ITALY: March 30 - April 9, 2019 "Paul's Response to the Pagan World" with Mill Creek Church (Program # 190303)


FULL TOUR $4479.00 or LAND ONLY $3379**

Day One. Saturday, March 30, 2019: Departure Day

Depart US from international gateway for Rome, Italy. The CTSP arranged group flight is scheduled to depart from SEA and there will be a transfer bus for the group upon arrival on the 31st. For those on this group flight, meals and overnight: In flight.

(**Since we know that some participants have purchased a "land only" package, we need to offer a further word of assistance. If you have decided to obtain your own flights, these should arrive on Mar 31, 2019, any time during the day. Our program begins with dinner on Mar 31, and touring begins on Apr 1 with Ostia, returning to the Golden Tulip for the second night. 

Day Two. Sunday, March 31, 2019: Arrival and Rest

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for some rest, a nice dinner and a good night's sleep. Dinner will be served at your hotel. Overnight: Golden Tulip Isola Sacra (1 of 2 nights).

Day Three. Monday, April 1, 2019: What it meant to be a Roman. Rome was a city, an Empire and an ideology. Today we will examine how government, goods, services and transport held a sprawling empire together. (Sites: Ostia Antica). Overnight: Golden Tulip Isola Sacra (2nd of 2 nights). 

Day Four. Tuesday, April 2, 2019:Roman Power and the New Testament.

All the New Testament writers lived and died in the shadow of Roman power. Today we will seek to “set” the Roman rulers in the background of the New Testament and measure some of their impact on the story during the spread of the message of Jesus. (Sites: Via Appia, MANSIO Foro Appio (cp. Acts 28), Maritime Villa of Emperor Tiberius at Sperlonga and Museum) Minturno. Overnight: Albergo Scalzone at Castel Volturno (or comparable). B,L,D 

Day Five: Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Paul and His Epistles.

Today we will examine what forged the identity of a Roman and compare how Paul both identified and used those methods of unification to build God’s people into the body of Christ in his Epistles. The setting will help us understand “street scenes” that became motifs of his epistles. Our goal is to uncover the challenge of the Gospel as it moved into the pagan world. Sites will include Herculaneum and Pompeii. Overnight: Sorrento (1 of 2).

Day Six. Thursday, April 4, 2019: Free Day in Sorrento.

Today is a day at leisure, where you are on your own. You will wake up to one of the most beautiful "world class" cities in Europe, perched high above the water of the Bay of Naples. You can walk through the vendor streets of the old town, opt to take a high speed ferry over to the island of Capri, or even arrange an excursion to the Amalfi coast through a local agency. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner theatre with good food, lots of music and a fun time (conditions permitting). Overnight: Sorrento (2 of 2).

Day Seven. Friday, April 5: The Great Transformation.

The Gospel came to Rome in the hearts of the first Apostles, Peter and Paul. Yet, in time, it took on characteristics that were (in the minds of many historians) far more Roman than (in many ways) Christian. Today we will look at that transformation from the simple message of Jesus as it was “adapted” to a Roman way of thinking during the period of the first few hundred years of the church. (Sites include: Villa San Marco, Oplontis (Villa Poppea), Boscoreale Museum, Montecassino). Overnight: Villa degli Angeli at Castel Gandolfo. B,D

Day Eight. Saturday, April 6, 2019: A Spectacular Civilization.

Today we will see the greatest single way Rome was held together, by energizing spectacle. In the afternoon, we will note how the Gospel did not stop with Paul’s Epistles, but was transmitted through the centuries to largely illiterate masses by means of the arts. (Sites include: Walk on Via Appia Antica, Circus Maximus, Pons Fabricio, Theatre of Marcellus, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum. Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome. (1 of 3) B

Day Nine. Sunday, April 7,2019: Paul's Two Visits in Rome.

Paul came to Rome at least twice, each time under a form of legal arrest. On the first trip he wrote the so called "Prison Epistles". On the latter trip, he penned some “Pastoral Epistles.” This morning we will visit the setting from which Paul likely wrote some of these letters. Later, we will follow Paul's second visit from his arrival to his beheading and burial. (Sites will include the Pantheon, St. Paul alla Regola, Abbey of the Three Fountains, St. Paul's Outside the Walls, and a sobering visit to the Catacombs). Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome (2 of 3). B

Day Ten: Monday, April 8, 2019:

 This morning we will encounter how the Gospel moved out into an illiterate world through the canvas fo artists and the chisels of sculptures. Our visit will include the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Church in Vatican City. Time to shop this afternoon will allow you to get those gifts you wanted to buy! Choose your favorite restaurant for dinner tonight! Overnight: Best Western Universo, Rome (3 of 3). B

Day Eleven: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Group flight will depart FCO to the US. (At this time, the group booking we are holding departs on AA111 at 11:05a via ORD AA1485, arriving SEA at 8:36p the same day). For participants who purchased their own air tickets, arrange your flights should depart after 11:00a if you would like to utilize the CTSP transfer to the airport. The group flight will be arriving later the same day. Should you book a later flight (and not choose to use our transfer), the Leonardo Express train is a 5 minute walk from our hotel, and costs (at the time of this posting)14 euros.

*Every effort will be made to complete the full itinerary. Yet, because conditions are often unpredictable in travel, we reserve the right to make changes during the tour.

Tour Conditions

FULL TOUR PRICE OF $4479 (Mar 30-Apr 9, 2019 … 11-days) INCLUDES air from Seattle, group transfers in Italy, hotels with breakfast, six (6) dinners, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of an English-speaking lecturer, resource notebook, local guide (where required) and entrance fees to sites/activities as listed in the program. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of June 1, 2018 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. A surcharge will be the responsbility of the passenger if the euro vs dollar rate exceeds 1.3. This program price is based on a minimum of 20 participants.

LAND ONLY PRICE of $3379 INCLUDES all of the above except airfare and airport transfers.

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 in 4* hotels (plus a mansio) have been chosen for your enjoyment. The double occupancy rooms are twin-bedded with private bath. Individuals enrolling without a roommate may request to be assigned one, or, if not available, individuals will be subject to the $450 single supplement charge. There is limited availability for single rooms and they are usuallly smaller than normal twin rooms.

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.) A second payment of $2000 is due Sep 28, 2018.  Final payment is due to CTSP by Dec 28, 2018. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month, plus any airfare increase will be assessed.


90+ days prior                             non-refundable deposit

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

0-65 days prior                                              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

Please be aware that registered guests may not “transfer” their registration to others in lieu of cancellation.

Trip insurance is strongly recommended.

ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are 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 any connecting tickets which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per night) US$140 double occupancy, or single rooms US$210 for BB.

AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from Seattle are included if you choose the Full Tour price. Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-amendable tickets. Once your ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded. You will be booked on a thru-fare which combines domestic flights with your international ticket.

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 recoverable 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.

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