cathedrals and visit the humble abodes of some of the most influential people to have called Poland home.  There is a wonderful opportunity to combine this tour with an Oberammergau Passion Play extension into Germany.  The tour price includes many meals and airfare, with optional price available for other gateways or land-only.  
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Tour Cost:
$4,789 per person
double occupancy
Including airfare from MSP

Odyssey through Ancient GreeceSept. 12 - 25, 2021

Tour Code: TWGR21

 
Greek myths, Greek gods, and the ancient Greek philosophies will come alive as we walk in the footsteps of Plato and Socrates in this birthplace of Democracy.  We’ll see the classic sites of the Acropolis, Agora, and the Temple of Poseidon in Athens, before boarding our cruise of the Aegean Sea.  We’ll stop in Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes and Crete.  After the cruise, we’ll continue our tour to Corinth, Sparta, Olympia and Delphi before returning to Athens for a final night of singing, dancing and good fun.  
Rescheduling to 2022
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Tour Cost:
$3,399 per person
double occupancy

IcelandSeptember 6 - 14, 2021

Optional Scotland Extension • September 14 - 18, 2021

Tour Code: GVIS21

 
We’ll be visiting a perennial top-10 vacation spot – Iceland!  Let us do the driving as we tour the rugged landscape on a trip around the island.  We’ll see the bubbling mud holes, volcanic craters, fjords, glaciers and massive waterfalls.   We’ll also have picture-perfect moments at very pretty little villages, landscapes that look more like moonscapes, and land formations found nowhere else.   For those that wish to continue the journey, we’ll be heading to Scotland.  The optional extension features the best Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rural highlands en route to Inverness.   This is a perfect pair of destinations that you won’t want to miss.  
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Tour Cost:
$4,049 per person
Main Tour, dbl occupancy
Including flight from Chicago

Iceland is OPEN! 

(see LINK   for  protocols)

Holy Family & Coptic Churches of Egypt including Nile Cruise

September 16 - 26, 2021

Tour Code: EHHF21

 

Special pricing for Egypt!  Ed-Ventures is passing along an incredible savings offer from our suppliers in Egypt.  This specially designed tour explores the lives of the Coptic Christians in Egypt, with a Nile River cruise and visits to the Pyramids at Giza, Temples and Tombs of Luxor, the Aswan High Dam and more.  Special pricing is available on several scheduled tours throughout 2021!

 

Tour Cost:
$3,199 per person
double occupancy
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Highlights of Egypt including Nile Cruise & Red Sea

October 2 - 12, 2021

Tour Code: EHRS21

 

Let the alluring call of the Nile bring you to Egypt and all its majesty and mysteries.  Explore the iconic pyramids – One of the last remaining original “Wonder of the World”.   See the treasures once hidden inside, and the glorious inscriptions carved and painted on the temple walls to lead the cherished pharaoh to the afterlife.  Then, enjoy the 5-star service on-board our luxury cruise ship as we delve deeper into life along the Nile.  See, and touch, ancient temples that have withstood the ravishes of time. Explore the modern marvel of the Aswan Dam, and meander through temples and shrines that were saved from its flooding.  The gods, the Pharaohs, the land and the people have all had a hand in forming Egypt, and they’ll become a part of your stories. 

 

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Tour Cost:
varies by departure

St. James Coffee House presents: Holy Land tourOct. 3 -14, 2021

Optional extension to Jordan • Oct. 14 -17, 2021

Tour Code: SJHL21

 
Join Fr. Tom Loomis and the St. James Coffeehouse on our pilgrimage to Israel.  The destinations of the Bible will come alive as we explore faith-filled sites.  Visit the site of the Annunciation.  Sail on the Sea of Galilee.  Stand in the footsteps of Jesus at Capernaum.  And then pray the Stations of the Cross as we follow Jesus’ route down the Via Delarosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Let the Holy Spirit fill your soul when you join us on this life-changing journey. 
 
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Tour Cost:
$5,269 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from Minneapolis

Information Meeting

Wed, April 28, 6:30 pm    in person at St James Coffee or this Zoom   LINK  

Toast to Tuscany: ItalyOct. 13 - 24, 2021

Tour Code: TTT21

 
We have updated this popular tour to be a small group tour with a luxury villa experience! We explore northern Italy, from Venice to Rome, with a lengthy stay in the celebrated Tuscany region.  Our Venice stay includes a tour of the canals, St. Mark’s and the central area and Murano’s glassmaking district.  We spend a night in La Spezia, two nights Florence and another in the Siena area. We end in Rome, including visits to the Vatican and Roman ruins.  Don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain so we can say “Arrivederci!” – until we meet again.
 
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Tour Cost:
$4,459 per person
double occupancy
Small Group Luxury Experience!!

Castles of Germany & Austria • SAMPLE ITINERARY

Tour Code: KGS21

 
“The castle looming high above the flowing river served as a beacon for the weary traveler, a vantage point to survey the landscape, and a symbol of the kingdoms strength.”  We’ll tour some of Europe’s most impressive castles, each a representation of the small kingdoms that once made up the map of the region we call Germany and Austria.  We’ll see strong, imposing castles built of massive grey stones, and lacey palaces filled with filigree and gold designs.  Along the way, we’ll also learn about the king of German vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz.  We’ll hear the music of Mozart in his hometown and explore the cities and villages that have grown up in the castles’ shadows.  Join us to explore your royal tendencies. (Note: This is a small group tour ~ 15 Passengers)
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Tour Cost:
$X,XXX per person
double occupancy

Wizarding World of England & Scotland SAMPLE ITINERARY

Tour Code: MHP21

 

Explore the Wizarding Worlds featured in Harry Potter literature and films. We visit both England and Scotland, to see some of the series’ most iconic sites. We head towards Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, Victorian Lendenhall Market, the Tower Bridge and more. We also tour sets from the film franchise and more at Warner Bros Studios. We take a side trip to Oxford, where many Hogwarts scenes were filmed. Then, it’s off to Scotland where we ride the Harry Potter Express train, visit the Writers Museum, and visit other memorable sites – including Loch Ness! This is a tour for Muggles of all ages – but space is limited. Don’t miss your chance!
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Tour Cost:
$X,XXX per person
double occupancy