Pictures from England

Exploring Our Anglican Heritage

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

The Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie
Diocese of Wyoming
Casper, WY

March 2 – 11, 2015

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, March 2, 2015 - Depart the Denver Airport for our trans-Atlantic flight on British Airways connecting at London Heathrow Airport.  There we transfer to our British Airways flight into Manchester, England. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - We arrive Manchester, England and meet our driver and guide, board our private motorcoach and travel north to Durham.  Time permitting, we stop in Chester to see The Cathedral, once a Benedictine monastery for hundreds of years before it was made into the seat of an Anglican Bishop.  We continue north to Durham, once the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria and now a thriving university town.  We enjoy Evensong at the Cathedral prior to our “welcome to England” dinner.  Overnight in Durham. D

DAY 3: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - This morning we visit Durham Cathedral, begun in the 10th century and now admired by historians and architects from all over the world.  We will see the Bishop’s Throne, the Sanctuary Knocker, and the Tomb of Bishop Hatfield.  We visit Durham Castle and take a walking tour of Durham.  The city has been preserved and protected and offers a great deal of insight into the England of old.  Overnight Durham. B

DAY 4: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Today we travel to Whitby where we visit Whitby Abbey, founded by St. Hilda in AD 657.  Caedmon, the first identifiable poet of the English language, was a monk here. The Abbey was the site of the Synod of Whitby where the Roman and Celtic churches met for the first time to discuss their respective religions.  We continue to Castle Howard, Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate, home to the Howard family for over 300 years.  Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape.  We continue to York, the military capital of Roman Britain where we will take a walking tour.  The many layers of York history that we will see include Roman, Viking, Norman and Plantagenet.  We visit York Minster, the largest Gothic church in England and the 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 enjoy Evensong at York Minster prior to dinner.  Overnight York. BD

DAY 5: Friday, March 6, 2015 - This morning we depart York traveling first to Lichfield Cathedral, unique among medieval English Churches.  We will then travel to Coventry for a tour of the Cathedral.  The 1000 year old cathedral was bombed during World War II and the ruins were left as a testament to history.  The new cathedral was built next door and contains the best of modern religious art.  We continue to Southampton for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, March 7, 2015 - After breakfast we drive to 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 return for a tour of Salisbury, which is dominated by its towering cathedral.  During our tour of Salisbury Cathedral, built between1220-1258, we will see the remarkable lancet windows and sculpted tombs of crusaders and other medieval heroes.  The clock in the north aisle is probably the oldest working mechanism in Europe if not the entire world.  We will also see one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.  We will tour the Cathedral Close (the grounds of the cathedral) and see High Street Gate.  This evening we will attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  Overnight Southampton. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Today we travel to Canterbury stopping along the way at Ayeslford Priory where we meet with the monks and have lunch.  In the afternoon, we will hike along the Old Pilgrims’ Way before continuing to Canterbury/Ashford for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Monday, March 9, 2015 - This morning we visit and worship at Canterbury Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Anglican Communion and site of the murder of Thomas a’ Becket.  In the afternoon we visit St. Martin’s and St. Augustine Abbey which is the burial place of Augustine, England’s first missionary.  For the remainder of the afternoon we will have time to explore the many offerings of this great city on our own.  This evening we attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  Overnight Canterbury/Ashford. B

DAY 9: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - After breakfast we travel to London where we will enjoy a guided panoramic sightseeing tour.  We 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 visit Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of Britain’s royalty, and 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.  This evening we enjoy a “farewell to England” dinner.  Overnight London. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Morning departure for London Heathrow Airport where we board our British Airways flight returning back into Denver late this afternoon. BM

Price: $3,139.00.  Price is based on a minimum of 30 Pilgrims, double occupancy with airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.  Roundtrip air from Denver, CO Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $379.00

Estimated taxes are $744.31 per person included in price.  These may change.

Deposit $300.00 due with application

Final payment due November 21, 2014

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until November 20, 2014: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ November 21 – January 15, 2015: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ January 16, 2015 or later: NO REFUND

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, 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.