Join EO for the Wesley in America tour! April 12-16, 2021, experience sites such as the Christ Episcopal Church in Savannah, St. Simon's Island, and Fort King George. Pricing for this 10-day tours starts at $1,698* (Ground Only).
*All pricing reflects a 4% cash discount and is per person.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Guided Tours
- Learning Opportunities
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
Day 1 April 12 – Arrive in Savannah – St. Simon’s Island
Welcome to Savannah! Our representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to the bus for the journey to St. Simon’s Island*. This afternoon, visit the Moore Museum on the grounds of Epworth by the Sea. Here, the history of the Wesley’s time in Georgia and the history of the Methodists in the colonies will come to life. This United Methodist Center will be our home for the next two days, with hotel rooms, Wi-Fi, and meals. (D)
*In order to be included on the transfer to St. Simon's Island, your flight should arrive no later than 12pm at the Savannah airport. Please provide EO with your flight schedule no later than 90 days prior to departure. If you arrive later than 12pm you will need to make your own arrangements to Epworth by the Sea.
Day 2 April 13 – Jekyll and St. Simon’s Islands
This morning, enjoy a tour of St. Simon’s Lighthouse and free time in the downtown area before we cross over to Jekyll Island. Originally an exclusive “club” limited to 100 wealthy owners, the community is preserved as a window into the world of American privilege from the 1880’s to the 1930’s. One of the stops on this morning’s tour is the Faith Chapel with its Tiffany stained glass windows. Walk the paths of Fort Frederica. Here Charles Wesley served James Oglethorpe as his secretary in 1733-4. John would come to care for Charles and serve as a priest for the local congregants for a time. Stand at the Wesley Oak in the yard of Christ Episcopal Church, just outside of the fort. Here Wesley preached to the locals during his time here. Enjoy a brief tour of the church and have time to see the graveyard, rich with local history that dates back to Colonial times. (B, D)
Day 3 April 14 – Fort King George and Cockspur Island
This morning we leave Epworth behind and make our way toward Savannah. Stop at Fort King George, a recreation of an English Colonial fort. Walk the paths and see a demonstration of life for a British soldier on the frontier of the empire. Continue on to Cockspur Island. On the grounds of Fort Pulaski is the marker representing where John and Charles Wesley, along with James Oglethorpe and the settlers came ashore. The origin of Fort Pulaski dates back to the Madison administration, when forts were built along the coastline to protect from foreign invasion. After falling to the Georgian militia in January 1861, the fort was reinforced with manpower and artillery to protect the waterways to Savannah. Union forces recaptured the fort after a two day battle April 10 – 11, 1862, eliminating Savannah as a port for the Confederacy. Walk the extensive facilities here. Finish your day with dinner after checking into your Savannah hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 April 15 – Christ Episcopal Church and Savannah
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the Savannah Squares. Stop at Reynolds Square, where a statue of John Wesley stands, and Oglethorpe Square, where the Moravian missionaries of John Wesley’s ship experiences are commemorated, as well as the founder of the Georgia colony, James Oglethorpe. Tour Christ Episcopal Church. John Wesley was priest here during his time in Savannah. After the tour, celebrate the noon time meal together, and then you will have the afternoon to explore and shop in Savannah. Dinner tonight will be on your own. (B, L)
Day 5 April 16 – The First African Baptist Church and return flights
This morning we will visit the First African Baptist Church of Savannah. Organized in 1773, the present structure was built by slaves after their day labor was completed. The church was home to the first African Sunday School. The church also was a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves to assist them as they made their way North. After lunch, you will make your way back to the Savannah airport for your return flight. (B)