Landings U.K. and Farm Street Jesuits
The Catholic Saints, with Fr Dominic Robinson and Fr Thomas A. Kane, 8 - 13 June 2018
DAY ONE: London – Newcastle – Alnwick
We transfer by van from the hotel for the morning train from London Kings Cross, with the opportunity to have lunch on the train, arriving in Newcastle in the early afternoon. Our coach takes us to our hotel, the Alnwick Lodge, in Alnwick, Northumbria, for a two-night stay with dinner at the White Swan Hotel.
DAY TWO: Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory
After breakfast, we drive over the causeway to Holy Island, when the tide is out, to visit the Lindisfarne Priory, founded by St. Aidan in 635, but destroyed by the Danes in the ninth century. It was not until the 11th century that it was rebuilt by the Benedictines of Durham, later falling into ruin again after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1535. Stones from the Priory were used in the construction of Lindisfarne Castle, built in 1549 as protection against Scottish raids. It too fell into ruin and was restored in 1900 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the designer of the Cenotaph in Whitehall and Campion Hall, Oxford. We celebrate Mass on the island, with free time and lunch on own. We stop at Seahouses for a walk along the seashore and possibly tea before returning to Alnwick with dinner at the hotel.
DAY THREE: Hexham - Durham
After breakfast, the coach takes us to Hexham, originally named Hagultald, from a neighbouring stream, the Hagult. St. Wilfred’s greatest achievement was building a monastery here between 672 and 678. The church was reputed to be the finest north of the Alps. Largely destroyed by the Danes in 810, Wilfred’s tiny crypt remains where one can see the building materials used that date from the Roman occupation. We celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Church (10am) and continue to Hexham Abbey for a tour. After lunch (at choice), we continue to the great Cathedral City of Durham and check into the King’s Lodge Inn with dinner at the hotel.
DAY FOUR: Durham
After breakfast, we visit Durham Cathedral. With the ravages of the Danes in the 9th century, the monks, with the head of St Oswald and the body of St Cuthbert, wandered for seven years before settling at Chester-le-Street. When miraculous signs were given to St Cuthbert’s body, it was later moved to Durham. A stone chapel was built over the tomb and Bishop Aldhon began a great church on an eminence at a bend in the River Wear. This building was later replaced by a Norman Cathedral dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1104 the shrine of St Cuthbert was transferred to the new Cathedral and now lies in a refectory behind the high altar. His stole, maniple and pectoral cross can be seen in the Cathedral library. The Venerable Bede’s shrine was destroyed at the Reformation, but his tomb can still be seen in the Galilee Chapel. We have a guided tour of the Cathedral and celebrate Mass followed by lunch (included). Afterwards, we travel by train to York where we check into Hotel 53 in York and enjoy free time with dinner on our own.
DAY FIVE: York
After breakfast, we celebrate morning Mass at the Chapel of St Margaret Clitherow, the Pearl of York, one of the forty martyrs of England and Wales. We walk through the Shambles and continue to York Minster with a guided tour to hear the history of Christianity in the North of England. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the area, especially the Jorvick Viking Centre, which holds excavated houses and objects, from the twelfth century. In the evening we celebrate the conclusion of our pilgrimage with a festive Yorkshire dinner.
DAY SIX: York – London
After breakfast, we celebrate the farewell Mass at the Bar Convent and visit the Museum with a guided tour by Sr. Agatha as well as free time to enjoy the city before our return transfer by train to London King’s Cross.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Travel Insurance: £16
Travel by train: London - Newcastle, York - London. 5-nights accommodation at in shared double/twin-bedded rooms with private facilities as follows: 8th - 10th June, Alnwick; 10th - 11th June, Durham; and 11th - 13th June, York. Meal plan: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. Guided tours as per the itinerary. Local coach transport as per the itinerary. Financial protection under our ABTA bond.
Travel insurance currently at £15.49. Single room supplement at £325 per person (limited availability). Lunches and and dinners not listed in the itinerary. Drinks. Entrance fees not listed in the itinerary. Gratuities for the hotel staff and the coach drivers. Souvenirs.
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