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Salisbury Cathedral Christ Church, Oxford Stratford-upon-Avon Martyr's Memorial
Christ Church, Oxford
You are invited to join the C.S. Lewis Summer Study Program led by Professor Terry Lindvall, Dr. Kellie Holzer, Professor of British Literature, and Dr. Ben Fraser, Professor of Global Communication. According to C. S. Lewis, the task of the modern educator is “not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” Our pilgrimage to Salisbury, Oxford, and beyond seeks to awaken the imagination of students who will see literature come to life and the past spring into their present experience. Touring the various colleges of Oxford, students will vicariously taste the lives of Lewis, Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, and many other very odd characters as they wander down alley ways, through wardrobes, into rabbit holes, and through secret gardens (not to mention pubs and inns on the Thames). Our study is on the faith and literature of one of the greatest University towns of history and to come away refreshed, renewed, and transformed by those who encountered God and translated His grace through words and images. As Yeats mused, “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember.” We hope to irrigate the deserts of parched imaginations and enjoy the fruit of dreaming of Oxford spires and merry wanderings through Middle Earth.
Professor Lindvall has occupied the C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Welseyan College, since 2006. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his BA in Literature/Biology from Vanguard University; he has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Wheaton College, and Regent University. He was also a Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Divinity and the Walter Mason Fellow in Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary.
Day 1: Thursday, March 10, 2022: Depart
We will leave Norfolk, VA for our overnight flights to London. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, March 11, 2022: Salisbury, Oxford
On arrival in Heathrow, we will board our bus and travel to Salisbury and visit the magnificent cathedral. After free time for lunch, we will visit St. James the Great Church in South Leigh, famous for its medieval wall paintings (maybe the inspiration for the devil Screwtape?). We will then check-in to the Eastgate Hotel in Oxford, where we will stay for the entire tour. We will wander the two mains streets of Oxford, Broad and High, and then dine in our hotel. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, March 12, 2022: Stratford-upon-Avon
Today’s day trip is to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare. We will have tickets to the matinee of Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Shakespeare Theater. After our theatre experience, we will indulge with a proper afternoon British Tea. Then, returning to Oxford, we will leisurely explore Oxford in the evening, with Blackwell’s Bookstore (which actually sold some of your professor’s books) or wander through Holywell Graveyard. (B/AT)
Day 4: Sunday, March 13, 2022: Oxford
We will have the opportunity to worship in St. Ebbe’s this morning, a friendly Church of England in central Oxford. After a traditional Sunday Roast at the Royal Oak, we will explore the grounds of the Magdalene College, treading a picturesque footpath called Addison Walk. On a windy night in September 20, 1931, Lewis ambled along this path by the River Cherwell in conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson, where they persuaded him of the reality of myth. We will tour Magdalene College and stay for Evensong. (B/L)
Day 5: Monday, March 14, 2022: Oxford
In mini-groups, we will meander around Oxford in staggered groups, visiting University Church of St. Mary (where Wesley and Lewis preached), the Botanical Gardens, the Oxford Museum of Natural History, the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, (sneaking into the Randolph Hotel Tea Room to see the famous Zuleika paintings) and then meet at the Ashmolean Museum (founded in 1683). The world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to a Dodo bird to Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Then begins our pilgrimage walk of several kilometers (through Roman ruins, cow pastures, etc.) to the Trout Inn on the Thames. (B/D)
Day 6: Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Oxford
We begin our day with a tour of Christ Church College (Harry Potter’s dining room) and a full tour of the Bodleian Library. Lunch will be at the Turf Tavern. In the afternoon, we will tour C. S. Lewis’ home at the Kilns in Headington. We will also visit Holy Trinity Church nearby where the Lewis brothers worshipped for over 30 years and now sleep. Inside the church, designed by the celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, we will see the Narnia Window. (B)
Day 7: Wednesday, March 16, 2022: Oxford
Many well-known detective stories roost in Oxford, such as those involving Lord Peter Wimsey, Inspector Morse, and Inspector Lewis. We also find sites of Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willow, and Harry Potter. Our guide will take on a guided tour of New, Balliol, and Somerville colleges. After the Sheldonian and some punting on the river Cherwell, we will hike to the Head of the River Pub for our final meal. (B/D)
Day 8: Thursday, March 17, 2022: Return
We will transfer to Heathrow for our return flights to Norfolk. (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!
March 10-17, 2022
73 High Street
Oxford OX1 4BE
Group flights on American Airlines are included for this tour. Please note that the flight times may change before departure, but we will keep you updated.
|AA 6134||March 10||Norfolk||Philadelphia||5:26 PM||6:40 PM|
|AA 728||March 10/11||Philadelphia||Heathrow||9:30 PM||9:40 AM|
|AA 729||March 17||Heathrow||Philadelphia||12:35 PM||5:00 PM|
|AA 5151||March 17||Philadelphia||Norfolk||7:50 PM||9:01 PM|
*Price based on a minimum of 20 participants. Land only $2,425.
• Air transportation and related taxes and fees from Norfolk, VA ($1,075 per person)
• Ground transportation: via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in centrally located 4-star hotel
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• All taxes and tips
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Single supplement
• 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)
Payments for this tour will be made through Virginia Wesleyan University.
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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.
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