- 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
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 London to Oxford
Arrive in London and begin your journey north to Oxford. On the way, stop at the site of Wynyard School. Here Jack (C.S. Lewis) and his brother Warren attended a miserable boarding school. Check into your hotel for overnight, and journey out for dinner at the Trout Inn.
Day 3 Oxford
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of Oxford. Stop at University College, the oldest college in Oxford (1249) and where Jack received a scholarship to attend in 1916. While attending, Jack joined the Officers' Training Corps which later sent him to France during World War I. Walk through the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Here the Oxford Martyrs were tried for heresy, and John Wesley preached until his views were rejected. Continue on to the Sheldonian Theater, where scholars have graduated or been granted honorary degrees since 1669. C. S. Lewis was among the many famous people to have celebrated their degrees here. Included in the tour here is a visit to the Bodleian Library, the main research library for Oxford and the second largest in Britain, with 12 million items. Stop at the Eagle and Child Pub, where C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and other writers met on occasion as part of the "Inklings" club. Spend the afternoon in the Ashmolean Museum, the world's first university museum. The museum contains a vast and unique collection, ranging from pieces by Da Vinci and Picasso to a Stradivarius violin and Cromwell's death mask. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Oxford
This morning you'll visit Magdalen (pronounced "Maudlin") College, where C. S. Lewis was a fellow for most of his academic career. Here Jack worked through his beliefs from Atheism to Theism to Christianity, as well as become the prolific writer and apologist known today. From here you'll travel to The Kilns, Lewis's home. Built in 1922, the Lewis brothers moved into the home in 1930. This would remain Jack's home until his death in 1963. Stop at Churchill Hospital, built in 1940 to treat air raid victims; the hospital was the site of the Christian marriage between Lewis and Joy Davidson Gresham in 1957. You'll visit Holy Trinity Church, the church Jack and Warren attended in life and are buried in the graveyard here. The Narnia window in the church is of special interest. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own in Oxford. Return to your hotel for overnight. (Dinner not included on this day)
Day 5 Malvern College and the Cotswolds
This morning you'll depart Oxford and travel to Malvern College, who's alumni include five Nobel prizes and C. S. Lewis. Continue to the Cotswolds for time on your own in a village of thatched roofed homes and shops. Finish the day with Evensong in a Cambridge church, before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Cambridge
Enjoy a walking tour of Cambridge, including a stop at Magdalene College, where Lewis held the chair for Medieval and Renaissance Literature from 1954 until his death in 1963. You'll see the King's College and Chapel, as well as the Queen's College. The balance of the day is yours to explore. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 London
This morning, you'll travel to London, and take in the city's main sights with a driving tour. See Trafalgar Square, Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, and other historic sights. You'll visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the masterpiece of architect Christopher Wren, built after the Great Fire of 1666. Check into your hotel for overnight. (Dinner not included on this day)
Day 8 London
Today you'll visit the Churchill War Rooms, learning about how this nerve center led British efforts in World War II. From here you'll go to the BBC Studios. C. S. Lewis was asked to broadcast during the war, and his series of talks were later edited to become the book Mere Christianity. Enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey, begun by King Edward the Confessor in the 11th century. It is the traditional coronation place for British monarchs, and the royalty and famous of England are buried or memorialized here. The rest of the day is yours to explore and shop on your own in London. (Dinner not included on this day)
Day 9 Return to USA
Return home with memories of the Legacy of C. S. Lewis.
September 17, 2019From $3998