Travel with scholars or spiritual leaders to places of great significance
Illume enjoys a broad spectrum of collaborative partners with whom we develop unique international travel programs. From time to time some programs are open to participation at large. These uniquely designed events offer individuals the opportunity to travel with scholars or spiritual leaders to places of great historical, religious and cultural significance!
There are few things as exciting as gaining insight about ourselves and the world around us through the discovery and exploration of cultures outside our own. World travelers are playing an increasingly important role in changing the way we see ourselves and the people and places around us.
If you would like to organize a unique group travel event for your organization or friends and family, contact us to learn more.
To request information about any of the programs listed below, call us at 800-368-6757 ex 132 or email us.
Exploring Historical, Cultural, and Religious Treasures of Italy: A Pilgrimage
November 8th– 18th, 2015
Join a group from a Catholic parish in North Carolina for an enriching journey to Italy. Unsurpassed in its patrimony of art, history, and culture, Italy is also one of the best places to encounter the first generation of Christians and to walk with visionary men and women of faith over the centuries. Visit sites where early Christians met and began to express their faith artistically in frescos, mosaics, and marble, and explore the great basilicas erected by the Emperor Constantine and his successors. Explore places such as Siena and Assisi, where St. Catherine, St. Francis and St. Clare grew up and gave extraordinary witness to Gospel. Our program includes the opportunity to celebrate Eucharist in moving historical venues, and to enjoy local cuisine, wine tasting, and the warm hospitality of the Italians. We’ve balanced group activities with enough time to explore and savor Rome, Siena, Assisi and Venice at your own pace. Come join us for an inspiring and transformative journey!
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
November 3rd – 13th, 2015
Join an exciting and enriching journey to the Holy Land of Israel, where the people, places, and events of the scriptures come to life. Together with two Catholic pastors, explore sites of archaeological and historical significance—from Galilee to the Dead Sea—in this land held sacred by three great religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Celebrate Eucharist at places where pilgrims have come for centuries to stand in the very place that Jesus and his disciples walked. Israel is also a surprisingly modern country – a progressive and successful cosmopolitan land with breathtaking landscape, modern hotels and infrastructure, stunning museums, and delicious Mediterranean food. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore history, culture, art, and religion in such a fascinating land of both ancient and modern treasures! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
In the Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi
November 3rd – 10th, 2015
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy, accompanied by two Episcopal pastoral leaders. Assisi is one of the best preserved medieval villages of central Italy, making the life and times of St. Francis and St. Clare come to life. Possessing a deep connection to Franciscan heritage and spirituality, the program leaders will enrich our journey with the information they share as we travel to places associated with St. Francis and St. Clare. Join us for this tour that will balance group guided activities with enough leisure time to enjoy Assisi, Rome, and other destinations at your own pace. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
Celebrating the Anniversary of St. Theresa of Avila: A Journey to Spain
October 26th – November 3rd, 2015
Join a group from a Catholic parish in Massachusetts on an exciting journey to the heart of Spain to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Theresa of Avila – one of the great mystical writers and saints of the Catholic Church. Our program includes visits to some of the most iconic Spanish towns, including Avila – a medieval walled-city, Segovia – a town with soaring castle spires overlooking picturesque valleys, Salamanca – a university town boasting one of the oldest universities in Europe, Toledo – one of the classic Spanish hill-towns, and Madrid – the cosmopolitan capital of Spain. Our program will balance visits to religious, cultural and historical sites, daily Mass, and opportunities to explore these villages/towns at your own pace. We will sample local Spanish cuisine, explore historical and contemporary art, and ponder the great events that shaped Spanish history. Invite your friends and family to join this unique and enriching journey!
Cradles of Early Christianity: Ephesus-Corinth-Rome
Greece, Turkey, and Italy
October 13th – 23rd, 2015
Join a group from an Episcopal church in Massachusetts for an exciting journey to the great urban centers of early Christianity – Ephesus, Corinth and Rome. Visit some of the greatest archaeological parks in the world, gaining an appreciation for the cultural context of the rise of Christianity and a better understanding of the themes raised in Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, Corinthians and Romans. Travel to some of the most beautiful sites in the Mediterranean—beginning with Athens and Corinth, embarking on an Aegean cruise with visits to Ephesus and Patmos, and finally flying to Rome to explore ancient Roman, early Christian and Renaissance monuments, along with great Italian art, cuisine and hospitality. Come join us for a wonderful journey of history, art, culture and religion! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
Cultural and Spiritual Treasures of Umbria, Tuscany and Rome
October 13th – 23rd, 2015
Join a priest and members of a Catholic church from Colorado for an inspiring and unique journey to Rome, Umbria and Tuscany. These are some of the most iconic destinations in Italy – capturing our imagination with breathtaking landscapes, medieval towns, magnificent art, and a rich religious heritage. This heritage goes back to the first generations of Christians in Rome, proceeding to the visionary saints of Assisi (St. Francis and St. Clare) and Siena (St. Catherine), and finally to men and women debating contemporary issues about the family and sexuality in Synod that will be taking place in Rome during our sojourn. We will have an opportunity to meet Pope Francis and to learn more about the man who inspires his witness of faith – St. Francis – as we spend several days in one of the most well-preserved medieval villages of Italy. Our program balances guided visits, Mass, cultural activities and enough leisure to enjoy Italy at your own pace. Come join us for an inspiring and enriching journey to Italy! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
In the Footsteps of Pilgrims to Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago and Avila
France, Spain, and Portugal
October 12th – 22nd, 2015
Come and explore some of the most inspiring and moving pilgrimage destinations in Europe on an unforgettable journey to France, Spain and Portugal. Visit Lourdes in the south of France – where countless pilgrims come to be healed in the footsteps of St. Bernadette – and Avila in Spain, where the Church is celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa. Continue along the Camino de Santiago, exploring historic cities en route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, and proceed afterward to Portugal. In Portugal we’ll visit a historic shrine in Fatima and see the birthplace of St. Anthony in Lisbon, concluding a journey that will balance opportunities for pilgrimage and prayer with visits to fascinating historical, artistic, cultural and culinary treasures throughout. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius and Early Jesuits: A Journey to Spain and Rome
Spain and Rome
October 7th – 16th, 2015
Join alumni and friends of a Jesuit college for a uniquely crafted program in northeast Spain and Rome that explores the life and times of St. Ignatius of Loyola, one of the most visionary persons of the Church. Traverse the beautiful countryside of northeast Spain – following the path of Ignatius from Loyola to the Abbey of Montserrat, to a quiet cave in Manresa and then to the bustling Mediterranean port of Barcelona. Travel to Rome to explore the great monuments of the eternal city. Attend the weekly papal audience and have a chance to meet Pope Francis. Throughout the program there is a balance of scheduled group visits, opportunities to explore Ignatian spirituality, time for leisure and self-paced visits, and wonderful accommodations and food! Come join us for this unforgettable journey to Spain and Rome! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
Exploring the Life and Times of St. Ignatius in Northeast Spain
October 2nd - 10th, 2015
Join a group from a Catholic church in New York for an inspiring journey in northeast Spain to explore the life, events, ministry and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We will see places of great historical and religious significance, have enough time to relax, spend time in reflection and prayer, and enjoy local cuisine/culture in places that remain evocative of the 16th century. Our journey takes us from St. Ignatius’ birthplace in Loyola, to the breathtaking castle of Xavier, to the world renowned abbey of Montserrat, to St. Ignatius’ cave in Manresa, and finally to Barcelona. Don’t miss out on this well-balanced program that is sure to delight and transform! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
500th Anniversary of St. Theresa of Avila: A Journey to Spain and Portugal
Spain and Portugal
September 26th – October 4th, 2015
Join a Catholic church group from Maryland on an exciting journey to Spain and Portugal to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of the great Christian spiritual writers and mystics, St. Theresa of Avila. Spend time in the charming walled medieval city of Avila with day excursions to nearby cultural gems, such as Segovia and Salamanca. Travel further west to visit the moving spiritual center of Fatima in Portugal and return an alternate way, visiting the breathtaking site of the monastery of Guadalupe before settling in the iconic Spanish hill town of Toledo. Don’t miss this wonderful chance to travel with a dynamic and fun-loving priest, celebrate your religious heritage, and explore the wonderful food and culture of Spain and Portugal! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
Footsteps of Paul and Early Christians in Turkey and Greece
Turkey and Greece
September 20th – October 1st, 2015
Join us for an enriching journey to Turkey and Greece that will follow in the footsteps of Paul, one of the most influential figures in early Christianity. Together with a group from a Presbyterian church, gain a greater understanding of how Paul’s journeys were instrumental in spreading the Gospel and shaped his vision of a non-sectarian global monotheism in great cities such as Ephesus, Athens, Corinth and Rome. This is a great opportunity for continuing adult education – particularly around the formation of the New Testament – that will bring us to some of the greatest archaeological parks in the world on a wonderful itinerary that is not only educational but also culturally enriching. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more.
In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius: A Pilgrimage to Spain
June 8th – June 15th, 2015
Come celebrate the life of St. Ignatius in this unforgettable pilgrimage to northeast Spain with a Jesuit university. Visit places that shaped Saint Ignatius’ life and spirituality and gain an appreciation for the historical and cultural context that gave birth to the Society of Jesus. These places of great historical and religious significance – such as Loyola, Xavier, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona – will give us a chance to learn about Ignatius, heightening our understanding of how to preserve his heritage in our own day and time. This is sure to be an enriching program that will include guided visits, liturgies in moving historical sites, and cultural and culinary activities in the breathtaking Spanish countryside, culminating in Barcelona with visits to the Sagrada Familia and other historical, religious and cultural sites. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
A Pilgrimage to the Shroud of Turin and Rome
April 22nd - 30th, 2015
Join a group from a Catholic church in Massachusetts on this unique program to Italy that includes an opportunity to view the shroud of Turin, shown to the public only occasionally. Continue on from Turin to explore some of the great historical and religious sites of Rome and Assisi and attend the weekly audience of Pope Francis in Rome. Accompanied by a pastor who studied in Rome, you will have access to an insider’s knowledge of the city’s riches, both religious and cultural. Don’t miss this unique and inspiring program that balances guided sightseeing, daily liturgy, and enough leisure/free time to explore Italy at your own pace! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
January 26th – February 6th, 2015
Join a Catholic group in a faith based pilgrimage to the Holy Land that will inspire and transform. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples, seeing scripture come to life as we explore this sacred land of Israel. Much of the landscape remains as it was during Biblical times – making visits here very evocative of great moments in history. The pastor-on-tour will share his expertise and perspectives at both archaeological and religious sites—from Galilee to Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. This program incorporates opportunities to deepen ones faith by celebrating Mass at locations of historical significance. Come join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable journey that will transform participants and deepen both individual and collective connection to their Catholic heritage. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Exploring the Heritage of Catholic Visionaries in France
May 29th – June 8th, 2014
Join a Catholic college on a pilgrimage to France exploring the heritage of Bishop Mathias Loras. Visit religious heritage sites in Lyon, Annecy, Geneva, Toulouse, Lourdes, and Paris – celebrating visionary men and women of faith such as St. John Vianney, Frances de Chantal and Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bernadette of Lourdes, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Catherine Labouré. This program incorporates cultural visits throughout the itinerary with enough leisure time to enjoy historical city centers – including the ever fascinating cosmopolitan city of Paris. Come join us for a rich and inspiring program! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Pilgrimage to Celebrate Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII
April 24th – April 30th, 2014
Celebrate the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on this pilgrimage to Rome with a group of catholic parishioners. Both John Paul II and John XXIII were world citizens – men who embraced humanity and sought to build relationships with other faith communities and to foster dialogue and understanding between various nations. During his impressive travels throughout the world, John Paul II held meetings with religious and political leaders that were important vehicles for dialogue; these meetings brought about understanding and fostered actions that would bring about important change. Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council – a moment of great renewal and transformation for the Roman Catholic Church – which produced documents that have shaped contemporary Catholicism over the past fifty years. Come join us to honor these men at this historic event and to explore our heritage in Rome. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Cities of John and Paul in Turkey and Greece
Turkey and Greece
April 21st – April 30th, 2014
Join a group from an Episcopal church on a pilgrimage to the cradle of Christianity in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and Greece. Explore some of the great cosmopolitan cities of the Roman Empire where the apostle Paul preached the Gospel and where the earliest communities of Christians began to take root and flourish. Our travels will enable us to gain further insight into the historical and cultural context of early Christianity, putting people, events and places of the New Testament together. Accompanied by expert guides, visit some of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world – such as Ephesus, Sardis, Aphrodisias, Corinth and Athens – and proceed to Greece via the Aegean sea, visiting sites associated with John (Patmos) and Paul (Rhodes and Crete) along the way. Join us as we journey in faith together with Paul and other visionary men and women of faith in the 1st century! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
In the Footsteps of Benedict and Francis
March 10th- 20th, 2014
Experience all the beauty, history and heritage Italy has to offer on this inspiring Catholic parish pilgrimage. Visit sites associated with Saints Benedict and Francis, two of the most influential visionaries of this Church. This program includes guided visits to some of the most breathtaking ancient, early Christian and Renaissance monuments in Montecassino, Fossanova, Subiaco, San Eutizio, Assisi and Rome. It also includes enough leisure time to enjoy the charming piazzas, fountains, restaurants and café’s of Rome! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Cities of John and Paul in Asia Minor
December 31st – January 10th, 2014
Join us for an illuminating and informative journey to Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), accompanied by a New Testament scholar who has traveled frequently with student groups to Turkey. Explore both the urban contexts out of which early Christianity was shaped and some of the spaces in which Christianity grew to prominence. Through visits to some of the great archaeological parks of the world, we will examine the historical and cultural context in which the earliest Christians and their writings emerged. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to travel with a scholar who takes indescribable enjoyment from introducing others to the wonders of Turkey, including both its ancient sites and vibrant contemporary culture! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Barcelona
France and Spain
November 11th-19th, 2013
Come with us on an inspirational parish pilgrimage and explore the many spiritually rich sites in France and Spain. Participants journey to Lourdes, a sacred Catholic pilgrimage site known for its spring that contains healing properties. Another excursion of notoriety is to the monastery in Montserrat to see the Black Madonna. This program will balance guided visits with enough time to explore sites at leisure. This journey will be spiritually moving and deepen participants’ connection to their faith. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Eat–Pray–Delight: Exploring the Wonders of Emilia Romagna and Venice
September 26th- October 4th, 2013
Journey to one of the most fascinating regions of Italy – Emilia Romagna and Venice. This unique program combines guided historical visits to pilgrimage sites, cultural activities, and enough leisure time to explore and enjoy Italy at your own pace. Discover the beauty and heritage of Venice and visit the great artisanal cities of Parma and Modena where parmesan cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar are made with secret generations-old recipes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to eat, pray and delight in one of the most appealing and inspiring corners of the world! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Pilgrimage to Prague, Munich and Rome
Czech Republic, Germany & Italy
September 25th-October 5th, 2013
Come celebrate the culture and festivities of three unique cities in Europe- Prague, Munich and Rome! Our journey will start in Prague where the feast of St. Wenceslaus, the patron saint of this Catholic parish, is taking place. We continue on to Munich which will coincide with Oktoberfest. In Rome, participants will discover the many sites of early Christianity and treasures of the Renaissance. This program will balance exploration of historical and cultural sites with enough leisure time to enjoy the music, food and celebrations at each of these inspiring cities. This program includes Mass celebrated each day. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Faith, History, Art and Sea: A Pilgrimage to Rome, Sorrento and Sicily
September 16th-27th, 2013
Don’t miss this exciting and enriching journey to Italy to explore its religious, historical and artistic treasures. We have put together a customized program that combines visits to Rome with a journey to Sorrento and Sicily. Enjoy monuments of ancient Rome, early Christian sites, and the splendid art and architecture of Renaissance Rome. Walk through historical streets – where every corner is a living museum. Sicily – known for its pristine coastline and stately Greek ruins – enchants everyone. We’ve created a program that includes historical visits and enough time to relax, enjoy the beach or sip espresso in a café’ overlooking the hillsides. Come join us! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Celtic Heritage of Ireland and Scotland
Ireland and Scotland
June 19th-29th, 2013
Come explore early Christianity in Ireland and Scotland through a distinctive program of discovery and reflection. This program connects participants to the visionary individuals and historical sites that shaped the Celtic heritage. There will be a balance of group exploration and individual time for leisure and reflection. Our journey will inspire through the breathtaking beauty of the land itself and the historical sites rich with culture. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
Classical and Christian Rome: A Study Tour
May 5-14, 2013
Come along on an enriching journey to one of the most fascinating destinations in the world – Rome. Our program explores the intersection of classical Rome with the rise of early Christianity. University professors and local guides will inform as we visit the Catacombs, early Christian meeting places, and see some of the earliest art in Christianity. Many of the sites we will visit are adjacent to great Roman monuments, underscoring the similarities and differences between the beliefs, traditions and customs of ancient Romans and the early Christians. Our program balances organized group guided visits with enough leisure to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Come join this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Rome through the eyes of great teachers who have insiders’ views of this marvelous city. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
In the Footsteps of Blessed John Paul II
April 8-16, 2013
Follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II by exploring the many historical sites significant to his life and work in Poland. The program will incorporate the opportunity to celebrate mass daily; offering time for prayer and reflection. By connecting participants to the life of this visionary man, they will return with a renewed and deepened commitment to their faith. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed
The Heritage of Three Civilizations in Southern Spain
March 2 - 11, 2013
Join a Western Massachusetts college on an illuminating journey to one of the most fascinating places of religious convergence for the Abrahamic traditions. In the land of Southern Spain one can witness the intersection of Judaic, Christian and Islamic histories and their sacred sites. With each visit to the splendid Spanish cities in this program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the beliefs and traditions held by the Abrahamic religions while assimilating the historical relationship amongst the three. We invite you to journey with us to this enchanting land – rich in exciting history and warm in hospitality. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, organizational affiliation, and phone number to learn more. Enrollment Closed