Sunday, May 22

Depart the US 


Our journey begins as we depart from the U.S. for your long-awaited destination - Great Britian!


Wesley's Chapel

Monday, May 23

Arrival in London


HELLO AND WELCOME!
  • Arrival into London - You will be met and assisted through customs, introduced to your driver and guide.
  • A sightseeing tour of London will begin with a visit to Wesley’s Chapel which was the London base of Methodist preacher John Wesley in the late 1700s. Other sites include the Foundry, Wesley’s House, and the Museum of Methodism which tells the story of Methodism from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries and explores the wide role the movement has played in London and in Britain's social and political history.
  • The tour will continue to Bunhill Fields burial ground which is the resting place for many 17th through 19th century Nonconformists, such as, William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley. 

Canterbury Cathedral

Tuesday, May 24

Canterbury


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • The historic city of Canterbury is the site of the magnificent Gothic cathedral known as the “mother church” of England. Canterbury Cathedral, together with St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site. Canterbury is also famous for Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and being the location of Thomas Becket’s murder.
  • In the village of Bladon, we will visit the grave site of Sir Winston Churchill.

Christ Church College

Wednesday, May 25

Oxford


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”, is home to England's oldest university. We will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the renowned Christ Church College in the company of a college custodian. The school has many famous alumni and faculty including Albert Einstein, 13 British Prime Ministers, and Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. The Great Hall was also used as a location for the Harry Potter movies.  Other sites include Lincoln College, Balliol College and the Martyrs Memorial.
  • After lunch we will drive to the small village of Risinghurst to visit C.S. Lewis House, where the author wrote all the Narnia books along with many other classics.

Cowper Summer House

Thursday, May 26

York


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • We start the day in Olney were will visit the Cowper and Newton Museum which celebrates the leading 18th Century poet & letter writer William Cowper and his friend, John Newton who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace".
  • In Bedford, we will tour the John Bunyan Museum and Library, dedicated to the famous Reformed Baptist minister who spent over a decade in prison for his religious determination. During his imprisonment he wrote his most remarkable work, The Pilgrim's Progress.
  • York is both the political and ecclesiastical capital of the north of England. York Minster, a massive Gothic cathedral, towers over the medieval half-timber houses and narrow streets of the old town.

Hadrian's Wall

Friday, May 27

Glasgow


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • We will enjoy a picnic lunch at Hadrian’s Wall, built in 122AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in an effort to separate the Romans from the “barbarians."
  • In the city of Glasgow, we will visit the Glasgow Cathedral built during the 13th to 15th centuries.  It is only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete.

Inverary Castle

Saturday, May 28

The Highlands


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Today we will explore the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. The tour will follow the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond, as it takes you over the high mountain pass known as 'Rest and Be Thankful' - from the summit viewpoint there is a panoramic view down the steep-sided Glen Croe Valley.
  • The tour will continue around the head of Loch Fyne, leading to Inveraray Castle.  This fairy-tale castle is home to the Duke of Argyll, the chief of the Campbells, and boasts some of the most richly decorated interiors in Scotland. We will also tour the region of Argyll, Loch Awe, and head through the Pass of Brander.

Iona Abbey

Sunday, May 29

Isle of Iona


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • A ferry will take us to one of the most romantic regions in Scotland, the Hebridean Islands, where the locals still live in crofts and livestock roam freely across the moorland.
  • We will visit the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity, and discover the Iona Abbey and Monastery - originally founded by St. Columba when he sailed over from Ireland in the sixth century. This site is also reputed to be the burial ground of the medieval Scottish Kings.

Stirling Castle

Monday, May 30

Stirling


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Today, we will tour the county of Stirlingshire, in the heart of Central Scotland, where the armies of William 'Braveheart' Wallace defeated the invading forces from England in 1297. With its grand apartments and Great Hall, the majestic Stirling Castle was once the most significant residence of the Stuart kings.
  • The tour will also visit Bannockburn Battlefield where Robert the Bruce finally expelled the English armies with a stunning military victory in 1314.
  • To the west of Stirling are the Trossachs, a delightful scenic area of mountains, forests and lakes. This region is known for the infamous outlaw Rob Roy McGregor, who is described as the Robin Hood of Scotland.

Holyrood House

Tuesday, May 31

Edinburgh


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, a royal fortress and impressive military installation with stunning views of the city. The Royal Mile stretches down from the castle through the 'Old Town' of Edinburgh, to Holyrood Palace, the Queen's Official Residence in Scotland.
  • We will tour John Knox House which dates from 1470, making it the only original medieval building left surviving in Edinburgh. The house is associated with the Scottish Reformation, which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Other sites include the Scottish Parliament Building, the Museum of Edinburgh, and Greyfriars Kirk.

St. Andrews

Wednesday, June 1

St. Andrews


SITES YOU WILL VISIT
  • Tour the city of St. Andrews, the ecclesiastical and educational capital of Scotland in the Middle Ages. We will visit the evocative ruins of the largest cathedral ever built in Scotland, and see the oldest university in Scotland where Prince William met his wife, Catherine Middleton.
  • In the afternoon, choose between the following optional activities (at additional cost).

Thursday, June 2

Homeward Bound 


Today we bid farewell and with heart-changing memories of our walk in the footsteps of English Church history, we arrive back home. May we never be the same!


 *Itinerary subject to change.