12 Days / 10 Nights
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In 1743, John Wesley drew up what is still the nucleus of the Methodist Discipline: It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation: first: By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind; secondly: By… doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all; and thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God. We are about to embark on a thrilling journey to follow in the footsteps of the founders of Methodism. We will not only be swept up by the beauty of the cities and villages where they lived and worked, but we will also gain a deep appreciation for their remarkable lives. Perhaps we will even come away with a desire to live our own lives more courageously.

 
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA Our tour begins with an overnight flight to London, England

Day 2: Sheffield (D) Arrive in London and transfer north to Sheffield. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Sheffield.

Day 3: Epworth (B,D) Visit Epworth, birthplace of John and Charles Wesley. Stop at the Old Rectory, Wesley Memorial Church, and St. Andrew’s Church. Afternoon visit to Gainsborough and Scunthorpe. Return to Sheffield for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon (B,D) Travel south to Oxford, stopping en-route to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit the Shakespeare Home, now a museum, and the Anne Hathaway Cottage. Afternoon at leisure. Continue to Oxford for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Oxford (B,D) Tour Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires,” including Lincoln College, with its Wesley Memorial Room and Chapel, and the Wesley & Methodist Studies Center, the parish church of Oxford: the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, where John Wesley preached his famous sermon ‘Scriptural Christianity.’ Transfer to Bristol in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Bristol (B,D) Visit Bristol, seeing the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain, and St. Mary Redcliffe Church. Also visit the ‘New Room,’ the oldest Methodist building in the world, Hanham Mount, and Wesley College. In the afternoon, visit nearby Bath, the United Kingdom’s only naturally occurring hot springs. Return to Bristol for dinner, overnight, the Costume Museum, and the Wesley Center.

Day 7: Cardiff (B,D) Visit the medieval Cardiff Castle. Afternoon at leisure in Cardiff to visit landmarks, historic buildings, or shopping. Return to Bristol for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Salisbury & Stonehenge (B,D) Leave Cardiff for London, stopping in Salisbury to visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, and the chapter house which displays the best preserved of only four original copies of the Magna Carta. Also stop in Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. Dinner and overnight in London.

Day 9: London (B,D) A tour of London includes Kensington and Knightsbridge, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the House of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.

Day 10: London (B,D) Explore for fully Wesley-related sites: St. Paul’s Cathedral, where John Wesley worshiped, the tomb of John Wesley, and Wesley House. Also visit the Museum of Methodism. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in London.

Day 11: London (B,D) Morning cruise on the River Thames with views of Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wharf. Afternoon at leisure to observe the crowds of Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, or enjoy the quiet confines of the Natural History or British Museums. Dinner and overnight in London.

Day 12: Depart for Home (B) With hearts full of gratitude and memories for a lifetime, we transfer to the London airport for the return flight home to the USA

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