Pictures from England

Cathedrals and Holy Places of our Anglican Heritage

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

The Revs. George and Kammy Young
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Fernandina Beach, FL

April 10 - 21, 2008

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, April 10, 2008 - Depart from Jacksonville bound for Atlanta with a connection to London.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Friday, April 11, 2008 - We arrive in London where we will meet our guide and driver, board our waiting motor coach and depart for Canterbury, the center of English Christianity.  On our journey to Canterbury, we will visit Aylesford Priory, an ancient religious house of the order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th century.  We will have lunch at the priory and continue to Canterbury where we will enjoy a "welcome to England" dinner together.  Overnight Canterbury. BLD

DAY 3: Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Today we take a guided tour of Christchurch Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Canterbury.  The building is a living textbook of medieval architecture and the first of England’s great Norman cathedrals. Thomas à Becket was martyred here when he was Archbishop of Canterbury.  His body now rests in Trinity Chapel. A guided walking tour of the city will reveal its wealth of historic treasures.  We will visit St. Martin’s Church which was used for Christian services before the coming of St. Augustine and probably stands on the site of an ancient Roman-British church.  It contains a tub shaped font that is probably of Saxon origin.  We will see St. Augustine Abbey, which marks the rebirth of Christianity in southern England.  It was founded in 597 AD by St. Augustine.  Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St. Martin’s Church.  Overnight Canterbury. B

DAY 4: Sunday, April 13, 2008 - We will attend Holy Eucharist at Christchurch Cathedral and then we leave Canterbury and continue along the southern tip of England to the lovely town of Winchester, capital of England for more than four centuries.  We explore Winchester Cathedral, the longest medieval church in England which was begun in 1079 and consecrated in 1093.  We see the Great Hall, the remains of the city’s castle, the place where the English Parliament first met in 1246 and where Sir Walter Raleigh was tried for conspiracy and sentenced to death.  Also housed here is the reputed mystical Round Table of the Knights of King Arthur.  Overnight Salisbury. BD

DAY 5: Monday, April 14, 2008 - Today we tour Salisbury and visit the cathedral which has the highest spire of any in Great Britain and contains an original copy of the Magna Carta.  Around the medieval cathedral are the quaint cobbled streets which make this market town so picturesque.  We travel along a route that will allow us to see a White Horse carved in the chalk hills to Glastonbury, where, according to legend, Joseph of Arimathea brought the Chalice of the Last Supper.  A primitive church was built and legend has it that the Glastonbury Thornbush sprang from St. Joseph’s staff and offshoots from the original bush can be seen on the abbey grounds.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist in the Visitor’s Chapel before departing for Wells, England’s smallest cathedral city.  Here we will see St. Andrew’s Well within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace and the famous Cathedral Church of St. Andrew.  Overnight Wells. BD

DAY 6: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - We travel to Bath, thought by many to be the most beautiful city in England.  The town has a glowing elegance with the many squares, terraces and crescents and with the beautiful architecture using honey-colored local stone.  The town came into being because of the purported medicinal properties of the natural springs.  We will visit Stonehenge, the ancient circle of stones whose origin and purpose still mystifies archaeologists and historians.  We will continue to Stratford where we visit the home of William Shakespeare, and see the home of his wife, Anne Hathaway and Shakespeare’s tomb at Holy Trinity Church.  Overnight Coventry. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - We begin with a visit to 1000 year old cathedral that was bombed during World War II and see its ruins which were left as a testament to history.  The new cathedral was built next door and contains the best of modern religious art.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist on the grounds of the cathedral and then continue to York.  Overnight York. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, April 17, 2008 - Today we explore York, the military capital of Roman Britain.  Following the fall of the Roman Empire, a Saxon town grew over the ruins of the Roman fort.  During the 9th century, the Vikings conquered York.  We will see York Minster, the largest church in England, the Chapter House, the Undercroft Museum and Treasury, the Crypt and more.  We will visit The Shambles, a fully preserved medieval street with half-timbered stores and houses and then drive to Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage site, for a visit.  We will continue to the area of Lincoln.  Overnight Lincoln. BD

DAY 9: Friday, April 18, 2008 - We stop at Lincoln for a visit to the cathedral, outstanding for its soaring position and for its richly unified design.  Begun in 1072 by the Norman Bishop Remigius, the building was later damaged by fire and by earthquake.  The Dean’s Eye, the stained glass window at the north end of the transept, is one of the earliest of traceried windows.  We will visit the Minster Yard, which showcases buildings of various periods, and the Bishop’s Palace.  We continue to the University Town of Cambridge to view the very best in English architecture.  We will attend Evensong at King’s College and have dinner and overnight in the Cambridge area. BD

DAY 10: Saturday, April 19, 2008 - Today we travel into London and explore London‘s West End (the Queen’s London) with a 1/2 day panoramic sightseeing tour including the Tower of London and Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace. We will tour Westminster Abbey where England’s monarchs have been crowned since 1066 and then tour St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Those who wish can be dropped at the Tate Gallery and then walk across the new Millenium Bridge, visit the Globe Theater or other sites on your own.  The evening will be free.  Overnight London. B

Day 11: Sunday, April 20, 2008 - This morning we will attend morning services at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  We will visit Lambeth Palace (these are private visits and must be approved by Lambeth officials), home to the Archbishop of Canterbury when he is in London.  We will then have some free time before returning to the hotel and preparing for our “Farewell to England Dinner” Overnight London. BD

DAY 12: Monday, April 21, 2008 - Return to the US. BL

Price: $3,699.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Jacksonville, FL.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement costs available on request.

Final payment due February 1, 2008

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 5, 2008: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ January 6 - February 24, 2008: $300 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After February 24, 2008: NO REFUND

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.