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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 four decades. Below are some tours we currently have planned.

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

More departures coming soon!

Gallelujah Christian Music & Cultural Festival in Israel

June 12 - 23, 2023; June 16 - 27, 2023 • Tour Code: GMF23

 
Sing to God, sing praises to his name! (Psalm 68:4) Expert guides lead us on a journey of discovery in the footsteps of Jesus throughout Israel. Each day brings more inspiring sites, from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee to the Judean Desert.  It all culminates with the Gallelujah Festival where we join visitors from around the world at concerts from artists King & Country, Rebecca St. James, Brandon Lake and others.  Sign up by May 1, 2022 for a discount.  
 
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Tour Cost:
$4,199 per person
double occupancy

Germany, Luther & More!Sept. 2- 14, 2023

Tour Code: MULL23

 
Join Pastor Mark Urlaub on a tour of the Martin Luther destinations in Germany. Our arrival is Berlin, where we tour major East Berlin sights. Then, we visit Wittenberg, the city where he posted the 98 Theses. It’s on to Erfurt, Wartburg, and Eisenbach -  where Luther became a monk, and translated the Bible into German, and spent part of his childhood.  We spend some time in beautiful Bavaria where we visit the charming towns of Rothenberg and Oberammergau.  We see the fairy-like castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.  We end the tour in the Alps, visiting Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the salt mines, the music city of Salzburg and Munich.  This is a tour for fellowship, friendship and fun. 
 
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Tour Cost:
$4,499 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from CID

El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James)Sept. 17 - 29, 2023

Tour Code: SJW23

 
One foot in front of the other, a shell secured to your pack.  Up the mountains, down to the valleys.  Across open meadows and through medieval cities.  A path next to highways and stops in large cities.  These are all part of the El Camino de Santiago (or St. James’ Way).  Join this group led by Father Brian Mulligan as we make the pilgrimage and earn our Compostela alongside others from around the world.  Religious or not, this is a life-changing experience of growth and self-discovery.  (8-12 miles of walking each day.) 
 
Tour Cost:
$3,999 per person
double occupancy
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Including flight from MSP

Italy: Sites of the SaintsOct. 15 - 26, 2023

Tour Code: SJIT23

 
St. James Coffee House returns to Italy with Father Andrew Beerman and Father Randal Kasel 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:
$5,199 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from Minneapolis

KFSI Christian Radio in Israel & JordanNov. 1 - 14, 2023

Tour Code: KFSI23

 
Join your Rochester friends and family as we visit Israel & Jordan.  We explore the sights of both the Old and New Testaments.  We see the port where Jonah sailed to meet his whale, stop at the mountaintop where Moses was presented the view of the Land of Milk and Honey, as well as view Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world.  We also walk in the footsteps of Jesus, from Bethlehem and Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.  A highlight will be the day we start at the top of the Mount of Olives and work our way through Via Delarosa to Calvary and the Garden Tomb.
 
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Tour Cost:
$4,999 per person
double occupancy
Including flight from Minneapolis
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