NOTE: We've begun taking reservations and deposits for this special new tour: Ellen White in Europe. To hold your space, email your name(s) to [email protected] and you will be given instructions about your deposit. Space is limited to 50 people
ELLEN WHITE IN EUROPE: June 19-30, 2019
Waldensian Valleys (Italy), Switzerland, France, Norway
With Dr. Martin Klingbeil
This unique new European tour explores the travels and ministry of Ellen G. White, author of The Great Controversy. Our special presenter is Dr. Martin Klingbeil, a native of Germany and professor of religion at Southern Adventist University, teaching in the area of biblical studies and archaeology. Martin has been a missionary for 23 years, serving the SDA church in Africa, South America, and the USA. He first got interested in Ellen White as a missionary to Europe when he hiked as a 15-year old for two weeks through the Black Forest from Germany into Switzerland, visiting the house in Basel where she had stayed for two years while in Europe.
Optional Rome Pre-Tour
Sun., June 16 Arrive in Rome. Transfer to hotel for supper and overnight.
Mon., June 17 Visit Roman Colosseum/Flavian Amphitheater, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Mamertine Prison (where Paul was held). Lunch. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museum, including Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Supper and overnight in Rome.
Tues., June 18 Visit the Catacombs and Pilate’s Staircase/Scala Sancta, which pilgrims including Martin Luther climbed on their knees as an act of devotion. Lunch and afternoon free time in Trastavere district. Supper and overnight in Rome.
Wed., June 19 Roma Barocca guided walk of Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Supper and overnight in Rome.
MAIN TOUR BEGINS: ELLEN WHITE IN EUROPE
Wed-Thurs, June 19-20. Arrive in Rome. Travelers may choose to arrive in Rome either June 19 (anytime) or the morning of June 20. Travelers arriving June 19 will have additional time to rest at our hotel in Rome (84 Euro/room). Check-in is after 3 p.m. Travelers may also choose to arrive the morning of June 20 no later than 10 a.m.
Thurs., June 20 Depart at 11 a.m. for Torre Pellice in the Waldensian Valleys traveling by bus through Tuscany. Vegetarian lunch provided en route. Supper and worship with Dr. Martin Klingbeil. Overnight in Torre Pellice.
Fri., June 21 Breakfast. Visit sites in the Waldensian Valleys: the open market in Torre Pellice (Friday is market day); the Cave Church (Ghieisa d’ La Tana); School of the Barba; Chanforan; monument of the Piedmont Easter Massacre of 1655 (wear comfortable shoes for some hiking in the mountains). Return to hotel for supper and vespers.
[Ellen White visited the Waldensian valleys three times during her stay in Europe: Nov. 27–Dec 17, 1885; April 15–29, 1886; November 4–18, 1886; she was deeply moved by the beauty and majesty of the valleys as well as the unwavering faith of their inhabitants.]
Sabbath, June 22 Breakfast and Sabbath worship at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Torre Pellice with Dr. Martin Klingbeil. Provided vegetarian lunch. Sabbath afternoon hike to a Waldensian mountain church.
[This is the church where Ellen White worshipped during her visits in the valley. It was then a rented hall. It is also the same location where in 1859 the first European Seventh-day Adventist was baptized by Michael Czechowski, the first (unofficial) Seventh-day Adventist Missionary to Europe.]
FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND
Sun., June 23 Breakfast. Load and depart Torre Pellice. Bus drive through the Italian and French Alps with a stop in the charming village of Chamonix at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, the Mt. Blanc. Open lunch. Optional panoramic gondola ride across Aiguille du Midi (weather-permitting). Arrival at Collonges sous-Salève near Geneva.
[Ellen White traveled at least once by train along the route we are taking (in other occasions she also used the St. Gotthard pass further east) and commented on the magnificence of the French Alps; she sketched and described the mountains as she traveled past them.]
Mon., June 24 Breakfast. Reformation walking tour of Geneva including St. Peter's Cathedral, Calvin's Auditorium, the Reformation Monument, and Calvin College. Open lunch in Geneva. Free time in the afternoon to explore Geneva.
[Visits to Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, and other important places in Europe connected to the Protestant Reformation moved Ellen White to revise the Great Controversy so that it would be more relevant to the growing Adventist movement in Europe.]
Tues., June 25 Breakfast. Load and depart Collonges sous-Salève for Basel via Tramelan, Switzerland. Lunch along Lake Neuchâtel. Visit the first SDA church outside of North America in Europe at Tramelan and visit to a nearby cave that provided refuge for Anabaptists since the 16th century. Arrival in Basel late afternoon.
[Ellen White preached the inauguration sermon at the Tramelan church on Christmas Day 1886. The wooden chapel was built in the garden of the Roth family home. Its upper room is still the meeting place for Adventist Sabbathkeepers in Tramelan.]
Wed., June 26 Breakfast. Load and depart Basel for Zurich. Visit former site of SDA headquarters for Central Europe on the corner of Weiherweg and Rudolphstrasse; visit John N. Andrews’s grave, the first official SDA missionary to Europe. Transfer to Zurich airport. Depart for Oslo, Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo and transfer to hotel.
[The park-facing apartment on the third floor of the publishing house in Basel became home for Ellen White during her stay in Europe. Aside from offices and printing press, the house accommodated a number of families. When she entered the newly built house for the first time, she recognized some of its furnishings and staff from a vision in 1975.]
Thurs., June 27 Late breakfast. Visit to Akershus Fortress in the morning. Open lunch. Boat tour of the Oslo Fjord and city highlights in the afternoon.
[Ellen White visited Norway three times (October 30–November 16, 1885; July 2–16, 1886; June 6–July 22, 1887) and spoke to the largest audiences of her presentations during her stay in Europe. On November 8, 1885, she gave a temperance lecture at the military gymnasium at the Akershus fortress with 1,600 people in attendance, including the bishop of Oslo, then Christiana.]
Fri., June 28 Breakfast. Train ride along the Oslo Fjord to Moss. Visit the Adventkirken Moss and the Bellevue Pine Grove at Jeløy, Moss. Explore Moss, its famous galleries and beaches before returning by train to Oslo in the afternoon. Dinner and vespers at the hotel.
[Moss was the site of the first European camp meeting, the first SDA camp meeting held outside of North America. Ellen White was the guest speaker for the occasion and other visitors from abroad included S. N. Haskell, J. H. Waggoner, L. Conradi, and D. A. Robinson. The weather was beautiful and the meetings successful. The 5th Session of the European Missionary Council ensued with delegates from all over Europe.]
Sabbath, June 29 Sabbath worship at the Syvendedags Adventist-Kirken Betel in Oslo. Sabbath lunch provided. Afternoon exploration of Oslo: a walk along the Aker River, a visit to the Botanical Garden, the Oslo Cathedral, or the park at the Royal Palace. Vespers and tour closure at the Oslo Fjord.
[The corner building at Akersgata 74 was rebuilt in 1885 housing the printing press and a large meeting room. When entering the pressroom just after her arrival in Oslo (Christiana), she said: “I have seen these presses before.”]
Sun., June 30 Tour ends. You may depart for airport to fly to your place of origin, or stay additional nights in Oslo.
Shared Room: 2450 euro/person; current exchange rate is $2988
Single Room: 2830 euro/person; current exchange rate is $3452
Optional Rome Pre-Tour June 16-20: 630 Euro (725/sgl): current exchange rate is $770 ($884)
Travelers arriving in Rome June 19 (one night early) may reserve a room at our Rome hotel at a rate of 84 Euro (96/sgl).
Note: Current exchange rate is 1 Euro=$1.22. This rate may increase or decrease at the time of final payment Feb. 1, 2019. Final payment is by check in American dollars at the Feb. 1, 2019, exchange rate.
Tour Package includes: first-class hotel accommodation in Torre Pellice, Geneva, Basel, and Oslo; sightseeing and admissions, air-conditioned motorcoach transportation, train ride second class Oslo-Moss-Oslo, Fjord cruise from/to Oslo, gratuities, breakfast and supper daily; plus three provided vegetarian lunches. (Not included: other daily lunches; one-way flight from Zurich to Oslo, est. $100; Gondola ride to/from Mont d’Aiguilles.)
FLIGHT: Est. $500-$1500 roundtrip. Your multi-city itinerary will be (1) Home Airport-Rome and (2) Oslo-Home Airport. Airfares will come available July 2018, and flight guidance will be provided at that time. Travelers will book their own multi-city itinerary arriving June 19 or 20 in Rome, and returning June 30 (or later) from Oslo. NOTE: Airfares this year from New York (to Rome, returning from Oslo) on Norwegian Airlines run as low as $426! The same low fares may be available for Summer 2019.
SIGN-UP AND TIMELINE: This tour has room for up to 50 people (one bus) and will be filled on a first-come basis. To hold a space on this tour, email your full name(s) to [email protected] Within 10 days, please mail your deposit of $500/person. Your deposit will be deducted from your final tour payment due Feb 1, 2019. Make check payable to “Tabgha Tours” and mail to 8139 Roy Lane, Ooltewah, Tenn. 37363. Phone 423-298-2141.
February 2018: Initial sign-up via email on first-come basis. $500/person deposit check due within 10 days to confirm space.
Feb. 1, 2019: Final payment due.
June 19, 2019: Depart for Ellen White in Europe Tour
Cancellation Policy. 4+ months: $500 (deposit). 1-4 months: $1000. Less than 1 month: no refund. (See trip insurance.) Should an emergency prevent tour leader from attending, a replacement will be provided.
Trip Insurance: Trip Insurance is available through Adventist Risk Management for $21.08/person. The insurance provides up $1000 for trip cancellation for medical reasons and covers post-departure emergencies, including hospitalization and lost luggage. Insurance is purchased at the time of final payment four months prior to the trip and does not cover the initial deposit period. To sign up for trip insurance, email your names(s) to [email protected] and add $21.08 to your final payment.