Pictures from England

Christ Church Episcopal

Youth Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

Gretchen Creel
Christ Church Episcopal
Norcross, GA

June 30 – July 9, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Saturday, June 30, 2012, - Depart the Atlanta Airport on our non-stop British Airways trans-Atlantic flight to London’s Heathrow Airport. M

DAY 2: Sunday, July 1, 2012 - Our pilgrimage to England begins:  Upon arrival in London, we clear immigration and board our waiting coach.  We enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour.  We see Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.  We see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, which is guarded by the Beefeaters and contains the crown jewels, and Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty.  We will have an early dinner at an authentic English Pub and continue to Rochester for overnight. MD

DAY 3: Monday, July 2, 2012 - Today we enjoy a walk on High Street, restored to Victorian splendor passing the Charles Dickens centre, and the Guildhall Museum.  We walk the grounds of the Norman Castle, and visit the impressive Rochester Cathedral which dates from 1087, regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the country, and is the second oldest in England.  Fourteen centuries of worship have created an atmosphere of peace and reflection.  The afternoon we will be free to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  We join back together at Rochester Cathedral for Evensong.  Dinner and overnight Rochester. BD

DAY 4: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - Today we visit Canterbury Cathedral where we will learn about the history and spirituality of the Cathedral and the concept and practice of pilgrimage.  We tour the Cathedral focusing on pilgrimage, including a short meditation on the theme "Journey Inward, Journey Outward".  We attend a candlelit short Taize style service at the nearby ancient parish church of St. Martins.  In the evening we attend Evensong at the Cathedral before returning Rochester for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Today we travel to the ancient circle of stones at Stonehenge which were placed here around 2800 BC and the purpose of which still mystifies historians.  We will stop at Old Sarum to see the ruins of the cathedral begun by Bishop Herman and continued by St. Osmund.  The cathedral was consecrated in 1092 and razed in 1331 to provide building materials for the close at Salisbury.  We continue to Salisbury for a visit to Salisbury Cathedral, the Cathedral Close and the beautiful little town that surrounds it.  This evening we attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Salisbury. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - We depart for Coventry where we enjoy a morning tour and 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 attend the midday services at the Cathedral, tour the Cathedral and have some meditation time.  There will be a little time to explore on our own prior to departing for London for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Friday, July 6, 2012 - This morning we tour Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty.  After lunch we visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the great Gothic building which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to replace the medieval cathedral destroyed in the fire of 1666.  The crypt here contains the tombs of Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.  The afternoon we will be free to pursue some of our own interests prior to returning to St. Paul’s for Evensong.  Dinner and overnight London. BD

DAY 8: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - Today we will be free to explore London in small groups with chaperones. Dinner and overnight London. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, July 8, 2012 - This morning we attend Eucharist at St. Martin in the Fields.  After lunch we enjoy 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.  We continue on to the British Library, were we will view the Magna Carta and Gutenberg BibleEvensong this evening will be at St. John’s Notting Hill.  Dinner and overnight London. B

DAY 10: Monday, July 9, 2012 - After breakfast in our hotel, we will depart for the London Heathrow Airport and board our British Airways flight for our non-stop flight back to the Atlanta Airport arriving late in the afternoon. BM

Price: $3,199.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Atlanta Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $649.00.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of November 22, 2011 $590.77 per person.

** 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 $1.57 to the British Pound.**

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

Final payment due March 30, 2012.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 29, 2012: $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 30 – May 15, 2012: $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ May 16, 2012 or later: NO REFUND

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.