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Destination: Great Britain! England and Scotland
September 28th — October 08th 2019
***Note: Fill out registration form after making deposit payment. You are not registered for the tour until we receive your registration details.***
Nights of Sep. 27 & 28, 2019
The Royal Horseguards Hotel London
2 Night Package – Nights of Sep. 27 & 28
USD $455 per person (Double Occupancy)
Includes two nights hotel accomodations, VAT and full English breakfast.
2 Night package – Nights of Sep. 27&28
USD $860 (Single Occupancy)
Includes two nights hotel accomodations, VAT and full English breakfast
Visit www.stbs.edu/britain-tour/ and confirm, at registration, your hotel in London for the Ligonier Confrerence. Register for the conference itself, separately via Ligonier at: www.ligonier.org/events/2019-regional-conference-london
DAY 01 – SAT. SEP. 28 – DEPART USA
DAY 02 – SUN. SEP. 29 – ARRIVE LONDON
Upon arrival at the London airport you will be greeted by your Wilcox tour manager and travel by private coach into London. One of the world’s great cities, London blends the joys of a modern millennium city with a rich history dating back to the Roman empire. Prior to check-in at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to visit one of London’s most important and colorful sites: Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace. You will explore the state rooms, the rich royal collections of furniture and paintings, and the royal gardens. This evening enjoy a special welcome dinner. (D) Special note * The palace opening dates have not been confirmed yet and so this will be subject to opening days.
DAY 03 – MON. SEP. 30 – LONDON
In the morning we will depart for the royal town of Windsor, dominated by its spectacular castle. We will visit the castle precincts, St George’s Chapel, and the sumptuous royal State Apartments resplendent with rich furnishings, tapestry and heraldry. In the afternoon we will return to London to visit Westminster where we see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, and Piccadilly. We will also enjoy a guided visit through the glorious Westminster Abbey – where nearly all of England’s Kings and Queens have been crowned since William the Conqueror in 1066. At the end of our guided visit we will attend Evensong, a celebration of worship through beautiful music. Leisure evening in London.
DAY 04 – TUE. OCT. 01 – LONDON – (CAMBRIDGE & ELY) Today we will visit Ely and Cambridge. Cambridge is the famous seat of one of the great English Universities, some colleges dating as far back as the 13th century. Walking through the beautiful classical colleges will inspire as much as their peaceful and green surroundings known as the ‘Backs’ – set on the river Cam. We will visit the beautiful Kings College and chapel. We will enjoy watching the punters on the river as they glide through the water and explore the historic streets of Cambridge, with its book shops, cyclists, tea shops and gardens. In the afternoon we will visit Ely – a place of worship since St. Ethelreda, a Saxon queen, founded a religious community here in the 7th century. Ely Cathedral has rich colored stonework and stained glass windows boasts a superb Norman nave and transepts and a wonderful East End which was rebuilt in the Gothic style. A highlight is our visit to the Lady Chapel as well as the 14th century masterpiece, the Octagon. The central octagonal tower, with its vast internal open space and its pinnacles and lantern above, forms the most distinctive and celebrated feature of the cathedral. Return to London for an evening at leisure.(B)
DAY 05 – WED. OCT. 02 – LONDON
This morning we will have a guided tour of the oldest part of London, known as the ‘City’, whose foundation was originally a Celtic fishing village later expanded by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago. We will visit The Tower of London, a fortress dating back to the 11th century and site of prison and place of execution even to kings and queens. See the White Tower and the Jewel House, which houses the stunning crown jewels. Afterwards you will visit Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. This iconic emblem dominates the London skyline and survived the London blitz of WWII. Continue to the famous cemetery close by, an oasis of green just north of the city, known as Bunhill Fields. Bunhill Fields boasts unique historic significance, and is the last resting place of Protestant non-conformists including Sir Isaac Newton, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley. Evening at leisure in London.(B)
DAY 06 – THU. OCT. 03 – LONDON / OXFORD
Journey this morning through the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds, a region famed for its green and gold landscapes, fields threaded by hedgerows and picture postcard villages carved out of honey colored stone. We will visit the grand historic ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill at the truly magnificent Blenheim Palace. We will visit the house and gardens and the special exhibition about Churchill’s life, told through artifacts and photographs. From Blenheim Palace, we will transition to Oxford. Our guided tour will introduce us to this great university city, known as the “city of the dreaming spires” due to the plethora of spires, pinnacles and cupolas that dominate its skyline. We will visit the 16th century Christ Church College, one of the most famous at the historic colleges of the University of Oxford. Included are visits to the Great Hall and the tiny chapel which is in fact Oxford Cathedral. Enjoy leisure evening and overnight in Oxford.(B)
DAY 07 – FRI. OCT. 04 – OXFORD / YORK
Today we journey to one of England’s most fascinating and perfectly preserved historic cities: York. Our journey will take us through the Derbyshire Peak District, one of England’s most scenic drives, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will stop at the heart of the peak district to visit Bakewell, an utterly delightful and picturesque market town. Leisure time for lunch which must include the famed Bakewell pudding. After lunch we will continue to York. The city is set upon the river Ouse and is a joy to explore. Your luxury hotel is nestled within the city walls, walking distance to all the sites of York. Dinner at a local restaurant in York. (B&D)
DAY 08 – SAT. OCT. 05 – YORK
We will have a walking tour of York, which is one of England’s most interesting ancient cities. We will see the fine York Minster with its beautiful medieval stained-glass windows and marvel at the narrow cobbled streets called the ‘shambles’. Enjoy some leisure time to explore York – a city full of history, delightful shops, the amazing Betty’s tea rooms and numerous superb museums such as the York Art Gallery, Jorvik Viking Museum, the Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum. For those with a head for heights and a love of steps you may also take a walk around the historic city walls that encircle the city. Enjoy an evening at leisure in York. (B) DAY 09 – SUN. OCT. 06 – YORK / DURHAM / EDINBURGH Enjoy a scenic drive through the wild and beautiful landscapes of the Northumberland National Park. We will stop in Durham to visit its unique and historic cathedral that overlooks the whole city. From Durham, we will continue over the border into Scotland and arrive at one of Europe’s most beautiful cities: Edinburgh. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Edinburgh. (B&D)
DAY 10 – MON. OCT. 07 – EDINBURGH
In the morning we will enjoy a guided tour of the city. See the unique old town and the Royal Mile, with its tall houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit the ancient, romantic fortress of Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city, with panoramic views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. We will attend the weekly worship service at historic St Giles Cathedral at midday. We will also see the ‘new’ town, a fine Georgian architectural creation of wide streets, garden squares and sweeping crescents. After our afternoon visit to Greyfriars Kirk the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy shopping along Princess Street, and George Street, visiting the fine museums, or just enjoying the unique ambiance of Edinburgh. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. (B&D)
DAY 11 – TUE. OCT. 08 – DEPART EDINBURGH After breakfast you will be transported to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)
- Superior First Class & Deluxe (4 & 5 star) hotel accommodations throughout (9 nights);
- London 4 nights Royal Horseguards Includes English breakfast
- Oxford 1 night Principal Oxford Spires Includes English breakfast
- York 2 nights The Grand York Includes English breakfast
- Edinburgh 2 nights Principal Edinburgh Includes Scottish breakfast George Street
- 4 Dinners with special farewell dinner in Edinburgh
- Daily sightseeing per itinerary by private luxury motor coach with qualified driver.
- Licensed Professional Tour Manager from arrival at London Heathrow airport until departure from Edinburgh on Day 11.
- Entrance fees to all sightseeing, including Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Blenheim Palace & Gardens, St. Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle.
- Tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.
- Transfers during select window of time (arrival/departure) and porterage at hotels (one suitcase per person).
- Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag.
- Flights from/to the USA. Airport / hotel transfers if not arriving within 2-hour window of main arrival/departure.
- Single Supplement for room accommodations: $1,520.00
- Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – (contact us for a quote)
- Passports Personal items purchased while traveling
For more details and to register please go to www.sbts.edu/britain-tour/ or for questions call 828-210-8138. E-mail: email@example.com
Terms and Conditions
Land Transportation and Transfers: By private deluxe motor coach.
Accommodations: Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and an additional cost of $1,520.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are superior first-class and deluxe category.
Meals: Breakfast daily and dinners as noted. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra.
Baggage: Subject to change, free baggage allowance is governed by the airline on which you are flying. Baggage allowance guidelines will be included in your final documents. Excess baggage will be charged at the established rates. Due to limited motor coach capacity we urge our tour members to carry only one bag per person. Porterage for one checked bag is included in the tour price. Excess baggage charges from the airlines and motor coaches are the passenger’s responsibility and will be collected at time of handling.
Service Charges and Taxes: Those normally levied by hotels and restaurants are included and all departure taxes and tipping.
Not Included: Airlines tickets, passport costs, and health documentation costs (when required); food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular table d’hote meals; optional sightseeing tours and excursions; accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; tips to persons rendering special services not specifically mentioned as included; items of a purely personal nature such as laundry, telephone and cable expenses, internet access, room service orders, etc.
Insurance: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. We recommend Allianz Travel Insurance. Travel protection is available to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, and includes coverage for lost luggage, medical emergencies and more. Guests booking this tour have the option of purchasing cancellation protection in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. This optional Guest Protection may be requested at time of booking and fee included with initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation. For tour participants 79 + years old, there will be an additional cost for insurance based on your age.
Important Passport Information: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Passports must have an expiration date beyond Oct. 8, 2019 in order to travel with this tour. If your expiration date is inside this date, you must renew your passport in order to participate.
VISA: A visa is not required for US citizens traveling to the United Kingdom.
Deposits and Payments: A deposit of $300.00 per person is required immediately. A second payment in the amount of $750.00 per person is due by Aug. 15, 2019. The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Please check your statement for specific due dates. Tour conditions and airfares are subject to Governmental, ARC/IATAN, and airline regulation requirements in effect on the date of and during the tour. All airfares and land rates are quoted in US Dollars and are based on tariffs and cost in effect March 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Land costs are based on group rates and final tour cost may be dependent on number of tour participants.
Guests with Disabilities: Please be aware that certain land tours may not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wilcox World Travel and Tours must be notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements of passengers at the time of booking. Should a passenger require the assistance of another to make this tour, it is the responsibility of that passenger to arrange for a companion to provide the assistance at all times and for the entire duration of the tour.
Responsibility: Your tour operator, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., an ARC/IATAN appointed agent, acts as agent for you in the making and securing of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing, or for hotel accommodations for the tour. Wilcox World Travel and Tours does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, or any other supplier of services. All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers. Thus, by accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, you agree that neither Wilcox World Travel and Tours nor any of its Tour Hosts or Representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to you or your belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary, or schedules, etc. Also, remember that travel documents are your responsibility as well as compliance with custom regulations. No employee of Wilcox World Travel and Tours can change the terms under which you agree to take this tour. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not on board the aircraft. The passage contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole agreement between it and you.
Cancellations and Refunds: If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership up to 61 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of $250.00 to cover administration and communication costs. For cancellations within 60-46 days of departure date you will be subject to a 50% penalty or $250.00 whichever is greater. Cancellations within 45 days are subject to a penalty of 100% of tour price. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Wilcox Travel in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
NOTE: Wilcox World Travel and Tours reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or change the tour, in part or whole, at any time. In the event of a change deemed necessary by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the sole and exclusive obligation of Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. is to refund monies recovered.