Religious: Religious Tours Off the Beaten Path

Every year more and more people opt for religious tours discovering the roots of their faith. Yet, there are thousands of unique places not well known by the modern pilgrims. Let’s travel to the Holy Land, Alberta or even Egypt.

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Emerging Yet Lesser Known Destinations for the 21st Century Religious Traveler

Emerging Yet Lesser Known Destinations for the 21st Century Religious Traveler

Nils Kraus

Although religious travel is considered one of the oldest forms of tourism, it surprisingly remains one of the least known forms of travel in many ways. For example, ask the average traveler to name as many religious travel sites around the world as possible, and usually at best they can only name a handful of most common or popular faith-based destinations (i.e. Israel, Mecca, the Vatican, etc.). However, things are changing. Religious tourism is on the rise throughout the world and more dest...
Alberta's World-Class Passion Play: Dramatic Scenery Sets the Stage

Alberta's World-Class Passion Play: Dramatic Scenery Sets the Stage

Bill Alen

As one of the fastest eroding regions on the planet, the stark Badlands of south-central Alberta are a massive repository of fossils and bones from the period 65 million years ago when dinosaurs were Earth's most high profile life form. It is also home to the Canadian Badlands Passion Play recognized as one of the most authentic and popular biblical passion plays in the world. Yes, it honors the European medieval passion play traditions, telling in dramatic fashion stories from the life, mirac...
The Holy Land from a Different Perspective

The Holy Land from a Different Perspective

Kevin Eagan

The Holy Land acts as a focal point for the pilgrimages of the Abrahamic religions Judaism Christianity and Islam and the Baha’i Faith. From the earliest days of Christianity pilgrims where those who made a long journey to the Holy Land to venerate pray and meditate at the places associated with the life of Christ. While the main purpose of religious oriented travel is a spiritual experience travelers are now looking for a blend of religious and non religious activities. They want to go on a ...
Cairo Offering Much More Than Expected

Cairo Offering Much More Than Expected

Chris Grad

For many years, I had dreamed of visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the inscrutable Great Sphinx, and sailing the Nile River like most tourists to Egypt. However, Egypt offered much more than I had expected from a trip to North Africa. My Egypt visit was historical, educational, cultural, mysterious, adventurous, and spiritually rewarding.  My trek to Egypt began in Cairo and Old Cairo. My tour the first day began visiting the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. The next day we visited the ...
Take a Modern Pilgrimage to Spiritual Wales

Take a Modern Pilgrimage to Spiritual Wales

Theodore Slate

International Passenger Survey statistics indicate that 4% of visitors to Britain polled indicate the primary reason for their trip is visiting religious sites or religious places of interest. “Religious tourism” is a growing trend with the World Religious Travel Association reporting that the faith tourism industry amounts to $18 billion with 300 million travelers annually. And Wales is uniquely positioned as an attractive religious tourism destination combining Christian significance with ...