PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE

  • Duration:7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS or 13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Scotland, UK
  • Highlights:Scotland, Wales, and England including Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Mull, Perth, Edingburgh, Bath, Stonehenge
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/ Glasgow/Edinburgh/NYC
    • First class hotels
    • Continental breakfast and dinner as noted
    • Comprhensive sightseeing as listed
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Transportation by motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International portfolio and bag

DAY 1: DEPART THE U.S.A.

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

DAY 2: GLASGOW

Welcome to Scotland. You are met by your tour escort and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon you have time at leisure and an opportunity to become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight Glasgow. (D.)

DAY 3: GLASGOW – LOCH LOMOND – OBAN

Our morning sightseeing tour starts with a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral, the most complete survivor of the great Gothic churches of south Scotland and now the Parish Church of Glasgow. Then we take a scenic drive northwards along the shores of romantic Loch Lomond, immortalized in the famous song, 0to Tarbet. Continue along the shores of Loch Fyne to Inverary where we stop to visit the Castle, seat of the Campbell Clan. Continue through magnificent scenery to the seaport of Oban, the leading resort on the West Highland coast, backed by wooded hills and dominated by McCaig’s Folly, a curious circular building erected by a local 19th century banker, an unfinished replica of Rome’s Colosseum. Overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 4: OBAN – ISLE of MULL- ISLE of IONA

This transfer by ferry to the little known but magnificant Island of Mull. Environmentally and culturally, Mull is one of the richest of the Scottish islands, with forested glens, tumbling rivers and sandy beaches. Drive northwards following the coastline to the pretty village of Tobermory with its attractive painted houses and on to Dervaig where we visit the Old Byre Heritage Centre – see the exhibitions depicting life of Mull and in the audio visual museum learn about the birds and animals on the island. Continue for another short crossing to holy island of Iona. This mystical island has inspired people since St. Columba landed here in 536 AD. Iona was an early centre of the Celtic Church and St. Columba and his disciples landed here from Ireland and founded the famous monastery, which became a key center for the spread of Christianity throughout the northern part of Britain. We will visit the Abbey. Some time at leisure before returning to Mull and our hotel for overnight.(B.D.)

DAY 5: MULL – PERTH – EDINBURGH

This morning our ferry takes us back to the mainland and Oban. We then drive through incredibly beautiful Highland scenery on our way to Perth – we skirt the northern edge of Loch Aue, through Glen Lochy and Glen Dochart to Lochearnhead where we drive along the scenic road past Loch Earn and through the small town of Crieff to the handsome and historic city of Perth on the River Tay. We see St. John’s where Knox preached and unleashed the storm of the Reformation. Then in Balhousie Castle we visit the Black Watch Museum with its treasure of the 52nd/73rd Highland Regiments and two and a half centuries of British Military History. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city. Overnight Edinburgh. (B.D.)

DAY 6: EDINBURGH

Our morning city tour of Edinburgh will show us the Scott Monument, Princes Street, prestigious Edinburgh University, Greyfriars and the Mound. A highlight will be a visit to Impressive Edinburgh Castle which towers over the city and dominates the skyline; we drive along the Royal Mile to visit St. Giles Cathedral with its Thistle Chapel, from whose pulpit Knox spent most of his Reformation years preaching boldly and fervently. Visit John Knox House and the Palace of Holyrood. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight Edinburgh. (B.)

DAY 7: – EDINBURGH – HADDINGTON-ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH

We visit Haddington , where John Knox was born and raised. We will visit the gardens of Haddington House (the House itself is not open to the public). We then drive out to St. Andrews, home of golf and named after Scotland’s Patron Saint. See Holy Trinity Church, St. Mary’s College and the University Chapel, and visit the Cathedral ruins, which date back to 1160. It was in St. Andrews that the Scottish Protestant reformer George Wishart was executed for heresy in 1546, after which John Knox preached in the castle and parish church here. He was taken prisoner in 1547 when a French fleet captured St. Andrews and spent a year and a half in French galleys before being released at the intercession of King Edward VI. We return to Edinburgh via Hopetoun House, Scotland¹s greatest mansion. It is a unique gem of Europe’s architectural heritage and is set in a hundred acres of magnificent parkland on the shores of the Forth. We will visit the sumptuous apartment and see works of art by many famous painters, and the museum filled with fascinating documents and costumes. Overnight Edinburgh. (B.D.)

DAY 8: EDINBURGH – USA

This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. (B)

DAY 8: EDINBURGH – LAKE DISTRICT – CHESTER

This morning we drive southwards and at Gretna Green cross the border into England. Our brief tour of the Lake District National Park, a lovely region of inland water, forests and mountains, will take us through the picturesque village of Grasmere and the delightful town of Ambleside; we will also see Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the area and some ten and a half miles long. Leaving this beautiful area speed swiftly to the fascinating old city of Chester where our sightseeing will include the medieval walls that completely enclose the city, numerous delightful timber-framed old houses, the 13th century Cathedral and St. John’s an impressive Norman Church. Overnight Chester. (B.D.)

DAY 9: CHESTER- WALES- CHESTER

We cross the border into Wales to visit the Caernrfon Castle, and then to Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway which we board for a ride through the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia National Park. We return to Chester for the evening. Overnight Chester. (B)

DAY 10: COVENTRY- BLENHEIM – OXFORD – BRISTOL

Leaving North Wales we drive through Central England to the Midlands City of Coventry where we will visit the fine modern Cathedral built beside the ruins of the earlier Gothic one which was completely destroyed in the raids of 1940. Then to Woodstock for a tour of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. In the world famous university city of Oxford (time permitting) we visit one of its many colleges before skirting the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds area as we drive to Bristol, rich in seafaring traditional and linked with the colonization of America. Overnight Bristol. (B.D.)

DAY 11: BRISTOL – BATH – STONEHENGE – SALISBURY- LONDON

Our first visit this morning is to the charming town of Bath, one of Britain’s best preserved Georgian towns, where we will visit the famous Roman Baths and see some of its impressive architecture. Then to Stonehenge to visit this fascinating collection of ancient monoliths placed there nearby 2000 years before the birth of Christ and which were once used to calculate the eclipses and equinoxes. On across Salisbury Plain to the market town of Salisbury to visit its Cathedral, which has the tallest spire in England and is visible for miles around. Overnight London. (B.)

DAY 12: LONDON

A full day of sightseeing today! We will view Mayfair, Piccadilly, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony (if held), Hyde Park and Marble Arch. A highlight is a visit to impressive Westminster Abbey. This afternoon we drive into the City of London to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, a masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and the sinister Tower of London. The Tower has been both a Royal Palace and a prison over the years, and its Beefeaters in their traditional Tudor uniforms are instantly recognizable. Overnight London. (B.D.)

DAY13: LONDON

A day at leisure to explore the vibrant city, visit the National Gallery, shop or just take in a show. Overnight London. (B)

DAY14: – LONDON / USA

Transfer this morning to the airport for our return flight homeward. (B)

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