Day 1 London
Depart from your international airport on your
overnight flight to England on board your super jet aircraft. Dinner and
breakfast will be served aboard.
Day 2 London
Upon your arrival at London, you are met, assisted
and transferred to your private luxury motor coach. The day begins
with a panoramic orientation tour of the city of London. Take in the beauty of London’s distinguished cathedrals, including Southwark Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Stop by Lambeth Palace, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and home to the largest collection of records of the church in its library. Continue to London’s distinguished sites such as Buckingham Palace, Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, and the historically renowned Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Finish the day with a warm welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 3 London
Today is a day to be spent at your leisure with several different opportunities for you
to pursue in London. Explore the Tower of London, stop by Westminster Abbey, view the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, visit the British museum, take in a West End show or enjoy music at St. Martin-in-the-Field church. Tonight you will have dinner on your own. (B)
Day 4 Canterbury
After breakfast we stop by Rochester Cathedral for a brief visit. Rochester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, is England’s second oldest cathedral. We finally reach Canterbury, the most important ancient city in all of
England. In 560 it became the center of English pilgrimage, and Kingdom of King Ethelbert and his Queen
Berta, who was a Christian. Here we will take a walking tour of the cobblestoned city, stopping by quaint shops and the Canterbury Cathedral, built in 1070 by Archbishop Lanfranc. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 5 Salisbury
After breakfast we travel to Winchester, which was the capital of England for almost 250 years. Here we stop by Winchester Cathedral, the longest medieval church in Europe. Winchester was Evangelized by St. Birinus in AD 634, and 40 years later became an
archbishop. Many great English saints such as St. Swithun, St. Ethelwold, and St. Dunstan (Abp. Of
Canterbury) are associated with Winchester. Our final stop for the day is Salisbury. Here we will tour the great cathedral and tower with the elegant spire, standing as the tallest in England, rising above the water meadows. We finish the day stopping by the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. Dinner and overnight in Wiltshire. (B, D)
Day 6 Glastonbury, Oxford, Bath
Breakfast at our hotel. We then travel to the town of Glastonbury to see the ruins of its Abbey. Legend connecting St. Joseph of Arimathea to the Holy Grail and the burial of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere gave Glastonbury Abbey its great importance. Next we visit Bath, which began as a Roman Spa more than 2000 years ago. We stop for a visit to the
Roman Baths and tour Bath Abbey, the last of the great pre-Reformation churches, renowned for its size. Dinner and overnight in Wiltshire. (B, D)
Day 7 Oxford, Cambridge
After breakfast we visit the “City of Dreaming
Spires,” ten centuries old Oxford University.
Oxford is home to Christ Church, the cathedral church of the diocese of Oxford and smallest cathedral in England. The jewel in the crown is a visit to the 15th century King's College Chapel, one of the most perfect buildings in the world and the site of the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols.
We end today’s journey with a visit to the cathedral in Ely. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cambridgeshire/Norfolk. (B, D).
Day 8 York
After breakfast we drive to Lincoln to tour its magnificent
cathedral. The cathedral has been said to be “the most precious piece of
architecture in the British Isles.” We also will tour Lincoln castle, one of the
eight castles founded by William the Conqueror. Next we drive through
the countryside to York, the second city of the Realm. This walled city
was first a Roman provincial capital called “Eboracum” in AD 71.
The Archbishop of York holds the title “Primate of England” is the second
only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. We tour the massive York Minster,
the pride of this city and the largest medieval cathedral in England. We finish
our tour with a farewell dinner and overnight in York. (B, D)
Day 9 New York, NY
An early breakfast at the York hotel , we
bid farewell to this green and pleasant land, having been
enriched by the historical sights of this England and even
more so by the enduring legacy of the Anglican Church.
Transfer to the airport for the flight home. Arrival
the same day.