August 31 – September 11, 2023
Led by the Reverend Matt & Kari Marino and Courtney & Leslie Wilson
Join us on a pilgrimage – Discovering our Anglican Roots – from Canterbury to York!
We will begin with a pilgrim Eucharist in Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where in 597 CE St. Augustine re-established the Christian faith in England. Canterbury became the third most important pilgrimage for Christians after Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. From there we will tour Roman ruins, Norman castles, walk the Cambridge campus, and encounter the lives of saints like Julian of Norwich, Cuthbert of Lindesfarne, Hilda of Whitby and the Venerable Bede. Though our tour will take on a quality of a vacation, this will be much more than a holiday, you will return, having worshipped in some of England’s greatest cathedrals, having gained a keen knowledge of our history and a stronger sense of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Please join us on this journey designed to deepen your relationship with God by visiting and praying at holy places, connecting with friends old and new, and discovering for the first time (or once again) the depths of our Anglican spirituality and history.
Leslie and Courtney Wilson and Kari and I will serve as chaplains, and local guides will accompany us at the various sites.
It will be fantastic!
Expectantly in Christ,
Fr. Matt & Courtney
- Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast throughout and dinner on days 2, 9 & 12
- Single Room Supplement
- Travel Insurance
- Any items of a personal nature
FLIGHT INFORMATION & INTINERARY:
+ Scheduled flights from Orlando to London on Virgin Atlantic Airways:
DEPARTURE: August 30
VS136 -Orlando / London - 8.30 pm/9.50 am (Aug 31)
RETURN: September 11
VS75 -Manchester / Orlando - 10.20 am/2.50 pm
(Please note the above flights and times are subject to change.)
+ All airport departure & passenger taxes.
+ Accommodations are:
-Canterbury Cathedral Lodge - A pilgrim lodge located within the cathedral precincts
-Hilton Cambridge City Centre - An excellent hotel in the heart of the city
-The Doubletree, York - Situated situated across from York’s medieval city wall
+ Meals - Breakfast throughout and dinner on days 2, 9 & 12
+ All entrance fees and local government taxes.
We are very happy to help those who wish to extend their stay in Britain. We can also offer upgrades to premium economy and business class. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in either possibility.
Day 1: Wednesday, August 30
We meet in the evening at Orlando Airport for our non-stop flight to London.
Day 2: Thursday, AUgust 31
We land at London’s Heathrow Airport mid-morning, and after clearing immigration and customs formalities we will head on our way to Canterbury, where we should arrive in good time to unpack before those who wish can attend Choral Evensong. After Evensong there will be a welcome drink and our opening dinner.
Day 3: friday, September 1
Today will be devoted to a thorough exploration of Canterbury, starting with a pilgrim Eucharist in the cathedral, and a full guided tour. In the afternoon, we will have a walking tour of the city of Canterbury, finishing in ample time for us to attend Evensong.
Day 4: saturday, SEPTEMBER 2
After breakfast, we will explore northern Kent, starting with England’s second cathedral city of Rochester, also beloved of the novelist Charles Dickens. After a break for lunch (not included in the tour price), we will visit the tiny village of Tudeley, where Marc Chagall created all twelve of its stained glass windows
Day 5: Sunday, SEPTEMBER 3
After attending the Cathedral Eucharist in Canterbury, and a break to find lunch, we journey to Cambridge, to be our home for the next three nights, arriving in time to unpack and then find dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Day 6: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Today we will visit the great cathedral city of Norwich, once home of the celebrated anchoress Julian of Norwich. We will have a guided tour of the cathedral and learn of its history and that of Mother Julian. There will also be free time to explore this medieval city before we return to Cambridge in time to freshen up and find dinner.
Day 7: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Today we will have a fascinating walking tour of Cambridge, including a visit to Kings College and its world-famous chapel. We will learn about some of the remarkable and brilliant characters who have lived and worked in the city and university, and again, will have some free time to explore on our own.
Day 8: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Leaving Cambridge after breakfast, we drive north, breaking our journey for lunch in Lincoln, dominated by a remarkable cathedral. After finding lunch, and having a visit to the cathedral we continue our journey north to historic city of York, which will be our home for the remaining nights of our pilgrimage.
Day 9: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Today we will journey further north to visit the city of Durham, dominated by its vast Norman cathedral and castle. We will learn of the legacy of the great Northumbrian saints, as we visit the tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, buried at either end of this great cathedral, and we will have free time to walk along the scenic riverbanks of the city. We will stay in Durham for Choral Evensong and an early dinner (included in the pilgrimage price) before our return to York.
Day 10: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
We journey to the Yorkshire coast this morning, to visit the historic town of Whitby, where the Abbess Hild founded a monastic community that was the host of the Synod of Whitby in 664, at which the rival claims of Celtic and Roman Christianity were debated. After the chance of sampling authentic, fresh fish and chips for lunch, we return to York via the dramatic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, once one of the most important monasteries in northern England.
Day 11: SATURDAY, September 9
Today will be devoted to an exploration of the city of York itself. Originally founded by the Romans, this gem of a city has played a major role in English life for centuries. We will have a guided tour of the York Minster, and an optional walking tour of the city. In the evening there will also be the optional possibility of a ‘ghost tour’ to round off our experience of the history of this fascinating place!
Day 12: SUNDAY, September 10
On this, our final day of pilgrimage, we will attend the Cathedral Eucharist in the morning, and for those who wish to do so, there will also be Choral Evensong at 4pm, which will mark the end of the program year for the Minster’s famous Choir. In the evening we will have our final dinner together, hosted either in a nearby restaurant, or in the precincts of the Minster itself.
Day 13: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
We make an early start for Manchester Airport for our mid morning flight to Orlando, where we are due to land at 2:50 pm.