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Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday: Overnight Flight
Our journey begins with an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. (IF)
Day 2: Monday: Edinburgh
On arrival in Edinburgh, we will meet our tour director, and transfer to our centrally-located hotel. The afternoon is free to enjoy shopping, stroll down the Royal Mile or visit the Museum of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Art Gallery has a very significant collection of art with a strong Biblical message. We will enjoy a traditional Scottish meal this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Tuesday: Edinburgh
An expert local guide will join us this morning for a tour of Holyrood Palace, then a walking tour of Edinburgh, including John Knox House, St. Giles Church (including the site of John Knox’s tombstone), Greyfriar’s Church, Magdalene Chapel and the Royal Mile. Our tour of Edinburgh Castle will include tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building, which dates back to the 1100s. The rest of the day is at leisure. Evening options include a Scottish dinner with traditional Scottish music and dancing. (B)
Day 4: Wednesday: Alnwick Castle, York
On our way to York, we will travel down the stunning Northumbrian coast to Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castle in the United Kingdom. This majestic castle has been the Percy family home for the past seven hundred years. We will tour the State Rooms, which are home to one of the finest art and furniture collections in the country, including works by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck, along with an extensive Meissen, Chelsea and Paris porcelain collection. After time to explore the gardens, we will continue on to our hotel in York. (B/D)
Day 5: Thursday: York
Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. We will have a private guided tour before the house opens to the public, followed by free time to explore the house and grounds and gift shops. After returning to York, we will visit York’s Chocolate Story, exploring the city’s confectionery heritage, with a few delicious samples along the way. We will then take a short stroll to York Minster for a private guided tour of the Undercroft, followed by the chance to attend Choral Evensong in magnificent surroundings. We will spend a second overnight in York. (B)
Day 6: Friday: Lincoln, Cotswolds
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. 2015 marks the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and we will visit the new exhibition in Lincoln Castle. We will have some free time to visit the Cathedral and the town, before driving to the Cotswolds. The highlight of the evening will be attending a meeting of the Pudding Club. Pudding Club® meetings are a whole evening’s entertainment, from a jovial introduction by The Pudding Master at 7.30 pm, with a glass of chilled Elderflower Presse, through to a choice of three light main courses with seasonal vegetables, followed by the reason guests gather – the Parade of Seven Traditional Puddings, with all its noise and ceremony, to the vote for best pudding of the night over coffee. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday: Cotswolds, Oxford
After a scenic drive in the Cotswolds, we will continue on to Oxford, which has been a key center of learning for centuries. Famous university alumni include Charles and John Wesley, William Penn, Albert Einstein and C.S. Lewis. Founded by Cardinal Wolsey as Cardinal’s College in 1524, the twelfth-century Christ Church College 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, Lincoln and Balliol College and Carfax Tower. The afternoon is free to visit the Bodleian Library, shop or explore Oxford. We will dine at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 8: Sunday: London
Our first stop this morning is Runnymede, where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. We will continue on to Hampton Court, King Henry VIII’s favorite palace. After the tour we will have time to stroll through the beautiful gardens and try and find our way to the center of the maze. We will check-in to our centrally located hotel in London and the rest of the day is free to dine at the restaurant of our choice or attend a West End Show. (B)
Day 9: Monday: London
After breakfast, we begin our day in 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 it’s not open to the public now, we’ll 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 Chambers. After our tour, we will sail up the Thames and tour the Tower of London, including entrance to see the magnificent crown jewels. Our farewell meal is at our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 10: Tuesday: Return
We will transfer to Heathrow Airport for our return flights to the States. (B)
Reformation Tours reserves the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary. While on tour, if conditions necessitate changes, or if certain features are unavailable or limited, we reserve the right to vary or substitute alternatives. All prices are calculated at the exchange rate in effect at the time of this quotation. Should currency fluctuations necessitate an adjustment in tour price the adjusted price will be reflected in the final invoice. The tour was priced at 1 Euro = 1.36 US dollars.
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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