At Flight Centre, the dedicated Group Travel experts are happy to assist church groups to arrange their next expedition overseas. There are many destinations around the world that church groups would appreciate exploring, so we've put together these places as inspiration.
Here are five destinations that church groups may consider visiting.
Attending Mass in St Peter's Basilica with the Pope in attendance is an extraordinary experience. During your visit to the holy city, be sure to admire the astonishing art collection in the Vatican Museum which includes entry into the iconic Sistine Chapel and stroll through the ruins of Ancient Rome in the Forum area.
Consider giving something back to the community by taking a trip to Uganda and assisting with the medical needs of the local population and investing time in the schools. Kampala is the capital but you may like to focus your efforts in the rural areas.
Israel's capital Jerusalem is steeped in history and plays an important role in the culture of the world's three monotheistic religions. Any time throughout the year is perfect to visit Jerusalem but you may like to arrange a visit during Christmas or Easter. Interesting, Via Dolorosa, the street Jesus walked with the cross remains as a prominent thoroughfare in the incredibly well-preserved old town. Other big attractions include the Western Wall, Israel Museum and the Parliament.
The image of Mother Teresa helping the less fortunate in the slums of Calcutta continues to dominate the social consciousness. For church groups who'd like to follow her example and assist those less fortunate can similarly take a trip to a major city in India including Calcutta, Mumbai or New Delhi. As tourists in Calcutta, you may like to admire the Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum and the Town Hall.
A trip to Thailand offers the opportunity to experience another religion – the dominant faith of the country is Buddhism. There are many beautiful temples in the capital, Bangkok but the highest concentration of temples are found in the northern city of Chiang Mai. After experiencing the different culture, head to either Phuket or Koh Samui for your chance to relax on the beach.
For church groups that would like more information on arranging travel to international destinations, email the Group Travel Experts, Naomi Pirhonen at email@example.com or Vanessa Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.