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British Isles

THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please check upcoming trips.

May 6-16, 2018

May 16-23 Optional extension to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland

In the Footsteps of John Wesley and British Authors 

Take a panoramic tour of London, see the theater where Shakespeare's plays were originally performed, experience Stonehenge, and more!

This trip is open to alumni, pastors, and friends of MVNU. 

Printable Itinerary (PDF)
Optional extension to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland May 16-23

May 6, Sunday: USA - London

  • Depart from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), OH destination London, England. Meals will be served on board.
May 7, Monday: Arrival in London | London City May 8, Tuesday: Continued Tour of London City
  • 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 9, Wednesday: Final Full Day in London
  • 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 10, Thursday: London - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Bath
  • 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 11, Friday: Bath - Stratford-upon-Avon - Oxford May 12, Saturday: Oxford - Moulton - Olney - Bedford
  • 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.
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
  • Return from Manchester to Columbus, OH.


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
  • 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 21, Monday: Belfast - Monasterboice - Trim - 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 22, Tuesday: Full tour of Dublin
  • 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.
May 23, Wednesday: Dublin - USA
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Columbus, OH.

Cost: Figures reflect anticipated rates*

  • Projected main tour price: approximately $4,690 per person (double occupancy). Based on early-bird rate (before 9/15/2017).
  • Optional Extension (May 16-23) an additional $2,449.
  • $650 for a single room (an additional $450, for extension).


  • Round-trip airframe from Columbus to London, and from Manchester to Columbus (Belfast to Columbus, if taking extension).
  • 9/16 nights in 3-star or higher superior-tourist-class hotels.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily breakfast and dinners
  • Transportation by private air conditioned bus with driver throughout the tour
  • Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast (for extension).
  • Tips to tour guides and drivers.
  • English speaking professional tour guides.
  • Entry fees to sights and museums.
  • Service charges and local taxes, tips to hotel and restaurant, and portage for one piece of luggage.


  • Lunches and all drinks
  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks and in-room internet (some hotels charge extra)
  • Any other service which is not mentioned above

*Cost may vary depending on departure/arrival airports. Advertised cost is for trips originating and ending in Columbus, Ohio. Please contact us for departure and arrival from airports other than Columbus, Ohio. 

Important Note: Tour prices based on group minimum of 25 passengers, projected 2018 airfare rates, and cost of land arrangements as of February, 2017. Currently, 1 Euro = $1.07 USD and 1 Pound Sterling = $1.25 USD. These are subject to any changes that may be imposed prior to departure.

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Undergraduate Students:*

  • ITD1009 - Crossing Cultures Training and Experience (0-1) - Dr. C. Jeanne Serrao
  • ICS2042 - Global Diversity and Intercultural Understanding - Dr. C. Jeanne Serrao
  • ICS3013 - Gospel and Culture - Dr. Matt Price
  • THE3003 - Christian Belief and Convictions - Dr. Eric Vail
  • ITD5013 - Contemporary Concerns - Prof. Carlos M. Serrao

Graduate Students:*

  • Church History Elective

*Course availability may be dependent on number of students registered. Credit is available for both undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses are not required for alumni and friends of MVNU.

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Dr. C. Jeanne Serrao
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740-392-6868, ext. 3600