3 ways to save money on a unique Easter vacation
By Aimee Heckel
Whether you celebrate Easter religiously or not, organizing an Easter vacation can be educational and entertaining — and give you insight into culture and history.
From holy relics to holy cities to beautiful churches, here are some of our favorite travel destinations to include on your Easter getaway:
1. Visit beautiful and unique churches.
NBC lists the 10 most beautiful churches in the world. Topping the list: The very unique and quirky Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway. This wooden church, built in 1180, is famous for being built using wooden notches and grooves instead of nails. Norway has nearly 30 Middle Age, wooden churches still standing.
Tips: Check out the exhibits in the visitors center. The church is easy to reach via bus, or for more adventure, rent a bike in Laedral and ride to your destination.
Of course, right? Make it an Easter you won’t forget in Vatican City. Walk through St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the Catacombs and participate in Rome’s annual Good Friday procession. This Catholic tradition starts at the Colosseum and finishes at Mount Palatino, complete with a re-enactment of the stations of the cross.
- Looking for cheap tickets to Italy? Right now, many airlines are offering discounted tickets to Europe. Check Fly.com for cheap flights to Rome — right now around $850 from New York.
- Fly.com recommends getting a map and conducting your own walking tour; there is plenty to see. Attend mass at St. Peter’s and enjoy a service in Latin.
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3. If you are Christian or open-minded about the idea, consider a faith-based excursion. Many companies offer Christian-based tours and vacation packages. Check the Christian Travel Finder for a list of different options, such as the Footsteps of Paul tour, where you trace the footsteps of Apostle Paul throughout Greece. On this tour, you will visit Patmos Island, where Apostle John is said to have written the Book of Revelation.
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Photo of Borgund Stave Church, courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.