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The Globus family of brands features these inspiring itineraries…

    • Israel & Jordan – retrace the origins of Christianity!
    • Italy – historic lands & cultures of the Catholic faith!
    • Germany – heritage sites of Protestant Christianity!
    • Spanish Peninsula – sites in Portugal, Spain, and France!
    • France – Lourdes, Nevers, Avignon, Poitiers, Paris!
    • Greece – walk in the footsteps of Apostle Paul!
    • Ireland – follow the legacy of St. Patrick!
    • … and MORE! – call us to customize your adventure!

Below are sample vacation itineraries.
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Sample Vacations

 
Journey Through the Holy Land – with Globus

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 Day 1: Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine, hosted by your Tour Director. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Jaffa/Caesarea/Megiddo/Muhraqa

Start your tour of the Holy Land with a stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbor. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of Megiddo, regarded as one of the most important biblical sites in Israel. This is the famous battleground where armed struggles of Assyrians, Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites, Persians, Philistines, and Romans took place. According to the New Testament, Armageddon will serve as the gathering place for an army that will fight in the battle that causes the return of Jesus Christ. Next, continue along the coast through Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s vineyards and apricot groves to the slopes of the scenic Carmel mountain range. At Muhraqa, site of Prophet Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley. Continue to the Sea of Galilee and arrive at your hotel in Tiberias. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Sea of Galilee/Cana/Nazareth

See an ancient fisherman’s boat, said to be from the time of Christ, before arriving in Cana, site of the first miracle, where Jesus changed water to wine at a wedding. Due to this, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth in Galilee, chief scene of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Here, visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Continue to ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over a cave known as St. Joseph’s Workshop, and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Mount of Beatitudes / Jerusalem

Enjoy a 45-minute CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Then, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION OF LOAVES AND FISHES at Tabgha as well as the CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY, where Jesus instructed Peter “to feed my lambs and tend my sheep.” At this place, warm springs used to flow into the sea, attracting fish, which is why Peter came here to earn a living. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 5: Jerusalem area

This morning, drive to Ein Karem and visit the CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and the CHURCH OF VISITATION, said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents. Enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding wooded hills. Continue to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB, where you will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful holy garden. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Jerusalem & the Old City

After a panoramic view from the MOUNT OF OLIVES over the old and modern parts of the city, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. Here, see the Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Nearby is the Cave of the Assumption of Mary and the Cave of Betrayal. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA, the Way of the Cross, to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Walk past the Temple Mount, from where you can see the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. On to the WAILING WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion. Then, stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, the TOMB OF KING DAVID, and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after he was arrested. (Breakfast)

 Day 7: Jerusalem / Masada / The Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular clifftop FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts. You will have plenty of time here to experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Then, back to Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 8: Jerusalem

A full day at leisure, with time to attend a Mass or service in one of Jerusalem’s churches. Later, maybe join an optional excursion featuring the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible in the world, and the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Also visit the famous Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine with your traveling companions of an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Jerash, Jordan/Um Quais/Amman

A comfortable drive across the Allenby Bridge brings you to Jordan. Drive north to Jerash, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East. Next, stop in Um Quais, site of the Gadarene swine miracle, before arriving in Jordan’s capital, Amman. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Wadi Rum / Petra

An exciting visit to Wadi Rum is on the program today. Wadi Rum is the largest wadi in Jordan and made eternally famous through the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Also enjoy a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE through the sand dunes and receive a keffieyeh, a local scarf. Continue to the “rose-red city” of Petra. Relax at your hotel this evening or explore the ancient city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 11: Petra

Full day of guided sightseeing in Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®. Lost to the world for centuries, it is located in the biblical land of Moab. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Stand in awe in front of the iconic and famed TREASURY. In addition to seeing numerous spectacular temples and tombs created out of the rose-colored sandstone, sip tea in a BEDOUIN TENT. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 12: Kerak/Wadi Mujib/Dead Sea

This morning features Kerak, with a visit to the CRUSADER CASTLE and Wadi Mujib, the “Jordanian Grand Canyon.” Continue to your hotel at the Dead Sea for your 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 13: Dead Sea area

A fascinating day today! Stop in Madaba to visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, which houses a precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Also explore the MADABA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. One of today’s major highlights is a visit to MOUNT NEBO, where Moses saw the Promised Land. Next is Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Return to the Dead Sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 14: Dead Sea

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Amman). (Breakfast)


14 day tour from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

Grand Catholic Italy – with Globus

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Day 1: Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Rome

Attend the weekly PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability). This afternoon, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS and the CATACOMBS. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. As a favorite of pilgrims everywhere, officially these 28 white marble steps may only be ascended on the knees. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA. (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Rome

This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (Breakfast)

 Day 4: Cascia / Assisi

Enter Umbria and stop in the town of Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the “Saint of the Impossible.” Visit the MAJOR BASILICA, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the MINOR BASILICA, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 5: Assisi

Celebrate Mass this morning followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus will take you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, where St. Francis came to meditate and pray, an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the woods of Mount Subasio. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact; she died here in 1253. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Spello. (Breakfast)

 Day 6: Siena / Florence

Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. Stop in Siena and attend Mass in the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC. Here, meet your local expert, with whom you will visit the basilica as well as the SANCTUARY OF ST. CATHERINE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. In the afternoon, continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Florence

Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through Florence’s historical center. Visit the SANTA MARIA NOVELLA BASILICA, admire the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Also visit the SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini, and others. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Pavia / Milan

Through the Apennine Mountains, arrive in the flat Po area and in picturesque Pavia. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the Carthusian CERTOSA MONASTERY, founded by a member of Milan’s Visconti family in the 14th century as a private family chapel, and which housed only 12 monks. Continue to Milan, Italy’s commercial and fashion capital, also renowned for its Duomo, Galleria, and the La Scala opera house. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour of this fascinating city. Also on the agenda, a special visit to the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE to see Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous The Last Supper (subject to availability). This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Padua / Venice

Depart for Padua and meet your Local Guide. Visit the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY to see the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. Journey on to Venice, one of the world’s most romantic cities. Tonight is your chance to sample one of Venice’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast)

 Day 10: Venice

This morning, enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and start sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. The afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to join an optional gondola serenade or attend Mass at the basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 11: Venice

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


11 day tour from Rome to Venice
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

The European Reformation – with Globus

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Day 1: Berlin, Germany

Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Berlin / Wittenberg

Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Castle, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the 21-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon, continue to Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s home for 30-plus years and birthplace of the Reformation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Wittenberg / Leipzig

Enjoy a guided walking tour of LUTHER HOUSE and MUSEUM, where Martin Luther and his family lived. This well-preserved place of Reformation relics includes Luther’s desk, his pulpit, and first editions of his books. See St. Mary’s Church, a twin-towered gothic church where Luther preached the Reformation, got married (1525), and baptized his six children. Finally, see the door of the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences—and launched the Reformation in 1517. A special visit has been included to the renaissance-style MELANCHTHON HOUSE, built in 1536 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It belonged to Philipp Melanchthon, Luther’s closest friend and most successful co-worker. Arrive in Leipzig and visit the THOMASKIRCHE, where J.S. Bach worked. It is the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir and a place of musical creativity. Also visit the market square that today is a site for celebrations and festivals but that once was the scene of executions and political demonstrations. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Eisleben / Erfurt

Today, stop in Luther’s birthplace, Eisleben, and visit LUTHER’S BIRTHPLACE museum, LUTHER’S DEATH HOUSE MUSEUM, St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Peter & Paul Church. Later, drive to Erfurt, where the fine gothic and renaissance buildings evoke memories of the days of Dominican Master Eckhart and Martin Luther, who spent his student days here before embarking on his journey to Wittenberg. Highlight of the day is a visit to the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY, where Luther lived as a monk, and the MERCHANTS’ BRIDGE. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Erfurt / Eidenach

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to WARTBURG CASTLE, where Luther translated the Bible. Also see the Luther and Bach Memorials, visit NIKOLAI CHURCH, and see the Nikolai Gate, through which Luther passed whenever he entered or left Eisenach. Return to Erfurt. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Coburg / Mainz

In Coburg, where Luther stayed in 1530 for the Imperial Diet of Augsburg, visit fascinating COBURG FORTRESS, one of the largest surviving medieval fortresses in Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Mainz / Worms & The Rhine Valley

In Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the CATHEDRAL where Luther presented his case, as well as TRINITY CHURCH and the famed REFORMATION MONUMENT. Later, enjoy a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns. Evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Rothenburg / Nuremberg

This morning, visit the GUTENBERG MUSEUM in Mainz, where original copies of the Bible can be seen. Next is the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. During your walking tour, visit ST. JACOB’S CHURCH with the renowned Blood Altar. Afterwards, there is time to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which this picturesque town is world famous. Continue to Nuremberg, the first town to accept the Reformation in 1525. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Augsburg / Munich

Your walking tour in Nuremberg features the famous ST. LORENZ LUTHERAN CHURCH. Continue to Augsburg, where your guided sightseeing reveals the city where Luther and his followers proclaimed their beliefs. Arrive in Munich. (Breakfast)content coming by May 6th

 Day 10: Munich

Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” includes the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. An optional excursion to Linderhof Castle and the Passion Play town of Oberammergau is available. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 11: Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


11 day tour from Berlin to Munich
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

European Shrines – with Cosmos

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Portugal! Check into your hotel, and tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

 Day 2: Lisbon / Alcobaça / Fátima

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” On your guided sightseeing tour you’ll see the enormous monument to him, as well as the fortified 16th-century Belém Tower, the Moorish citadel, impressive Black Horse Square, and visit the CATHEDRAL LA SÈ and JERONIMOS MONASTERY, which dates back to the mid-1400s. Later, head north for a stop in Alcobaça to visit the 12th-century Church of SANTA MARIA MONASTERY, built for 999 Cistercian monks and one of the most important medieval monasteries in Portugal. In the late-afternoon, arrive in FÀTIMA, site of one of the world’s most famous Catholic shrines. This evening, why not join the rosary and candlelight procession at the Our Lady of Fátima Basilica? (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Fátima

This morning, after Mass at the Sanctuary, time to visit OUR LADY OF FÀTIMA SHRINE with the tombs of the visionaries, and the Chapel of the Apparitions, made famous by the Virgin Mary’s appearance to three shepherd children—Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia—on May 13, 1917. This afternoon, time to explore on your own, or join a guided optional excursion. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Braga / Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Journey north this morning and stop in Braga, one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and nicknamed the “Portuguese Rome.” Visit the BORN JESUS DO MONTE (Good Jesus of the Mount) SANCTUARY and see the unique zigzag stairway that is dedicated to the five senses—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—and the three theological virtues—faith, hope, and charity. Later, cross into Spain and head for Santiago de Compostela. Later attend the rosary and Mass. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Santiago de Compostela

This morning visit ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL. Santiago de Compostela has been known throughout history for the key 9th-century pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James, to its cathedral, which houses the Apostle James’ remains beneath the high altar. Later, explore on your own or walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago. (Breakfast)

 Day 6: Burgos

Today, travel to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Your visit takes you to the magnificent CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and the burial place of Spanish national hero El Cid. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: San Ignacio de Loyola/Lourdes, France

Travel through the Basque region toward Lourdes. En route, attend Mass at the 17th-century SANCTUARY OF LOYOLA, built in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit religious order. See its spectacular dome and main altarpiece, built in marble and jasper. Cross the border into France, and overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 8: Lourdes

Today’s guided walking tour includes the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Bernadette’s birthplace, and her family home. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this little market town that became a pilgrimage place of world renown during the 19th century. Attend Mass. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Carcassonne / Barcelona, Spain

Leave France this morning and head for the French-Spanish border. En route, visit fortified Carcassonne, founded by the Visigoths in the 5th century and the most medieval-looking city in France. See the ramparts, castle walls, and drawbridges that are still well preserved from the Middle Ages. Overnight in Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (Breakfast)

 Day 10: Barcelona

Guided sightseeing includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the fascinating eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in Houses Battló and Mila and the SAGRADA FAMILIA (entrance fees included). (Breakfast)

 Day 11: Barcelona

Day at leisure. Maybe join the optional excursion to Montserrat and its countryside, situated 4,055 feet above sea level in a mountain range composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock, and site of the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, patron saint of Catalonia. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 12: Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


12 day tour from Lisbon to Barcelona
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

Shrines of France & Lourdes – with Cosmos

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Day 1: Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! Check into your hotel. In the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions.

 Day 2: Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower (ticket not included). Visit the BASILICA OF SACRE COEUR on Montmartre Hill. Later, the architectural wonders of NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where the relics of the Passion of the Christ can be seen on the first Fridays of the month (Departures April 2 & July 30 only). (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Paris / Lisieux

Travel to Lisieux and visit the CARMELITE CONVENT, where St. Therese lived as a nun. Next, visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, where her family attended Mass, and also visit Les Buissonnets, the family home. St. Therese was also known as “The Little Flower” and for her charming autobiography The Story of a Soul. Later, attend Mass (French only) at the BASILICA before returning to Paris. (Breakfast)

 Day 4: Paris

A special visit has been included to OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL SHINE, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Then, visit the ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SHRINE, where you can see the reliquary of the saint who has inspired thousands of charities and volunteers. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Poitiers

This morning, travel south to the cobblestone city of Poitiers, strategically perched atop a rocky outcrop and surrounded by two rivers. Settled by the Romans and then residence to early Christians, the city is a showcase of historical Romanesque architecture, and is home to the second-oldest university in the country as well as the oldest surviving church in France. Enjoy a visit to the 4th-century BAPTISTRY OF ST. JOHN with its ancient frescoes, baptismal fonts, and intricately carved sarcophagi dating from the 5th to the 7th centuries. Poitiers was also the site of two pivotal military battles, making its role in French history significant. It was here in 732 AD that the Franks halted and turned back Muslim expansion into Europe, while in 1356 during the Hundred Years’ War, French forces suffered a major defeat at the hands of skilled English archers. (Breakfast)

 Day 6: Lourdes

Travel to Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Join this evening’s memorable rosary and candlelight procession, held every night. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Lourdes

Start the day attending the international Mass at the BASILICA OF ST. PIUS X. Then, join a Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE and St. Bernadette’s birthplace and family home. You may wish to experience the powerful healing baths or attend the “Blessing of the Sick.” (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Lourdes

Full day at leisure to further explore Lourdes on your own or join an optional excursion to the nearby Pyrenees. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Carcassonne / Avignon

First stop is Carcassonne, a medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, continue to Avignon. Enjoy a walk to the Palace of the Popes (entrance not included), residence of the papacy in the 14th century. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Avignon/Paray-Le-Monial/Nevers

Following morning Mass in Avignon (French only), travel to Paray-le-Monial, home to the Chapel of the Apparitions and where Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Also visit the BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART. Continue to Nevers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 11: Nevers / Chartres / Paris

Visit St. Gildard in Nevers, where St. Bernadette spent her life as a nun. See the beautiful and miraculously incorrupt body of St. Bernadette. Continue to Chartres. Meet your Local Guide for a visit to the CATHEDRAL—a masterpiece of gothic architecture, one of Europe’s most celebrated shrines, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Paris for an overnight. (Breakfast)

 Day 12: Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


12 day tour roundtrip from Paris
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

Footsteps of Apostle Paul – with Globus

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 Day 1: Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Thessalonika

Journey north to Thessalonika and enjoy guided sightseeing of the city. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament, at which time this provincial capital was considered a world cultural center. This community was the center of Paul’s activities in northern Greece. It is where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote two epistles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Thessalonika / Philippi / Kavala

Full-day excursion along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis. Journey to ancient Philippi, named after Alexander the Great’s father. This busy Roman colony boasted a great library and theater. It was here that Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote one of his epistles while imprisoned in Rome. Next, continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Veria / Kalambaka

This morning, stop in Veria (Beroea of the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the BEMA OF APOSTLE PAUL, where Paul is said to have stood and preached the Gospel to the local community. Continue to Kalambaka. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 5: Meteora / Athens

In Meteora, visit VARLAAM and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERIES. Situated atop vast rocks, the 14th-century monasteries compose one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. Inside the monasteries, discover many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens. (Breakfast)

 Day 6: Embarkation / Mykonos

Begin your 3-night Greece and Turkey CRUISE with a visit to the mountainous island of Mykonos. Free time to explore the island before returning to the ship for evening entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 7: Kusadasi, Turkey / Patmos, Greece

Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi and enjoy an included excursion to the RUINS OF EPHESUS, whose inhabitants were the recipients of one of Apostle Paul’s famous epistles and which was once the capital of the Roman province of Asia. Also visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where you can enjoy an included excursion to the MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN and to the CAVE OF THE APOCALYPSE, where John the Evangelist wrote the Book of the Revelation during his exile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 8: Heraklion / Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An optional excursion can be booked to nearby Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 9: Disembarkation / Corinth / Athens

Disembark and continue to Corinth for a guided visit of the EXCAVATIONS where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months with tent makers Aquila and Priscilla. Return to Athens for sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit the ACROPOLIS with the Parthenon and AREOPAGUS, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of “the Unknown God.” Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


10 day tour roundtrip from Athens
5 day land tour + 4 day cruise + final land night
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

Legacy of St. Patrick – with Globus

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Day 1: Dublin, Irish Republic

Welcome to Dublin! The rest of the day is free to relax in the Irish capital. At 6 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at the hotel. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Dublin

Today, enjoy an orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Visit ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, which has been at the heart of Dublin’s and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years. This is the final resting place for one of Ireland’s most famous men, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and Dean of the cathedral. Why not join an optional dinner this evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland / Belfast

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick. Stop at the SAINT PATRICK CENTRE, an exciting interpretative exhibition that tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s patron saint. Then, travel on to Belfast for a “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide. See all the famous landmarks, including the Parliament House at Stormont, City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Finish the day with a fascinating visit to the TITANIC EXHIBITION, where you learn all about the construction of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Belfast / Giant’s Causeway

After a leisurely start to the day, make your way north to the Antrim Coast, where you visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Back in Belfast this afternoon, you have time to discover the city on your own. (Breakfast)

 Day 5: Armagh / Knock, Ireland / Claremorris

First on the agenda is a stop in Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Then, travel along the rolling hills and reed-fringed lakes of the border counties to Knock, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the townsfolk in 1879. Today, the site attracts pilgrims from around the world. Visit the KNOCK SHRINE, the CHURCH OF THE APPARITION, the BASILICA, and the FOLK MUSEUM. You will also have time to attend Mass. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Murrisk / Kylemore Abbey / Galway

This morning, visit the CROAGH PATRICK VISITOR CENTRE at the foot of St. Patrick’s Holy Mountain in Murrisk. Afterwards, visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, the massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. Arrive in the port city of Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Galway / Aran Islands

At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian. After LUNCH at a local pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary and tour of the island, ending with a visit of clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your FERRY for the trip back to the mainland. You will have time to attend mass before deciding on your dining preferences for this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 8: Kilfenora / Cliffs Of Moher / Limerick

A special treat this morning: at RATHBAUN FARM, watch the farmer shear a sheep and manoeuvre a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy your morning coffee with scones, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb dating back to the Neolithic Period. At Kilfenora, take in THE BURREN CENTRE and learn about the time when this area lay beneath a warm tropical sea. In the nearby churchyard of the ancient cathedral, see the greatest concentration of high crosses in Ireland. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Tonight, why not join an optional medieval castle banquet? (Breakfast)

 Day 9: Kilkenny / Glendalough / Dublin

Travel on to the pretty and vibrant county town of Kilkenny, and then to GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual presentation Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin, consider joining your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (Breakfast)

 Day 10: Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


10 day tour roundtrip from Dublin
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Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Explore the roots of your faith with a Globus Religious Travel Vacation, featuring some of the most spiritual places in the world. These inclusive escorted tours are full of one-of-a-kind experiences and must-see sites to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. And thanks to Globus Family of Brand’s 98% customer satisfaction rating, you’ll return home inspired and ready to travel again.

With Oddball’s connection to the Globus Family of Brands, we make it easy to find a Religious Tour that fits your tastes. Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people (a group of 35 offers the most value). Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

A Sampling of Customizations

 Argentina & the Life of Pope Francis

Walk in the footsteps of His Holiness Pope Francis in Argentina and learn how he went from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope Francis on this 8-day faith-based vacation visiting the cities of Buenos Aires, the Pampas, Lujan, and Tigre.

 Medjugorje Extension

A perfect time for reflection and fellowship as you visit the famous pilgrimage site where the Virgin Mary has historically appeared to give messages to the world. This extension can be added to any Globus or Cosmos religious vacation.

 Following the Camino: Way of St. James

On this walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, follow the Camino in the spirit of St. James the Apostle. Stop in quaint Spanish towns as you learn about the history of the route that pilgraims have been walking for over a thousand years.

 Jewish Heritage: Central & Eastern Europe

Explore the heart of Jewish heritage on this extraordinary trip. Featuring guided sightseeing with an emphasis on Jewish sites in Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, and Prague.

 California Missions

There is no better way to experience California and its history than on a tour to see the beautiful Missions. Featuring: Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, Santa Barbara Missions, Mission Santa Ines, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Mission San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo, Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Francisco de Asis. Overnights in Los Angeles, Solvang, Monterey, and San Francisco.

 Christian Italy

Learn about the history of early Christianity throughout Italy. Featuring: Rome, Florence, and Assisi.

 Shrines of French Canada

Experience the best of Europe in Canada on this spectacular faith-based journey to Quebec. Featuring: Montréal, Quebéc City, and St. Anne de Beaupre.

 Mexico & Our Lady of Guadalupe

Visit some of Mexico’s holiest sites on this extraordinary trip. Featuring: Mexico City, Teotihuacan, and Puebla.

 Avalon Waterways Charter Cruises

One of the Globus Family of Brand’s newest and most popular vacations for faith-based groups is European river cruising with Avalon Waterways. Avalon has taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Views become epic. Spaces become inviting. Dining becomes personalized. Itineraries become legendary. Some of the most popular cruises include “The Legendary Danube,” “Romantic Rhine,” “Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches,” and “Christmastime in Alsace & Germany.” Contact Oddball Escapes for more information.

Religious Travel with the Globus Family of Brands

Spiritual…Life-changing…Fun.
Faith-based vacations feature itineraries to many of the best and most popular religious destinations. However, if there is a special trip or destination that your group would like to travel to, we can customize a Globus or Cosmos vacation to meet your group’s specific needs.

Experience the Most Treasured Places
We can modify and/or add to existing faith-based programs, or create a tour specifically tailored for your group. We will help you design an itinerary to fit your group’s needs and interests while ensuring that the pace of the tour is right and that all of your “must-see” attractions are included. Your group will have a high-quality vacation with the Globus Family of Brands.

Personalized Attention
Consider a customized tour if you have a group of 20 ore more people who want a specific itinerary. However, for the best value, a group of 35 individuals is the most popular. Perfect if you have a pre-formed group that has traveled together previously and wants something special.

Customized Your Experience with Oddball
Contact us to plan your Religious Vacation.