2017 Faith-Based and Special Interest Programs

To receive further information about any of these travel opportunities, please make an inquiry to travel@semint.com or call 800.541.7506.

Journey to Thailand and Cambodia, January 3-15, 2017      Tour Number: T#4763 Sponsored by Augsburg College Alumni Relations
Hosted by Professor of English Dr. Kathy Swanson and Jack Swanson

Explore the beauty, culture, cuisine and people of Thailand visiting Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire including Angkor Wat.

The Fifth Gospel: Finding Jesus in the Land that He Made Holy, March 6-18, 2017      Tour Number: T#4838 Hosted by: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas and Rev. Jennifer Kirbas
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City

Be inspired when you visit the biblical places of the Old and New Testament and walk the footsteps of Jesus as you experience the Holy sites of His birth, ministry and the path that led to His crucifixion. The tour continues with a short journey to Jordan including Petra, a UNESCO world Heritage Site.

Scotland: A Journey to Our Presbyterian Home, April 18-28, 2017      Tour Number: T#4872Hosted by Rev. Kathy Michael, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Take in the beauty and history of Scotland, exploring the roots of the Presbyterian church, visiting Edinburgh, Holy Isle, St. Andrews, Stirling, Perth, Inverness, Loch Lomond and Glasgow. Now taking waitlist.

Journey through Greece in the Footsteps of St. Paul, April 21-30, 2017      Tour Number: T#4843Hosted by Revs. Paul and JaneAnn Settergren
Explore the biblical, historical and cultural dimensions of Athens, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Delphi, ancient Corinth, and more. Features four-night Greek Island Cruise.

Along the Viking Trail: Iceland, Norway & Sweden, May 13-24, 2017      Tour Number: T#4820Sponsored by Concordia University, St. Paul Alumni Association Hosted by English and Journalism Professor Eric Dregni
Explore Reykjavik, Bergen, Norway's Fjord Country, Oslo and Stockholm. Highlight includes partaking in Syttende Mai celebration while in Bergen. Click here to college website for further details.

Incarnation Lutheran Choir Tour to Norway & Sweden, June 13-24 2017      Tour Number: T#4832Program leadership by Dave Ellison, Director of Worship & Music, Shoreview, Minnesota
Experience the beauty and history of Trondheim, Bergen, Norway’s Fjord County, and Sweden’s lovely capital city of Stockholm. Participation by invitation only.

A Pilgrimage to Germany, September 12-22, 2017      Tour Number: T#4928Program leadership by Pastor Paul and Rhoda Pfotenhauer
Celebrate the Reformation Jubilee and discover a historically and culturally rich part of Europe for which many of us have roots of both faith and ancestry. This itinerary offers three nights in the city of Wittenberg to learn about and celebrate this historical event, along with visits to historic and beautiful cities of former East Germany: Leipzig, Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, Dresden and Berlin.

Sí Spain Gourmet: Food and Wine of Spain, September 16-27, 2017      Tour Number: T#4902Program leadership by Dr. Linda L. Elman, Emerita professor of Spanish from DePauw University
Come smell the aromas of Spanish regional cuisine and the bouquet of its renowned Rioja and Ribera wines as you experience Spain from Madrid to San Sebastián through cafés, restaurants, museums, and wineries. Spend a day at the celebration of the San Mateo and Rioja Wine Harvest Festival and participate in a Basque Cooking Masterclass.

Pilgrimage to Scotland, September 24 - October 4, 2017      Tour Number: T#4771Hosted by Rev. Sally Johnson, Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church, Minneapolis and Rev. Pam Serdar, Richfield United Methodist Church, Richfield, Minnesota
Discover the amazing natural beauty of Scotland while learning about the history of the Methodist church, visiting Holy Isle, Aviemore, Stirling, Pitlochry, Inverness, Isle of Skye and Iona. Now taking waitlist

Always Amazing Italy, Incarnation Lutheran Church, September 25-October 6, 2017      Tour Number: T#4834Hosted by Rev. Lynda Thompson, recently retired from Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, Minnesota
Experience the history, art and architecture of Italy’s grand cities of Rome and Florence. Discover the Umbria hilltop town of Assisi where St. Francis lived and established the Franciscan Order. Explore by foot and train the beauty of the Cinque Terre with a three-night stay in Monterosso al Mare. Space is very limited.

Ireland Throughout the Ages, October 1-12, 2017      Tour Number: T#4831Sponsored by Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Study Tour Hosted by Dr. Kevin Byrne, Professor Emeritus in History
Discover the fascinating history and natural wonders of Ireland including visits to Dublin, Glendalough, Kilkenny, Dingle, Galway and the Aran Islands. Click here to college website for further details. Now taking waitlist

Discovering Barcelona, Basque Country, Northern Spain and Portugal, October 12-23, 2017      Tour Number: T#4958Program leadership by Historian and Educator, Dave Bredemus
Join Dave Bredemus on another European travel adventure for both the first-time and seasoned traveler. Experience a custom-designed travel experience from Barcelona on Spain’s Mediterranean coast to the Atlantic coast of Northern Spain and Portugal, revealing the scenic and cultural contrasts of the countries sharing the Iberian Peninsula.

A Journey of Faith and Discovery: The Holy Land Today, October 25-November 7, 2017      Tour Number: T#4954Program leadership by Rev. Lindy Purdy, Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN and Mike & Marcia Bussey
This is an encore travel experience by these leaders after tours in 2013 and 2015 to the Holy Land. The itinerary features unique experiences for the second-time visitor to Israel and Palestine along with the highlights for those visiting for the first time. Registration to open in February.

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