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Welcome to Scotland! St. Giles St. Andrews York Cambridge Round Church, Cambridge Oxford Tower of London
Welcome to Scotland!
Round Church, Cambridge
Tower of London
Dave and Jenny Steane will be leading the British Christian Heritage Tour of England and Scotland for Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, April 8-19, 2022. Dave has served as the Executive Pastor at MDPC for 13 years. Jenny is the Office Manager at an elementary school. Dave and Jenny have traveled to Britain several times and Dave studied at the University of St. Andrews as part of his post graduate studies. Dave has previously led trips to Israel with groups from MDPC, and has a great appreciation for the impact that group travel can have on our understanding of the Christian faith, history and community.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, April 8, 2022: Flight
Our journey will begin with overnight flights from Houston to Edinburgh. Pre-tour nights are available in Edinburgh for those who would like to do additional touring in Scotland. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, April 9, 2022: Edinburgh
On arrival in Edinburgh, we will meet our tour director and board our air-conditioned bus. We will begin with an orientation tour of Edinburgh. At the top of the Royal Mile lies the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Our tour of this imposing castle will include tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building, which dates back to the 1100s. After checking in to our centrally located hotel, the afternoon will be at leisure. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, April 10, 2022: Edinburgh
St Giles’ Cathedral is often called the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism. We will attend the 10:00 AM service (or we could include a different church). John Knox first preached here in 1559. It was reported that “he was so active and vigorous it looked as if he was about to break.” After some free time for lunch, we will visit Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar’s Church, Magdalene Chapel, the Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. We will dine at a traditional Scottish restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, April 11, 2022: St. Andrews, Edinburgh
We will have a full-day tour of St. Andrews, which has been 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. We will pause at his martyrdom site and also remember fellow martyr Patrick Hamilton. St. Andrews Cathedral was once the largest church in Scotland but fell into ruin after John Knox’s sermon inspired by Wishart’s martyrdom. We will return to Edinburgh and the evening will be at leisure. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, April 12, 2022: Stirling, York
After breakfast we will visit Stirling. We will tour the Church of the Holy Rude, once a royal cathedral where John Knox preached for James VI baptism in 1566. Nearby is the magnificent Stirling Castle, where James VI was educated by Scottish Reformer George Buchanan. We will then travel across the border into England and continue our journey to York. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Wednesday, April 13, 2022: York, Cambridge
Our morning guided tour will include a walk atop the ancient city walls and a tour of York Minster Cathedral, the biggest medieval church in England. We will also see the famous medieval street, known as the Shambles. Christianity has an early heritage in York. By 306, when Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor in York, it is believed there was a small Christian community. In 312, he issued a general edict of toleration for the Christian Church and York became a center of Christianity. After some free time for lunch, we will continue our journey south to Cambridge. We will dine in our hotel this evening (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, April 14, 2022: Cambridge, Oxford
We will begin our tour of Cambridge with a visit to the Round Church, Cambridge. Cambridge is a center of Protestant scholarship for leaders including Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and Bishops Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer. We will see Latimer’s Pulpit in The Church of St Edward, King and Martyr. In Pembroke College, we will see Ridley’s Walk and hear about martyrs who attended the college. During the Reformation, the White Horse Inn was a favored meeting place and we will see the plaque showing its location. In the afternoon, we will drive to Oxford and check in to our hotel. The evening will be at leisure, with the option of a visit to the Eagle and Child Pub. (B)
Day 8: Friday, April 15, 2022: 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, with an emphasis on C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, April 16, 2022: London
On the way to London, we will visit C.S. Lewis’ home, the Kiln’s (inside visit subject to availability) and Trinity Church in Headington Quarry. Our next stop will be Hampton Court Palace. In 1604, James I commissioned the King James Version of the Bible during the Hampton Court Conference and we will discuss this in the room where it happened. In the Chapel Royal, we will hear how Henry VIII’s decision to allow production of the Bible was influenced by his last wife, Catherine Parr. 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. Our bus will take us on a panoramic sightseeing tour before we arrive at our centrally-located London hotel. We will have an early dinner and attend a West End play. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, April 17, 2022: London
We will have a free morning to attend the church of our choice, including Holy Trinity Brompton, where the Alpha Course originated. In the afternoon, we will attend Choral Evensong in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Day 11: Monday, April 18, 2022: London
Today will be a free day in London and we will have a London Pass, which offers free entry to over 80 attractions including the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, the Churchill War Rooms, Kew Gardens, etc. It also includes hop-on, hop-off tickets and a Thames Cruise. The tour director will be available to accompany people to attractions. We have the option to meet at the top of the Shard for outstanding views of London before our final dinner together. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, April 19, 2022: Return
We will have an included group transfer to Heathrow Airport for the return trip to the USA (B)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
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!
April 9-12, 2022
Novotel City Centre or similar
80 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DE
April 12-13, 2022
Park Inn by Radisson or similar
York Y01 6JF
April 13-14, 2022
Hilton Cambridge City Center or similar
Cambridge CB2 3DT
April 14-16, 2022
Oxford Spires Hotel or similar
Oxford OX1 4PS
April 16-19, 2022
Copthorne Tara Kensington or similar
London W8 5SY
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: Group air will be arranged from Houston. Payment is due with final payment in January 2022.
Individual Air: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and send a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it. Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
Tour Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Edinburgh no later than 10:00 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from London at any time on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Edinburgh and post-tour nights in London, but due to the volume of tours in 2022, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Price based on a minimum of 25 participants
• Transportation: via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in centrally located 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
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Air transportation and related taxes and fees
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Single supplement ($675)
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Insurance (see below for details)
• Gratuities for tour director and driver
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour, which can be paid by credit voucher, check or credit card payment. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in December 2021
• Final payment is due by January 24, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after January 24, 2022, subject to availability
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. Policies are now transferable to tours in 2021 and 2022.
If you don’t have insurance yet, we are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any nonrecoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any nonrefundable 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 canceling 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.
Due to COVID-19 it may be necessary to postpone tours. Credit vouchers will be issued for the value of the deposit, which can be used for any tour in 2021 and 2022. Insurance dates will be adjusted for the new tour dates. Travelers can apply for a refund for any installment payments in excess of the deposit, insurance etc. Refunds for credit vouchers will be available once travel resumes and we have the cash flow to do so.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
CST # 2093421-30