Pictures from England

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
Youth Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

The Rev. Judith Snyder
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
Trexlertown, PA

July 8 – 14, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Wednesday, July 8, 2009, - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for a trans-Atlantic flight to London Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Thursday, July 9, 2009 - Upon arrival in London, we will meet our tour guide and board our motorcoach.  Our pilgrimage begins as we enjoy a panoramic tour of London.  We visit the Tower of London which is guarded by the Beefeaters and contains the crown jewels.  Time permitting, we will enjoy lunch at the Hard Rock Café prior to visiting Southwark Cathedral.  The Cathedral is situated 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 depart London and continue on 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 Lodge at Canterbury Cathedral our home for the next 5 nights.

DAY 3: Friday, July 10, 2009 - 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 candlelight short Taize style service at the nearby ancient parish church of St. Martins.  We continue on to St. Augustine’s Abbey, which connects the pilgrimage to Augustine and his monastic community.  In the evening we will attend evensong at the cathedral.  Overnight Canterbury Lodge.

DAY 4: Saturday, July 11, 2009 - After breakfast we travel to Old Sarum.  We will drive by Stonehenge, dating 1400 - 1800 BC.  It is a fascinating place whose history still leaves much to the imagination.  We arrive in Old Sarum, an ancient hilltop site which served as a fortress and religious site for more than 4,000 years.  The site was abandoned in 1219 when the bishops moved to "New Sarum” or Salisbury.  We will walk the Pilgrims Trail to Salisbury Cathedral taking time along the way for reflection.  Upon arrival, we will have lunch prior to 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.  Time permitting, we will enjoy some free time in Salisbury before returning to Canterbury Lodge for overnight.

DAY 5: Sunday, July 12, 2009 - This morning we will celebrate Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral.  After lunch in Canterbury, we travel 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.  We return to Canterbury Lodge for overnight.

DAY 6: Monday, July 13, 2009 - Today our journey will take us to Coventry.  We will see the medieval cathedral which was bombed and virtually destroyed by the German Luftwaffe in World War II and then the modern cathedral which was built inside the medieval shell as a monument to peace.  We continue on to Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s town.  We will be free to explore on our own to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the thatched cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway.  Once a prosperous market town, its characteristic half timbered houses have been well preserved and mingle beautifully with the elegant Georgian storefronts with their 18th century porticoes and arched doorways.  We travel back to Canterbury for overnight at the Canterbury Lodge.

DAY 7: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - After breakfast we board our motor coach for the drive to the airport.  We bid our goodbye to England, board our plane, and begin the journey home with a new understanding of our Anglican heritage. L

Price: $1,244.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Philadelphia, PA.  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.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.61744 to the British Pound.**

Final Payment due by April 8, 2009.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ October 8, 2008 – April 8, 2009 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 9, 2009 - June 5, 2009 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After June 6, 2009: NO REFUND

Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance

* Price does not include the cost of the accommodations which were arranged by St. Anne’s *

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.

$300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.