Pictures from England

Exploring Our Anglican Heritage

A Pilgrimage to England

Led by:

Dr. David L. Rowe & Joyce Adkins
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Murfreesboro, TN

May 1 – 10, 2015

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, May 1, 2015 - Depart the Nashville Airport for our flight on US Airways to the Charlotte Airport.  There we transfer to our flight into London Heathrow. M

DAY 2: Saturday, May 2, 2015 - We arrive at the London Heathrow airport and meet our tour guide and driver.  We board our private motorcoach and drive through the scenic English countryside to Canterbury.  This afternoon we will enjoy a tour of Canterbury.  We will stroll the Longmarket before going on to visit St. Augustine’s Abbey where in 1997 the city celebrated the 1,400th anniversary of the arrival of St. Augustine from Rome to re-establish Christianity.  We also see St. Martin’s Church, in use for Christian services before the coming of St. Augustine, and was occupied by Romans in the 4th century.  We will end the tour with a guided tour of the Cathedral, Mother Church of the Church of England.  This evening we attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Canterbury. D

DAY 3: Sunday, May 3, 2015 - Morning worship at Canterbury Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Anglican Communion and site of the murder of Thomas a’ Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  After worship we depart for Salisbury, stopping enroute at Royal Tunbridge, Wells and Chichester.  This evening we will attend Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral.  Overnight in Salisbury. BD

DAY 4: Monday, May 4, 2015 - This morning we enjoy a morning tour of Salisbury which is dominated by its towering cathedral.  During our tour of Salisbury Cathedral, built between 1220-1258, 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.  In the afternoon we drive to Salisbury Plain to visit Old Sarum and StonehengeStonehenge, which dates from 1400 - 1800 BC, is a fascinating place whose history still leaves much to the imagination.  This evening we attend Evensong at the Cathedral.  Overnight Salisbury. B

DAY 5: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - This morning we travel to Romsey where we will visit an original Norman abbey church, completed in 1150 and bought by the townsfolk a few years after the Dissolution.  We will continue on to Winchester, once the capital of Alfred’s Saxon England and a county town with a famous boy’s school and historic cathedral.  The cathedral, the largest medieval church in Europe, has a rich interior, with magnificent stalls, and fascinating crypts.  We see the 14th century Pilgrims Hall located next to the Pilgrims School.  Pilgrims would start their journey here and finally reach Canterbury at the end of their long walk.  We attend Evensong at Winchester Cathedral then return to Salisbury for overnight. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - After breakfast, we travel to Wells Cathedral which offers one of England’s most powerful medieval images; and the Bishop’s Palace, the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.  We continue on to Bath where we will visit the Assembly Rooms and Bath Abbey.  This evening we attend Evensong at Bath Abbey.  We will return to Salisbury for overnight. B

DAY 7: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Today we travel to Oxford, with its combination of academia and the bustle of modern life.  Altogether there are 40 different colleges where undergraduates live and study.  We take a walking tour of the colleges and visit Christ Church College within whose walls we will find the tiny Cathedral of Oxford.  We enjoy lunch at the Eagle and Child Pub, once the haunt of J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and other Anglican literary types.  We continue to Windsor to tour Windsor Castle, the favorite home of Queen Elizabeth and the only royal residence continuously in use by the royals since the middle ages.  We tour the castle and see St. George’s Chapel where knights are invested and where many royals are buried including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the current queen’s father and mother and Princess Margaret, sister to the queen.  We continue to London for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Friday, May 8, 2015 - Today we tour London’s West End and will conclude with a boat cruise on the river Thames.  We will see the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the other major sites of London.  We will disembark at the Tower of London where we will see the famous Beefeaters, dressed in their Tudor-style uniforms, Tower Green, site of the executioner’s block, and the Duke of Wellington’s Barracks where the Crown Jewels are housed.  We enjoy a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and attend Evensong.  Overnight London. B

DAY 9: Saturday, May 9, 2015 - This morning we visit St. Martin-in-the-Field’s and attend the lunchtime concert, one of the United Kingdom’s longest running free concert series that offers young and emerging talent.  After lunch we visit Lambeth Palace (pending confirmation).  We continue to Westminster Abbey for a tour and Evensong.  This evening we enjoy our “farewell to England” dinner and overnight London. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - After our continental breakfast and hotel checkout, we board our motorcoach for the drive to the airport.  We bid our driver and guide goodbye, board our plane, and begin the journey home with a new understanding of our Anglican heritage. BM

Price: $4,355.00.  Price is based on a minimum of 20 - 24 Pilgrims, double occupancy with airline taxes and fuel surcharges included.  Roundtrip air from Nashvile, TN Airport.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $699.00

Estimated taxes of $726.00 per person are included in price.  These may change.

** 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 $1.70 to the British Pound.**

Deposit $300.00 due with application and copy of passport

Final payment due January 30, 2015

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 30, 2015: $100 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ January 31 – March 13, 2015: $200 per person plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 14, 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.