Religious Tourism - Art, Monuments and Routes

Religious Tourism - Art, Monuments and Routes
Religious Tourism - Art, Monuments and Routes

The programme “Religious Tourism: Art, Monuments and Route Programmes” is a great way for participants to become acquainted with the secrets of religious tourism. They will learn how to organize the experience of a religious tour in Greece and around the world, and promote places where traditions of centuries continue to date. The programme is ideal for professionals from various fields who are called to manage relevant issues of the tourist product.

Furthermore, participants will be provided with specialized knowledge and skills that will enable them to offer organization and implementation services, as well as trip – excursions support. The programme will cover activities of pilgrimage with religious, cultural and tourist interest, focusing on the direct connection of the historical and religious element, crucial to the respective religious monuments.

Laboratory Teaching Staff, Department of Humanities, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, NKUA.

The programme is addressed to tourism-related professionals, education-related personal, and anyone interested in religion, culture, history and archeology.

The program aims at providing trainees with specialized knowledge and skills in the field of religious tourism. Its goal is to cultivate competences that will enable trainees to offer quality services relevant to organizing, implementing and supporting trips/excursions, and in general activities of pilgrimage, religious, cultural and tourist interest, focusing on the direct connection of the historical and religious element, which is of crucial importance for the essential contact with the respective religious monuments. Emphasis is placed on the overview of the history of religious art and architecture, while specific packages of religious destinations in Greece and abroad are proposed.

Lesson 1: Religious Tourism – Alternative Tourism
Unit 1: Principles of Religious Tourism
Unit 2: Forms of Religious Tourism
Unit 3: Religious Tourism and Tourist Legislation
Unit 4: Religious Tourism in Greece and the Search for Spirituality
Unit 5: Creation, Organization and Management of a Tourist Religious Package
Unit 6: Development of Religious Tourism and business activity

Lesson 2: Religious Art and Architecture
Unit 1: Overview of Religious Art and Architecture, from Ancient Egyptian Culture to the Modern Era Teaching Unit
Unit 2: Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art and Architecture

Lesson 3: Organization of Religious Tourism and Other Alternative Forms of Tourism: Greece - Case Studies
Unit 1: Organizing a Tripto Archaeological Religious Monuments in Attica -Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Sounio, 3 days
Unit 2: Organizing a Trip to an Orthodox Christian Destination in Mainland Greece - Meteora, the Rocks of God, 3 days
Unit 3: Travel planning in an Orthodox Christian Destination in Island Greece - Patmos, the Island of the Apocalypse, 4 days

Lesson 4: Organization of Religious Tourist Trips and Other Alternative Forms of Tourism: Abroad - Case Studies
Unit 1: Travel planning in an Orthodox Christian Destination in Jerusalem - Holy Land - 7 days
Unit 2: Organizing a Trip to Christian Monuments in Rome, the Vatican and Florence, 5-6 days
Unit 3: Organizing a Trip to the Golden Triangle of India - Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, 8-10 days.
Unit 4: Organizing a Trip to Christian and Islamic monuments in Constantinople, (Istanbul), 7 days
Unit 5: Organizing a Trip to Archaeological Religious Monuments in Egypt - Pyramids of Giza, 5-7 days


Lesson 4: Other cases of religious travel
Unit 1: Organizing a Trip following the “Steps of the Apostle Paul” (Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Italy) and “The Road of St. James, Camino de Santiago de Compostela" (France and Spain)”
Unit 2: Hajj, the road of Muslims for pilgrimage to Mecca and organizing religious trips to China and the Buddhist way of pilgrimage to Borobudur
Unit 3: Organizing religious trips to Russia and to the Central and South America in the U.S.A.

The participant’s final mark will be based on a combination of open and closed type questions.

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