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"The tour way exceeded my expectations--and I expected it to be great!" (Reformation Tour, 2014, see blog images of this tour and the Queen!)
"We so much appreciated Douglas as a tour guide, how he consistently and winsomely pointed us to Christ every day." Knox 500 traveler
"This tour opened up my eyes so much. I get it! I see it! I want to know more." (traveler on Knox 500, 2014) See highlights at my blog
"What to expect from a Bond Tour," video produced by a 2-time Bond tour traveler (unsolicited)
Big thanks to William Moore for this promotional video for the ROME TO GENEVA CHURCH HISTORY TOUR (with adjustments for 2018 tour), based on images created on Rome to Geneva Church History Tour 2015.
We are excited to announce the Rome to Geneva Reformation Tour for 2018! Together we will discover the splendors of some of the most fascinating cities in Europe. But this tour is not simply about a geographical starting point and ending point, Rome to Geneva. It is rather a tour that retraces the theological move from the error of the medieval church in Rome to the recovery of the Reformation gospel of free grace in Christ alone centered in Calvin's Geneva. It is really a tour from works to grace, from law to gospel, from my performance to Jesus' perfect righteousness in my place. Themes explored in my new non-fiction book GRACE WORKS (And Ways We Think It Doesn't), especially the many ways we can launch ourselves on a trajectory back to Rome, will be included in some of my chats on the journey we take together from Rome to Geneva.
The 2015 tour was such a wonderfully rich and blessed tour, we have decided to offer the ROME TO GENEVA REFORMATION TOUR again for 2016 (exact dates pending). We anticipate this being a tour that will fill up very fast so plan to register early if you would like to join us exploring fascinating sites from Early Church history, the Renaissance, and Reformation. We will be especially seeing places where Girolamo Savonarola lived and challenged the corrupt RCC of his day (my new release biography with EP on Savonarola would be a good read to prepare for this tour). "We appreciate that the tours are accessible and affordable for families." Canadian family on Rome to Geneva Tour, 2015 (with children ages 6-18)
DAY 1 Rome: Mamertine Prison (where Peter and Paul may have been held before execution), Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Portico d'Otavia and the Jewish quarter, St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli),
DAY 2 Rome: St. Peter's Basilica, Coliseum, Santa Maria di Poppilo (where Luther stayed for a month in 1510), Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (Michelangelo's Roman baths turned 16th century church), Santa Giovanni Laterna, Scala Santa (Luther prayed on his knees on each step); Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, other sites during free time: Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, Flower market... (Rome is vast and full of delicious flavors, so plan to gain a few pounds!) Catacombs of San Callisto and Saint Sebastian, Villa Appia Antica,
DAY 3 Florence: Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (Savonarola's Prison Meditations written here), Ponte Vecchio. On free time: Galleria dell' Acadamia (where Michelangelo's David is), shopping and eating...
June 23, Tuesday: DAY 4 Florence: Convent of San Marco (Savonarola lived here), Santa Croce (Michelangelo, Dante, etc., buried here), (on free time): The Baptistery,
Campanile Bell Tower, Galleria degli Uffizi, shopping and eating...
DAY 5 Ferrara: Este Castle (Renee of Ferrara hosted John Calvin here; first Italian translation of the Bible commissioned here...), Santa Maria di Pomposa (7th century Benedictine Abbey),
DAY 6, coach to Milan: Basilica d'Ambrosia, Ambrose and Augustine sites, Cathedral and climbing to the terraces, free-time shopping in the fashion capital of Europe, exploring, eating... Hotel near Milan
DAY 7: leave our hotel in Milan and drive to Menton for lunch and a splash in the Mediterranean Sea, "the Pearl of France"; follow the breath-takingly scenic Mediterranean coast road to Aix-en-Provence (total drive time 5:00); this is our longest driving day of the tour, but it could not be along a more spectacular stretch of scenery. Arrive in afternoon in Aix, check into hotel in the centre ville and begin exploring, dinner nearby our hotel. Our daughter studied in Aix for a year in '07-'08. Aix is home to Faculté Jean Calvin, a confessional Reformed seminary whose mission is the training of men in gospel ministry and church planting in France today. Participants in the tour can have coffee at Les Deux Garcons where painter Paul Cézanne' had his daily cafe au lait; explore the provincial market Le Grand Marché--Aix is known for its markets and fountains, every gargoyle-ish shape imaginable, oft-painted Mont Sainte-Victoire rising over all. We will visit the splendid Cathedrale St. Sauveur, with architecture ranging from Romanesque, Gothic, to neoclassical. Morning drive to Avignon (2:36)
DAY 8 Avignon, France: Papal Palace, street performers, shopping, wine country. Chateauneuf des Papes (castle ruins and rich wine country). Orange: Cathedral built in 1204 (Huguenot Temple before the people of God were slaughtered here); ancient Roman theater, Roman arch of triumph (one of the best preserved in the world, built 20 years before the birth of Christ); Hotel and dinner in Orange
DAY 9 Orange to Lyon (2:10), charming Medieval riverside hotel; Irenaeus founded church in Lyon (2nd century disciple of Polycarp, disciple of Apostle John), Cathedral, Pierre Viret preached the gospel here and the Lord brought about a great revival. Calvin wrote a letter to five Huguenot pastors, his students, who were soon to be burned at the stake here for preaching the gospel of grace alone in Christ alone.
DAY 10 Lyon to Geneva (1:35): Calvin and the center of Reformation Christianity in the 16th century, Saint Pierre where Calvin preached, the Auditoire, Reformation Wall, the Academy, the Reformation Museum.
DAY 11 Breakfast, final farewells, shuttle to Geneva airport, journey home with much to think about and lifelong memories to cherish (okay, and a few pounds to work off when we get home; someone on the Knox 500 tour suggested it should be called the Bond food tour of Scotland with highlights from Knox)
"...one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. Thank you! God used the time in France to remind me of his love."
After an absolutely fabulous time on the Rome to Geneva Tour, 2015, we have had a number of advance inquiries from previous travelers on Bond tours and from others, so we anticipate that the ROME TO GENEVA CHURCH HISTORY TOUR, 2018 will book up to its full capacity in a fairly short time. If you want to join us on this tour register today and hold your place with a $200 non-refundable deposit per traveler.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR FAMILIES: contact me for a custom family rate (the life-shaping homeschool field trip!). Including on-location writing tutorials with your children.
This is a student-rate tour, with accommodations in youth hostels and lower-cost hotels. We welcome families but due to reducing the rate down to $1,850 per traveler, we are not able to offer any further discounts. As always, we make every effort to make this a high quality tour, featuring the most spectacular and important sites to see at every stop. Reserve your place on this tour by contacting me at 253-381-1961or email@example.com or click on 'contact us' nav button.
Deposit upon registration $200
July 1 2017: $800
November 1: $850
Mr Pipes, THE ACCIDENTAL VOYAGE (begins in Rome and explores the hymn writers of the early church)
THE BETRAYAL, a novel on John Calvin (we will visit Ferrara as Calvin did and of course, Geneva)
GIROLAMO SAVONAROLA (We visit his birthplace and Florence where he preached and was martyred)
GRACE WORKS (And Ways We Think It Doesn't), my new-release (P&R 2014) that explores how easily we revert from grace to some degree of works righteousness, how we turn our back on the treasures of Geneva and return to the baubles of Rome
And new release HAMMER OF THE HUGUENOTS, written on location at some of the fascinating sites we will visit on the tour.
While in both Italy and France, we will coordinate some of our lunch stops in villages where there will be the option to taste some of the local wines (for those who do not drink, wine tasting is strictly optional, and no tour funds are used to pay for wine). In France we will pause in the paragon of world wine making, Chateauneuf des Papes, as well as other vineyards in the renowned Cote du Rhone. (As indicated in the tour contract, none of the meals included in the tour price include alcohol; you are welcome to order wine with meals and cover the cost of that from your own funds).