METHODIST HERITAGE

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:UK
  • Highlights:Great Britain
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare New York-London-New York
    • First class hotels
    • Meals and sightseeing as listed
    • English speaking guide
    • Transportation by private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select international portfolio and bag

 

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to London.

DAY 2: LONDON

Welcome to England. You are met at the airport by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. (D)

DAY 3: LONDON

Today enjoy a tour of London, seeing Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Parliament Houses, Tower of London, Piccadily Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Cathedral and Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. In the afternoon visit John Wesley’s Chapel, his headquarters for 40 years with its Museum of Methodism in the crypt. His grave can be seen in the back of the Chapel. Located nearby is Wesley’s House with its many personal relics and Bunhill Field with its famous graves, including that of Susanna, Wesley’s mother. Also see Wesley’s Parish Church and Aldersgate Street. Overnight London. (B.D.)

DAY 4: SALISBURY-STONEHENGE-BATH-BRISTOL

The day begins with departure for Salisbury. See the magnificent Cathedral with its 404 foot spire and original version of the Magna Carte. Continue to one of the largest and most important prehistoric monuments in Europe, Stonehenge, and the mysterious stone circle. Travel on to Bath, England’s oldest spa and elegant Georgian City built on Roman ruins. Walk through the gracious city squares and visit the Roman Baths, Royal Circus, Royal Crescent, and other elegant buildings. John Wesley often preached here although the noblemen regarded his work among the poor and outcasts as improper. Brief stop at Landsdown Hill to see Kingwood School, founded by John Wesley in 1748, Methodism’s oldest school. Overnight Bristol. (B.D.)

DAY 5: BRISTOL-STRATFORD UPON-AVON-COVENTRY-BIRMINGHAM

Morning sightseeing of Bristol, one of the most significant towns in Southern England for the Methodist Church. Here you see the oldest Methodist Shrine in England, the New Room, built by John in 1739 to house the Holy Club. This building was to become the first Methodist meeting house. Visit Charles Wesley’s house, the Portland Chapel built by Captain Thomas Webb (founder of American Methodism), and the small village of Pill from which three men ordained by Wesley set sail for America to lead the Methodist church there, and to finalize the separation of the Anglican and Methodist churches in the United States. Continue to Stratford-Upon- Avon, William Shakespeare’s hometown, visit his birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and Holy Trinity Church (place of Shakespeare’s baptism and burial). Continue to Coventry to view the modern Cathedral. built next to the gothic one destroyed by air raids in 1940. Overnight in Birmingham. (B.D.)

DAY 6: BIRMINGHAM-LINCOLN-EPWORTH

You see where Francis Asbury was born and raised. Visit tiny “Asbury Cottage” which was his home before he heard John Wesley’s call for preachers to America. Asbury set sail for the New World and eventually became the first Bishop of the American Methodist Church. Continue to Lincoln to see the Cathedral, the most beautiful in England: it also houses John’s baptismal record. View Lincoln Castle, founded in 1068 by William the Conqueror, where Samuel Wesley was once imprisoned for debts. Overnight in Epworth. (B.D.)

DAY 7: EPWORTH-YORK

The day begins with a tour of Epworth, the home village of the Wesley’s brothers, including the Old Rectory (now a major Methodist Center), where 19 children were born and grew up under the careful, strict tutoring of their mother (John 15th, Charles 18th). It was here that seven-year-old John was the last one to be saved from the flames when he was trapped in the burning house. After that time, John thought of himself as “a brand plucked from the burning” by God. Visit St. Andrew’s Church, where certain Wesley relics are held and relive a dramatic moment: when St. Andrew’s (where Samuel preached) barred John from the Church. John, according to tradition, continued to preach from his father’s tombstone in the Church graveyard. Continue to York, England’s second city for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 8: YORK

Visit this fascinating city with its Minster and the Shambles Medieval Street. Afternoon at leisure for relaxing, visiting a museum or shopping. Overnight York. (B.D.)

DAY 9: OXFORD-WINDSOR-LONDON

Today explore more of Methodist history. Begin with a tour of Oxford, the birthplace of Methodism, including the Christ Church College where John graduated in 1724, and Lincoln College where John was elected a Fellow and Charles started the first Holy Club (worldly students began to call this group Methodists). The room used for the study and devotion sessions were restored by American Methodists in 1928. Continue on to Windsor where you tour the great Castle (home of the British Royal Family since the11th century) world’s largest inhabited fortress and chief residence of the British monarch, including the State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, and the Round Tower. Overnight in London. (B.D.)

DAY 10: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)

 

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