Faith-based Tours

We all have stories about how travel breaks down walls and builds bridges of understanding and respect. While the current economy has stifled the travel industry in general, we have seen the faith-based market strengthen. Faith-based travel used to be defined as a pilgrimage or a mission trip. Today that definition has been expanded to be much more, as it encompasses not only the knowledge but the experience of faith with others. Faith-based groups travel anywhere in the world on trips lasting from one to many days; they travel to events, overseas or close to home; they visit a third-world country or an inner city, and their destinations can include the Holy Land, Rome or even Disney Land. They travel to a place where they can listen to or tell a story. They travel to reach out a helping hand or to reach out in understanding. The faith-based traveler will go where their own faith can be strengthened and refined, or where they can engage other cultures and build bridges of understanding. Ed-Ventures has helped arrange many faith-based tours for more than two decades. Below are some tours we currently have planned.

If you would like to create your own faith-based tour please contact us.

2020 Faith-based Tours

Footsteps of Martin Luther in Germany • August 13 - 22, 2020

Tour Code: RMX20

 
Steve Mixer, a retired pastor, and his wife Merrill, a professional tour guide and history buff, have enjoyed local delicacies in 40 countries throughout their 38- year marriage.  They will host this tour which travels from Berlin to Munich, exploring historical sites relating to Martin Luther, quaint villages, magnificent castles, monasteries and churches.  We’ll learn how God directed people and events to spark the Protestant Reformation.  Then, we’ll attend the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play – a testament to the faith that spared this tiny town from the Black Plague in 1633 and lives today.   “For by grace are you saved through faith..it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Tour Cost:
$2,999 per person
double occupancy

Pilgrimage to Poland: Homeland of Pope John Paul II

August 22 - 31, 2020 • Tour Code: SJP20

 
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

Italy: Sites of the SaintsOct. 18 - 29, 2020

Tour Code: SJIT20

 
St. James Coffee House returns to Italy with Father Andrew Beerman leading us in touring and prayer.  Enjoy views of the picturesque countryside as we travel through central Italy to explore the legacies of St. Benedict, Padre Pio, St. Francis, St. Clare and more.  Visit massive monasteries and humble village churches.  Tour Roman sites with us, including visits to the Colosseum & Forum, the Vatican Museums and St. Peters, and a tour outside the city that leads us to more St. Francis and St. Benedict sites.  We’ll end this faith-filled visit with a Papal Audience at the Vatican.  All are welcome!
 
Basilica di San Pietro with bridge in Va
Tour Cost:
$4,999 per person
double occupancy

2021 Faith-based Tours

Plainview Churches travel to: IsraelFeb. 5 -16, 2021

Tour Code: JSPL21

 
"What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) There is no end to the miracles of the Holy Land, both large and small.  This tour visits many sites associated with miracles and signs from God.  From the creation of the Jewish state, to the birth of Our Lord, to feeding the multitudes and discovering scrolls buried for centuries.  Join the churches of Plainview, MN and immerse yourself in this land of miracles.
 
Tour Cost:
$2,319 per person
double occupancy
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