You are invited to join Pastor Rob Winger and his wife Robin on this exciting journey through England as we explore together many of the sites related to John and Charles Wesley, among others. Pastor Rob is a 1985 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and has served United Methodist churches for over 30 years. This will be his 3rd trip to England. Rob says “I look forward to sharing this time as we explore together the roots of the United Methodist Church.”

Day 1: Departure
We depart Kansas City today and fly overnight to London, England. Sit back, get some rest and enjoy the inflight service.

Day 2: Mid morning arrival, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath
(2 nights)

We arrive in London this morning and are met by our Pilgrim tour guide who will welcome us and lead us to our awaiting motor coach. We’ll stop at Windsor Castle which is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of the Queen of England. We continue our touring to yet another wondrous sight, the Neolithic monument of Stonehenge which dates to around 2800 BC where we have time for a quick photo stop. After our short time at Stonehenge we travel to Bath where we check into our hotel and enjoy our dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Gloucestershire, Bristol (New Room, Home of Charles Wesley) & Bath
The city of Gloucester boasts a small church that changed the world! You’ll learn about George Whitefield, who grew up in the congregation of St. Mary de Crypt. Known as the greatest orator of his day, George Whitefield’s talents led him to minister in America. St. Mary de Crypt also produced Robert Raikes, founder of the Sunday School movement. Both Whitefield and Raikes had a profound influence upon Wesley. Wesley left his fellowship at Lincoln College to take over Whitefield’s Bristol ministry, leading to the founding of the "New Room". He also embraced Raikes Sunday School movement. At St. Mary de Crypt, the first Women’s Society was founded. Stop at the monument to Tyndale erected in his home town of North Nibley, before continuing to Bristol. Here is one of Wesley’s early centers of ministry, the “New Room”. This oldest Methodist building in the world is unusually attractive in its basic simplicity. Visit the home of Charles Wesley, the famous hymn writer. Continue to Bath, a spa town of Roman origin, which deserves its name. Since the first century, the warm waters have refreshed and healed. You’ll see the unique Roman baths and enjoy this beautiful city of 18th century streets and quaint shops. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 4: Oxford (Christ Church College), Cotswold’s, Stratford
(2 nights)

This morning we travel to Oxford and enjoy a tour of Christ’s Church College. Christ Church has had many students who have subsequently gone on to achieve considerable fame. Among these are the philosopher John Locke, religious leaders John Wesley and William Penn and the writers W.H. Auden and Lewis Carroll. Albert Einstein studied at Christ Church briefly in the 1930s. To date, Christ Church has produced 13 Prime Ministers and numerous Cabinet ministers, Bishops and civil servants. We depart Oxford and set out for the beautiful Cotswold region. Driving through the beautiful small villages with the rolling brooks and bridges we arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon to surround ourselves by the world’s famous playwright Shakespeare. We have dinner and overnight
this evening in Stratford.

Day 5: Stratford, Warwick Castle, Coventry
This morning we view Holy Trinity Church and then visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Next we enjoy a visit to Warwick Castle which was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. This afternoon we visit Coventry and enjoy a guided tour of the Coventry Cathedral. We return to Stratford-upon-Avon for the remainder of our day at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 6: Epworth (Old Rectory, Childhood home of Wesley’s, Memorial Church), York (1 night)
This morning we depart Stratford and travel to Epworth where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, the Old Rectory which is the home of the Wesley’s and view St. Andrew’s Church. We continue our travel to York where we’ll check into our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: York Minster, Transfer to London (3 nights)
This morning we enjoy a tour of York Minister and Tower. This afternoon we transfer to London where we will stay for the final three nights. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 8: Free day in London (2 nights)
We have a full free day on our own to explore London. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 9: London- Tours of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Bunhill, Wesley’s Chapel, House & Museum
We begin our day at the magnificent Westminster Abbey where most British Kings and Queens since 1066 have been crowned and the final resting place of many monarchs, heroes and poets. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, C. S. Lewis will join some of Britain's greatest writers recognized here at Poets' Corner. Although not open to the public now, we will learn about historic events in the Jerusalem Chamber. It was used by the 17 men who translated the first third of the King James Bible Old Testament and the last half of the New Testament. Between 1644 and 1647, the Westminster Assembly met here to prepare the Westminster Confession of Faith. Next we visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, a marvelous building designed by Sir Christopher Wren and recently renovated to its former splendor. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a visit to Bunhill Cemetery where John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, John Gill and Susanna Wesley are all buried. We’ll enjoy a visit to Wesley’s Chapel, House and Museum and then the remainder of our day is free to take in some additional London sites on our own. Enjoy a final included dinner.

Day 10: Home
This morning we transfer to the London airport and return home.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.


Price Per Person:

Single Room Supplement:

$2,249.00

$490.00

Information & Reservations:

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*Price is based on double ocupancy and the current exchange rate of $1.31 to 1 British Pound and is subject to change.

Included In Tour Price
8 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast daily, 5 dinners, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece)

Not Included In Tour Price
Airfare, all lunches, 3 dinners, tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff ($88.00 recommended), optional travel insurance (6.5% or 8.7% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill)