British Presbyterian Tour
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This 12 day tour focuses on the key sites associated with the British Reformation.
We begin at Hampton Court Palace, where James I commissioned the King James Version of the Bible in 1604. As we travel throughout England and Scotland, we hear stories of courage and martyrdom, Bible translation and powerful preaching. We particularly focus on Thomas Cranmer, John Knox, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, George Whitfield, George Wishart and John Wycliffe. There will be times of teaching and fellowship throughout the tour, as well as free time for extra museums, relaxation, concerts, golf etc.
will we see each day?
itineraries are designed to be not too full - or too empty! Each
day we'll have breakfast at our hotel, followed by the day's activities.
During the day you'll have the opportunity to join the devotional
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Day 1: Depart
Our adventure begins as we depart on our transatlantic flight to London, England. Meals will be served in flight. IF
Day 2: London
Upon our arrival in London, our tour director meets us at the airport with our deluxe air-conditioned bus and we begin our tour at Hampton Court Palace. In 1604, James I commissioned the King James Version of the Bible during the Hampton Court Conference and we visit the room where it happened. In the Chapel Royal, we hear how Henry VIII’s decision to allow production of the Bible was influenced by his last wife, Catherine Parr. After the tour we have time to stroll through the beautiful gardens and try and find our way to the center of the maze. Our welcome meal is at our hotel this evening. We stay in London for 3 nights. IF/D
Day 3: London
We begin our day at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a marvelous building designed by Sir Christopher Wren and recently renovated to its former splendor. We continue to magnificent Westminster Abbey where most British Kings and Queens since 1066 have been crowned and it’s the final resting place of many monarchs, heroes and poets. Although not open to the public now, we hear about how 17 men translated the first third of the King James Bible Old Testament and the last half of the New Testament, in the Jerusalem Chamber. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore London and maybe see a London show or Shakespeare production. B
Day 4: London
This morning we have the privilege of fellowship at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, where the great Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) held his great revival meetings. He preached to 6,000 people a day and at least three times as many on a Sunday. During his lifetime he preached to an estimated ten million people. It’s still a thriving congregation in the center of London. In the afternoon we tour the Tower of London, including the Crown Jewels. We then sail down the Thames back to Westminster and take a flight aboard the British Airways London Eye, the world's highest observation wheel offering amazing panoramic views of the capital. B/D
Day 5: Cambridge, Oxford
This morning we drive to Cambridge and begin with a devotional at the 500-year old King’s College Chapel with its famous stained glass windows. On our walking tour through Cambridge University with its 31 colleges, we learn how Cambridge became the origin of Reformation thought in the 16th and 17th centuries. After driving to Oxford, we check into our hotel and enjoy dinner together at the Eagle and Child Pub, C.S. Lewis’ favorite place to eat. B/D
Day 6: Gloucester, Cotswolds, Oxford
This morning we have a walking tour of Oxford, including a visit to Christ Church College. We learn about Oxford’s famous past residents, including Charles and John Wesley, Lewis Carroll, William Penn, George Whitfield, Albert Einstein and John Locke. Our afternoon excursion is to Gloucester, where we tour the Cathedral and St. Mary de Crypt Church. This is where the evangelist George Whitefield was baptized and where he preached his first sermon. Our guide will share about his involvement in the “Great Awakening.” We also see the statue of George Raikes, who ministered to street children in Gloucester and began the Sunday School movement. In the afternoon we pass through more scenic Cotswold villages back to Oxford, stopping on the way to enjoy afternoon tea in a country garden. B/AT
Day 7: Lutterworth, Epworth, York
Heading north today, we visit St. Mary’s Church in Lutterworth, where John Wycliffe translated the English Bible, and trained his "Lollard Preachers". We then stop in Epworth, where Wesley was born on June 17, 1703. We begin the tour with lunch at the Rectory, then visit the birthplace of John and Charles Wesley, the Wesley Memorial Church and St. Andrew’s parish church, before finishing our journey in the walled city of York. On arrival, we have the option to attend Evensong in York Minster, before dinner in our hotel. B/L/D
Day 8: York, St. Andrews
This morning we explore York, beginning at the York Minster. York is a fascinating city with more history than we can possibly cover. Our guide will tell us about Constantine the Great and his impact on Europe. In the afternoon we take a train to Edinburgh. Our Scottish driver will meet us from the train to take us to St. Andrews. We dine at our hotel this evening. B/D
Day 9: St. Andrews
St. Andrews is the spiritual capital of Scotland and the place where Scotland’s Reformation began. During the time of the Reformation, St. Andrews University was third in significance, after Oxford and Cambridge. St. Andrews Castle, once the premier residence of bishops and archbishops is the site of battles and peace treaties. We hear about George Wishart and Patrick Hamilton’s martyrdoms. St. Andrews Cathedral dates back to 1160 and now comprises the ruins of Scotland’s largest cathedrals. The monument to Robert the Bruce, the first king to unite the Scottish people is here in this city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city. For all the golf fans, there's the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf (please notify us, so we can arrange tee times) B/D
Day 10: Stirling, Edinburgh
On our way back to Edinburgh, we stop in Stirling and visit the Church of the Holy Rude where, in 1566, John Knox preached at the baptism of James VI. We also visit Stirling Castle where James VI was educated by the Scottish Reformer George Buchanan. In Edinburgh our local guide takes us on a sightseeing tour including the John Knox House, the Walter Scott Monument and the Royal Mile. We have an inside tour of Edinburgh Castle, with its foreboding ramparts and walls, amazing city views and Crown jewels. The evening is free. B
Day 11: Edinburgh
This morning we plan to attend morning worship at St. Giles Cathedral, where John Knox first preached in 1559. It was reported that "he was so active and vigorous it looked as if he was about to break the pulpit in bits and fly out of it." Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. In the afternoon we tour Holyrood House, where Knox met with Mary Queen of Scots. We end our tour with a traditional Scottish dinner. B/D
Day 12: Return
We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight home B/IF
IF = In Flight, B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, AT= Afternoon Tea, D= Dinner
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Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
tour escort throughout the tour
step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
fees included as per itinerary
All transfers, as a group
Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
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of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports
must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
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Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities
and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever
possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able
to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for
us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will
be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
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