Pictures from England

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

The Rev. Jeffrey MacKnight
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
Bethesda, MD

April 17 - 28, 2008

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, April 17, 2008 - Depart from Washington’s Dulles Airport bound for our nonstop flight to London.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Friday, April 18, 2008 - Arrive in London and depart for Canterbury, the center of English Christianity.  We will stop along the way to Canterbury to have a light lunch at Aylesford Priory, an order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th century.  We will overnight and have a "welcome to England" dinner at Canterbury.  Overnight Canterbury. BLD

DAY 3: Saturday, April 19, 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.  Afterwards, we will visit Dover to see the famous White Cliffs and Dover Castle, a great example of a basic castle that was used for observation and defense.  Be sure to see the Hellfire exhibit in the castle before we return to Canterbury in time for Evensong tonight.  Overnight Canterbury. B

DAY 4: Sunday, April 20, 2008 - We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at Christchurch Cathedral and then we leave Canterbury and continue along the southern tip of England to the lovely little village of Mayfield where we will visit St. Dunstan’s Church.  St. Dunstan’s is located next to the remains of the Archbishops of Canterbury’s Palace in the village.  The church was founded by St. Dunstan, who is said to have attacked the Devil that was trying to tempt him whilst disguised as a woman.  The present church was built between 1410 and 1420 with parts of the original stone building still available. We will have dinner and overnight near Salisbury. BD

DAY 5: Monday, April 21, 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 will visit Winchester, capital of England for more than 4 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.  We return to the Salisbury area to attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  You are free to make your own dinner arrangements tonight.  Overnight Salisbury. BD

DAY 6: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - We leave Salisbury this morning and travel along a route that will allow us to see a With 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 continue to 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.  We will continue to the area near Bath for our overnight. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - We will visit 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 the Roman Baths and then depart for Oxford. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, April 24, 2008 - Today we explore the University City of Oxford.  We will visit the colleges of Christ Church (with Oxford Cathedral), Merton, Queen’s College, Magdalen College, New College as well as the Sheldonian Theatre.  We will visit the Martyr’s Memorial with statues of Cranmer, Ridley and Latimer who were burned at the stake in 1556 in nearby Broad Street.  You will have some free time this afternoon before your Oxford pub crawl and dinner this evening.  Overnight Oxford. BD

DAY 9: Friday, April 25, 2008 - We will visit Windsor Castle, reputed to be Queen Elizabeth’s favorite residence, before we travel into London and explore London’s West End (the Queen’s London) with a 1/2 day panoramic sightseeing tour including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace.  We visit Westminster Abbey where England’s monarchs have been crowned since 1066 and then attend Evensong at the Abbey before dinner and overnight in London. BD

DAY 10: Saturday, April 26, 2008 - We will visit St. Dunstan’s-in-the East, the ruins of an Anglican Church first built here on St. Dunstan’s Hill around 1100. It was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666 and rebuilt. It was again heavily damaged during World War II and was never restored.  The area has become one of the loveliest of all of London’s public gardens and the steeple and tower designed by Sir Christopher Wren remain intact.  Open air services are still held in the ruins on special occasions. We will continue to Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury when he is in London. We will tour the palace (special permission must be granted by the officials of the Palace for a tour) before having free time this afternoon and evening.  Overnight London. BD

Day 11: Sunday, April 27, 2008 - We will attend morning services at St. Paul’s Cathedral this morning and have a free afternoon to revisit some of your favorite places, shop for last minute souvenirs or explore something new.  There are also many matinees in the West End so you may wish to see another performance.  We will gather this evening for a “farewell to England” dinner.  Overnight London. BD

DAY 12: Monday, April 28, 2008 - We will depart London arriving back into Washington this afternoon. BL

Price: $3,499.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Washington Dulles.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement costs available on request.

Final Payment due February 15, 2008

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 9, 2008 - $100 per person.
◊ January 10 – February 29, 2008 - $300 per person
◊ After March 1, 2008: NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

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.