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PRIVATE GROUP Anglican Heritage Pilgrimage

Unlike the trip of a tourist, pilgrims who undertake a pilgrimage visit holy places, cultivating a connection with other Christians both past and present.  A pilgrimage is a journey that allows one to grow in spirituality and deepen a relationship with God.

For Episcopalians in the Anglican tradition, England holds a place of distinct significance. Christ Church Covington’s Anglican Heritage Pilgrimage will trace Christianity’s early days in Great Britain, medieval England, and the Reformation as we experience the treasures of our Anglican tradition. Skilled guides will lead our small group through the sacred places that bore witness to Christian saints, Protestant martyrs, and significant events in Anglican church history.

Our pilgrimage will include awe-inspiring architecture, imposing castles, historic collegiate towns, cathedrals, shrines, and the vibrant city of London.  Our itinerary features landmark accommodations, private transportation, and well-planned meals. Along the way, we will experience opportunities for worship and enjoy time of fellowship, community, and prayer.

Join us as we explore our Anglican heritage this coming fall!

 

Itinerary

  1. Wednesday 25th September | Travel to London & City Tour of London (D)

    On arrival we enjoy a non-stop coach city tour of London taking in all the recognisable landmarks including The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, and Marble Arch and much more. Transfer to the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge for four nights.

     

    Thursday 26th September| Cambridge, Kings College and Cambridge walking tour (B, L, D)

    This morning, we visit the grounds of King’s College with a guided tour of the Chapel. The college was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, Kings College is the oldest and grew into the largest college at the prestigious Cambridge University. After our tour of the college we begin a walking tour of Cambridge learning about the history of the University and about Christian history in Cambridge. Return to the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge.

     

    Friday 27th September| Norwich and Walsingham (B, L, D)

    This morning we drive to Norwich for a visit to the Cathedral. A volunteer guide will bring the stories of Norwich Cathedral to life and offer a wonderful insight into this 900-year-old building as they walk you around its ancient architecture. We then make our way to Walsingham where we visit the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. You will have an opportunity to explore the Shrine Church, visit the Holy House and relax in the beautiful Shrine Garden. You are also welcome to take part in any services that are taking place whilst visiting. Return to the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge.

    Saturday 28th September | Ely & Bury St Edmunds (B, L, D)

    Today we head to Ely for a guided tour of Ely Cathedral. We also have entrances included to The Stained Glass Museum. Ely Cathedral is the heart of a vibrant Christian community today, it offers a glimpse into centuries of English heritage alongside beautiful art and architecture. It has welcomed visitors and pilgrims for over 1300 years. We now head to Bury St Edmunds for some free time to get some lunch and look around. After lunch we visit St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the ruins of St Edmunds Abbey. Pilgrims and tourists have been visiting Bury St Edmunds for over 1,000 years. Discover the history of the Cathedral, from its link to the Abbey and to modern-day additions. The abbey was once one of the riches and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England. The abbey was founded in 1020 and grew in power and wealth up until its suppression in 1539. Return to the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge.

     

    Sunday 29th September | St Albans (B, L, D)

    Once we arrive at St Albans, we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour which highlights some of the fascinating places and stories of St Albans City. The tour ends at St Albans Cathedral in time for  us to attend Choral Eucharist at 11:15am. After the service there is some free time. This afternoon, we  take a specialist guided tour of St Albans Cathedral and learn about the practice of pilgrimage in the oldest site of Christian pilgrimage in Britain. St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain and stands over the place where Alban, Britain's first saint, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago. At the end of the day we make our way to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine accommodation in London for four nights.

     

    Monday 30th September | Westminster Abbey & Windsor Castle (B, L, D)

    This morning our Blue Badge Guide takes you on a tour of Westminster Abbey. They Abbey is a place that’s touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Britons. We then head across to Windsor Castle. Home to royalty and 1,000 years of royal history, in fact Queen Victoria spent most of the year at Windsor and it was the late Queen Elizabeth II favourite weekend home. Admire the magnificent State Rooms, St George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Return to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine accommodation in London.

    Tuesday 1st October  Canterbury

    (B, L, D)

    We enjoy a full day in Canterbury. On arrival in Canterbury we make our way to Canterbury Cathedral where we are welcomed with a Pilgrimage talk, followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral. At the end of the tour you will also be offered a Pilgrim’s blessing from one of the chaplains. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian sites in England and has played a big part in the history of the country. A spiritual centre from Augustine’s time, Canterbury Cathedral really rose to prominence as a place of pilgrimage with the martyrdom of Bishop Thomas Beckett in 1170. Canterbury Cathedral is a World Heritage Site where you can see an 11th century Romanesque crypt, 12th century Gothic quire and 14th century nave as well as the peaceful ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church. The afternoon allows you free time to explore the wonderful sites that Canterbury has to offer. Return to Canterbury Cathedral in time for Evensong at 5:30pm. Return to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine accommodation in London.

    Wednesday 2nd October | Tower of London & St Paul's Cathedral (B, L, D)

    We journey to the Tower of London; a secure fortress, Royal Palace and infamous prison. Explore London’s iconic castle and World Heritage Site and get up close to the Crown Jewels, meet the legendary Yeoman Warders and ravens and see the Tower like never before. A new exhibition will open in March 2024 revealing new research telling the stories of the labour, experiences and expertise of the men, woman and children who lived and worked at the Palace.

    You will have free time for independent lunch at Borough Market.

    After lunch we head to St Paul’s Cathedral for a guided tour. Walk in the footsteps of royalty and political leaders on the Cathedral Floor, explore the Crypt where the nation’s heroes are buried—or scale the Dome and enjoy unrivalled views across London. We end our tour with Choral Evensong at 5pm. Evensong is the treasure of the worship at St Paul’s. Return to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine accommodation in London.

    Thursday 3rd October | Departure (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

     

Essential Information

The cost of this pilgrimage is £4,445 per person (based on a minimum of 15 participants) and includes most expenses. International Airfare is not included in the price.

We meet our guide at the airport and enjoy a non-stop city tour of London. We then continue to our hotel in Cambridge.  We stay four nights in the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge and four nights in The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in London with dinner included each evening.  Our tour includes a mixture of walking and some longer coach journeys.  Along the way we visit a wonderful array of wonderful places that London and the surrounding areas have to offer.

What’s Included
The cost includes a room with private facilities,  airport transfers, coach travel, attractions as stated in the itinerary, McCabe Tour Guide and gratuities.  Time together as a group is a highlight, so breakfasts and dinners are included. Lunches supplied will either be boxed or seated depending on the day.

What’s Not Included
International airfare, meals and activities not specifically noted as included.

Travelling Alone
Single rooms are available at a supplement of £693.

 

Special Requests
Special diets and other requests should be noted on the booking form.

 

Final Documents

A £500 per person non-refundable deposit is payable now with the balance due fourteen weeks prior to departure, 22nd June 2024. Final details will be confirmed in your travel details two weeks prior to departure.

 

Practical information

Clothing

The UK weather and English summer has its own mood as we are all aware. Please do cater for all eventualities. Also comfortable shoes for walking the cobbled streets of Cambridge and Canterbury.

Mobility

There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this pilgrimage so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide and Tour Leader will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell them so they can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Whilst this is not a trekking or adventure holiday there will be some walking required where you may be on your feet for up to 90 minutes and the terrain may be a little uneven. The paving may not always be smooth and seating not always available. Please note that the hotel is situated 0.9 miles from Christ Church where we start our walking tours and worship with Evensong.

Cancellation insurance

Whilst UK residents are fully covered under the UK National Health Service we do advise that you have insurance in the event of having to cancel your travel plans and need to claim loss of deposits or payments made.

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

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The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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