Day 1 April 17 - Depart the USA
Your journey begins when you depart on your international overnight flight to England.
Day 2 April 18 – Arrive in England / Canterbury
Welcome to London! Our representative will greet and escort you to your bus. You’ll 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 local legend says the signing to hire the Mayflower to take pilgrims to the new world took place in Canterbury. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 3 April 19 – Cambridge
Journey north to Cambridge University, which was founded in 1209 by a small group of masters and students fleeing from riot-torn 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. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 4 April 20 – Boston / Lincoln / 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. Continue to Lincoln to visit the Cathedral, a famous example of English Gothic architecture, and Lincoln Castle, an 11th-century Norman castle that is home to one of four copies of the Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217). Today’s final stop is Coventry, the city almost nearly destroyed by German bombers in 1940. When the city was 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. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 5 April 21 – Oxford
This morning, you’ll explore the city of Oxford and see some of the colleges here. You will tour Christ Church College, one of the 39 colleges that are a part of Oxford University. You will also 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 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. You 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. You will see other famous landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs and the Martyr’s Memorial. Check into your hotel for overnight. Dinner not included. (B)
Day 6 April 22 – Bourton-on-the-Water / Gloucester Cathedral / London
Enjoy a scenic drive through the charming villages of the Cotswolds, where honey-colored cottages cluster together in secluded valleys. Enjoy a visit to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the most visited Cotswold villages. Visit Gloucester Cathedral, one of the few monasteries spared from destruction as this cathedral was the burial site of a king (Edward II), converted into church offices. Continue to London, where 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 if available. Check into your London Hotel. Dinner not included. (B)
Day 7 April 23 – 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 in 1078, and although this historic castle was not originally intended to be a prison, it once held kings, queens, religious leaders, and even children. Reformers such as Sir John Oldcastle were imprisoned here during the repression of the Lollards in the 1400’s. Then, proceed 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 returning to your hotel. Dinner not included.
Day 8 April 24 – Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension in London or Wales and Cornwall
Return home with memories of the people of your Anglican heritage and their sacrifices made or stay on for two more days on your own in London or enjoy the Wales and Cornwall Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
London On own Extension
London On Your Own Extension: (Make this a Pre Tour)
April 15 – 16, 2025
Enjoy two days in London on your own to explore and shop. From West End musicals to museums to history to Picadilly Circus - the list goes on. Hotel, breakfast and Transfer to airport Included.
April 15 - Depart USA
April 16 & 17- Time on Your Own
Arrive in London and make your way to the hotel. During these two days, you have the city at your feet to explore and shop. Breakfast and hotel included.
April 18 - Join the tour group.
Wales and Cornwall Extension
April 24 - 29, 2025
April 24 - Stonehenge / Tintern Abbey / Chepstow Castle / Cardiff
Today, journey to the mystery of ancient Stonehenge. Experience their new welcome center, and then you can choose to walk or ride a tram (additional cost) to see this UNESCO Heritage Site. Walk among the ruins of Tintern Abbey, whose roofless walls bathe the interior with sunlight. It is one of the most picturesque ruins in Wales. See Chepstow Castle, built by the Normans in 1067 on the frontier of England and Wales. Finish the day in Cardiff, Wales, the capital city. (B, D)
April 25 - Cardiff Castle / Plymouth
This morning, visit Cardiff Castle, where a stronghold has existed since Roman times. Its towers and gardens are a journey through Wales and English history. Pass from Wales through English territory to Cornwall and Plymouth for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
April 26 – Plymouth and Penzance
Take in the place where Pilgrims left in 1620 for the New World – visit the Mayflower steps. See the Royal Citadel erected to defend the port from Naval Attacks. Stop at Smeaton’s Tower, the lighthouse built in 1759. This afternoon, travel to Penzance, made famous by the opera. After a brief walking tour of the city centre, enjoy time on your own to wander the museums and views. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
April 27 – Arthur’s Castle – Tintagel
Today you will travel to Tintagel, thought to be the site of Arthur’s Castle. Enjoy time here to explore the Cornish Dun (Castle) and the town nearby. Return to Plymouth for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
April 28 – Salisbury and London
Travel back to London via Salisbury, home of one of four Magna Carta copies intact. See it at the cathedral here and enjoy a lunch break in town on your own, before continuing back to London. (B, D)
April 29 - Return to the USA
Thursday, April 17, 2025From $4998