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Presbyterian Heritage Tour


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: DEPART THE USA Depart for your overnight flight to Glasgow.


DAY 2: GLASGOW Welcome to Scotland. After custom control you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours representa- tive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: GLASGOW / LOCH LOMOND / OBAN After breakfast we visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, the most complete survivor of the great Gothic churches of south Scotland and now the Parish Church of Glasgow. Then we take a scenic drive northwards along the shores of romantic Loch Lomond to Tarbet. After, we ride along the shores of Loch Fyne to Inverary where we stop to visit the Castle, the seat of the Campbell Clan. Continue to the seaport of Oban, the leading resort on the West Highland coast, dominated by McCaig’s Folly, a curious circular building erected by a local 19th century banker, an unfinished replica of Rome’s Coliseum. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: OBAN / ISLE OF MULL / ISLE OF IONA After breakfast, we transfer by ferry to the little Island of Mull which is one of the richest of the Scottish islands. We drive north to the pretty village of Tobermory with its attractive houses and then on to Dervaig where we visit the Old Byre Heritage Centre. Continue for another short crossing to the holy island of Iona. This mysti- cal island has inspired people since St. Columba landed here in 536 AD. Iona was an early centre of the Celtic Church and St. Columba and his disciples landed here from Ireland and founded the famous monastery, which became a key centre for the spread of Christianity throughout the northern part of Britain. We will visit the Abbey. Some time at leisure then return to Mull for our dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: MULL / PERTH / EDINBURGH A morning ferry takes us back to the mainland and Oban. We depart for Perth along the northern edge of Loch Awe, through Glen Lochy and Glen Doch- art to Lochearnhead, along the scenic road past Loch Earn and through the small town of Crieff. Upon arrival into the historic city of Perth on the River Tay, we see St. John’s where Knox preached and unleashed the storm of the Reformation. In Balhousie Castle, we visit the Black Watch Mu- seum with its treasure of the 52nd/73rd Highland Regiments and two and a half centuries of British Military History. Continue to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Dinner and overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)


DAY 6: EDINBURGH Our morning city tour of Edinburgh will show us the Scott Monument, Princes Street, prestigious Edinburgh University, Greyfriars and the Mound.


A highlight will be a visit to Impressive Edinburgh Castle which towers over the city and dominates the skyline; we drive along the Royal Mile to visit St. Giles Cathedral with its Thistle Chapel, from whose pulpit Knox spent most of his Reformation years preaching boldly and fervently. Visit John Knox House and the Palace of Holyrood. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)


DAY 7: EDINBURGH / HADDINGTON / ST. ANDREWS / EDINBURGH


After breakfast, we visit Haddington, where John Knox was born and raised. View the gardens of Haddington House (the House itself is not open to the public). Then drive out to St. Andrews, home of golf and named after Scotland’s Patron Saint. See Holy Trinity Church, St. Mary’s College and the University Chapel, and visit the Cathe- dral ruins, which date back to 1160. It was in St. Andrews that the Scottish Protestant reformer George Wishart was executed for heresy in 1546, after which John Knox preached in the castle and parish church. Return to Edinburgh via Hopetoun House, Scotland’s greatest mansion to see historical works of art, fascinating documents and costumes. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)


DAY 8: EDINBURGH / USA This morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. (B)


OPTIONAL EXTENSION 7 DAYS


DAY 8: EDINBURGH / LAKE DISTRICT / CHESTER This morning we drive to Gretna Green to cross the border into England. Take a tour of the Lake’s District National Park, which will take us through the village of Grasmere to the town of Ambleside and Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the area. On to the old city of Chester to see the medieval walls that completely enclose the city, numerous timber-framed old houses, 13th century Cathedral and St. John’s an impressive Norman Church. Dinner and overnight Chester. (B,D)


DAY 9: CHESTER / WALES / CHESTER After breakfast, cross the border into Wales to visit the Caernarfon Castle. We continue to Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway which we board for a ride through the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia National Park.We return to Chester for the evening. Dinner and Overnight Chester. (B,D)


DAY 10: COVENTRY / BLENHEIM / OXFORD / BRISTOL


After breakfast, we drive to Coventry to visit the modern Cathedral built beside the ruins of the earlier Gothic one. We continue to Woodstock to tour Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Time permitting, we visit one of the many colleges in Oxford. We then drive to Bristol, linked with the colonization of America. Dinner and overnight Bristol. (B,D)


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8 Days / 6 Nights, Scotland, Wales, and England including Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Mull, Perth, Edingburgh, Bath, Stonehenge


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES:


• Round-trip air: USA – Glasgow and Edinburgh – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• Professional English speaking Christian guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • Choice of 7 or 13 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily


• 5 Days sightseeing tours / extension: 10 Days touring


• All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group. * Ask about our church donation program


DAY 11: BRISTOL / BATH / STONEHENGE / SALISBURY / LONDON


This morning we visit Bath, one of Britain’s best preserved Georgian towns. View the famous Roman Baths and its impressive architecture. Continue to Stonehenge to visit the collection of ancient monoliths placed there nearly 2000 years before the birth of Christ and which were once used to calculate the eclipses and equinoxes. We proceed to the market town of Salisbury to visit its Cathedral, which has the tallest spire in England and visible from miles around. Dinner and over- night in London. (B,D)


DAY 12: LONDON


A full day of sightseeing today! We will view Mayfair, Piccadilly, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony (if held), Hyde Park and Marble Arch. A highlight is a visit to impressive Westmin- ster Abbey. This afternoon we drive into the City of London to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, a masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and the sinister Tower of London. The Tower has been both a Royal Palace and a prison over the years, and its Beefeaters in their traditional Tudor uniforms are instantly recognizable. Overnight London. (B,D)


DAY 13: LONDON After breakfast enjoy a day at leisure to possibly explore the city, visit the National Gallery or shop at Harrows. Overnight London. (B,D)


DAY14: LONDON / USA Transfer this morning to the airport for our return flight home. (B)


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