IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. THOMAS BECKET

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DEPART: New York Area Airport

AIRLINE: TBD

TERMS SUMMARY:

*Price is per person based on double occupancy. There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single Supplement: $TBA. Land Only (no airfare included): $TBA. Price is based on a minimum of 25 passengers. **Price does NOT include tips to drivers and guides or any items not specified.

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Tour updated: 1/11/2014 8:28:28 AM

 

Day 1: Depart USA
We depart for an overnight flight to London. Meals will be served aboard flight.

Day 2: London
Arrive early morning in London where we will be met by our Professional Tour Escort and enjoy a panoramic tour of London, including all the famous landmarks: Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Piccadilly, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Knightsbridge with Harrods. Visit Westminster Abbey, coronation church and burial place of English monarchs. Mass at the medieval Church of the Immaculate Conception. Balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in London. (B, D)

Day 3: London
Today, we see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if available). Celebrate Mass and visit Westminster Catholic Cathedral, finished in 1903. Marvel at the construction and the 15th century alabaster statue of Virgin and Child. This afternoon, visit the ancient Tower of London housing the crown jewels. Next visit Southwark Cathedral, located on the south bank of the Thames River. This lovely Cathedral was built in the 13th century. Nearby we will view the historic George Inn and the newly built Shakespearean Globe Theatre. Dinner on your own and overnight in London. (B)

Day 4: London / Canterbury / London
After breakfast, depart for Canterbury, one of the most important spiritual sites of England. Drive through Kent's pasture land, known as the "Garden of England". In the Middle Ages this was the most heavily traveled road to England; the pilgrimage route to the shrine of the martyr Thomas Becket. His canonization in 1173 made the church a shrine for pilgrims from all over Europe. Other holy men, such as St. Augustine, St. Dunstan, and St. Alphege also inspired the dedication of monuments in their honor at Canterbury. We will have a guided tour of the Cathedral where you will see St. Becket’s Shrine. We see the ruins of St. Augustine's Abbey, burial place of Augustine, England's first Christian missionary in 597. Mass will be celebrated here. On route back to London, we visit Dover on the south coast and view the famous white cliffs. Dinner and overnight in London. (B, D)

Day 5: London / Winchester / Stonehenge / London
Leave London and journey southwest to the beautiful cathedral town of Winchester. This beautiful cathedral has the longest nave in Europe. The relics of St. Hedda and of St. Swithin, Bishops of Winchester are probably buried under the shrine in the cathedral. Continue to the megalithic stone circle at Stonehenge whose exact origins and meaning remain a mystery. Dinner will be on our own. Overnight in London. (B)

Day 6: London
Free day to explore London on your own. Dinner and overnight in London. (B, D)

Day 7: London / USA
After breakfast depart for flight to the USA. Arrive same day.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

* Airfare: Roundtrip from Newark Airport.
Accommodations: 7 Days / 5 nights Superior Tourist Class Hotels.
Meals: Five breakfasts and three dinners
Sightseeing: As listed in the itinerary.
Also Included: Daily Mass, Airport-hotel transfers, hotel tips & taxes, baggage handling, Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach, Services of Professional Tour Escort.