Christian Heritage Tour
A first class (11 Day) detailed
program including Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Obau,
Mull, Iona, Perth, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Haddington, and Melrose.
Offered March thru
Day 1 EUROPE BOUND
Overnight flight from the United States to Glasgow.
Day 2 GLASGOW
After meeting with our guide, we'll be given an orientation tour by
motor coach of some of the city's important landmarks. These include the
University, which overlooks the sloping terraces of one of Glasgow's
many parks. We'll drive by Victoria Park and the Botanical Gardens and
other famous buildings. It's then on to our hotel and the rest of the
day is at your leisure. Overnight in Glasgow. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 3 GLASGOW
Our day begins with a visit to St. Mungo's Cathedral. This famous,
gothic structure is the only church in Scotland to survive the
challenging Reformation in 1560. Nearby is the oldest house in the city,
which was built in 1471. We'll also visit the Necropolis to see the
statue of John Knox, which stands as memorial to all those who have
preached the word of God during times of persecution. A trip to the
Govan Old Parish Church will be our last visit before lunch. We then
drive to view the impressive Burrell Collection, which is housed at
Pollock Country Park. This world famous assortment of furniture,
ceramics, artwork and stained glass was a gift by Sir William and Lady
Burrell to the city of Glasgow.
If time permits, the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Glasgow.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 4 GLASGOW/LOCH
We head north this morning along the majestic shores of Loch Lomond to
Inveraray where we'll visit the famous castle. For centuries, the
impressive fortress was the seat of Clan Campbell. The Castle features
many remains of days gone by as well as grand portraits. Our trip
continues past extraordinary scenery to the port town of Oban, also
known as the "gateway to the islands". We'll visit the
incomplete replica of Rome's Colosseum and other points of interest
before settling into our hotel. Overnight in Oban. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 5 OBAN/MULL
Following breakfast we board our ferry to the Island of Mull and the
exhibit of Saint Columba. This informative exhibition will provide an
insightful glance into this dedicated man of God. Mull is one of the
more picturesque of the Scottish isles. It's beautiful landscape
features small forests, beaches and rivers. We head north along the
coastline to the quaint village of Tobermory with it's colorful houses
and then on to Derrvaig and the Old Byre Heritage Center. The center
features exhibitions on the culture and wildlife on the island. Overnight
in Mull. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 6 MULL/IONA/MULL
Our stay on the Scottish Isles brings us to the Island of Iona via
Fionnphort. Saint Columba fled to this island in 536 AD after being
outcast from Ireland due to religious persecution. Columba and his
disciples built a monastery which was conducive in spreading
Christianity throughout the northern part of Britain and parts of
Europe. We'll visit the famous Abbey and have some time to discover the
islands hidden treasures before returning to Mull. Overnight in Mull. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 7 MULL/PERTH/EDINBURGH
Back to Oban and a scenic drive through the beautiful Highlands to the
city of Perth. This noble city is situated on the River Tay and boasts
the well known Black Watch Museum. The museum features over two
centuries of British military history. We'll visit Balhousie Castle and
the Cathedral before heading towards Edinburgh this afternoon. Overnight
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 8 EDINBURGH
The stately capital city and one time home of John Knox, Edinburgh
awaits us. We begin with a tour of some of the city's focal points, the
distinguished University, Greyfriars and the Mound. We'll view the
Martyrs Monument, built in memory of those who's faith would not waiver.
A drive along the Royal Mile leads us to St. Giles Cathedral where John
Knox preached and his home. Our tour day ends with a visit to the
imposing Edinburgh Castle to cast our eyes on the spectacular Scottish
Crown jewels as well as marvel at the sprawling city below. If time
permits, the day will also include a visit to the Holyrood Palace. Overnight
in Edinburgh. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 9 SAINT ANDREWS/EDINBURGH
We're off to Saint Andrews, home of Scotland's patron saint, Holy
Trinity Church and the birthplace of golf. We'll stroll the grounds of
Saint Mary's College and visit the Cathedral ruins which date back to
1160. George Wishart, the Scottish Protestant reformer, was executed in
Saint Andrews for heresy in 1546. Following his martyrdom, John Knox
preached in the castle and church. After some free time to enjoy the
shops or visit the old golf course, we head back to Edinburgh. The
remainder of the day is at leisure.
A day of pleasant adventure is our itinerary for the day. Our first stop
is Haddington, the birthplace of John Knox and the location of the
lovely gardens of Haddington House. Next we'll visit the picturesque
village of Gifford and the Yester Parish Church. Onward to the ruins of
Melrose Abbey, once the gem of Scotland and then to the ruins of
Jedburgh Abbey. Our day ends in Edinburgh. Overnight in Edinburgh. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 11 EDINBURGH/USA
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight home.
pre-tour to Germany or Switzerland to include Reformation history fits perfectly on
to this schedule, as does the Christian heritage of England. Customize
this tour for your group with a variety of tour lengths, beginning at 7
days and up to 21 days. Call the professional tour planners today.