TOUR OPERATOR 10-27-2006

Globus’ Heavenly Offerings

By: Kimberly Costa

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 memories.

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 the marketplace.

“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.