Amazing Places in England
Upon arrival in London one of the most famous places in England, we will collect our luggage and meet with the guide and driver who will accompany our group throughout our stay. After check-in at the hotel, we will have the afternoon free to have lunch, visit many places in England, shop, or pray and reflect. Later in the evening, we will attend a private Mass and will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. After breakfast, we transfer to Amesbury, the oldest occupied settlement in all the places in England. Upon arrival in Amesbury, we will visit Stonehenge with our group. This monument dates back to the Neolithic age. Throughout our tour, we will have the opportunity to see the resources, tools, and objects which have purposefully led the lives of those in the Neolithic age. Following the tour, we will enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we board the bus and head to the city in countryside, Salisbury. The first stop in Salisbury is at the Salisbury Cathedral which includes, the Chapter House. The Chapter House holds the four best-preserved manuscripts from the Magna Carta, which guaranteed basic liberties in 1215. We will be able to witness the beautiful scenes of the stories of Genesis and Exodus which encircle the interior of the Chapter House. These stories include: Adam and Eve, Noah, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Our group will enjoy private Mass and visit St. Osmund’s, a church dedicated to the patron saint of mental illness. Following this visit, we will board the bus for Southampton, considered to be a major port on the south coast of England. We will enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel. Following a full breakfast at our hotel, we will transfer to Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England. This town shows evidence of inhabitants which date back to the Neolithic times. Currently, it is considered a New Age community that holds many beliefs concerning Joseph of Arimathea, who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after the crucifixion. Upon arrival, we will proceed to the Glastonbury Abbey for a guided tour. The Glastonbury Abbey, due to the Saxons and later the Normans was regarded as the richest monastery in 1086. While at the Glastonbury Abbey, we will have the opportunity to wander through the beautiful 36-acre park grounds, visit the burial place of King Arthur, see the Holy Thorn which is said to have been the staff carried by Joseph of Arimathea. After lunch, we will transfer to Bath one of the places in England where we will enjoy a half-day sightseeing city tour and Mass. Our group will visit the Benedictine monastery, Downside Abbey, also known as, The Abbey of St. Gregory the Great. While at the Abbey, we will have the opportunity to view the Lady Chapel, which is the most complete piece of this beautiful church. Also in this chapel, there is a reliquary that contains the skull of St. Thomas of Cantilupe. Following Mass, we will transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Did you know? England is the most populated country in the United Kingdom
Touring Bath England
Today, following breakfast at our hotel, we will spend some time in the ancient city of Bath one of the amazing places in England. Tradition tells us that this city was founded based on its hot springs with steaming water, although historically, it became a spa in AD 60 when the Romans built baths and a temple. In Bath, our group will enjoy a city tour which includes the Roman Baths Museum. After the Roman Baths Museum visit, we will attend Mass and visit St. John the Evangelist’s Church. It is dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, writer of the Gospel. The city of Bath sees St. John as an oasis of peace in the midst of their busy city. Following this visit, our group will transfer to Birmingham, with a stop in Stratford-upon-Avon. In Stratford-upon-Avon, our group will enjoy lunch and a city tour which will include the birthplace of English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.On our tour, we will be able to see Hall’s Croft, Harvard House, Shakespeare’s birthplace and his grave. Following our tour, we will continue on to the metropolitan borough of Birmingham, known for its prominence in the 18th century as it was responsible for numerous scientific, technological and economical advancements following the Industrial Revolution. Today, this city is known as a major international commercial center. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel. In Birmingham, we will enjoy a city tour following our hotel breakfast. The city tour begins at St. Philip’s Cathedral. This Anglican cathedral designed by Thomas Archer, models Baroque style architecture. The tour continues, and we will enjoy a visit to the Oratory Church, followed by private Mass. This English Catholic religious community is part of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. This congregation began by St. Philip Neri in Florence in an attempt to keep his group of men out of trouble. They focused on spiritual reading, moral discussions, pilgrimages to churches and convents, and visits to the sick and dying. However, this group was brought to England by way of two former Anglicans, John Henry Newman and Frederick William Faber by their admiration that they felt for St. Philip Neri. This Oratory was also visited by Pope Benedict XVI, after the beatification of John Henry Newman. After our visit to the Birmingham Oratory, our group will enjoy lunch and board the bus to London. Upon arrival, we will visit St. Etheldreda’s Church in Ely Place. This church is the oldest Catholic Church of all the places in England and served as a safe-haven for Catholics who continued to celebrate the Mass despite the Catholic persecution in the 17th century. At this church, we will find the shrine to St. Etheldreda, an incorrupt saint, who lived a life of austerity and saved many through her powerful intercessions from Heaven. After the visit, we will attend Mass and return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Journey to London
Following breakfast, our tour will begin at the Westminster Abbey which contains numerous paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and artefacts. The Abbey is also the resting place to many monarchs and therefore is held as one of the most momentous locations in the United Kingdom. The tour will continue to one of the most famous places in England Buckingham Palace, bought by George III in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte, but did not receive a sovereign resident until Queen Victoria in 1837. Over time, the structure transformed from a house into a palace, undergoing numerous renovations. Outside of the palace, we will become entranced by the immaculate precision of the drill and band during the Changing of the Guard. Following this event, our group will have some free time to eat lunch on our own before attending a private Mass. Following Mass, we will visit one of the most famous places in England, Westminster Abbey. Following Mass, we will visit the Anglican cathedral dedicated to the great spreader of the Gospel, Paul the apostle. St. Paul’s Cathedral is the highest point in the City of London, and was re-constructed after the Great Fire of London. Experience the crypt in the lower level of the Cathedral where is the resting place of many noteworthy figures such as, Lord Nelson, Arthur Wellesley, and architect of St. Paul’s, Sir Christopher Wren. See the numerous chapels and monuments constructed in memory of the notable of England. The last component of our tour will include Piccadilly Square, Regent Street, and Trafalgar Square. Piccadilly Square is considered the “Times Square” of London, where tons of locals and tourists congregate to enjoy all of the shopping and entertainment that London has to offer. It is a roundabout that centers the five major streets in the city of London, one of which is Regent Street. Regent Street is one of the major shopping streets in the West End of London and is known for its urban design. Also, we will experience Trafalagar Square, the spirited open space where Londoner’s enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve and other celebrations. Lastly, after the fun-filled, busy day, we will proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This morning, after breakfast we will depart for a full day excursion to Cambridge and Walsingham. In Cambridge, we will visit Kings College, founded by King Henry VI in 1441. The college chapel is noteworthy for being the greatest example of Gothic architecture, and their chapel’s choir is world renown. Following the visit to the college, we will have lunch as per our own arrangement and after, the tour continues to Walsingham. At Walsingham, we will see the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham which was established in 1061. According to the text of the Pynson Ballad, after much prayer, Our Lady led Richeldis de Faverches to Nazareth and saw the house where the Annunciation occurred. Faverches felt Our Lady’s call to replicate the house in the town of Walsingham. Our group will attend private Mass and visit the Slipper Chapel. Our day will culminate as we board the bus and head back to London for dinner and overnight at our hotel. Following breakfast, we will board the bus that will bring our group to the Heathrow Airport for the return flight home. We bid farewell to all the places in England we have visited and, to a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come.