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May 6, Sunday: USA - London
to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland May 16-23
May 7, Monday: Arrival in London | London City
May 8, Tuesday: Continued Tour of London City
- Depart from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), OH destination London, England. Meals will be served on board.
May 9, Wednesday: Final Full Day in London
- Tour St. Paul's Cathedral
- its dome, the world's third largest, can be seen from many an angle in other parts of the city.
- Wesley's Chapel
- known the world over as the
"Cathedral of World Methodism."
- Wesley's Home/Museum, where he lived from 1779 until his death in 1791.
- Visit Bunhill Fields, the "outcasts' cemetery," reserved for those who refused to compromise their convictions and step in line with the Church of England.
- Continue on to the Methodist Plinth, site of John Wesley's Aldersgate Street conversion on May 24, 1738.
- Finish the day with tours of Westminster Central Hall, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, also known as Spurgeon's Tabernacle, and the Tower of London where the crown jewels are housed.
- Return for dinner and overnight at the Queen's Gate Hotel.
May 10, Thursday: London - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Bath
- Visit Charles Dickens Home and Museum. The impressive collection includes paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture, and many items relating to the life of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian age.
- Exhibition and tour of Shakespeare's famous Globe Theatre.
- Explore The British Museum, which houses the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, and a copy of the Magna Carta.
- Tour historic homes such as John Keats House and Down House, home of Charles Darwin and his family.
May 11, Friday: Bath - Stratford-upon-Avon - Oxford
May 12, Saturday: Oxford - Moulton - Olney - Bedford
- Visit the mysterious Stonehenge.
- Guided tour of the Cotswolds by a local guide specializing in naturalism.
- Then across the Salisbury Plains to visit Bath, the best preserved Georgian city in Britain.
- End the day in Bath for dinner and overnight at the Francis Hotel Bath.
May 13, Sunday: Bedford - Elstow - Cambridge - Bedford
May 14, Monday: Bedford - Nottingham - Sherwood Forest - Lincoln
May 15, Tuesday: Lincoln - Epworth - Manchester
May 16, Wednesday: Manchester - USA
- Engage the intellectual centers of England by traveling to Oxford, intellectual center of western civilization since
A.D. 1096. Countless great people worldwide began their careers in these hallowed university halls.
- Visit Christ Church College and Christ Church Cathedral.
- Visit Blackwell's, Thornton's, and Waterfield's bookshops, favorites of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Tour The Kilns, C. S. Lewis' former home, where the
Chronicles of Narnia series was written, and which now hosts a Christian study center.
- Journey to Moulton, Olney, see the Newton & Cowper Museum, and head to Bedford, home of John Bunyan author of Pilgrim's Progress.
- End the day in Bedford for dinner and overnight at the Swan Hotel.
- Return from Manchester to Columbus, OH.
OPTIONAL SCOTLAND / IRELAND: 7 NIGHTS EXTENSION May 16-23
May 16, Wednesday: Manchester - York - Whitby - Durham
May 17, Thursday: Durham - Chollerford - Gateshead - Roslin - Edinburgh
May 18, Friday: Edinburgh - Perth
May 19, Saturday: Perth - Ballater - Drumnadrochit - Ballachulish
May 20, Sunday: Ballachulish - Aberfoyle - Cairnryan - Belfast
May 21, Monday: Belfast - Monasterboice - Trim - Dublin
- Drive along the coast towards Aberfoyle while taking in the beautiful countryside.
- In Aberfoyle, engage in the Doon Hill walk - home of the faeries.
- Board the ferry for the journey across the North Channel to Northern Ireland's capital city Belfast, and birthplace of C.S. Lewis.
- End the day at the Europa Hotel.
May 22, Tuesday: Full tour of Dublin
- Half-day tour of Belfast including a visit to the Titanic Museum. The world's most famous ocean-going liner, the ill-fated Titanic, was built in Belfast.
- Explore Monasterboice, ruins of an early Christian settlement famous for its spectacular Muiredach's Cross, which dates back to the 10th century A.D.
- Survey the Hill of Tara, an archaeological complex that contains a number of ancient monuments.
- Continue to Trim and its Castle, featured in Mel Gibson's movie Braveheart.
- End the day in Dublin. Dinner and overnight at the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
May 23, Wednesday: Dublin - USA
- Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in A.D. 1190 and restored in the 19th century. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, is buried in this Protestant cathedral.
- Then see Christ Church Cathedral. Founded in A.D. 1028, it is the spiritual heart of the city and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin.
- Visit the baroque-style St. Ann's Church of Ireland, where Oscar Wide was baptized and Bram Stoker was married.
- Then go to the recently-opened Stoker Dracula Museum, located within the Bram Stoker Hotel along the Clontarf seafront promenade.
- Visit Trinity College Old Library, to view the extravagantly illustrated Book of Kells.
- Dinner and overnight at the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
- After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Columbus, OH.
(Last updated 2/23/2017)