- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- Deluxe Hotels
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 Depart USA
Your journey begins when you depart on your international overnight flight to England.
Day 2 Arrive in England, Cambridge
Welcome to London! Our representative will greet and escort you to your bus. Journey north to Cambridge University that was founded in 1209 by a small group of masters and students fleeing from riottorn Oxford. Early reformers like William Tyndale attended Cambridge, and at the White Horse Inn, a group of men introduced concepts from the German Reformation to England. Cambridge’s Sidney Sussex College produced Oliver Cromwell, leader of both Protestant and Republican reforms in England. Visit King’s College chapel to see Rubens’ breathtaking Adoration of the Magi.
Day 3 Boston, Lutterworth, Coventry
This morning’s first stop is Boston, birthplace of John Foxe and home to St. Boltoph’s Church, built in 1319. In 1607, Puritan leaders (then known as Separatists) were held at Boston’s Guildhall for dissent from the Church of England and trying to depart for Holland in search of freedom of worship. Travel on to Lutterworth, where John Wycliffe served at the Parish Church of St. Mary while translating the Bible into the English language. Today’s final destination is Coventry, the city almost completely destroyed by German bombers in 1940. When the city rebuilt, it chose to leave the charred remains of the old Coventry Cathedral next to the new modern one, and together they stand as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the British people. Tonight, join the people of Coventry Cathedral for Evensong.
Day 4 Gloucester, Burton on Water and Oxford
This morning, travel to Gloucester Cathedral, one of a handful of former Catholic churches spared the ravages of Henry VIII’s reformation. The church was spared in part due to its honor of being a burial place of English Royalty (Edward II). Enjoy a scenic drive through the charming villages of the Cotswolds where honey colored cottages cluster together in secluded valleys. Enjoy a visit to Burtonon-the-Water, one of the most visited Cotswolds villages. Finish your day in the Oxford area for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Oxford
This morning, you’ll explore the city of Oxford and see some of the colleges here. We will tour Christ Church College, one of the 39 colleges that are a part of Oxford University. We will visit the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral which houses beautiful paintings and is home to Great Tom, an 18,000 pound bell, which rings every night at 9:05 signaling the closing of the college gates. William Tyndale earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Magdalen Hall (Hertford College) in 1512. He left for London in 1523 to seek permission to translate the Bible into English. We will visit the Sheldonian Theater, where scholars have graduated or been granted honorary degrees since 1669. See also the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. We will see other famous landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs and the Martyr’s Memorial. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Windsor, Runnymede and London
Visit a tribute to martyrs of the faith before continuing on to Windsor Castle, the traditional home of the British Monarchy. Experience the opulence of the state apartments (if open) with their fabulous collection of treasures, including works of art by Van Dyck, Rubens and Rembrandt. Visit St. George’s Chapel, the burial place of the last ten Sovereigns of the British Empire. Take advantage of some free time to explore the picturesque streets of Windsor before heading to nearby Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed. In London, your local tour guide will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city before stopping at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Attend St. Paul’s Cathedral Evensong service. Dinner not included.
Day 7 London
Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress (which contains the Tower of London) stands on the banks of the Thames River in the heart of London. William the Conqueror originally began construction in1078, and although this historic castle was not originally intended to be a prison, it once held kings, queens, religious leaders, children and even Nazi Rudolf Hess. Reformers such as Sir John Oldcastle were imprisoned here during the repression of the Lollards in the 1400’s. Continue on to St. James Palace, where Henry VIII’s demand for a divorce helped fan the flames of England’s Reformation. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own. Dinner not included.
Day 8 Canterbury and Westminster
This morning drive to Canterbury, the ecclesiastical capital of England. Tour the historic Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas à Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights of Henry II in 1170. While many of the original structures were dismantled during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Canterbury rose again to prominence as home to French Huguenots escaping persecution and the Mayflower Compact to transport pilgrims to the new world. Return to London to Westminster Abbey. The Westminster Confession of Faith was written here, and the abbey contains the graves of many famous people, including England’s early kings and queens. Enjoy some free time to walk around this area of London before ending the day at your hotel. Dinner not included.
Day 9 Return to USA
Return home with memories of the people of your Anglican Heritage and their sacrifices made.