Pictures from England

A Pilgrimage to England

Exploring our Celtic Spirituality

Led by:

The Rev. Rob Laws
UMW Canterbury Club
Fredericksburg, VA

February 26 – March 6, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, February 26, 2010 - Morning departure on United Airlines from Washington’s Dulles International Airport for a nonstop flight into London’s Heathrow Airport.  You will be met in the arrival hall by your escort/driver who will take you to your waiting coach and transfer you to Canterbury to your hotel for the evening.  Meals on aircraft. D

DAY 2: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel.  This morning we will tour St. Augustine’s Abbey. Then, after lunch, we will visit St. Martin’s Church.  We finish the afternoon with Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral. Dinner at Chaucer Hotel and overnight Canterbury. BD

DAY 3: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel.  This morning we will attend Mass at St. Mildred’s Church, followed by lunch and an afternoon tour of Canterbury Cathedral.  We end the day with Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral.  Dinner at Chaucer Hotel and overnight Canterbury. BD

DAY 4: Monday, March 1, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel and then meet your escort and transfer to London.  You will be able to store your luggage at the hotel before you continue to Westminster Abbey for a retreat.  Evensong at Westminster Abbey and then dinner and overnight at your London Hotel. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel and then a visit to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery in the morning.  In the afternoon you will visit St Martins-in-the-Field for an afternoon Choral Eucharist and a tour [arranged by the group leader).  Dinner at Albert Pub and overnight in London. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel and then a full day to explore on your own.  Dinner at the Star Pub and overnight in London. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - Continental breakfast in your hotel and then a full day tour of London.  Your tour includes:

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square:  The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried.  See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard:  Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus.  Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colorful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.  We will then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub.  (Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.)

St Paul's Cathedral:  A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St. Paul's Cathedral – crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline.  The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666.  In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Tower of London and Crown Jewels:  Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses.  Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armory and a place of imprisonment and execution.  The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past.  We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan Diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.

Finally, enjoy a River Thames cruise from the Tower of London:  *Occasionally, there may not be a Changing of the Guard.  On these occasions, we will visit Horseguards Parade.

• Dinner at the Star Pub and overnight in London. BD

DAY 8: Friday, March 5, 2010 - A full day free to explore London on your own.  Continental breakfast in your hotel and dinner at the Albert Pub. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, March 6, 2010 - Breakfast and then meet your tour escort for your transfer to London’s Heathrow Airport to board your flight for your return to Washington’s Dulles International Airport for your nonstop return flight to the USA arriving this afternoon.  Breakfast and meals on the aircraft. BD

Price: $1,999.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Washington Dulles International Airport on United Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ After January 15, 2010: 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.