Iona Abbey Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Edinburgh St. Andrews York Oxford Tower of London
Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling
Tower of London
Join me in our pilgrimage to the roots of Presbyterianism and Celtic Spirituality and then “further up and further in” to the sites of C.S. Lewis and the birthplace of Narnia.
Our journey will include times of retreat, prayer, sightseeing and lessons from history. Stops include:
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Tuesday, June 6, 2017: Depart USA
Our journey begins with overnight flights from the USA to Glasgow, from Tampa. (IF)
Day 2: Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Arrival in Glasgow
On arrival in Glasgow, we will meet our tour director and board our bus for a city tour including a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral, which was founded by David I on the site of an earlier church. In the chapter house we will see the graves of nine Covenanters who lost their lives in 1645 for being Presbyterian. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Thursday, June 8, 2017: Loch Lomond, Glencoe
We will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and stop for a coffee break before taking a cruise on the stunning lake. We will continue on to the majestic Glencoe valley, site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692, when members of the MacGregor clan were killed by government forces. In the afternoon we will check into our country house hotel in the Scottish Highlands. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Friday: June 9, 2017: Iona, Bridge of Orchy
Today’s day trip is to St Columba’s Island of Iona. We will drive to the port of Oban and board a ferry to Mull, then drive along the scenic coast road to Fionnphort. From there, we take a small passenger ferry across to Iona. Iona Abbey was founded in 563 by St. Columba (521-97) and was a leading center for Christian scholarship throughout Europe. After visiting the Abbey and Visitor Center, we will return to the mainland and dine in our hotel (B/D)
Day 5: Saturday, June 10, 2017: Stirling, Edinburgh
After our delicious Scottish breakfast, we will leave the Highlands and tour the magnificent Stirling Castle, where James VI was educated by Scottish Reformer George Buchanan. Nearby is the Church of the Holy Rude, once a royal cathedral, where John Knox preached for James VI baptism in 1566. We will check-in to our hotel in Edinburgh and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 6: Sunday, June 11, 2017: Edinburgh
We will attend the 10 AM morning service at St. Giles Cathedral, 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 (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights chosen by The Queen.) In the afternoon we will have a walking tour, including Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, John Knox House, Greyfriar’s Church and the Grassmarket. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Monday, June 12, 2017: St. Andrews, Edinburgh
Today’s day trip is to St. Andrews, a spiritual center in Scotland for centuries. During the Reformation, St. Andrews University was third in significance after Oxford and Cambridge. In the now ruined castle, we will see the Bottle Dungeon where George Wishart was imprisoned before being burned at the stake, and pause at his martyrdom site, also remembering fellow martyr Patrick Hamilton. St. Andrews Cathedral was once the largest church in Scotland, but fell into ruin after John Knox’s sermon, which was inspired by Wishart’s martyrdom. We’ll see a monument to Robert the Bruce, the first king to unite the Scottish people and the wide sandy beach made famous in the film Chariots of Fire. Scotland is famous for its whisky and we will take a tour of Kingsbarns Distillery, with the opportunity to taste a sample. We will dine in a local restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 8: Tuesday, June 13, 2017: York
After bidding farewell to Scotland, we will drive to York, arriving in the early afternoon. We will have a walking tour of the historic city center. We will end with Evensong at the Minster, which is the biggest medieval church in England and has an impressive collection of medieval stained glass, including a sixteenth century rose window. The term “Minster” usually refers to a church in a monastery, but this cathedral was never part of a monastic institution, so doesn’t have cloisters. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 9: Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Bedford, Oxford
We will set off early today and visit Bedford where we will learn more about John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, the Christian allegory that is considered to be the most widespread book of all time, second only to the Bible. Originally a poor, barely literate tinker, he became a popular preacher and author. Pilgrim’s Progress was written while he was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching without a license from the Church of England. Just outside Oxford we will visit C.S. Lewis’ home, the Kiln’s (inside visit subject to availability) and Trinity Church Haddington. We will dine in our hotel in Oxford. (B/D)
Day 10: Thursday, June 15, 2017: Oxford
Oxford is one of England’s famous University cities with a rich Reformation history. The early English reformer, John Wycliffe, was a professor at the university. Other well-known students included Bible translator William Tyndale and the great revivalist preacher George Whitefield. We will have a walking orientation tour including Christ Church College Cathedral, and the Martyr Memorial. The afternoon is free to shop, tour one of Oxford’s many museums, or simply relax. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 11: Friday, June 16, 2017: London
We will begin today with a guided tour of Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey has played in integral part in the history of London and the UK. Kings and Queens have been crowned here since 1066 (William the Conqueror) and it’s been the setting for many special occasions such as the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Our guide will also tell us about the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. After time to purchase lunch, we will travel up River Thames, giving us excellent views of the Tower and Tower Bridge. The Tower has a fascinating and also rather grisly history and we will hear about the various inhabitants through the centuries. We will also see the glittering Crown Jewels. We will dine early and see a West End Show. (B/D)
Day 12: Saturday, June 17, 2017: London
Today is a free day and the tour director will be available to assist with optional tours. Suggestions include Windsor Castle, Metropolitan Tabernacle, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Harrods, or the Churchill War Rooms. CLICK HERE for day trips from London. (B)
Day 13: Sunday, June 18, 2017: London
We will attend the morning service at 11:15 AM at Crown Court Presbyterian Church in Covent Garden. This Scots Kirk was established before 1711 and has a rich history. We will join the congregation for coffee and fellowship after the service. We will have some free time to enjoy the many boutiques and restaurants in Covent Garden. In the afternoon we will visit the British Museum and see treasures from around the world, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. We will end the tour with dinner in a restaurant, followed by a ride on the London Eye, giving us a panoramic view of London. (B/D)
Day 14: Monday, June 19, 2017: Return
We will transfer to the airport today for the return trip to the USA. (B/IF)
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!
Pre-tour nights are available. Please contact us for details!
June 7-8, 2017
80 Jamaica St
Glasgow G1 4QG
near Oban, Scotland
June 8-10, 2017
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Argyll PA36 4AD
June 10-13, 201
43 Jeffrey Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
June 13-14, 2017
York YO10 4FD
June 14-16, 2017
Hawkwell Hotel, Oxford
Church Way, Iffley Village
Oxford, OX4 4DZ
June 16-19, 2017
4-18 Harrington Gardens
London SW7 4LH
Group flights have been arranged for this tour, but we will continue to monitor options and these might change. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please wait until the tour is a definite departure, before booking non-refundable tickets. If you would like to do a pre/post tour, we can either assist you with flights or you are welcome to book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
NEW: Group flights from Tampa $1,200
|AA 849||June 6, 2017||Tampa||Philadelphia||2:25 PM||4:58 PM|
|AA 768||June 6/7, 2017||Philadelphia||Glasgow||7:05 PM||7:05 AM|
|AA 733||June 19, 2017||London||Charlotte||2:00 PM||6:15 PM|
|AA 1751||June 19, 2017||Charlotte||Tampa||8:05 PM||9:44 PM|
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Air transportation (New group flights from Tampa for $1,200)
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips
• Single supplement ($950)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, LLC. P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Tour deposits need to be received by February 5, 2017, but late reservations will be accepted until May 1, 2017, subject to availability
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2017
• Final payment is due by March 26, 2017
We now offer all of our travelers FREE travel insurance on group tours, which is valid throughout the tour. This insurance is through RoamRight, a division of Arch Insurance Company. You have the option to upgrade to the Total Travel Protection Plan to receive full coverage. The price depends on the total land and air cost of the tour.
The Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
Upgraded Insurance from $157 (land) and $215 (land and air)
You can upgrade to the Total Travel Protection plan, by adding Trip Cancellation coverage. This is valid from the time of purchase until the tour begins. E-mail us to add the upgraded insurance, or request the upgrade when you sign-up for the tour.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates cancelling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
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Dr. Stephen D. McConnell comes from a long line of Presbyterian ministers including his great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and two brothers. He was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, but did most of his growing up in suburban Detroit. Steve attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Steve served the Melrose Carmel Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia and the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. He is presently the Senior Pastor of Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida. He has served as speaker at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, the Massanetta Springs Bible Conference, the Wee Kirk Retreat in New England, and a variety of church renewal events. He also serves as a consultant for Ministry Architects, a consulting ministry for local churches.
Steve received his D. Litt. from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University with a focus on C.S. Lewis studies. He is married to Amanda and they have a daughter, Brittany. Steve enjoys reading and exercising and watching his favorite sports teams – the St. Louis Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines – bring home the victory. He is the author of three books: Take Me to Aslan: C.S. Lewis and the Art of Trusting; When the Wind is Against You: Encouragement for When Life Pushes Back and Safe At Home: Finding What You Never Lost.
Your tour price includes FREE travel insurance throughout the tour through RoamRight, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Included Insurance – FREE to all our group travelers, the Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
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