July 15-25, 2020

10 days / 9 nights tour through England

Thursday, July 16 - Day 1

Thursday, July 16 - Day 1

WINDSOR/ STONEHENGE

Arriving London Heathrow mid-morning, drive to Windsor, a town full of history and charm dominated by Windsor Castle (entrance included) which is over 900 years old and the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is located in the centre of the town and is surrounded by cobbled streets dating from the 17th Century. Later this afternoon, visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Included is a 20-minute round-trip shuttle bus journey to and from the Stone Circle. Overnight Salisbury

Friday, July 17 -  Day 2

Friday, July 17 - Day 2

SALISBURY / LYTES CARY

Begin the day with a tour of the early English Gothic Salisbury Cathedral which is also home to the famous Magna Carta. We will then visit Somerset and Lytes Cary Manor, an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful arts and crafts garden. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, who wrote many hymns including Abide with me. Overnight Bristol

Saturday, July 18 -  Day 3

Saturday, July 18 - Day 3

BRISTOL / CHEDDAR / WELLS

Bristol is home to the Charles and John Wesley Museum. We will visit the Wesley Chapel, where Methodism was founded and where the Wesley’s ministered for many years and The New Room, the oldest Methodist church in the world. We continue to Wells where we visit the great Gothic Cathedral where we will present a concert. There is also the moated and walled Bishops’ Palace with 14 acres of gardens. Vicars Close has a fine selection of architecture and the Market Place is linked to the Green by the curiously named Penniless Porch. Returning to Bristol, we will stop at the Cleft of the Rock at Burrington Combe which inspired Augustus Toplady to write the hymn, Rock of Ages. Overnight Bristol.

Sunday, July 19 -  Day 4

Sunday, July 19 - Day 4

BATH / STRATFORD

Today we travel to the city of Bath to visit the Roman Baths which were built around England’s only hot springs. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. This afternoon we visit Stratford-upon Avon to see Shakespeare’s birthplace and burial site, Holy Trinity Church. Overnight Oxfor

Monday, July 20 -  Day 5

Monday, July 20 - Day 5

BOURTON ON THE WATER / GLOUCESTER

Drive through the stunning Cotswolds, the largest ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales’, with a stop in Bourton-on-the-Water, a quintessential picturesque English village known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. Continuing to Gloucester, the home of John Stafford Smith, who wrote the music to The Star Spangled Banner. We will present a concert in the Cathedral where he was christened. This cathedral is also the setting for many scenes from the infamous Harry Potter movies. Overnight Oxford

 

Tuesday, July 21 -  Day 6

Tuesday, July 21 - Day 6

OXFORD / HIGHCLERE CASTLE

Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, the city of Spires, and a guided visit to the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Inside its historic rooms you can see the 15th-century Divinity School, medieval Duke Humfrey's Library and the impressive Radcliffe Camera. The afternoon begins at Highclere Castle, the setting for the ever so popular blockbuster movie and television miniseries, DOWNTON ABBEY. We will spend the afternoon touring the castle and enjoying the grounds of this majestic property. Overnight Oxford

Wednesday, July 22 -  Day 7

Wednesday, July 22 - Day 7

BLENHEIM PALACE / OLNEY

Our day begins in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside where we will tour Blenheim Palace, one of England’s largest homes with 187 rooms and situated on 2,000 acres. The palace is also the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue our day by traveling through Moulton, where William Carey, one of the most well-known missionaries in Baptist history, lived and worked as a shoe cobbler to provide for his family while pastoring the Baptist church from 1786-89. This afternoon begins with a visit to Olney and the William Cowper Museum with its beautiful gardens and 18th-century summerhouse to see some of the original texts and musical scores of hymns he wrote. Visit the St Peter & St Paul Church where John Newton was vicar when he wrote Amazing Grace and where he is buried in the church cemetery. We also visit the Sutcliff Baptist Church where William Carey preached his first sermons. Dinner is at Theobalds Estate, home to Isaac Watts for 36 years. Watts was the writer of many hymns such as When I survey the Wondrous Cross, Joy to the World and God our help of Ages Past. Overnight London

Thursday, July 23 - Day 8

Thursday, July 23 - Day 8

HAMPTON COURT PALACE / ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

Travel outside of London to visit Hampton Court Palace, a royal palace where King James 1 commissioned the translation of The King James Bible in 1604. We will have a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral known for its world-famous dome. We end the day with a River Thames cruise and a spectacular panoramic view of London atop the London Eye, the world’s largest ferris wheel. Overnight London

Friday, July 24 - Day 9

Friday, July 24 - Day 9

LONDON

This morning we will see the ‘Changing of the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace, a striking display of British pageantry when the new guard takes over from the old guard. We continue to Westminster Abbey, a place that has touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Britons. Late afternoon, we will visit the Tower of London to explore 1,000 years of history at London’s iconic castle and see the Crown Jewels, the legendary Yeoman Warders, and the Ravens. Remainder of Day free – Overnight London

Saturday, July 25 -  Day 10

Saturday, July 25 - Day 10

LONDON / USA

Transfer to London Heathrow for your trans-Atlantic flight to the U.S.