W o r l d v i e w T r a v e l e r
From Plato to Picasso to You
R O M E - F L O R E N C E - P A R I S
Learning Worldviews Through the Arts
Offered by Philadelphia Biblical University
June 10-18, 2009
A Unique 9-day Rome-Florence-Paris
Christian worldview “conference on wheels”
led by Rick and Nancy Pearcey
Join PBU professor and Total Truth author Nancy Pearcey and writer-editor Rick Pearcey on a 9-day worldview excursion through Rome, Florence, and Paris.
Learn on-site how to “decipher” the meaning of the art and artifacts that have shaped the Western mind and continue to influence our lives today. Take a “conference on wheels” to the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican art museum, the Uffizi and Louvre, and the Colosseum and Eiffel Tower -- all illuminated by presentations and discussions led by Rick and Nancy Pearcey.
Dr. Nancy Pearcey is PBU’s Scholar for Worldview Studies. She has lectured widely and authored award-winning books on Christian worldview, including the best-selling Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. Take this exclusive opportunity to get a preview of the material she is working on for her next book.
Rick Pearcey holds two master’s degrees and is formerly managing editor of the Capitol Hill political weekly Human Events and associate editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report. He now edits and publishes The Pearcey Report (archives), where Nancy is editor at large.TOUR ITINERARY
* DAY 1 -– Wed., June 10 • Fly to Europe
Our Air France flight #365 departs Philadelphia at 6:45 p.m.
* DAY 2 –- Thurs., June 11 • Rome
We arrive in Rome (map) at 11:50 a.m. The group will be met by an English-speaking guide, who will whisk us off to our first tour. Rome boasts an unrivaled 3,000-year heritage of art and architecture. We will see the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators fought and Christians faced the wild beasts. From there we travel up the Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, which gives a fine view of the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. The Forum was where the city’s business was carried out -- shops, schools, temples -- similar to the Greek marketplace (agora) where Paul often addressed the crowds on his missionary journeys. Dinner will be at the Hotel Diana. [D]
* DAY 3 –- Fri., June 12 • Rome
After breakfast we’ll begin today’s journey at the Vatican art museum. Here we will view artifacts from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, as well as by those Renaissance greats such as Raphael. Our journey culminates with a viewing of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Next stop is St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s famous Pieta and other masterpieces. The afternoon is free for shopping or resting. Dinner is again at the hotel. [B, D]
Our final half-day tour in Rome includes the Piazza Navona, considered the most beautiful square in the city, with its three Bernini fountains, including the Fountain of the Four Rivers. Then it’s off to Florence (map) by train, the city where Italian Renaissance art attained its finest form. In the afternoon we will visit the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, the landmark dome that graces the cover of so many books about Florence. We will enter through the bronze doors by Ghiberti, which Michelangelo called the “Gates of Paradise.” Inside we can gaze at the majestic medieval mosaic ceiling portraying Judgment Day. Dinner is at the Hotel Mediterraneo. [B, D]
* DAY 5 –- Sun., June 14 • Florence, Night Train to Paris
We will take time together this Sunday to direct our thoughts to the Lord. Then the day’s tour starts at the Uffizi, where we will take in masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance by such greats as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. After this rich visual feast, we will visit the Galleria dell’ Accademia to see several sculptures by Michelangelo, including his famous David. In the evening we board an overnight sleeper train to Paris (map). [B]
* DAY 6 –- Mon., June 15 • Paris
Arriving in the morning at the Gare de Bercy Station, we start the day with a tour of the magnificent Louvre, where we will view some of the world’s most famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa. The Louvre gives us a chance to trace the history of world-views from the medieval period through the Renaissance, neo-Classicism, and Romanticism. We will also have free time to browse our favorite artists. Those with an interest in Old Testament history will delight in seeing Assryian and Persian stonework, and the famous stele of the Code of Hammurabi. In the afternoon, we will view some of the brightest jewels of the medieval era at Notre Dame Cathedral. Dinner is at a local restaurant, then to the Pullman Bercy Hotel for the night. [D]
* DAY 7 –- Tues., June 16 • Paris
Everyone loves Impressionism, a style that was birthed right here in Paris. We will spend the morning at the Musee d’Orsay, which houses the world’s best collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists -- Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. We will also learn about the Christian-inspired Realism of Millet. In the afternoon, we will tour the Musée Marmottan for some of the best-known pieces by Monet. A cruise down the Seine sets us up nicely for dinner at a local restaurant. [B, D]
This is our day to go modern. Our tour takes us to the Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, where the building’s postmodern architecture is as famous as the paintings inside. The art works transport us from the Cubism of Picasso to Surrealism to postmodernism and the anti-art movement. We will see visual expressions of the worldviews that Christians must engage in order to communicate the Gospel more effectively in our age. In the afternoon, we will climb the Eiffel Tower, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. [B, D]
* DAY 9 –- Thurs., June 18 • Return to Philadelphia
After a hot buffet breakfast, we will be transferred from the hotel to the Charles de Gaulle airport, where we will board Air France’s direct flight #366 at 1:15 p.m., arriving in Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m.
TOUR DETAILS (Official Brochure, pdf)
* COSTS -- The basic tour price INCLUDES airfare, land transportation, six breakfasts, six dinners, double occupancy hotel rooms for six nights, first-class train with sleeping berths from Florence to Paris, entrance fees, porterage when available, gratuities, and English-speaking guides. NOT INCLUDED are one breakfast and dinner on board the train, all lunches, personal expenses such as laundry and telephone, and passport or visa charges. Prices are subject to change due to fuel charges or airport taxes.
* ACCOMMODATIONS -- Hotels are superior or first class and rooms have private baths.
* MEALS -- Full breakfasts and three-course dinners are provided in hotels or local restaurants.
* LAND TRANSPORTATION -- Sightseeing is by private coach throughout.
* CHANGES IN ITINERARY -- Due to unforeseen circumstances, and at the discretion of the tour operator, adjustments may have to be made in the itinerary.
* LAND CANCELLATION POLICY -- The land cancellation policy is as follows:
-- Prior to April 10-No penalty
-- Between April 10 and May 25-$500 registration fee
-- After May 25-Non-refundable
* AIR CANCELLATION POLICY -- The air cancellation policy is as follows:
-- Prior to April 10-No penalty
-- Between April 10 and ticket issue- $100 penalty
-- After ticket issue -Non-refundable
* PASSPORTS -- All participants must have a passport valid through November 2009. US citizens who do not currently have one should allow at least four weeks for the process. Those who do not hold a U.S. passport should notify the Tour Coordinator to ascertain whether visas are needed.
* INSURANCE -- Travel Bound offers insurance for $89 per person. Premium to be paid with registration.
* LUGGAGE -- One suitcase and one carry-on piece are allowed. Airline regulations will be communicated at a later date.
* MEMBERSHIP -- To ensure congenial membership on the tour, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse the application of any individual and/or expel any tour member whose conduct is incompatible with the interests of the party as a whole.
* RESPONSIBILITY -- Philadelphia Biblical University and Independence Travel act only as agents and do not assume liability for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to persons or property due to an act of God or negligence or default of any supplier of services.
You may register by completing the form below and submitting it with a registration fee of $500. A minimum of 25participants is needed by March 11 to offer this tour. Registrations will be received after this date, if space is available.
REGISTRATION FOR “FROM PLATO TO PICASSO TO YOU”
June 10-18, 2009
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-- Final payment is due: March 11, 2009
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-- Miss Mae Stewart, Tour Coordinator
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Please check the official "From Plato to Picasso to You" PBU brochure or call 215-702-4333 if you have any questions. Thanks!