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Peter and Joan (Mosman)

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AUSTRALIA

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SAINTS AND SHRINES OF ENGLAND and SCOTLAND

London, Canterbury, Cambridge, Ely, Norwich,  Walsingham, Sandringham, Lincoln, York, Ripon, Durham, Lindisfarne and Edinburgh

We visit the holy shrines and cathedrals of England, with special
arrangements for evening inspections, private tours and special events.
In London we visit Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and

St Paul’s Cathedral. Then to Winchester, Oxford, St Albans, Peterborough, Ely, Norwich, Walsingham, Lincoln, York,

Whitby, Lindisfarne and Durham.

Accompanied by the Precentor of St George’s Cathedral, Perth,
and former Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey, his knowledge and
insights will make this tour unique.

 

Date :  Saturday 16 May to Thursday 4 June 2015

Day 1

 (Sat 16th May)

Fully booked

Highlights include:

 

*  Special tour and visit to Westminster Abbey
*  Hosted dinner in Oxford with the Regius
    Professor of Divinity
*  Tour and dinner with the Dean of Norwich
*  Walsingham National Pilgrimage
*  York Minster tour and Evensong

*  North Yorkshire Moors Steam train to Whitby

*  Captain Cook Museum and Whitby Abbey
*  Lincoln Cathedral and hosted farm dinner
*  Lindisfarne Holy Island
*  Durham Cathedral and special liturgy
*  Free time in London, Oxford and York

  

 Flights to/from London

Depart Sydney on Saturday 16 May 2015 to London, landing on Sunday 17 May for a mid-afternoon arrival. Overnight aboard the flight.

Return flight options are available from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome and others. The airfare is included in the tour price, and return flight dates and ports of departure depend upon availability of seats at the time of receipt and confirmation of your booking. We will confirm your return flight preferences immediately upon receipt of your deposit and booking form.

Day 2

(Sun 17th)

 Arrive London

A mid afternoon arrival into London’s Heathrow Airport. On arrival transfer to our accommodation near Westminster. This afternoon we visit Westminster Abbey for the Evening Service, visit the shrine of Edward the Confessor, participate in a ‘welcome of pilgrims’ with Abbey clergy, and then dinner is at leisure. Overnight at the former London Lying-In Hospital.

Day 3

(Mon 18th)

Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral

Attend Mattins and Eucharist at Westminster Abbey, followed by a tour of the Abbey. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a living pageant of British history. We come on pilgrimage, as for many centuries pilgrims have come to venerate the relics of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–1066, and re-founder of Westminster Abbey, who is buried at the heart of the Abbey Church. In the afternoon visit Southwark Cathedral for a tour, before returning to the Abbey for Evensong and shrine devotions. Enjoy dinner together tonight. Overnight London. (B/D)

Day 4

(Tue 19th)

 St Paul’s Cathedral and London at leisure
After Abbey Mattins and Eucharist the day is free until mid afternoon, when we meet at St Paul’s Cathedral for a tour and then Evensong. Overnight London. (B)

Day 5

(Wed 20th)

 Canterbury Cathedral

Travel by train to Canterbury, where we walk to the cathedral for a tour and a celebration of the Eucharist. We return in the late afternoon by train to London. Overnight London. (B)

Day 6

(Thu 21st)

London to Winchester and Oxford

We join our chartered coach and travel to Winchester via the Orthodox Monastery in Brookwood, Surrey. After an inspection of Winchester Cathedral, which has the body of St Edward, King and Martyr, we have prayers at the shrine of St Swithun. Then enjoy luncheon in the city, before rejoining our coach and heading to Oxford. Attend Evensong at Magdalen College. Overnight Oxford. (B)

Day 7

(Fri 22nd)

 Oxford – Magdalen College and Christ Church Cathedral , and at leisure

We attend the morning Eucharist at Magdalen College, and the day is then free to explore at leisure. We meet at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford for a late afternoon tour, Evensong and Shrine Devotions. We dine with the Regius Professor of Divinity on one of our nights in Oxford. Overnight Oxford. (B/D)

Day 8

(Sat 23rd)

 Oxford to St Albans and Peterborough

After Mattins in Oxford we travel to St Alban’s and attend the midday Eucharist, and then inspect the cathedral. Enjoy luncheon before Evensong at 4pm. Then to Peterborough to attend Evensong and a tour of Peterborough Cathedral. Dinner together and overnight Peterborough. (B/D)

Day 9

(Sun 24th)

 Peterborough to Ely and Norwich

After Mattins and Sung Eucharist at Peterborough Cathedral we head to Ely for luncheon and a cathedral tour, followed by evensong. Then to Norwich for an evening tour of the cathedral and a dinner arranged courtesy of the Dean of Norwich. Overnight Norwich. (B/D)

Day 10

(Mon 25th)

 Walsingham National Pilgrimage

A full day at Walsingham including the main celebration of the Eucharist at noon, and in the mid-afternoon, sermon, procession and benediction. We return to Norwich for dinner at leisure and overnight Norwich. (B)

Day 11

(Tue 26th)

 Norwich to Lincoln

After morning prayer in the choir we head north west to Lincoln for an inspection of the cathedral. Lincoln Cathedral was for almost 300 years the tallest building in the world. Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail. We attend the lunchtime Eucharist at the Shrine of St Hugh, then have evening prayers in the field before dinner on a nearby Lincolnshire farm. Overnight Lincoln. (B/D)

Day 12

(Wed 27th)

 Lincoln to York

After Matins and Holy Communion we head to York for a three-night stay close to the Minster. We attend Evensong and dinner is at leisure. Overnight York. (B)

Day 13

(Thu 28th)

York

After the morning Matins and Eucharist you have a free day to explore the city of York. Wander through the Shambles, visit the Jorvik Viking Museum, the impressive National Railway Museum with its collection of Royal trains, or walk around the city walls. Overnight York. (B)

Day 14

(Fri 29th)

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Whitby Abbey and Captain Cook Museum

We travel to Pickering to join one of the best-preserved heritage railways in England - the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Travel through splendid countryside behind steam to Pickering, then on to Whitby on the coast. You can enjoy luncheon at the famous Magpie Café with some of the best fish and chips in England. We visit the ruins of the Abbey, St Hilda’s Church, the Captain Cook Museum and other key sights, and enjoy dinner in a country pub. Overnight York. (B/D)

Day 15

(Sat 30th)

to Alnwick and Lindisfarne

After Matins at the Minster we journey north through Alnwick to Lindisfarne. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland and has a recorded history from the 6th century. In 635AD Saint Aidan came from Iona and chose to found his monastery on Lindisfarne. The Christian message flourished here and spread throughout the world. Our crossing depends upon the tides, and in the afternoon we explore the island, and say Compline and Evening Prayers on the beach. Enjoy dinner together and overnight Lindisfarne. (B/D)

Day 16

(Sun 31st)

Lindisfarne to Durham

After the morning Eucharist we leave the island before the late morning high tide, and head south to Durham. Between Chester-le-Street and Durham we’ll give you the option to walk along the historic pathway to the city. Enjoy luncheon in a country pub, and Evensong at Durham Cathedral in the mid-afternoon. Overnight Durham. (B/L)

Day 17

(Mon 1st Jun)

Durham

This morning tour the cathedral and castle, and then there is some free time until our Farewell Dinner this evening. We enjoy the final meal together as a group of pilgrims and overnight Durham. (B/D)

Day 18

(Tue 2nd)

to London and then Australia, or own arrangements

After Morning Prayer as dismissal from the pilgrimage, you have the option to depart from Durham at your leisure. You can return by coach to London, where our tour ends, with plans for the coach to call at Stansted and London Heathrow Airports. Alternatively Durham is served by frequent rail services to the north and south. Those departing immediately for Australia transfer to Heathrow Airport and join an evening flight back to Australia, arrive on Thursday 4 June 2015. (B/D)

*Meals included are shown as  (B) Breakfast, (L) Luncheon, (D) Dinner

FARES

$10,250  Adult (twin share)
$  2,450  Supplement for single room

 

*The tour fare includes all hotels and sightseeing, rail and coach travel as indicated, and transfers when part of the group; accommodation on a twin share basis (single accommodation is available on payment of the single supplement); sightseeing and entrance fees to sites as indicated, and meals as shown in the itinerary for each day.

 

BOOKING AND ENQUIRY

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