Pictures from England

Youth Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

Ms Valarie Briddle
St. Luke’s and St. Anne’s Episcopal Churchs

June 23 - 30, 2007

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, June 23, 2007 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for our trans-Atlantic flight. D

DAY 2, Sunnday, June 24, 2007 – Upon arrival in London Gatwick we will meet our tour escort and board our motorcoach.  Our pilgrimage begins as we travel through the scenic English countryside to Canterbury.  This afternoon we will be free to explore this medieval city on our own in small groups with chaperones before traveling to Herne Bay where we will meet our host families, our home for the next two nights – a time to see and experience how English families live.  We will enjoy dinner with our host families. BD

DAY 3, Monday, June 25, 2007 – Today we will visit Canterbury Cathedral where we will learn about the history and spirituality of the Cathedral and the concept and practice of pilgrimage.  We will also tour the Cathedral focusing on pilgrimage, including a short meditation on the theme "Journey Inward, Journey Outward".  We will then attend a candlelit short Taize style service at the nearby ancient parish church of St. Martins.  In the evening we will attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  We will return to our host family homes for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4, Tuesday, June 26, 2007 – This morning we say “goodbye” to our host families and travel to Sussex Beach to explore the sea shore, watch birds and have time to reflect.  We will then travel on to South Petherton for dinner and overnight at The Community of St. Francis, an Anglican Religious Order of sisters living together in community under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. BD

DAY 5, Wednesday, June 27, 2007 – This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Salisbury visiting the Salisbury Cathedral.  The Cathedral is famous for its Close, the largest in England, and its spire the tallest in England.  We visit the medieval layout of squares around the cathedral, enjoying the spacious lawns, trees and old houses.  The Cathedral was consecrated in 1258 and was begun by Bishop Poore in 1220.  This afternoon we will visit Winchester Cathedral, the largest medieval church in Europe, with a rich interior, magnificent stalls, and fascinating crypts.  We see the 14th century Pilgrims Hall, next to the Pilgrims School.  Pilgrims would start their journey here and finally reach Canterbury at the end of their long walk.  We return to The Community of St. Francis for evening prayers with the sisters and dinner. BD

DAY 6, Thursday, June 28, 2007 – We travel to Old Sarum and to Stonehenge. Stonehenge, which dates from 1400 - 1800 BC, is a fascinating place whose history still leaves much to the imagination. We continue on to London where we will have some time to explore on our own in small groups with chaperones. Dinner on our own this evening at one of London’s famous pubs, eateries or perhaps even at McDonald’s.  Overnight London. B

DAY 7, Friday, June 29, 2007 - This morning we will take a guided panoramic sightseeing tour.  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 continue on for a guided tour of St. Paul’s CathedralSt. Paul’s 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.  This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner at an authentic English Pub.  Overnight London. BD

DAY 8, Saturday, June 30, 2007 - After our continental breakfast and hotel checkout, we will board our motorcoach for the drive to the airport.  We bid our driver and guide goodbye, board our plane, and begin the journey home with a new understanding of our Anglican heritage. B

Price: $1,949.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip from Washington’s Dulles Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.

The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the British Pound and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the British Pound.

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.