Pictures from England

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

The Rev. Arianne R. Weeks
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Durham, NC

June 17 – 26, 2011

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, June 17, 2011, - Depart the Raleigh Durham Airport on our non-stop American Airlines trans-Atlantic flight to London’s Heathrow Airport. M

DAY 2: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Our pilgrimage to England begins:  Upon arrival in London, we clear immigration and depart for Stonehenge, the puzzling circle of stones which was begun around 2800 BC.  No definitive explanation has ever been given for this monument, but it is widely believed to have been a religious site and may have had some astronomical purpose.  We return to London to enjoy Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the great fire in 1666.  We will see the American Chapel, the Whispering Gallery, and the tombs of Nelson and Wellington.  This evening we enjoy our “welcome to England” dinner at an authentic English Pub in the West End of London.  Overnight London. MD

DAY 3: Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Today we travel around London via the Underground “Tube”.  We attend Eucharist at Westminster Abbey, the burial place of many of Britain’s famous personalities, as well as the coronation location of the monarchs.  Pending confirmation, we will enjoy a tour of the Abbey.  We continue to the Tower of London for a tour where we will see the Yeoman Warders of the Tower in their Tudor style uniforms, the White Tower, the Bloody Tower, the crown jewels, the Chapel of St. John, Tower Bridge, Traitors Gate, and Tower Green, the site of the executioner’s block.  This evening we enjoy a ride on the London Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in the world.  The view from the wheel is magnificent and you can see for miles in each direction.  Dinner and overnight London. BD

DAY 4: Monday, June 20, 2011 - We depart London and travel north today.  We stop in Derbyshire to visit Chatsworth House, a large country house and the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, it has been home to the Cavendish family since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549.  After lunch we continue to Newcastle for dinner and overnight. B

DAY 5: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - After breakfast we continue traveling north to Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island.  The causeway of the island floods during high tide so we must time our visit accordingly.  We will take the 3 mile Pilgrim’s Walk from the mainland to Lindisfarne when the tide is out.  Upon arrival we visit Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle and have time for reflection and prayer in this quiet, holy place.  Overnight Marygate House. BD

Lindisfarne accommodations, activities and meals coordinated by the leaders.

DAY 6 through DAY 7: Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, 2011- We will spend full days participating in the Lindisfarne Community.  Overnight Marygate House. BD

DAY 8: Friday, June 24, 2011 - Today we travel to Durham, once the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and now a thriving university town.  The city has been preserved and protected and offers a great deal of insight into the England of old.  We visit Durham Castle and the Cathedral, begun in the 10th century and now admired by historians and architects from all over the world.  We see the bishop’s throne, the Sanctuary Knocker, and the tomb of Bishop Hatfield.  We make the ancient pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Cuthbert and St. Oswald and see the tomb of the Venerable Bede. We climb to the top of the Cathedral Tower where on a clear day you can see for miles.  After dinner we will have time to explore the city on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  Overnight Durham. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, June 25, 2011 - After breakfast our journey continues to York.  The many layers of York history that we will see include Roman, Viking, Norman, and Plantagenet.  We see York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England and seat of the Archbishop of York, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the hierarchy of the Church of England.  The tour will include The Shambles, a perfectly preserved medieval street with half-timbered stores and houses.  We continue to Manchester for our farewell dinner and overnight. B

DAY 10: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - After breakfast in our hotel, we will depart for the Manchester Airport and board our American Airlines flight for our departure to Chicago, O’Hare.  There we will transfer to our flight into the Raleigh Airport arriving late in the afternoon. BD

Price: $3,159.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Raleigh, NC.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $229.00.

** 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 $1.61373 to the British Pound.**

Final payment due March 18, 2011.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ December 7, 2010 – March 17, 2011: $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 18, 2011 – May 1, 2011: $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 2, 2011: NO REFUND

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of November 9, 2010 $402.62 per person.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

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

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.