Pictures from England

Following the Footsteps of England’s Great Authors – Chaucer, Austen, Shakespeare and others

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

Ms. Kelly Foster and Mr. David Hude
St. Andrews Episcopal School
Jackson, MS

May 30 – June 8, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, May 30, 2009 - We will depart the United States from Jackson on Continental Airlines with a connection in Houston.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport and meet our driver and guide.  We will depart for the county of Kent stopping en route at the small city of Rochester.  We will see Gad’s Hill Place where Charles Dickens lived and wrote, and take a short walk in the historic high street seeing the Cathedral and the remains of the Castle.  We will continue to Canterbury to overnight.  Breakfast on the aircraft. B

DAY 3: Monday, June 1, 2009 - Today we visit the Canterbury Tales, a marvelous museum in Canterbury which depicts medieval life and then complete the pilgrims walk to see the shrine of St. Thomas á Becket.  We will visit Canterbury Cathedral and have an audio visual presentation followed by a complete tour of the Cathedral.  We will overnight in Canterbury. B

DAY 4: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - Today we travel to Chawton near Alton, Hampshire where Jane Austen lived for the last 8 years of her life and where she wrote some of her works.  We visit the Jane Austen’s House Museum.  We will see Steventon Church where her father was the minister and see the Vyne, a 16th century country house owned by the National Trust where she attended many dances.  We will have time to walk some of the countryside which inspired much of her works.  Overnight near Southampton. B

DAY 5: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - Today we travel to Bath where we will have a walking tour and visit the Jane Austen Center and the Roman Baths.  We will overnight near Bath. B

DAY 6: Thursday, June 4, 2009 - Today we travel to the ancient circle of stones at Stonehenge which were placed here around 2800 BC and the purpose of which still mystifies historians.  We will continue to London for a guided panoramic sightseeing tour.  We see Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.  We will see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, which is guarded by the Beefeaters and contains the crown jewels, and Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain's royalty.  Overnight London. B

DAY 7: Friday, June 5, 2009 - A full day tour to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.  We visit this charming Elizabethan market town, visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace, the cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway, and Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptized and is buried.  We will also see the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, standing on the banks of the River Avon.  (We can check to see if matinee tickets are available today).  Time permitting we can rent punts to navigate our way along the River Avon.  We return to London in the early evening. B

DAY 8: Saturday, June 6, 2009 - Full day sightseeing tour of central London with our city guide.  We will visit Westminster Abbey, seeing Poet’s Corner where Geoffrey Chaucer is buried along with many other famous writers.  We will continue touring the West End, seeing theatreland and Covent Garden, as well as Parliament Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.  We will travel to Southwark for lunch at the George Inn, the last surviving galleried coaching inn in London, featured in Little Dorrit and next to the site of the Tabard Inn, where Chaucer started his tales.  This afternoon will be free for independent shopping and sightseeing. BL

DAY 9: Sunday, June 7, 2009 - Day tour to the Thames Valley to the city of Oxford.  We will drive via Windsor for views of Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favorite residence, walk over the bridge to Eton, England’s most famous public school, and then via Henley on Thames, home to the annual regatta and to Oxford.  In Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires, our city walk takes us to Magdalen College, Christ Church (where Harry Potter was filmed) and the Bodleian Library.  We walk the college courtyards which gave inspiration to many:  Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland here and C. S. Lewis the Chronicles of Narnia.  We will visit the Lamb and Flat Pub and the Eagle and Child (Bird and Baby) which form part of the city’s literary history.  Return to London late this evening.  Farewell dinner at St. Stephen’s Tavern in Parliament Square. BD

DAY 10: Monday, June 8, 2009 - We will transfer to Heathrow Airport for our return flight to the US arriving back in Jackson this afternoon. BL

Price: $3,529.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Jackson, MS on Continental Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement costs available on request.

Deposit $300 per person due with application by February 25.

Final Payment due March 30, 2009

Cancellation Penalties
◊ February 25 – March 30, 2009 - $300 per person
◊ After March 31, 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.