***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 4: Fly from the US to London.
Day 2: June 5: Oxford – Stratford-Upon-Avon
After our morning arrival we will 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. It was also used in Harry Potter films. We will overnight in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Day 3: June 6: Warwick Castle – Stratford-Upon-Avon
This morning we will 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. This afternoon we will go back to Stratford-Upon-Avon where you will a chance to explore and enjoy dinner in a sidewalk cafe.
Day 4: June 7: Tintern Abbey – Stonehenge – London
This morning we will travel the short distance to the most significant LDS church history site in England. We will then head to Tintern Abbey. On our way to London we will visit ancient Stonehenge, the mysterious circle of stones that still carries the aura built into it over four thousand years ago.
Day 5: June 8: London
Today will be a full 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 Library, home to some of the greatest documents in the English language and world – from the original lyrics of the Beatles to the notebooks of Da Vinci, to the Magna Charta, to the oldest New Testament in existence.
Day 6: June 9: Southampton – Princess Cruise
We will start the day with a visit to 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. When we finish we will drive to Southampton were we will board our beautiful ship.
Day 7: June 10: Guernsey Island, England
Optional Shore Excursion on Guernsey Island – Port: St. Peter.
Day 8: June 11: 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 9 & 10: June 12 & 13: Dublin, Ireland
Optional Shore Excursion: Over the next 2 days we will visit the sites around Dublin. 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 library’s in the world.
Day 11: June 14: 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 costal 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 12: June 15: 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 13: June 16: Fun Day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dinning and enjoying the ships entertainment; you can meet with Glenn Rawson and enjoy his history and incites on what we are seeing and experiencing.
Day 14: June 17: 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 15: June 18: 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 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 16: June 19: Fun Day at Sea
In addition to relaxing, dinning and enjoying the ships entertainment; you will meet with our special guest educator, Glenn Rawson.
Day 17: June 20: 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 18: June 21: Fly Home
This morning we will say good bye to our beautiful floating Princess Hotel in Southampton. It has been great to not have to pack and unpack every day. We will then head direct to the London Heathrow Airport to fly back to the US and home.