The partaking of pilgrimages is a very old tradition in the British Isles. From the first martyrs of Roman times
to the martyrs of Henry VIII’s persecution of the faithful, people have been coming to the tombs of saintly men and
women to ask for their intercessions before our Lord Jesus Christ. Pilgrimages to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham rivaled
with the pilgrimages to the shrine of St. Becket in Canterbury which, in turn, rivaled with Rome as a pilgrim destination.
Most of the shrines had been ruthlessly destroyed by Henry VIII, but he could not destroy the memory and the greatness of
these martyrs and saints. Therefore, today we can still pray in the beautiful churches where they have been venerated
these many centuries.
Day 1 - DEPART FROM USA
Evening departure from USA for your overnight flight to London.
Day 2 - ARRIVE IN LONDON
Upon your arrival, and after your passport control, a RENAISSANCE TRAVEL
representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in LONDON. In the afternoon, this guide will accompany you
on a sightseeing tour of London where you will visit Westminster Abbey, the coronation church built for Edward the Confessor,
the last Saxon king before the Norman invasion of 1066. In the Abbey you will see tombs of great men, as well as the
Coronation Chair, Our Lady’s chapel, etc. Another stop will take you to Westminster Cathedral, one of London’s
rare Byzantine buildings and cathedral church of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of London. Mass will be celebrated at
5:30 PM at Westminster Cathedral followed by a welcome dinner. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3 - LONDON…STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
After breakfast and Mass, you will leave London for a visit of the magnificent medieval stronghold of Warwick Castle with
its great hall and state rooms. As the castle today belongs to the owners of Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum, you
may “meet” many famous personalities there. The next stop will take you to STRATFORD-UPON-AVON for a visit
of Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Tentative plans have been made for the possibility
of seeing a Shakespearean play. Drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - STRATFORD…CARLISLE:
After breakfast and Mass, today we drive to the center of England passing Coventry, Manchester and Birmingham all the way
to CARLISLE on the Scottish border. Lunch on route. Before arriving in Carlisle, we will stop at Hadrian’s
wall which runs east to west between England and Scotland and built by Roman legionaries by order of the Emperor Hadrian in
AD 122 for protection against the Scots. Then there is a short visit of the Carlisle Cathedral and dinner and overnight
at your hotel.
Day 5 - CARLISLE…EDINBURG
After breakfast, we depart in the direction of Peebles for
a visit to Traquir House and Holy Mass in the castle’s chapel. This house contains many souvenirs of Mary, Queen
of Scots (1542-87). You will be shown a secret room where her priest would hide during the persecution. Early
in the afternoon, we will arrive in Edinburg where you will visit Scotland’s capital and view its magnificent castles.
Continue on to St. Margaret’s Chapel, built by her son, King David of Scotland to house her relics. She has become
an English saint much revered by the entire Church. Finally, we visit the Palace where Mary, Queen Scots gave birth to her
son James VI and which houses the Scottish Regalia. Dinner and overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 6 - EDINBURG…DURHAM
After breakfast and Mass, we will visit the Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Mary,
Queen of Scots married Lord Darnley in the palace’s chapel and lived at Holyrood when she returned from France as his
widow. It was here that John Knox would harangue her because of her faith. Dinner and overnight is in Durham.
Day 7 - DURHAM…YORK
After Holy Mass, we will visit the small medieval city of DURHAM with its huge cathedral,
built in 1093, holding the remains of St. Cuthbert and Bede the Venerable. We then visit the Benedictine Abbey of Ampleforth
whose monks, inspired by Gregory the Great, had come to England with St. Augustine in 597. They are credited with a large
share of the conversion of the English. The English Benedictine Congregation was founded at the call of Rome in the
13th century and some of their works still stand (for example, monastic Westminster, Canterbury, Chester, and Durham).
In 1802 a school was established at Ampleforth which became a center of Catholic learning. Tentative plans have been
set up to participate in the abbey’s noon service with lunch followed at the abbey. We next travel to York where,
in 306 AD, Constantine the Great was proclaimed emperor. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 8 - YORK…WALSINGHAM
Mass will be celebrated at the shrine of St. Margaret Clitheroe followed by a visit to St. Peter’s Minster.
This dedication to St. Peter emphasizes the close link with Rome after the union between the Celtic and Roman traditions at
Whitby in 664 AD. The Minster is the largest Gothic church north of the Alps. We will see the famous monument
of Archbishop Walter de Gray who had begun construction of the present building. The Minster contains the largest medieval
collection of stained glass in England. Dinner and overnight stay is in the Elmham House, the church’s own pilgrimage
Day 9 - WALSINGHAM
The shrine to Our Lady at WALSINGHAM used to be one of the biggest pilgrimage sites
of Christianity until Henry VIII destroyed it. Now, there are three sites of devotion: the Roman Catholic, the
Anglican High Church, and the Orthodox. Holy Mass is in the chapel. Special activities today will include the rosary
and the Station of the Cross. Then on to Norwich, one of England’s best-preserved Saxon city. Saxon was
famous as a center of wood trade. We then visit its Norman cathedral consecrated in 1278. Drive to Bury Saint
Edmunds, where King Canute built an abbey in honor of this last King of East Anglia who had been decapitated by Danish raiders
and later canonized in the 900 AD. Queen Mary Tudor is also buried here. Dinner and overnight at Cambridge.
Day 10 - CAMBRIDGE…LONDON
After breakfast, there is Holy Mass. Visit CAMBRIDGE where St. John Fisher
studied at Trinity College and later became Chancellor of Cambridge University and Bishop of Rochester. This saint later
worked as confessor to Queen Catherine of Aragon as one of her counselors in the nullity suit, clearly demonstrating the validity
of her marriage to Henry VIII. Fisher was beheaded as a traitor in 1535 and canonized in 1925. As we walk through
this old city, there will be visits to Trinity College and King’s College Chapel.
Day 11 - LONDON
breakfast, we take a full day excursion to Canterbury. Upon arrival, we will have Holy Mass in the crypt of St. Dunstan
over the shrine of St. Thomas Moore. His body had been thrown into a common grave on Tower Hill, but his head was taken
back to this church. We will then visit Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Primates of England and the Cathedral
of Saint Thomas Becket who was murdered on the steps of the alter for having defended Rome’s supremacy over the king’s.
We also will visit the tomb of the Black Prince and the Abbey founded by Saint Augustine in 597 and on to the Hospital of
Saint Thomas. Lunch to be scheduled. A farewall dinner is being planned. Overnight stay is at a London hotel.
Day 12 - LONDON TO USA
We will have Holy Mass at Brompton Oratory (if available), then transfer to the London
airport for the flight back to the United States.
4-DAY OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO IRELAND
Day 1 -
LONDON TO DUBLIN
This morning, we will take a short flight from London to DUBLIN. We arrive in Dublin by noon and
lunch will be scheduled. After lunch, you will go an orientation tour of Dublin including Dublin Castle, Trinity College,
and the National Art Gallery. Dinner at Jury’s Cabaret and overnight at a hotel in Dublin.
Day 2 -
Today, you will go on a full day excursion to GLENDALOUGH and WICKLOW
HILLS. We return to Dublin through Kildare, a horse country, and the curragh. There is an optional evening at
the Abbey Theather. Dinner is on your own.
Day 3 - NEWGRANGE…MELLIFONT…MONASTERBOICE
we leave Dublin for NEWGRANGE, MELLIFONT and MONASTERBOICE ABBEYS. There is time for shopping in Dublin. You also
have a farewell dinner.
Day 4 - DUBLIN…USA
After breakfast, your tour guide will transfer you to the
airport for your flight home where you will arrive on the same day.