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Banff & Lake LouiseJanuary 21 - 26, 2024

Tour Code: CCAN24

Join Ed-Ventures' own Makayla Krajewski (a former Disney on Ice skater) on the frozen Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.  This Rocky Mountain resort town nestled in the middle of a Canadian National Park will not disappoint, with great food, charming shops, and lots of activities.  Add on dog-sledding and a day on the slopes at Sunshine Village for even more fun.  Warm clothes, good boots and a great spirit will make the outdoor activities a trip of a lifetime.  
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Tour Cost:
$2,599 per person
double occupancy

Chatfield Lutheran Church Holyland TourApril 3 - 13, 2024

Tour Code: PLHI24

Watch the words of Scripture come alive as you experience the Holy Lands with Pastor Paul Hauschild.  We stand in the sites of history and the prophets, from Megiddo to Jericho to Masada.  We walk in the footsteps of Jesus, from his birth in Bethlehem to Nazareth, Capernaum and Jerusalem.  We walk Palm Sunday Way, have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and visit the traditional baptismal site of Yardenit.  An extension to Jordan is available for those who wish to visit the mosaics at Madaba, Mt. Nebo and the magnificent “Rose City” of Petra.  Come join us in Israel and Jordan!
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Tour Cost:
$4,049 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from Minneapolis

Odyssey through Ancient GreeceApril 18 - 30, 2024

Tour Code: GVGR24


Solicit the wisdom of the gods as we explore key destinations of ancient Greece.  We explore history, mythology, culture and religion as we tour Athens, Olympia, Delphi and the islands.  A three night cruise is included in the itinerary, with stops in Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Ephesus (Turkey).  Throughout the tour we have local experts lead our tours, sharing the love of their destinations and imparting a depth of information that can only be received in person.  Let the land of the gods delight you with new information and insights. 

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Tour Cost:
Including flight from Chicago

WWII History TourApril 27 - May 10, 2024

Tour Code: WWLP24


Calling all WWII history buffs! We've filled this tour with great stops that build a unique understanding of the war and its impact on the people and the entire world. We visit Churchill's birthplace, his war rooms and final residence.  We see the white cliffs of Dover and the beaches at Normandy.  We learn about the blitzing of London and the occupation of Paris. Throughout it all, there will be lots of lively discussion and informational content.    

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Tour Cost:
$100 Early Bird if booked by Sept. 30, 2023

London & Paris • May 12 - 20, 2024

Tour Code: GVLP24


Springtime in the city!  London and Paris will be showing their best with flowers in the gardens and planter boxes, outdoor cafes opening their patios, and museums exhibits in full display.  We start in London, with coach and walking tours of the tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guards, West End theater and more.  There is a free day to delve into the city’s attractions on our own, or an optional tour to Stonehenge and the countryside.  Then, we board a train to cross the Chunnel to Paris for the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe.  We enjoy an evening cabaret and a cruise on the Seine.  We take a trip out of the city to marvel at Versailles, and sprinkle in free time for shopping or museum visits.  This will be a great introduction for new visitors, or a warm return for seasoned travelers.   

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Tour Cost:
Including flight from Chicago

Enchanting British Isles • May 13 - 27, 2024

Tour Code: JSB24


As a transplanted American in England, Jay Schmidt has an insider's view of the British Isles that he will share with our travelers.  Starting in the west of Ireland with Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, we loop down through Killarney and the Ring of Kerry before arriving in Dublin for a two night stay.  Then, we make a ferry crossing to Scotland.  Our Scottish stops include Inverness and Lochs Lomond and Ness, the Highlands and Edinburgh.  We take a train down to London for our last three nights, where theater, museums, shopping and iconic sites await us.  Book by May 12, 2023 for a $100 early bird discount. 

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Discovering Italy • May 29 - June 8, 2024

Tour Code: GVIT24


Italy reveals herself slowly, in layers that peel back century by century.  This tour is perfect for a first-time traveler or someone who is an old friend of l’Italia.  We start in Venice with visits to the glassblowers on Murano, cruise the Grand Canal and learn about St. Mark’s.  Then we head for the Tuscany hills where we visit classic Florence, the charming hillside towns of Siena and San Gimignano,  and the leaning tower of Pisa.  We’ll have time to enjoy the spa town of Montecatini that is our base, as well as wine-tasting dinner in Chianti.  We explore Assisi and Pompeii. Our tour ends in Rome, where millennia of history are present for all to see.  We have a guided visit to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s, as well a tour to see Roman artifacts of the Forum, Colosseum, and Capitoline Hill.  We’ll be hard-pressed to decide which was our favorite stop, as there are so many to choose from!

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Tour Cost:
Including flight from Chicago

Ireland & ScotlandSeptember 3 - 14, 2024

Tour Code: GVIS24


From the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands in the west to the northern Highlands, this tour shows us the best of Ireland and Scotland. We see spectacular scenery, majestic castles, and impressive cities.  We tour the Ring of Kerry, Dublin’s Trinity College and the Titanic Museum in Belfast.  Then, we ferry across to Scotland.  Here, we visit Mt. Nevis (the highest point in the British Isles), Loch Ness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  There may be a lilt in your voice, a jig in your step, and a tartan in your luggage by the time you end the tour.  

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Tour Cost:
Including flight from Chicago

New ZealandOctober 12 - November 1, 2024

Tour Code: CWNZ24


Kia Ora! New Zealand is waiting for you! The enchanting islands are in Spring bloom as we embark on our three-week tour. We visit the cities of Aukland, Wellington and Christchurch. Other highlights include Kawati glow worm caves, the Hobbitan Movie Set, a cruise on Milford Sound and the penguins at the International Antarctic Center. We hike to thermal hot springs, get up close to mountain glaciers, and go off road to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
Note: This is a high activity tour that requires standing.
Early bird discount of $250 expires October 1, 2023.    

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Tour Cost:
Including flight from Minneapolis
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