May 6-16, 2018
May 16-23 Optional extension to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland
In the Footsteps of John Wesley and British Authors
Take a panoramic tour of London, see the theater where Shakespeare's plays were originally performed, experience Stonehenge, and more!
This trip is open to alumni, pastors, and friends of MVNU.
May 6, Sunday: USA - London
- Depart from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), OH destination London, England. Meals will be served on board.
- Panoramic tour of London
- Highlights include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey where Darwin, Dickens are buried, and more.
- Dinner and overnight at the Queen's Gate Hotel.
- Tour St. Paul's Cathedral - its dome, the world's third largest, can be seen from many an angle in other parts of the city.
- Wesley's Chapel - known the world over as the "Cathedral of World Methodism."
- Wesley's Home/Museum, where he lived from 1779 until his death in 1791.
- Visit Bunhill Fields, the "outcasts' cemetery," reserved for those who refused to compromise their convictions and step in line with the Church of England.
- Continue on to the Methodist Plinth, site of John Wesley's Aldersgate Street conversion on May 24, 1738.
- Finish the day with tours of Westminster Central Hall, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, also known as Spurgeon's Tabernacle, and the Tower of London where the crown jewels are housed.
- Return for dinner and overnight at the Queen's Gate Hotel.
- Visit Charles Dickens Home and Museum. The impressive collection includes paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture, and many items relating to the life of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian age.
- Exhibition and tour of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre.
- Explore The British Museum, which houses the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, and a copy of the Magna Carta.
- Tour historic homes such as John Keats House and Down House, home of Charles Darwin and his family.
- Visit the mysterious Stonehenge.
- Guided tour of the Cotswolds by a local guide specializing in naturalism.
- Then across the Salisbury Plains to visit Bath, the best preserved Georgian city in Britain.
- End the day in Bath for dinner and overnight at the Francis Hotel Bath.
- Visit the Roman Baths.
- Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare including a guided tour of Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, preserved just as it was in Elizabethan times.
- End the day in Oxford for dinner and overnight at the Jurys Inn Hotel.
- Engage the intellectual centers of England by traveling to Oxford, intellectual center of western civilization since A.D. 1096. Countless great people worldwide began their careers in these hallowed university halls.
- Visit Christ Church College and Christ Church Cathedral.
- Visit Blackwell's, Thornton's, and Waterfield's bookshops, favorites of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Tour The Kilns, C. S. Lewis' former home, where the Chronicles of Narnia series was written, and which now hosts a Christian study center.
- Journey to Moulton, Olney, see the Newton & Cowper Museum, and head to Bedford, home of John Bunyan author of Pilgrim's Progress.
- End the day in Bedford for dinner and overnight at the Swan Hotel.
- See the Bunyan Museum and the Moot Hall in Elstow, just outside Bedford
- Continue to Cambridge, site of one of Europe's oldest and best-known universities.
- Explore the cathedral city of Ely, Cambridgeshire.
- Visit St. Andrews Street Baptist Church where Spurgeon once taught Sunday school.
- End the day in Bedford for dinner and overnight at the Swan Hotel.
- Head for the famous Nottingham Castle.
- Stop into Sherwood Forest to see Robin Hood's great oak tree and visitor's center.
- End the day in Lincoln for a three-course dinner and overnight at the Holiday Inn Lincoln.
- In Epworth, take the Wesley walking tour which includes visits to the Old Rectory, the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Parish Church, Samuel Wesley's grave, and John Wesley's statue.
- In Manchester, see the Nazarene Theological College.
- Dinner in Manchester and overnight at Novotel Manchester Centre.
- Return from Manchester to Columbus, OH.
- Tour York City, including York Minster Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the British Isles.
- Head to the seaside town of Whitby. The ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Travel north to Durham to tour the massive Romanesque cathedral where St. Cuthbert is buried.
- End the day at the Marriott Hotel Royal County
- See Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort in Chollerford.
- View the Angel of the North in Gateshead.
- Explore the beautiful Rosslyn Chapel.
- Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh at Parliament House Hotel.
- Guided tour of Edinburgh, including the Holyrood Palace home of Mary, Queen of Scots.
- Explore Edinburgh Castle, sitting high on Castle Rock.
- Visit Princes Street, St. Giles Cathedral, the prestigious Edinburgh University, Greyfriars and the Mound.
- Visit John Knox's House, leader of the Scottish Reformation and founder of the Presbyterian Church.
- End the day in Perth at the Mercure Perth Hotel.
- Head to Ballater and see Balmoral Castle.
- Visit Drumnadrochit, site of the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition - and perhaps see the Loch Ness Monster!
- End the day in Ballachulish with dinner and overnight at the Ballachulish Hotel.
- Drive along the coast towards Aberfoyle while taking in the beautiful countryside.
- In Aberfoyle, engage in the Doon Hill walk - home of the faeries.
- Board the ferry for the journey across the North Channel to Northern Ireland's capital city Belfast, and birthplace of C.S. Lewis.
- End the day at the Europa Hotel.
- Half-day tour of Belfast including a visit to the Titanic Museum. The world's most famous ocean-going liner, the ill-fated Titanic, was built in Belfast.
- Explore Monasterboice, ruins of an early Christian settlement famous for its spectacular Muiredach's Cross, which dates back to the 10th century A.D.
- Survey the Hill of Tara, an archaeological complex that contains a number of ancient monuments.
- Continue to Trim and its Castle, featured in Mel Gibson's movie Braveheart.
- End the day in Dublin. Dinner and overnight at the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
- Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in A.D. 1190 and restored in the 19th century. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, is buried in this Protestant cathedral.
- Then see Christ Church Cathedral. Founded in A.D. 1028, it is the spiritual heart of the city and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin.
- Visit the baroque-style St. Ann's Church of Ireland, where Oscar Wide was baptized and Bram Stoker was married.
- Then go to the recently-opened Stoker Dracula Museum, located within the Bram Stoker Hotel along the Clontarf seafront promenade.
- Visit Trinity College Old Library, to view the extravagantly illustrated Book of Kells.
- Dinner and overnight at the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
- After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Columbus, OH.
Cost: Figures reflect anticipated rates*
- Projected main tour price: approximately $4,690 per person (double occupancy). Based on early-bird rate (before 9/15/2017).
- Optional Extension (May 16-23) an additional $2,449.
- $650 for a single room (an additional $450, for extension).
- Round-trip airframe from Columbus to London, and from Manchester to Columbus (Belfast to Columbus, if taking extension).
- 9/16 nights in 3-star or higher superior-tourist-class hotels.
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All escorted transfers
- Daily breakfast and dinners
- Transportation by private air conditioned bus with driver throughout the tour
- Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast (for extension).
- Tips to tour guides and drivers.
- English speaking professional tour guides.
- Entry fees to sights and museums.
- Service charges and local taxes, tips to hotel and restaurant, and portage for one piece of luggage.
- Lunches and all drinks
- Personal expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks and in-room internet (some hotels charge extra)
- Any other service which is not mentioned above
*Cost may vary depending on departure/arrival airports. Advertised cost is for trips originating and ending in Columbus, Ohio. Please contact us for departure and arrival from airports other than Columbus, Ohio.
Important Note: Tour prices based on group minimum of 25 passengers, projected 2018 airfare rates, and cost of land arrangements as of February, 2017. Currently, 1 Euro = $1.07 USD and 1 Pound Sterling = $1.25 USD. These are subject to any changes that may be imposed prior to departure.
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