With religious travel booming, the Globus Family of Brands is
expanding its industry education program with “specially created
itineraries to provide life-changing experiences of faith.” While
incorporating sites ranging from the classic shrines of Italy, to
Corinth and Philippi, to the hometown of Pope John Paul II, Globus’
itineraries strive to offer, at the very least, unforgettable
In 2007, they will launch their Christian England and the World
of C.S. Lewis tour, evoking the spirit of one of the leading
Christian authors of all time. Travelers will visit London’s famous
cathedrals before touring Oxford and Cambridge, where Lewis penned
his most famous works, including the Chronicles of Narnia.
Other new vacations include a Journey through the Bible: Egypt
and Jordan, which includes sightseeing at the Great Pyramids and
Giza’s Sphinx. The 11-day journey also takes clients along to Mt.
Sinai and the Dead Sea.
Those wishing for something a bit more traditional may opt for
the new Grand Catholic tour. This package offers time in Florence
and Venice, with visits to Michelangelo’s “David” and the cathedral
in Florence, following a private boat tour of Venice.
The recently added Lourdes & Shrines of France vacation
brings travelers on a whirlwind tour of France’s most famous
religious sites. Beginning with the Notre Dame Cathedral and the
Basilica of Sacre Couer, and including other stops in Avignon,
Nevers and the miraculous destination of Lourdes, the 10-day trip
concludes with a visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in
Paray-le-Monial. In addition to these new vacation packages, Globus
also reintroduced past favorites to ensure a range of packages.
Kevin Wright, an award-winning religious travel author and
Globus’ religious travel manager, explained that itineraries are
chosen primarily by what are the most popular points of interest in
“Since 90 percent of the market is the Christian/Catholic
market, that’s where we offer brochure schedule tours,” he said.
“We do offer custom itineraries for the smaller markets, whether
it’s Jewish, Muslim, etc.”
According to Wright, Globus Family aims to indulge the interests
of anyone seeking knowledge in religious travel.
“For the smaller market, we can always customize itineraries, so
we do offer for all faiths to many destinations,” he said. “I think
in the future, as we get more requests for the smaller markets, for
Jewish itineraries, as well as for other faiths, those are the ones
we’ll eventually add to the brochure once the demand is there.”
Agents will also receive a $25 Target gift card for each
religious vacation booking before Oct. 31.