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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, contact us to learn more.

To request information about any of the programs listed below, call us at 800-368-6757 ex 120 or email us.

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In the Footsteps of Benedict and Francis
Italy
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  

Cities of John and Paul in Asia Minor
Turkey
December 31st – January 10th, 2014
Join two scholars of religious heritage for a transformative look at the historic and cultural sites in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Explore some of the world’s greatest archeological parks, make connections and gain perspective of how early Christianity grew to prominence through the sights, sounds and history of this land. These professors are experienced travelers in Turkey and will prove invaluable for bringing people, places and events of the scriptures to life. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Israel
December 27th, 2013 – January 6th, 2014
Come travel with a Presbyterian Church for an enriching and inspiring journey to the Holy Land.  This program explores cities that were central to the events of Jesus’s life and ministry – such as Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Jerusalem. The program will include both scripture study and worship at historic sites.  Participants will also learn more about the beliefs and practices of Jews and Muslims in a land they also consider sacred. Journey with us to the region where so much faith tradition was given birth! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  

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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  

Pilgrimage to Barcelona and Santiago
Spain

November 6th-15th, 2013
Join this Catholic Church on an inspiring pilgrimage to the historical sights of Spain. This program will allow participants to explore the beauty and culture of Spain along with broadening their faith through the celebration of Mass at historical Monasteries and Cathedrals throughout their journey. This pilgrimage is not to be missed! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  

Pilgrimage into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Spain and Rome
October 20th-30th, 2013
Join this inspirational Jesuit pilgrimage following the footsteps of St. Ignatius. Through visiting religious sites in Loyola, Xavier, Montserrat and Manresa participants will deepen their understanding of St. Ignatius’s life and the inspiration for his Spiritual Exercises.  In Rome, we will discover the impact 16th century Jesuits had on the educational and spiritual institutions that shaped the church into what it is today. This program will include a daily Mass celebration, guided visits to historical sites and time to explore Spain and Rome’s cultural at leisure. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.

A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross
Spain
October 11th-22nd, 2013
Be moved and transformed on this insightful pilgrimage to Spain.  This program explores historic sites associated with the life, times and ministry of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross including Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Toledo, and Segovia. This experience will be especially introspective, celebrating the Eucharist each day and including private time for devotion, reflection and prayer.  The organizer of this pilgrimage has lived in Spain and is known for his wealth of knowledge and inspiring talks. This journey is not to be missed. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. 

Eat–Pray–Delight: Exploring the Wonders of Emilia Romagna and Venice
Italy
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. 

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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  

Cities of John and Paul: Early Christianity
Turkey and Greece

September 24th-October 6th, 2013
Join a Presbyterian Church on a pilgrimage to the early Christian sites in Asia Minor and Greece. Explore ancient cities where visionary men and women of faith delivered their teachings. This program visits some of the most notable archaeological sites in the world, such as Ephesus, Sardis, Pergamon, Istanbul, Corinth and Athens. Then participants sail the Aegean Sea , visiting sites associated with John at Patmos and Paul at Rhodes and Crete.  Participants will be inspired and make connections between the places they explore and the events of the New Testament. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.

Faith, History, Art and Sea: A Pilgrimage to Rome, Sorrento and Sicily
Italy
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.

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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

A Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi
Italy

May 25th-June 2nd, 2013
Come join two knowledgable and inspiring seminarians on a journey to Rome and Assisi. Explore the cultural and historical sites in Rome and follow the life and times of St. Francis and St. Clare through early Christian sites in Assisi. This program is an excellent balance of guided visits of historically significant sites and enough leisure time to explore at one’s own pace or relax and reflect. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed  

Classical and Christian Rome: A Study Tour
Italy
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Historic Monasteries of Central Italy
Italy

April 8-18, 2013
Explore the historic monasteries of central Italy on this reflective and spiritual journey. Visit significant sites of visionary men and women who shaped religious traditions into what they are today. All of these sites were built in locations conducive to prayer and reflection, high in the hills overlooking the beautiful Italian countryside. The program will balance guided visits with enough time for prayer and reflection in these historical sites. Come journey with us to an often overlooked area of Italy and be inspired! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

In the Footsteps of Blessed John Paul II
Poland
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Cities of John and Paul in Turkey and Greece
Turkey and Greece
April 6-17, 2013
Don’t miss out on this inspiring and educational pilgrimage in the footsteps of Paul and John, in Turkey and Greece with a Presbyterian group from Maryland. Gain a newly appreciation for the historical and cultural context of the cities addressed by John in the Book of Revelation such as Pergamon and Sardis. Explore the ministry and world of Paul who, having left Jewish Palestine, discovers a receptive world in cosmopolitan Greek cities such as Ephesus and Corinth.  Our program provides an opportunity to explore great archaeological parks in Turkey and Greece where the people, places and events of the 1st century come to life. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Exploring Origins, Profile and Life of Early Christians at Rome
Italy
March 8-16, 2013
Join us as local expert guides and our scholars-on-tour open our eyes to great sites in Rome – such as the Forum, the Palatine Hill, ancient house-churches, the catacombs and great Renaissance sites of St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums.  Beneath the bustling surface of modern-day Rome are many layers that tell the story of the church, from its earliest beginnings in the first century during Paul's time, to its establishment as the center of western Christianity and empire, to its present complex relationship to other faith traditions and cultures in our increasingly interconnected global community.  This program includes worship at historical venues so we can 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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain
Portugal and Spain

February 15-23, 2013
Experience the beauty, culture and history that religious sites in Portugal and Spain have to offer in this unique and moving program. We will travel to several iconic Catholic pilgrimage sites such as Fatima, Lisbon, Avila and Madrid; visiting places that have been sources of inspiration and devotion for many pilgrims. Celebrate Mass at historical venues and nurture your faith by traveling with like-spirited men and women.  Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Early Christianity in Asia Minor
Turkey
January 8-19, 2013
Join a team of New Testament experts on an enchanting journey through Asia Minor. By witnessing some of the greatest archeological parks of the world you will be able to better understand the historical and cultural context of the early Christians, and make sense of the people, places and events referenced in New Testament writings. This is a unique opportunity to travel with Biblical experts who know how to bring history to life before your eyes. Don’t miss out on this amazing voyage! Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  Enrollment Closed

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Israel
January 8-18, 2013
Join a Catholic group in a faith based pilgrimage to the Holy Land that will inspire and transform. This program will bring the scriptures to life as participants will walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Whether on the shores of Galilee, or in the narrow streets of the old city of Jerusalem, these are powerful experiences that connect participants to their Catholic heritage. This program incorporates visits to new archaeological locations, museums and the opportunity to deepen ones faith by celebrating Mass at locations of historical significance. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  Enrollment Closed

The Multi-Religious Context of Early Christianity in Turkey
Turkey
January 3-12, 2012
Explore the multi-religious tradition of Asia Minor by visiting the great cosmopolitan cities of the ancient world such as Pergamon, Sardis, Ephesus and Istanbul. In each city and site you will have the opportunity of exploring the cultural context of the earliest Christian community looking at both archaeological and scriptural evidence for the interface between Christianity and ancient religions. The program includes first class accommodations, breakfast/dinner each day, local expert guides, and the knowledge and perspectives of two renowned professors eager to share their passion for the ancient world. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  Enrollment Closed

Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Israel
November 18-29, 2012
Join the Anniversary pilgrimage of a southern Catholic Spiritual Center with the trip of a lifetime to the holy places of our Catholic Faith. Experience a group travel program led by experts in biblical studies who are eager to share their expertise and passion for the Holy Land with you. The program features visits to historical and archaeological sites with a focus on biblical exegesis. Visit the exciting sites where modern and achient pilgrims have come to celebrate the birth, ministry and passion of Christ. At these sites we too will celebrate Eucharist or combine scripture study with worship. This is a unique opportunity to combine pilgrimage with study in a setting that is powerfully inspiring. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  Enrollment Closed

Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome
Italy

November 7 – 16, 2012
Join us for an illuminating and enriching journey to the heart of Italy exploring the life and times of two of the greatest visionaries of medieval Christianity – St. Francis and St. Clare. Our travels will bring you to walk the cobblestone roads of cities like Assisi, Florence, San Giminiano and Rome.  In these historical towns we will accommodate you in first class, centrally located hotels and have a full-time local tour manager to assist you throughout the program.  Enjoy a balance of organized guided visits or activities with enough leisure time to experience these breathtaking cities at your own pace. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.  Enrollment Closed

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Israel

November 6-16, 2012
Explore the Holy Land with a Catholic group program that combines education and spirituality in an effort to strengthen your sense of world citizenship.  Building on one of the group’s leaders’ biblical and theological background, this program is a thoughtful exploration of the scriptures and their historical context. In addition to guided visits to various archaeological sites, we will celebrate Eucharist each day at places where pilgrims have gathered over the centuries to celebrate their faith. There is enough leisure time built into the program to explore the Old City of Jerusalem and other sites at one’s own pace and leisure. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed  

A Spiritual Journey in the Footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Spain
October 4-15, 2012
Come explore the life and times of the great Spanish visionaries while tracing the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This enchanting travel program traces the exact itinerary followed by such great Church founders. Experience the villages and towns Ignatius touched upon during his journey to Barcelona and Montserrat, such as Manresa, Arantzazu, Olatz and Loyola. This program combines visits to historical sites with extended time for prayer, retreat and presentations at the sites that shaped Ignatius’ vision, including Madrid, Avila and Burgos. Don’t miss out on the chance to walk the path of St. Ignatius and the Spanish visionaries. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

Catholic Pilgrimage to Santiago and Fatima
Spain and Portugal
September 17 - 27, 2012
This unique customized program features an exciting journey through the splendid Spanish and Portuguese cities of Santiago di Compostela and Fatima; ancient Pilgrimage destinations. Experience the thrill of being exposed to the historic, spiritual, cultural and culinary patrimony that renders these sites magical to its travelers, as it has for centuries. Don't miss out on this chance to walk in the footsteps of past world travelers as you discover a new sense of world citizenship finding yourself ready to lead and inspire respectful and compassionate ways of life. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

The Artistic, Cultural and Religious Treasures of Central Italy
Italy

June 19 - 29, 2012
Experience Central Italy’s art, culture and religious traditions by embarking on a travel program to the heart of this rich land. First visit the cities that best exemplify the Renaissance Era and then move along toward the region of evangelical simplicity. Don’t miss the opportunity to benefit from a Reverend’s year of study in Italy; he is eager to share an insider’s perspective and shine some light upon the cherished secrets of such a culturally rich land. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more.
Enrollment Closed

Interfaith Perspectives in India
India

April 9-18, 2012
This program seeks to foster greater understanding of different religious traditions in India, particularly exploring the historical and contemporary features of Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in India. Our activities include both historical site visits as well as opportunities to meet with local leaders and practitioners to learn about their lived faith and the collaboration they have with other faith traditions. By building teams of interfaith leaders through shared travel experiences and immersion we can all become members of a global community that finds its strength in its diverse population. Email us with the program name & dates, your name, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed

The Heritage of Three Civilizations in Southern Spain
Spain
March 2 - 11, 2012
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, address, organizational affiliation, email address, and phone to learn more. Enrollment Closed