Pictures from England

Youth Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

Ms Judith Snyder
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

June 21 – 28, 2007

Trip map

DAY 1, Thursday, June 21, 2007 – Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for our trans-Atlantic flight.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2, Friday, June 22, 2007 – Upon arrival in London, we will gather our luggage and give it to the driver to take to our hotel.  Our pilgrimage begins as we explore the Underground and enjoy a self guided 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 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.  ;We will top the afternoon off with a ride on the London Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in the world.  The view from the wheel is magnificent and you will see for miles in each direction.  This evening we will enjoy a “welcome to England” dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Overnight London. BD

DAY 3, Saturday, June 23, 2007 – We begin with a morning visit to Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century.  The church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel.  The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem.  It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders' world, the circular Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.  It is a numinous space - and has wonderful acoustics for singing.  The Chancel was built in 1240 and Henry III indicated his intention to be buried here.  (He was in fact buried in Westminster Abbey; one of his sons, who died in infancy, was interred in the Temple.)  We continue on to Southwark Cathedral, which lies on the south bank of the River Thames, close to London Bridge, on a site occupied by a church for over one thousand years.  The main structure of today's church was built between 1220 and 1420.  The cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark.  We will attend the 12:45 PM Eucharist at Southwark before traveling through the scenic English countryside to Aylesford Priory, an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th century.  We will meet with the monks and have a tour and then continue on to Canterbury for overnight. B

DAY 4, Sunday, June 24, 2007 – This morning we will celebrate Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral.  We continue to Dover, Britain’s historic gateway to Europe, a city which still shows the scars of the bombardments of World War II.  Dover Castle, towering high above the chalk ramparts of the famous White Cliffs, is spectacular.  Dover Castle was once one of the mightiest medieval castles in Western Europe and the first building on the site was the Roman Pharos, or lighthouse, which still remains.  Most of the castle dates to Norman times and was begun by Henry II in 1181.  Under the castle are the Hellfire Caves, a network of tunnels (a military secret until recently).  We return to Canterbury to visit the Roman Museum, located underground at the level of the Roman town.  It’s an exciting mix of excavated real objects, authentic reconstructions, and preserved remains of a Roman town house with it famous mosaics.  Overnight Canterbury. B

DAY 5, 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.  Overnight Canterbury. B

DAY 6, Tuesday, June 26, 2007 – After breakfast we travel to Old Sarum and to StonehengeStonehenge, which dates from 1400 - 1800 BC, is a fascinating place whose history still leaves much to the imagination.  This afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour of Salisbury visiting 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.  Dinner and overnight Salisbury. BD

DAY 7, Wednesday, June 27, 2007 – After breakfast we will visit Glastonbury Abbey, a Celtic monastery founded in the 4th or 5th century, making this the oldest Christian foundation in England.  We will continue to Wells Cathedral which offers one of England’s most powerful medieval images.  We will visit the Bishop’s Palace, the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.  We travel to Bath where we will visit the Assembly Rooms and Bath Abbey.  This evening we will attend Evensong at Bath Abbey.  We will return to Salisbury for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8, Thursday, June 28, 2007 – After our continental breakfast and hotel checkout, we will board our motor coach for the drive to the airport.  We bid our driver goodbye, board our plane, and begin the journey home with a new understanding of our Anglican heritage. B

Price: $2,239.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from JFK.  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.