Venues for Your Choir:
- Edinburgh – Sung Mass
- Easingwold – Concert
- Southwark Cathedral – Concert
FRI, DAY 1: DEPART USA
We depart for Glasgow, with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.
SAT, DAY 2: ARRIVE GLASGOW: Excursion to Edinburgh
Upon arrival in Glasgow, Scotland, land of the kilts, our Catholic Travel Centre representative will meet us.
We board our motor coach to Edinburgh, the city of Sir Walter Scott, John Knox and Robert Louis Stevenson, amongst many others. This afternoon we will enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city of Edinburgh, followed by a visit to the St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh. At the Cathedral, we will perform a short sound-check and meet with the Director of Music. We continue to Glasgow for check-in and dinner at our hotel. (D)
SUN, DAY 3: GLASGOW: EXCURSION TO EDINBURGH (SUNG MASS)
This morning we will perform and participate in the Sunday morning Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. After our performance we will have lunch on our own. Our afternoon sightseeing tour of Edinburgh will include a visit to EdinburghCastle.
We will also see the Palace of Holyrood House, so tragically associated with the Stuarts. We drive to the Scott Monument, Princes Street, St. Giles Cathedral (Thistle Chapel), prestigious Edinburgh University, Greyfriars and the Mound. Return to our hotel in Glasgow for dinner and the evening. (B, D)
MON, DAY 4: GLASGOW / DURHAM / HARROGATE (YORK AREA)
This morning we head southwards leaving Scotland and crossing the border into England. We stop in Durham and visit the impressive Cathedral set high about the River Wear. We will stop and visit Castle Howard, a palace built for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle in 1700. The great hall has a 70ft high painted domed ceiling and the rooms are adorned with paintings by Rubens, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Holbein. We continue to Harrogate, an upscale spa town. Our hotel is in convenient walking distance from the spas and the tempting pedestrian shopping area. Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)
TUE, DAY 5: HARROGATE (YORK AREA): EXCURSION TO EASINGWOLD (CONCERT)
After breakfast we will enjoy a walking tour of the Viking city of York. Our walking tour includes a visit to the Minster with its majestic towers and priceless stained glass windows, the medieval streets where the upper stories of houses lean precariously across the roadway towards each other. The names are fascinating – Stonegate, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate and Shambles, the old butchers quarter.
After our walking tour of York, we will enjoy some time at leisure to explore this ancient walled city. Later this afternoon we make our way to Easingwold, a charming Georgian-style village of some 5,000 inhabitants, located just outside of York. A light dinner awaits us prior to our performance this evening at the Galtres Centre, the community centre for Easingwold and the surrounding areas. We have time for a short sound-check, and then our performance begins at 7:30PM. A light reception will follow. Then we make our way back to Harrogate for the evening. (B, D)
WED, DAY 6: HARROGATE (YORK AREA) / LINCOLN / LONDON
We continue southwards to Lincoln and visit the spectacular Cathedral housing the best collection of Victorian glass in England, before continuing to London, England’s bustling capital. We will enjoy a short panoramic tour of London before checking in to our hotel. Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)
THU, DAY 7: LONDON: EXCURSION TO OXFORD & STRATFORD
Today we will visit the university town of Oxford and see LincolnCollege and ChristCollege. We skirt the picturesque Cotswolds area on our way to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of the Bard William Shakespeare.
We will visit his birthplace, see the 16th century Harvard House, the Guildhall and other points of interest in this beautiful old market town with numerous timbered old buildings, before returning to London for the evening. Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)
FRI, DAY 8: LONDON: CITY TOUR / (CONCERT)
This morning our sightseeing tour includes the TowerBridge and the changing of the guard at BuckinghamPalace (if held), Marble Arch, Mayfair, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. After Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral is probably the most famous gothic cathedral in London. William Shakespeare’s brother, Edmund, is buried here; John Harvard, the founder of HarvardUniversity, was baptized in this church.
Southwark Cathedral has a tradition of Friday afternoon concerts, and today our choir will be featured at the regular concert. We will transfer to the Cathedral in time to prepare for our 2:00PM concert. After our one-hour performance, we will have the balance of the afternoon to do some shopping and to browse the city. Dinner is at our hotel. (B, D)
SAT, DAY 9: LONDON: LEISURE TIME
Today is at leisure in England’s capital city. Tonight we enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
SUN, DAY 10: LONDON / USA
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the United States at the end of our enjoyable tour. (B)
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