***Important note: Glenn Rawson will teach on the bus or on-site during most of the land portion of your cruise/tour. On the wonderful cruise portion (where you only unpack once), Glenn Rawson will do his teaching on the ship during our days at sea or before we depart the ship for your planned shore excursion. He will not be teaching on your shore excursion days, there is so much to see and do on your shore excursions, plus he doesn’t want you to miss all the information supplied by our wonderful local guides!
Day 1: June 5: Fly from the US to London Heathrow.
Day 2: June 6: London
After arriving into London Heathrow we will visit Runny Mead – it was here the Magna Charta was signed. We then head to one of the homes of the Queen of England, Windsor Castle. You will have time to explore the Castle and the many shops around the castle. After the castle, we will head to our hotel.
Day 3: June 7: Southampton – Princess Cruise
On our way to the cruise ship, we will visit ancient Stonehenge, the mysterious circle of stones that still carries the aura built into it over four thousand years ago. We will then head to our beautiful cruise ship.
Day 4: June 8: Guernsey Island, England
Optional Shore Excursion on Guernsey Island – Port: St. Peter.
Day 5: June 9: Cork, Ireland
Optional Shore Excursion: Our shore excursion will include a stop at the Blarney Castle. This is your chance to Kiss the Blarney Stone.
Day 6: June 10: Dublin, Ireland
Optional Shore Excursion: Just a little south of Dublin we will visit the ancient Monastery of Glendalough. The history of Ireland is deeply intertwined with Christian Monasteries and the inspiring story of Saint Patrick. It would be difficult to imagine a setting more peaceful. You will have time to walk the ruins and sit by the lakes or walk the footpaths once trod by Irish monks whose labors saved much of Western Civilization during the dark centuries following the fall of Rome and the barbarian invasions that swept over Europe. We will then turn to Dublin to visit Trinity College home of the Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript of the New Testament and the greatest treasure of Ireland. We will also visit the Trinity Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Day 7: June 11: Belfast – Ireland Coast
Optional Shore Excursion: Today will be a highlight day! We begin with a drive up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. At the top of the spectacular coastal drive, we will stop at the Giants Causeway, one of the most remarkable geological wonders in Europe. We will also visit Dunluce Castle, perched precariously on the cliffs above the sea, before returning to Belfast and our ship.
Day 8: June 12: Glasgow – Stirling Castle
Optional Shore Excursion: Stirling Castle was built in the 14th and 15th Centuries, Several Kings and Queens have been crowned here, including Mary, Queen of Scotts in 1543. We will also drive a little through the lower highlands. Glasgow is not a great city, but if time permits we may do a small tour in Glasgow before returning to the ship.
Day 9: June 13: Fun Day at Sea
Today is a relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.
Day 10: June 14: Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Scotland
Optional Shore Excursion: Today we will explore Kirkwall. This area has a great Viking history.
Day 11: June 15: Inverness – Scottish Highlands
Optional Shore Excursion: We plan to spend a fantastic day driving through the Scottish highlands. We will stop at Eilean Donan Castle near the Isle of Sky and then back inland to Loch Ness to look for the Lock Ness Monster. We will also stop at the Urquhart Castle often called the Lock Ness Castle.
Day 12: June 16: Edinburgh
Optional Shore Excursion: We have an entire day to enjoy Edinburgh. We will have a morning tour of the city, including Edinburgh Castle. Sir Walter Scott created the mystique of the Scottish clans here and there is a monument to this famous Scott. Edinburgh is also the city of Greyfriars Bobby and J.K. Rowling who wrote Harry Potter from the upstairs window of a local pub. You will enjoy Edinburgh Castle and have time to walk and explore the Royal Mile before returning to the ship.
Day 13: June 17: Fun Day at Sea
Today is another relaxing day to explore this fantastic ship.
Day 14: June 18: Normandy Coast
Optional shore Excursion: This morning we will tour the Normandy Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach. We will also visit the American Cemetery before returning to the ship.
Day 15: June 19: Southampton – Stonehenge – London
This morning we will say goodbye to our beautiful cruise ship. It has been great to not have to pack and unpack every day. Today we will travel to the most significant LDS church history site in England. We will then head to Tintern Abby. When we finish we will drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon to overnight.
Day 16: June 20: Warwick Castle – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Oxford
This morning we will visit Stratford-Upon-Avon where you will a chance to explore and enjoy. We will then travel the short distance to Warwick Castle, perhaps England’s most famous. You’ll have time to explore the towers and dungeons. They also have demonstrations of medieval archery, catapults, sword fighting and falconry. In the afternoon we travel to the literary center of England, Oxford. This is the college town of C. S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, William Tyndale, Lewis Carroll and Dozens of other great English thinkers. Oxford was the scene of the most famous martyrdoms in English Protestant history for it was here Archbishop Cranmer was burned at the stake along with Bishops, Latimer and Ridley. We will overnight in London.
Day 17: June 21: London
Today we will spend the day touring London. Included in our tour is the infamous Tower of London, a castle, prison and the most famous execution site in Europe. Time permitting we will stop at the British Museum. Then we will return to our hotel.
Day 18: June 22: Fly Home
This morning you will head back to the US and home.