Tours

Wesley Heritage Tour with Rev. Lisa Degrenia and Coronado Community UMC | May 23, 2023

9 days
England
Starting from $4246* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Rev. Lisa Degrenia and Coronado Community UMC for a 9 - day Wesley Heritage Tour starting at $4,246* from Orlando, Florida on from Orlando on May 23, 2023. You will see York, Epworth, Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford, Bristol, Windsor, London, and more!

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What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • International Airfare
  • Daily Breakfast & Select Dinners,

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 May 23 - Depart from the USA

Your Wesley Heritage travel study program begins as you depart the United States on your international flight to England.

Day 2 May 24 - Arrival in England and York Visit

Arrive in Manchester this morning. Visit York Minster Cathedral before enjoying free time this afternoon to explore York on your own. Consider a walk around the city walls, built on Roman era foundations, for an excellent view of the city, or visit the York Castle Museum and the JORVIK Viking Centre for a look through the history of York.

Day 3 May 25 - Epworth

The quiet English countryside and green, rolling hills will delight you as you travel to remote Epworth in the Fen Country. Here, Samuel and Susanna Wesley raised their brood of children in the Old Rectory while he served the Parish Church for 39 years. You’ll become familiar with the upbringing and early life of John and Charles Wesley when you visit their childhood home. You’ll see Memorial Church, built with contributions from around the world. Enjoy a worship service with the local people of Epworth. Then, visit St. Andrews Church at Epworth. Finish the day in Coventry. Listen to Evensong at the Cathedral, next to the bombed-out ruins of the original cathedral destroyed in World War II. Check into your Coventry hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 May 26 - Oxford

We will enjoy a walking tour of Lincoln College this morning. Here, John Wesley and the Holy Club held meetings in the 1720’s. John became a fellow here in 1726. From here, he departed for the Georgia colony in 1735. Continue to Christ Church College, where John studied. Stop at the Shrine to the Oxford Martyrs and reflect on their sacrifices. Visit the C.S. Lewis house (The Kilns) outside of Oxford and learn more about the famous author. Stop at the Eagle and Child Pub, where the Inklings met. Check into your Oxford hotel for overnight. Your dinner is on own this evening.

Day 5 May 27 - Cotswolds & Stratford

You’ll glimpse life as it was in the day of William Shakespeare when you visit his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. Not far away, he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway, in the garden of her delightful thatched-roof cottage. You’ll also drive past Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. Enjoy a scenic drive through the charming villages of the Cotswolds where honey-colored cottages cluster together in secluded valleys. Enjoy a visit to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the most visited Cotswolds villages. Finish the day in Bristol for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 May 28 - Bristol & Windsor

In the ancient port city of Bristol, you’ll have a lecture in one of Wesley’s early centers of ministry, the “New Room”. This oldest Methodist building in the world is unusually attractive in its basic simplicity. Then, visit the home of Charles Wesley, the famous hymn writer. Visit Windsor Castle, the oldest continuously occupied castle in the world. Home to the British Monarch for over 900 years, portions of the estate are now open to the public. Finish the day in London for overnight. Your dinner is on own this evening.

Day 7 May 29 - Wesley’s London

John Wesley left his mark on the town of London. You’ll have a lecture at City Road Chapel, the site of Wesley’s home and grave. Across the street in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, Susanna Wesley is buried along with other famous personages such as John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe. You’ll walk on Aldersgate Street, where on May 24, 1738, John Wesley had his “Warming of the Heart” experience. You’ll walk past the entrance of “Little Britain,” where Charles Wesley had his conversion experience just three days earlier. You will visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, where John Wesley often worshiped. On the day of his conversion, Wesley came here for an afternoon service and was deeply moved by the choir’s anthem, “Out of the Deep Have I Called Unto Thee, O Lord”. Enjoy a panoramic driving tour of the major city sites such as Marble Arch, Speakers Corner of Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and much more. Your dinner is on own this evening.

Day 8 May 30 - London, Day 2

Start your day at Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, also known as the Tower of London, an historical monument that sits on the banks of the Thames River in the heart of London. William the Conqueror began original construction in 1078. The history of London and the Kings and Queens of England still reverberate in the buildings and grounds. You’ll visit Central Methodist Hall, built to honor the centennial of John Wesley’s death. The site of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, the building has also served as a speaking point for Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Churchill. This afternoon, walk through Westminster Abbey. Begun by King Edward the Confessor in the 11th century, it is the traditional coronation place for British monarchs, and the royalty and famous of England are buried or memorialized here. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, shop and wander. Your dinner is on own this evening.

Day 9 May 31 - Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

Return to the USA or Enjoy an Extension

Enhance Your Journey

Ireland Extension Starting from $1798

May 31 - June 4, 2023 Starting at $1,798*

May 31 - Cork, Cobh, Blarney
Depart England on your flight to Cork, Ireland. Our representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Irish bus as we head for Cobh. Here, you will visit the Heritage Center. From this port, between 1845 and 1860, 2.5 million people sailed to America. If you had an ancestor who came from Ireland to America, chances are they departed from this very place. Find your family name on the archived passenger lists. You can enjoy the multimedia exhibition and the railway station that has been completely refurbished in the style of the era. Visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills Shop. At the Castle of Blarney, you will see the fabled Blarney Stone. Legend says that those who kiss the stone acquire a gift of eloquence. Check into your Killarney area hotel for dinner and overnight.

June 1 - Ring of Kerry, Waterville, Muckross House
Delight in some of the most spectacular scenery as you travel the Ring of Kerry. Pause at the seaside village of Waterville. Here, Charlie Chaplin owned a summer home, and Payne Stewart was Club Captain of the local golf course. Visit the 19th-century Muckross House. You will enjoy this magnificent Victorian mansion that is considered one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. You will experience the elegance of the day when you see the elegantly furnished rooms. Downstairs, however, reveals the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Return to Killarney for dinner and overnight.

June 2 - Adare, Rock of Cashel, Dublin
Enjoy the beauty of the thatch-roofed streets of Adare. The church here has a Norman castle keep at its center. See the Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of Irish kings. Here, St. Patrick is thought to have converted the King of Munster. The present ruins are from structures built in the 12 and 13th centuries during the Norman era. Continue on to Dublin for dinner and overnight.

June 3 - Dublin
We begin our journey this morning with a stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The church was transitioned from a Catholic church to the Church of Ireland over the centuries. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and a critic of British rule, was a pastor here. John Wesley spoke and administered communion here on one of his numerous visits to Ireland. Take a walking tour of Trinity College. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, it is the oldest college in Ireland. We’ll visit the Old Library here and see the Book of Kells, an ornately illustrated Bible produced by Celtic Monks around 800 AD. Enjoy lunch at The Church, a pub that was originally a church Wesley preached at on his first visit to Ireland. Enjoy an afternoon to explore and shop on your own as you walk along the Liffey River or visit the various museums. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

June 4 - Return to the USA
Say farewell to Ireland this morning as you return home with memories of the people and places of England and Ireland!

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

London On-Your-Own Stay Extension Starting from $1078

May 31 - June 3, 2023 Starting at $1,078*

May 31 - June 2 - Time in London
Explore and enjoy the vibrant capital city of London on your own. The London Pass gives you free entry to the subway (Underground) and bus transportation systems, as well as over 60 attractions, including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, the London Zoo and Kew Gardens. To see the current list of attractions covered, log on to: www.londonpass.com. This extension does not include airport transfers, hotel tips, lunch, dinner, or guide.

June 3 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

Departure Dates

  1. Tuesday, May 23, 2023
    From $4246* Register Now!
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.