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St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church

Youth Pilgrimage to St. Thomas and St. John


St. Philips Episcopal Church
Durham, NC

June 13 – 20, 2013

Trip map

DAY 1: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Depart the Raleigh Durham Airport on American Airlines to Miami where we connect to our flight into St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  Upon arrival we transfer to the Green Iguana Hotel our home for the next three nights.  We will have some time to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone this afternoon.  Overnight Green Iquana Hotel, St. Thomas.

DAY 2: Friday, June 14, 2013 - Today we enjoy a scenic drive through Charlotte Amalie, the capital and largest city of the US Virgin Islands.  We visit Memorial Moravian Church, which stands as a monument to the 150 years of devoted service to the people of the Danish West Indies in the name of Jesus Christ.  We also visit All Saints Episcopal Cathedral, built in 1848 to commemorate the end of slavery in the Virgin Islands, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral, completed in 1848 with a mural painted on the ceiling and walls that depicts more than 12 major scenes from the Old and New Testaments.  We continue on to Mountain Top, the highest point (1,547 feet) on St. Thomas that has stunning panoramic views of Magens Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands.  We see Drake’s Seat which, legend has it, that 16th century explorer Sir Francis Drake kept watch on his fleet from this vantage point.  We also see Skyline Drive Overlook, known as Valdemar Hill Scenic Overlook, a south-facing viewpoint which will give us a 180 degree view of the entire Charlotte Amalie Harbor, major landmarks in town and, on a clear day, St. Croix and west to Culebra and Viegues.  Overnight Green Iquana Hotel, St. Thomas.

DAY 3: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Today we participate in Turtle Power, a ministry of Nazareth by the Sea Episcopal Church, which, as part of their commitment to becoming a green church, they schedule regular cleanups of neighborhood roads and beaches.  There will be youth of the island joining us today ending with a picnic, swim and an informal 5 PM worship service at Nazareth by the Sea Episcopal Church.  Overnight Green Iquana Hotel, St. Thomas.

DAY 4: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - This morning we attend an island Eucharist.  After lunch we transfer to the Red Hook Ferry Dock for our ferry to St. John.  Upon arrival we continue on to Cinnamon Bay Campground our home for the next four nights.  The afternoon will be spent getting settled in and exploring the campground.  Overnight Cinnamon Bay Campground.

DAY 5: Monday, June 17, 2013 - After breakfast we enjoy a St. John Island Tour with photo stops and cultural highlights.  We enjoy a scenic drive through the National Park and visit Annaberg Ruins Historical Site, named after the owner, William Gottschalk’s, daughter.  The name translates to Anna’s Hill.  In 1780, Annaberg was one of the 25 active sugar producing factories on St. John.  Other products produced at Annaberg were molasses and rum.  We return to Cinnamon Bay to relax, reflect, swim or explore a little.  Overnight Cinnamon Bay Campground.

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Today we explore, reflect, swim and join tours with the Park Rangers in small groups with chaperones.  The day’s activities will be planned by the group.  Overnight Cinnamon Bay Campground.

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - Today we explore, reflect, swim and join tours with the Park Rangers in small groups with chaperones.  The day’s activities will be planned by the group.  Overnight Cinnamon Bay Campground.

DAY 8: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - This morning we board the Cruz Bay ferry back to the island of St. Thomas and transfer to the St. Thomas airport.  We board our American Airlines flight to Miami connecting to our flight back to Raleigh Durham.

Price:  $1,309.00.  Price is based on a minimum 12 Pilgrims, without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Raleigh Durham Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.

* Excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes as of November 16, 2012 $79.40 per person.

*Price includes Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

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

Final Payment due by March 14, 2013.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 13, 2013:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 14 – April 26, 2013:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 27, 2013 or later:  NO REFUND

Meals:  All meals will be purchased out or prepared by the group.

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