A Pilgrimage to our Spiritual Past

A Journey to England and Scotland

Led by:

Ms Sally LePla
Christ Episcopal Church Youth

July 16 - 25, 2007

Trip map

Day 1, Monday, July 16, 2007 – We will depart from Detroit for our trans-Atlantic flight.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

Day 2, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – We will arrive at London’s Gatwick Airport where we will meet our guide, board our private coach and take a panoramic sightseeing tour of London.  We will 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.  We will check into our hotel and have a short time to rest followed by a “welcome to England” dinner at an authentic English Pub.  Overnight London. BD

Day 3, Wednesday, July 18, 2007 – This morning we will visit St. Paul’s Cathedral which contains dozens of monuments and tombs including commemorations of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington who defeated the French at Waterloo.  From the Whispering Gallery, high in the dome, words whispered can be clearly heard 112 feet away.  We will then visit Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty.  We will enjoy Evensong at Westminster Abbey.  You will have dinner on our own this evening at one of London’s famous pubs, eateries or perhaps even at McDonald’s.  Overnight London. B

Day 4, Thursday, July 19, 2007 – Our journey today will find us at our first stop in the great medieval city of Lincoln where we will tour the Cathedral, the Castle, built by William the Conqueror and containing one of the 5 original copies of the Magna Carta, and the Roman ruins.  We continue traveling north to the medieval city of York.  This evening we will walk the well preserved medieval walls and get a good overview of this delightful town dominated by the Minster.  Overnight York. BD

Day 5, Friday, July 20, 2007 – Today we will enjoy a walking tour of York.  The many layers of York history that we will see include Roman, Viking, Norman and Plantagenet.  We will visit York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England and the seat of the Archbishop of York, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the hierarch of the Church of England.  The tour will include The Shambles, a perfectly preserved medieval street with half-timbered stores and houses.  We continue on to Fountains Abbey, one of the most famous ruins in England and a great reminder of medieval monastic life.  We return to York Minster where we will enjoy Evensong this evening.  Dinner and overnight York. BD

Day 6, Saturday, July 21, 2007 – After breakfast we depart for Rievaulx Abbey, founded in 1131, it was once one of England’s greatest Cistercian abbeys.  We continue to Lindisfarne, Holy Isle.  The island has been inhabited since the Iron Age and Christianity was brought to the island by St. Aidan when he established a monastery here in 635 AD.  St. Aidan came from Iona where he was a monk in the monastery founded there by St. Columba.  St. Aidan was not the first person on Lindisfarne, but his is the first known name mentioned in relation to the island.  Under its greatest Abbot, Cuthbert, Lindisfarne became one of the greatest centers of learning in Christendom.  We will take the 3 mile Pilgrim’s Walk from the mainland to Lindisfarne when the tide is out.  Upon arrival on Lindisfarne we will walk the ruins and hear a lecture about St. Adian and St. Cuthbert.  Dinner and overnight Berwick Upon Tweed. BD

Day 7, Sunday. July 22, 2007 – After breakfast at an English McDonald’s we depart for Scotland.  We continue on to the Isle of Iona where we will step back into the Celtic spiritual history of Scotland.  A monastery was established here by St. Columba in the 6th century and St. Columba died here in 597.  The island is a true “thin space” where pilgrims have sensed the nearness of the Holy throughout the ages.  Overnight Iona. BD

Day 8, Monday, July 23, 2007 – We worship this morning at Iona Abbey at the 9:00 AM service.  We will visit the Iona Community and see some of the Celtic crosses, including St. Martin’s Cross dating to the 8th century.  St. Martin’s Cross is the finest of Iona’s Celtic crosses and is decorated on one side with the serpent-and-boss and on the other with Holy figures.  This afternoon we will meet at St. Martin’s Cross in front of the Abbey and take a Pilgrimage Walk around the island.  The island’s Pilgrimage Walk is traditionally done weekly on Tuesday and is a strenuous day’s expedition visiting places of historic and religious significance.  We will take our own Pilgrimage Walk of the island.  We will have dinner and overnight on Iona. BLD

Day 9, Tueday, July 24, 2007 – After breakfast, we will depart Iona via ferry to Oban and then continue by coach into Glasgow.  This afternoon, there will be free to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  This evening we will enjoy a “farewell to Scotland” dinner.  Overnight Glasgow. BD

Day 10, Wednesday, July 25, 2007 – We will transfer by motor coach to the Glasgow Airport where we will bid our driver and guide goodbye and board our aircraft for our return flight home.  We will arrive back into Detroit this afternoon. BL

Price: $3,169.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Detroit, Michigan.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single suppliment costs available upon request.

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

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