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This 10 day sample tour celebrates the Baptist Heritage of England.
Tour of Oxford
Carey’s cottage in Moulton
Baptist Heritage Center in Kettering
Bunyan Meeting House
Tower of London
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Key: IF = In-Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Fly
Our journey will begin with overnight flights from the USA to London’s Heathrow Airport.
Day 2: Arrive in London, Oxford
On arrival in London, we will meet our tour director and board our air-conditioned motor coach. We will begin our tour of England at Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. After our leisurely tour, we will continue on to Oxford and dine at our hotel. D
Day 3: Oxford
Oxford has been a key center of learning for centuries and famous university alumni include Charles and John Wesley, William Penn, Albert Einstein and C.S. Lewis. This morning our local guide will take us to Christ Church College and Cathedral. Founded by Cardinal Wolsey as Cardinal’s College in 1524, this twelfth century church is the only church in the world to be both a cathedral and a college chapel. Our tour will also include the Martyr’s Monument and Regent College which has a museum of William Carey mementos. The afternoon is at leisure or tour members can join an optional tour to C. S. Lewis’s home, The Kilns, and Trinity Church. The evening is free to dine at the restaurant of our choice, such as the Eagle and Child pub. B
Day 4: Moulton, Kettering, Bedford
William and Dorothy Carey moved to Moulton in 1785 and we will see the cottage where he taught school and made shoes, which is now a museum. We will also visit the Baptist meeting house and see the stained glass window and mural commemorating Carey’s ministry. We will continue on to Kettering, and visit the Baptist Heritage Center in Fuller Baptist Church in Kettering, just up the street from where the Baptist Missionary Society was founded. We will learn about the ministry of local Baptists, including theologian and missionary advocate, Andrew Fuller. We will dine at our hotel in Bedford. B, D
Day 5: Bedford, Olney, Stratford
In Bedford, we will learn more about John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. He was arrested and imprisoned for 12 years, for preaching without a license from the Church of England. We will see the plaque where the county gaol stood in the 17th century and tour the Bunyan Meeting Church and Museum. After plenty of time for lunch, we will continue on to Olney and visit the Cowper and Newton Museum, which celebrates the leading 18th Century poet and letter writer William Cowper and his friend, John Newton who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”. We will arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon in time for a pre-theater dinner. We can arrange for tickets to a Shakespeare play this evening. B, D
Day 6: Cotswolds, Bath
On our way to Bath, we will stop in the delightful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water where we can eat lunch by the river. This village was home to the Ryland family, who were friends of Carey and Fuller. We will continue to Bath and have a bus tour of one of the most picturesque cities of Britain, including the magnificent Royal Crescent. We will dine at our hotel this evening. B, D
Day 7: Salisbury, Stonehenge, London
This morning we will travel to Salisbury and attend the 10:30 service at the magnificent Gothic Cathedral. Many years before the Declaration of Independence, a group of rebel nobles drafted the Magna Carta, a landmark document that made English sovereigns accountable to the law. We will be able to view a copy of the document, which is celebrating its 800 year anniversary. We will then enjoy the British tradition of a Sunday roast for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour the newly-opened Stonehenge Museum and the stone circle, including time to shop, before ending the day in London. B, L
Day 8: London
We will begin our city tour at Westminster Abbey, where most British Kings and Queens since 1066 have been crowned. It’s the final resting place for many monarchs, heroes and poets. We will then sail up the Thames to the Tower of London. This royal palace houses gorgeous jewels, but it was also the place where many Christians were held prisoner. The evening is free to dine at the restaurant of our choice or attend a play or concert. B
Day 9: London
Today is free to explore London. Suggestions include the Metropolitan Tabernacle, the British Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Harrods, All Soul’s Langham Place, Westminster Chapel and the London Eye. We will meet up again in the evening for our farewell meal. B, D
Day 10: Return
We will transfer to Heathrow Airport for our return flights to Birmingham, AL. B
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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