Tour Price $4319.00*

(*Based on forty passengers, double occupancy. Other prices below.)

Don’t miss our visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in the museum reserved for our group alone!

This travel study program has three important objectives. First, we want to “put on the skin” of an ancient Roman to understand the challenge the Apostles faced in disseminating the Gospel to the people of their time. Second, we want to examine how the Gospel effectively punctured and eventually overcame the ideology that dominated the pagan world. Finally, we want to firmly grasp the motifs and images used by the Apostle Paul in his thirteen named epistles that were all fully immersed in the Roman “street mentality.”

Day One – Friday, March 13, 2020: Depart USA for Italy.

Depart from SEA to Italy on our group’s flight. Any “land only” travelers should anticipate arriving to the hotel on Friday evening, so they can comfortably join the group for the afternoon walk on Saturday. Meals and overnight: In flight.

Day Two – Saturday, March 14, 2020: Arrival Day.

Today our group will arrive at Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino, Rome) airport on LH232, which is scheduled to land at 12:35 pm local time. We will meet our guide, our teacher and our driver for a short trek (15 mins.) to our hotel. We will get a little pizza or salad snack and freshen up, before we journey into Rome for a walking tour in the city as a general introduction to the “lasagne” that is Rome today! After our walk, we will return for dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Isola Sacra or comparable (1 of 2). D

Day Three – Sunday, March 15, 2020: Stepping Back into the Roman World.

Theme: “The secret to Roman identity:” how goods, services and transport held an Empire together. Rome was both an Empire and an idea. Today we will examine what held the identity of this vast Empire together and compare that to how God prepared the movement of the Gospel in the hands of the early church. Sites include: Ostia Antica. Overnight: Isola Sacra or comparable (2 of 2).  B,D

Day Four – Monday, March 16, 2020: Paul in the World that was Rome.

Theme: To be Paul – how God used a man with a Hebrew heart, a Greek tongue and Roman mind. Departing our hotel after breakfast, we will explore the New Testament record of Emperors Augustus and Tiberius. Sites Include: Sperlonga, and Minturno. Overnight: Castel Volturno area. B,D

Day Five – Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Paul and His Epistles.

Theme: Daily life images in the writing of Paul. Paul used motifs in his Epistles that sprung from the daily images of Roman life. By examining massive sites frozen in time from 79 CE, we will uncover these images and see them much more clearly. View of Pozzuoli harbor, tour Pompeii and Herculaneum. Overnight: Sorrento (1 of 2). B

Day Six – Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Day at Leisure. 

This is a “choose your preference” day offering high activity vs. leisure activity. To understand the political world of Rome and its impact on the New Testament story, some may choose to take a small vessel from Sorrento to the island of Capri (known for its opulent shopping, or to trek up to where Emperor Tiberius ran the entire Empire for a time during the ministry of Jesus at “Villa Jovis.” Cost for the round trip hydrofoil is about forty euros per person). Others will remain in Sorrento and explore (or even shop!) in one of Europe’s exclusive and fun destinations!  Or you may elect to take the hydrofoil from Sorrento along the beautiful Amalfi coast, and then return either by boat, or on a get-on, get-off bus that stops in Amalfi and Positano.  Overnight: Sorrento. (2 of 2) B

Day Seven – Thursday, March 19, 2020: Permeating Paganism.

Theme: Today we will visit a villa of people who were drivers of the Roman culture and cultic life and discuss how “education” was founded that ultimately forwarded the Christian message.  At an ancient impressive wealthy home site we will become familiar with some of the more attractive pagan rites of Paul’s contemporary culture and begin our discussion of the Gospel taking Rome while it adopted many Roman marks of ideology. We’ll also discuss Paul being encouraged by brothers who came to greet him when he arrived in Italy. Tonight we will enjoy a unique dinner of local cuisine prepared by the staff at our mansio. Sites include: Oplontis (Villa Poppaea), Three Taverns. Overnight: Mansio Foro Appio. B,D

Day Eight – Friday, March 20, 2020: A Spectacular Civilization.

Theme: Today we will examine how Rome was a spectacular civilization, held together as much by spectacle and entertainment as anything else. We will visit the Roman Forum and the Colosseum to understand the activities familiar to all Romans. Sites include: Walking tour of Rome including the Roman Fora, the Circus Maximus, and the Colosseum. We should have some time for exploration of the city in the afternoon. Overnight: Rome. (1 of 3) B,D

Day Nine – Saturday, March 21, 2020: Paul's Visits in Rome.

Theme: Today we will examine how Paul, when he was arrested and came to Rome twice, left us with one-third of his epistles. During his first visit he wrote the so-called "Prison Epistles." During the second, he wrote the “Pastoral Epistles.” We will follow places familiar to Paul from these visits from his first arrival to his beheading and burial. Sites include: San Paolo alla Regola, Pantheon, Tres Fontaine, the Catacombs.

After lunch, we will have a break for two hours, and meet the group at 3:45 for a very special visit to St. Peters Basilica to view the largest cathedral of Christendom. We will stop for an evening meal near the Vatican (pay individually)and then we have a very exclusive event.

Tonight, we will visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with our group ONLY in the museum! We have two hours, a wonderful guide, and no other groups blocking our view of world masterpieces and stunning art!

(You can tell we are really excited to offer this!) After our visit, we will return to our Rome hotel. Overnight: Rome. (2 of 3) B

Day Ten – Sunday, March 22, 2020: Free Day in Rome.

Now is the time for all the last minute shopping, or reserving a museum visit according to your own interests. Overnight: Rome. (3 of 3) B

Day Eleven – Wednesday, March 23, 2020: 

Depart for USA on flight home LH 490 10:30 AM, arriving later the same day.

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.


FULL TOUR PRICE INCLUDES air from Seattle, group transfers in Italy, hotels with breakfast, five (5) dinners, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of an English-speaking lecturer, downloadable resource notebook, local guide (where required) and entrance fees to sites/activities listed as included in the program. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of June 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. A surcharge will be the responsibility of the passenger if the euro vs dollar rate exceeds 1.3.

Price of $4319 is based on a minimum of 40 passengers;

Price of $4429 is based on a minimum of 35 passengers;

Price of $4599 is based on a minimum of 30 passengers;

Price of $4799 is based on a minimum of 25 passengers;

LAND ONLY OPTION reduces the above amounts by $1200, and INCLUDES all of the above except airfare and airport transfers.

NOT INCLUDED  are personal items such as laundry; coffee during or after meals; lunches, four (4) dinners in Sorrento and Rome, 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 special visit to a mansio) which 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 $600 single supplement charge. There is limited availability for single rooms and they are usually 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 October 13, 2019. Final payment is due to CTSP by January 3, 2020. 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


ITINERARY LENGTH: Mar 13-23, 2020 – 11 days. 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$140pp double occupancy, or single rooms US$240 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, transferred 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.