ITALY: March 4-11, 2020 "Paul's Response to the Roman World" (Program #200301)


$2099.00 (Land Only)

This study program is an intensive designed for Pastors and ministry workers who have a high degree of exposure to the New Testament. It is focused on specific sites related to Paul’s outreach and writings, not on more general tourism locations. It has been compacted because most ministry staff cannot be away from their place of ministry for an extended period. Written documentation will be provided. The program presses toward three goals:

  • First, each participant should be able to “put on the skin” of an ancient Roman as we carefully identify the challenges of reaching them with the Gospel.

  • Second, with text in hand, we will highlight outreach methods that help establish a pattern for what has worked well in pluralistic pagan settings of the past.

  • Third, we will immerse each participant in common “Roman street” imagery that fills the Epistles to help us more thoroughly understand their meaning.

Our Travel Itinerary

Day One. Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Depart USA.

We recommend you choose an airline that offers “through fares” from your home airport, all the way to Rome, even if the price seems less competitive. Bear in mind, should you purchase tickets from a domestic carrier (to transport to a city where there is a flight to Rome) then purchase a second ticket for the international leg to Rome, you may save some money but you take on significant risk. If your first flight were delayed, the second carrier has no reason to honor a forced last minute change. Make sure you are scheduled to arrive by 9:45 AM at FCO on March 5. Should you desire to arrive before the program, contact our office and we will do our best to help you find a hotel with a shuttle near the airport, etc. Call a Travel Consultant at our office at 863-382-9603 or email for more details.

Day Two: Thursday, March 5, 2020: Introducing Rome.

Arrive no later than 9:45 AM into Leonardo da Vinci Airport, as our group bus will pick up the group for a trip into Rome. After our group transfer to the hotel to drop our luggage, we will visit Rome for lunch and a short walking tour. The city is a feast for the senses and can seem overwhelming, but this short introduction will offer some interesting overviews and highlights of what has been dubbed the “Eternal City.” Overnight: Isola Sacra. (D)

Day Three: Friday. March 6, 2020: Stepping into Paul’s World

Carefully examining two excavated ancient sites, Ostia and Minturno, we will look at the key features of Roman identity and begin to “settle in” to what a Roman in “class-layered society” experienced daily. Walking ancient streets and peering into ancient homes, shops and communal areas, we will begin to embrace the magnitude of reaching that world in the first century. We will also open the Epistles of Paul to see how these views improve our understanding of the writings. Dinner and overnight: Castel Volturno. (B,D)

Day Four: Saturday, March 7, 2020: Peering into the Epistles of Paul

Most of what we know about life in the first century finds its source in the sites that were violently engulfed in ash, pummace and pyroclastic flows of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, just some twelve years after Paul’s journeys led him through the Bay of Naples. Today we will walk the streets of Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Pompeii. Few sites in the world offer as much to the student of the New Testament to expose the past. Overnight: Pompeii. (B)

Day Five: Sunday, March 8, 2020: Uncovering Education in the Early Church

In addition to Pompeii and Herculaneum, other sites were also covered by Vesuvius that have been excavated and preserved. We will look at the beginnings of an elite education that began in Maritime Villas of the first century like Villa San Marco, as well as an ancient farm at Bosco Reale. A special visit to Villa Poppea (Oplontis) will offer us a view of what scholars believe was of one of the homes of Nero’s second wife. Tonight we have a special dinner of reconstructed ancient pub fare, as we sleep in a “mansio” on the Appian Way. Dinner and Overnight: Foro Appio. (B,D)

Day Six: Monday, March 9, 2020: Paul on Trial

Today we are back in Rome to look at Paul’s first visit and defense before Nero. We will explore the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and a visit to Osteria Romana in the region of St. Paul alla Regola, near where Paul likely stayed during the writing of his so-called “prison epistles.” Overnight: Rome. (B)

Day Seven: Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Facing Death

As we close in on the end of Paul’s life and ministry, we will visit the place that recalls his execution while considering his words to Timothy. We also want to see some of the physical evidence in the progress of the Gospel in the early centuries at the Catacombs. We expect to have a few hours this afternoon free to explore Rome on your own (time permitting). Overnight: Rome. (B)

Day Eight: Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Return to the USA.

Flights can be scheduled at any time before 11AM check out of the hotel without incurring an additional hotel charge. You will normally return the same day.


Program Conditions

ITALY Continuing Education Program PRICE OF $2099 is based on Land Only, and INCLUDES group transfers in Italy, hotels with breakfast, three (3) dinners, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of an English-speaking lecturer, resource material available on the web, local guide (where required) and entrance fees to sites/activities as listed in the program. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of July 1, 2019 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. This program price is based on a minimum of 20 participants.

NOT INCLUDED are personal items such as laundry; coffee during or after meals; lunches, three (3) dinners, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.

YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS are in 3*-4* hotels. The double occupancy rooms are twin-bedded with private bath. Individuals enrolling without a roommate will be assigned one, or, if not available, individuals will be subject to the single supplement charge of $300. All single rooms are subject to availability and are usuallly smaller than normal twin rooms.

REGISTRATION: Individuals should choose Program #200301. The deposit can also be paid online using your credit card.

PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) An additional payment of $500 is due Sep 4, 2019. Final payment is due in CTSP’s office by Dec 4, 2019. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month, plus any hotel penalties will be assessed.


90+ days prior to departure non-refundable deposit

66-90 days prior to departure 50% plus non-refundable deposit

0-65 days prior to departure No refund

*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.

*All refund claims must be in writing to CTSP. There is no refund for any services not used


ITINERARY LENGTH: This program is Land Only. Your flight times may be subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, CTSP strongly recommends the purchase of “thru-fare” tickets which require the airline to get you from your home airport to your destination. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per night) the required rates.

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS are to be made by the individual traveler. Alitalia (AZ), American (AA), Delta (DL) and United (UA) fly nonstop from various USA gateways nonstop to Rome (FCO). Flights should be scheduled to arrive at FCO no later than 9:45 AM on Mar 5, 2020. “Thru-fares” which combines domestic flights with your international ticket should be available at very reasonable rates if purchased soon. Prices will rise significantly when it gets within several months of departure. Call Joan at 614-436-9343 if you want help or suggestions.

YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece, plus carryon. You should contact the airline prior to departure to confirm the specific size and weight restrictions.


CTSP agrees to provide the itinerary described in this brochure, and this represents the entire agreement between the passenger and CTSP No changes or deviations are effective unless approved in writing and signed by an authorized officer of CTSP Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the study program arrangements (during the course) or to make any representation of warranty concerning the program.

All prices, itineraries, and schedules are subject to regulations and changes thereof by acts of Government, International Agreement and Airline tariff adjustments, rules and regulations.

CTSP reserves the right to change or withdraw the program, in whole or in part, at any time. In the event of a change, the sole exclusive obligation of CTSP will be to refund pro rata any payment received. In the event of rescheduling of the program due to unforeseen circumstances, the cancellation and refund clause will apply. CTSP reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is, in the sole judgment of CTSP, incapable of group travel.

Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, CTSP assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, inconveniences, illness, irregularity or incidental damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of CTSP, or by any person or reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to events such as strikes, revolts, wars, natural disaster, closures of airports or hotels, default or omission of any common or private carrier or the default, negligence, or omission of any by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this program.

The commercial carriers are not to be held responsible of any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board commercial carriers. The passenger contracts, in use by all commercial carriers involved, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the commercial carriers and the passenger or purchaser of this program and/or passage and program operator assumes no liability or responsibility in connection therewith.

ENROLLMENT in and payment of the deposit for the tour constitutes your acceptance of the Tour Conditions and Statement of Responsibility.