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Windsor Castle Oxford Blenheim Palace Stonehenge Salisbury Bath Lacock Winchester Chawton London
What did a manor house look like to Jane Austen? What was the setting for C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy? What was London like in G. K. Chesterton’s novels and journalism? And on what bridge did T. S. Eliot portray his tired souls walking across in The Waste Land? English Christian writers have influenced and encouraged millions of readers in the 20th and 21st centuries, none more than C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.
We will tour Oxford where Lewis, Tolkien and their friends worked, and developed their distinctive literary works, learned and taught. There is a long tradition of English writers who explored their faith through their writings, and passed on their experience to us in later generations. We will move to Salisbury, Bath, and the surrounding area, as well as the home of Jane Austen. And we will visit a few of the literary sites of London where G. K. Chesterton and T. S. Eliot worked in the early 20th century, and where Samuel Johnson, John Donne, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, and John Wesley, along with others wrote and served in previous centuries.
Join us as we see sites from which they drew inspiration and where they found resources for their imaginations. We will explore, enjoy, and reflect on the gifts they offer. Of course there is much more to see, and we will take in some of the other famous sites in these areas as well. Join us for a journey through these parts of the Christian literary landscape of England.
Dr. Steve and Teri Varvis
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, AT = Afternoon Tea, D = Dinner
Day 1: Thursday, June 14, 2018: Departure
We will depart the USA for our flights to London. Pre-tour accommodation and touring assistance is available. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, June 15, 2018: Windsor
Welcome to England! Transfers will be arranged from Heathrow Airport to nearby Windsor, and the tour director will greet arrivals at the hotel. In the early afternoon we will tour 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. We will dine in the hotel this evening and get to know the rest of the group. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, June 16, 2018: Beaconsfield, Oxford
On the way to Oxford, we will stop in Beaconsfield to see G. K. Chesterton’s grave and the outside of his house. We will visit the Kiln’s today (subject to availability) and see the rooms where C. S. Lewis spent so much time. We will have a pub lunch today, a favorite activity of the Inklings. Our afternoon walking tour will focus on C. S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Reformers and include Christ Church, St. Mary’s Church, Merton and Magdalen, and the Martyr’s monuments. The evening is at leisure. (B/L)
Day 4: Sunday, June 17, 2018: Oxford
We will visit one of England’s most impressive stately homes today, which was also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace houses a large art collection and has magnificent gardens designed by “Capability” Brown, including scenic walking trails. We will have lunch in the Cotswolds, followed by a stop in Blockley to see the church where they filmed the Father Brown series. We will return to Oxford in time for Evensong. (B/L)
Day 5: Monday, June 18, 2018: Birmingham, Oxford
This morning we will take a half-day excursion to Birmingham to visit sites associated with J.R.R. Tolkien. The afternoon is at leisure with options to do a walk focusing on Masterpiece Theater filming locations, tour the Bodleian, Radcliffe Camera or do a more detailed C. S. Lewis walk. We will meet up again in the evening for dinner. (B/D)
Day 6: Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Stonehenge, Salisbury
We will visit one of England’s most fascinating sites today, Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument. The tour includes a visit to the brand-new interpretive center and a trip to the stones. We will continue on to Salisbury and check-in to our hotel. After attending Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral, we will dine in our hotel (B/D)
Day 7: Wednesday, June 20, 2018: Bath, Lacock, Salisbury
Today’s day trip to Bath will include a visit to the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Centre, and an outside visit of the Royal Crescent. Bath was a favorite setting for many of Jane Austen’s novels and is one of the most attractive towns in England. In the afternoon, we will stop in Lacock, a village almost entirely owned by the National Trust. It’s been the setting for many movies and PBS productions, such as ‘Cranford’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and ‘Downton Abbey’. We will return to Salisbury and the evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Thursday, June 21, 2018: Winchester, Chawton, London
The morning tour of Winchester will include the Cathedral and Jane Austen’s grave. We will be able to view the Winchester Bible, one of England’s greatest treasures. In the afternoon we will visit Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, and the church where her father was the pastor. We will check-in to our London hotel and the evening is at leisure to explore London. (B)
Day 9: Friday, June 22, 2018: London
This morning we will meet outside St. Paul’s after lunch for a walking tour including Temple Church, sites related to T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land, Southwark Cathedral, and the Globe Theater. We will dine on the Southbank and see a live production at the Globe. (B/D)
Day 10: Saturday, June 23, 2018: London
Today’s tour has a literary focus, as we visit Dr. Williams’s Library, the private library with a collection of books by Protestant desenters (not part of the Church of England). We will then travel to the Wesley House and Bunhill Fields Cemetery. We will also visit the British Library, Westminster Abbey, and the Churchill War Rooms. We will end the tour with a ride on the London Eye, followed by our farewell meal. (B/D)
Day 11: Sunday, June 24, 2018: London
We will transfer to Heathrow Airport for our return flights to the States (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!
June 15-16, 2018
Harte & Garter Hotel
31 High St
Windsor SL4 1PQ
June 16-19, 2018
Spires Hotel Oxford
Oxford OX1 4PS
June 19-21, 2018
1 St John’s Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
June 21-24, 2018
The Meliá White House
London, NW1 3UP
We can either assist you with flights, or you are welcome to book your own. We do ask that you wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Transportation: via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Oyster card for public transport in London
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in centrally located 3-star or 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Blue Badge tour director
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (assistance available)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Single supplement ($800)
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Optional Insurance (group insurance available)
• Gratuities for tour director, and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2018
• Final payment is due by March 31, 2018
• Reservations will be accepted after March 31, 2018, subject to availability
We recommend the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
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 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.
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Each traveler receives basic insurance coverage with the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. This will be automatically added to your invoice..
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