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The Cathedral city of Durham
The Kilns, Oxford
When Geoffrey Chaucer gathered a motley company at the Tabard Inn in the 1380s, he included everyone who wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral at Canterbury, both those that wanted to atone for their sins and those who wanted to praise God (i.e. husbands and wives respectively).
So, Father Andy Buchanan and I invite all mixed and miscellaneous potential pilgrims to join us on a pilgrimage from Edinburgh to Canterbury from May 18-27, 2018. Like Chaucer, we welcome those estates who pray, those who fight, and those who work, and of course, those who do none of those and have the leisure to travel.
As Chaucer’s pilgrims told stories, both holy and bawdy, we welcome all who can tell their own stories on a journey through English reformation history. Our studies will range from those wandering saints, St. Columba, St. Dunstan, and St. Hilda of Whitby, to Thomas Cranmer (Book of Common Prayer), John Wesley, C. S. Lewis, and the Wife of Bath. Our locales will take place from holy islands to cathedrals to pubs.
We cite those verses from the prologue of Canterbury Tales to tease your imaginations:
12 Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
Then folk long to go on pilgrimages,
13 And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
And professional pilgrims (long) to seek foreign shores,
14 To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
To (go to) distant shrines, known in various lands;
15 And specially from every shires ende
And specially from every shire’s end
16 Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende,
Of England to Canterbury they travel,
Terry Lindvall, C. S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan University
Father Andy Buchanan, Rector of Galilee Church
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, May 18, 2018: Departure
Our journey begins with overnight flights from Norfolk to Edinburgh. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, May 19, 2018: Edinburgh
We will arrive in Edinburgh and meet our tour director and board our bus. We will go the hotel first and pick up the early arrivals, then our driver will take us on an orientation tour of the city. After some free time for lunch, our local guide will take us on a walking tour of the Royal Mile, including St. Giles Cathedral and the John Knox House. We will also see the Grassmarket, and Magdalene Chapel. We will check-in to our hotel and dine together in the early evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, May 20, 2018: Edinburgh
St Giles’ Cathedral is often called the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism. We will attend the 11:30 AM morning service. 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. We will tour Edinburgh Castle in the afternoon, Greyfriar’s Church and have some free time on the Royal Mile. We will dine in a traditional Scottish restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, May 21, 2018: Holy Island
Lindisfarne, known today as Holy Island, is a tidal island off the Northumbrian coast. St. Aidan was sent here as a missionary from Iona and established a monastery in around 630 AD. Vikings destroyed the original monastery and monks fled from the island. The present Lindisfarne Priory is a dramatic ruin, modeled after Durham Cathedral. This is where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were produced. Even secular historians refer to Lindisfarne as “the most holy place in England.” After time to view the 16th century castle, we will continue our journey to Durham, where we will have a private tour of the Cathedral and the newly opened exhibits area Open Treasure. We will end our visit with an exclusive meal and fellowship time in the Cathedral restaurant, just for our group. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, May 22, 2018: York
After breakfast, we will drive to York. Our guided afternoon walking tour of York will include a walk atop the ancient city walls, All Saints, North Street, and a tour of York Minster Cathedral, the biggest medieval church in England. 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 checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, May 23, 2018: Stratford-upon-Avon
On the drive south, we will stop in Stratford-upon-Avon with free time for lunch. This was Shakespeare’s home town for many years and the town has a world-class theater. Subject to availability we will visit C.S. Lewis’ home, The Kiln’s, on the way into Oxford. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, May 24, 2018: 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. In the afternoon we will tour Magdalene College and Addison’s Walk. The bus will then take us out to the Trout Inn on the Thames, where we can order the meal of our choice (not included). (B)
Day 8: Friday, May 25, 2018: Canterbury
This morning we will drive to Canterbury to visit the magnificent Cathedral. We will hear about Thomas Becket’s murder in 1170 and see a number of royal tombs. We will also visit the ancient ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey. We will end the tour with Evensong at 5:30 PM, followed by a group dinner.
Day 9: Saturday, May 26, 2018: Hampton Court, Windsor
After breakfast we will drive to Hampton Court. 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 farewell meal will be in our hotel, or in a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, May 27, 2018: Return
We will transfer to Heathrow Airport for the return trip to the USA, or continue on to London for the post-tour. (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!
May 19-21, 2018
Kings Manor Hotel
100 Milton Rd E
Edinburgh EH15 2NP
May 21-22, 2018
May 22-23, 2018
York YO10 4FD
May 23-25, 2018
Spires Hotel Oxford
Oxford OX1 4PS
May 25-26, 2018
8-10 St. Dunstans St
Canterbury CT2 8AF
May 26-27, 2018
Castle Hotel Windsor
18 High Street
SL4 1LJ Windsor
Please arrange to be in Edinburgh by May 19 as the group is landing early. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel nights in Edinburgh. We can either assist you with flights or you can book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
We have changed to a new group itinerary giving you a $200 savings per person. These flights on American are $1,200 per person round-trip. Once the flights are ticketed (March 2018) you will be able to upgrade to Economy Plus if you wish.
|AA 3846||May 18||Norfolk||JFK||1:35 PM||2:59 PM|
|AA 278||May 18/19||JFK||Edinburgh||7:05 PM||7:10 AM|
|AA 101||May 27||Heathrow||JFK||10:15 AM||1:10 PM|
|AA 3844||May 27||JFK||Norfolk||4:04 PM||5:39 PM|
The smaller group who are staying at the Rembrandt Hotel will be returning on the 30th. We will get a quote for the transfers from Windsor to the hotel, and back to Heathrow.
|AA 3846||May 18||Norfolk||JFK||1:35 PM||2:59 PM|
|AA 278||May 18/19||JFK||Edinburgh||7:05 PM||7:10 AM|
|AA 101||May 30||Heathrow||JFK||10:15 AM||1:10 PM|
|AA 3844||May 30||JFK||Norfolk||4:04 PM||5:39 PM|
Price based on a minimum of 30 participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 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
• All transfers, as a group
• Insurance during the tour (pre-tour coverage upgrade available)
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation from Norfolk, VA ($1,200)
• Single supplement ($550)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Pre-tour cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• 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 8, 2018
• Reservations will be accepted after March 4, 2018, subject to availability
We offer 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.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
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You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
Starting in 2018, we are switching to 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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