C. S. Lewis Tour
to Ireland & England
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June 10 – 23, 2018
In June of 2018, Russ Head will lead an exciting and very special C.S. Lewis tour to Northern Ireland and England. The tour will trace the earthly life and spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis from his birth in Belfast, Northern Ireland to his death in Oxford, England. This tour will be a fascinating look into the places and the life experiences that led Lewis on a remarkable journey from atheist to agnostic to Christian believer.
We will begin our tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland and trace Lewis’s life journey from his youth in Northern Ireland and Malvern in England, where he went to boy’s school, to his mature years in the great and gorgeous University cities of Oxford and Cambridge.
As we trace the life of Lewis, this trip is meant to help challenge and define your own faith and spiritual journey. We stay in the heart of all the cities we visit, and there is ample opportunity for free time to do your own thing in many places along the way.
Please refer to the tentative itinerary for further details and feel free to call me on my cell at 706/656/8808 with any questions you may have about this trip.
Cost: $4875.00per person based on two in a room (single supplement $1250.00 for those without a roommate) includes round-trip air, hotel accommodations including taxes and breakfast daily, Transportation during the trip, touring and site entrances, and the services of full-time tour manager Russ Head.
Amount Due Date
Deposit $475.00 Immediately
Balance $4400.00 February 1, 2018
Questions / Payments:
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The following is a tentative itinerary for the 2018 C.S. Lewis trip. I am still fine tuning the details. This trip is meant to examine the fascinating life of C.S. Lewis and, in doing so, it may help challenge and define the faith of tour participants. It can also be a great trip for those who may have no interest in Lewis. We stay in the heart of all the cities we visit, and there is ample opportunity to opt out of what is scheduled and do your own thing in many places along the way. The coat of Northern Ireland, the English Countryside, and the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge are stunningly beautiful.
Please feel free to call me on my cell at 706/656/8808 with any questions you may have about this trip.
C.S. Lewis General Itinerary
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Delta Flight 176 Atlanta to Dublin departs Atlanta at 8:07pm and arrives Dublin at 8:50am on Monday morning, June 11.
Monday, June 11, 2018: Belfast
Europa Hotel Belfast June 11,12,13, 2018
Great Victoria ST
PH # 011 44 (0) 28 9027 1066
Afternoon panoramic sightseeing tour of Belfast with time to visit the Titanic Museum or rest at the hotel.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018: Belfast
In Belfast and Northern Ireland, we will explore the early years of the life of C.S. Lewis. We will see how he evolved spiritually during this time, and see what things had the greatest impact on him in these early years.
Here are some of the sites we will see:
St Mark’s Dundela and Rectory where Lewis was baptized and where he attended church as a boy. His grandfather was the minister there.
Part of the afternoon will be spent visiting the “troubles” area of Belfast where we will learn about the past and current state of Protestant / Catholic affairs.
Overnight in Belfast at The Europa Hotel
Wednesday, June 13, 2018: North of Belfast Sites / Antrim Coast
On our way home, we will also visit the dramatic and atmospheric Dark Hedges.
Thursday, June 14, 2018:
We will meet our bus with our baggage at 9:00am. We have to have our baggage as we will be taking the ferry tonight.
Today, we will visit the region of County Down, whose landscape C.S. Lewis loved.
In the morning, we will visit the village of Bangor where we will learn about Saint Columbanus and the other Irish Saints who helped re-Christianize Scotland, England, and the European continent after these areas had suffered so much under the devastating occupation of the barbarian hoards who had over-run and conquered the Roman Empire.
Lunch at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn
The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn is the quaint inn where C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman honeymooned and where they enjoyed many good times.
After lunch, we will take a scenic drive through Lewis’s beloved Mourne Mountains.
We will return to Belfast and have dinner before boarding the Stena Line Ferry for our overnight journey to England. We will depart Belfast at 10:30 pm and arrive in Liverpool on Thursday morning at 6:30 am. You will have sleeping quarters for the evening.
Friday, June 15, 2018: Great Malvern, England
Upon arrival in Liverpool, we will be met at the docks by our motor coach and take a scenic drive to Malvern where we will spend the next two nights at the beautiful Abbey Hotel.
The Abbey Hotel Great Malvern / June 15,16, 2018
Great Malvern, England WR14 3ET
PH # 011 44 (0) 1684 892 332
Sales FAX # 011 44 (0) 1684 897 898
This afternoon is free to enjoy beautiful Malvern Priory which is right beside our hotel. Also you will have time to rest and enjoy the village of Malvern.
Saturday, June 16, 2018: Great Malvern, England
Today, we will meet our bus at 9:00am and visit Malvern College, a boarding school where Lewis attended when he was a young boy. Here, we will learn more about education in Lewis’s time and its effect on Lewis. This is a very interesting excursion.
In the afternoon, we will take a walk in the Malvern Hills where Lewis loved to walk.
Morning: Tour of Malvern School
Sunday, June 17, 2018: Oxford, England
The Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel Oxford / June 17,18,19, 2018
73 High Street
Oxford, England OX1 4BE
PH # 011 44 (0) 1865 248 332
FAX # 011 44 (0) 1865 791 681
We hope to attend morning services at Holy Trinity Church at Headington Quarry where Lewis worshipped. We will also view his grave in the church’s graveyard.
This afternoon we will walk on the grounds of Magdalen College where Lewis had his rooms as well as take a walk on Addison’s Walk where Lewis and Tolkien had an important talk that played a key role in Lewis’s journey from agnostic to believer. Lewis’s rooms at Magdalen College were where many of the Inkling’s meetings took place. On one of your nights here, it may be possible to attend evensong at Magdalen College.
Morning Inklings tour led by guides of the famed Blackwell’s Bookstore
This afternoon, you will be free to explore the many treasures of beautiful Oxford. Among those treasures are the Bodleian Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and Christchurch College.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Oxford England
Wednesday, June 20, 2018: Cambridge, England
Today, we will follow Lewis to the beautiful University town of Cambridge where Lewis spent his last teaching years. You will love Cambridge and the things we do here.
This morning, we will meet our bus at 9:00am and drive to Cambridge.
During our stay in Cambridge, you will have an opportunity to attend evensong at King’s College or Magdalen College.
This afternoon, we will take a guided tour which will explore the rich history of Christians and Christianity at Cambridge.
You will love your evenings in beautiful Cambridge.
Our next three nights in Cambridge will be at the Royal Cambridge Hotel.
The Royal Cambridge Hotel Cambridge / June 20, 21, 22, 2018
Cambridge, England CB2 1PY
PH # 011 44 (0) 844 855 9113
PH # 011 44 1223 351 631
Attn: Agnieszka Michalska / Reservations
PH # 011 44 (0) 1223 351 631
Thursday, June 21, 2018: Cambridge, England
In the afternoon we will go punting along the river Cam in Cambridge and also have free time.
Overnight at the Royal Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, England
Friday, June 22, 2018: Cambridge, England
Your morning is free to explore this beautiful and inspiring University town.
This afternoon, we will attend a fascinating talk at 2:00pm by Malcolm Guite, a Cambridge professor who, like Lewis, made the spiritual journey from atheist to agnostic, to believer. The talk will center on Lewis’s first lecture at Cambridge and it will be in the same lecture hall where that took place in 1955.
Saturday, June 23, 2018: Fly Home
This morning, we will leave for the airport at about 10:30am.
Delta Flight London Heathrow to Atlanta departs London at 3:25pm and arrives in Atlanta at 8:02 pm that night.
Ferry from Belfast to Liverpool ( 1 Night )