Day 1: Glasgow
You will see the sights of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. While Scotland was slow to adopt the Wesley's Methodist doctrine, its influence eventually became prolific in southern Scotland's religious community. Your time in Glasgow will also include a tour of Glasgow Cathedral. The Cathedral, which is also known as St. Mungo's Cathedral, was built prior to the Reformation making it a classic example of some of Scotland's Gothic architecture. Though the building no longer serves as an actual cathedral, it is still an active gathering place for worshipers of the Church of Scotland.
Day 2: Oban
Enjoy a guided tour of Iona Abbey, one of the oldest religious centers of Scotland, as part of a full-day excursion to the Island of Iona. You will be able to experience the scenery as the island boasts beautiful views & landscape for you to explore. The abbey is also neighbor to the British Isles, an area heavily influenced by the work & mission of Wesley.
Day 3: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is both the capital of Scotland as well as where Wesley's Methodism was first introduced to Scotland by way of Methodist soldiers. While in Edinburgh, you will visit St. Andrew's Cathedral & St. Andrew's Castle. From the castle, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Castle Sands & North Sea.
Day 4: Edinburgh
Spend the day exploring the city of Edinburgh. Visit one of the city's many restaurants, beaches or museums. In the afternoon, you will tour Edinburgh Castle, sitting atop volcanic Castle Rock. After its long history of being home to former monarchs & armed forces, Edinburgh Castle now houses the "Stone of Destiny" - a famous block of red sandstone known for its role in Scottish coronation ceremonies.
Day 5: York
In the morning, visit York Minster, one of the largest Gothic churches in England. In the evening, you are free to explore the town of York. You can take in a number of interesting sites & activities like a visit to the long-standing York City Walls, a production at the Theatre Royal or a stroll through The Shambles, a popular & historic street for retail and dining.
Day 6: London
London is a seminal city for the Wesleyan Methodist mission. It is here that you will visit the Wesley chapel and Museum of Methodism. Learn even more about Wesley during a visit to Wesley's Prayer Room in his quaint London home. During your time in London, you will also have the chance to visit the beautiful Westminster Abbey, site to many of England's historical moments such as coronations, royal weddings & national ceremonies. Later, walk Pilgrims' Way, a prehistoric route which led pilgrims from Winchester to Canterbury as they journeyed towards the shrine of St. Thomas Becket, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Day 7: Canterbury; Windsor
Begin with a morning service at Canterbury Cathedral. In the afternoon, you will visit The Canterbury Tales, a monument to Chaucer’s infamous stories of medieval adventures & folly. Finally, finish the day with a visit to Windsor Castle, the royal residence in the county of Berkshire. See the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House or watch the changing of the guards. If you’re feeling adventurous, during selected months you may go to the top Windsor’s famous round-tower to enjoy incredible views, but only after the 200-step climb.
Day 8: London
Transfer back to London where you may choose to add-on additional days to explore the vibrant capital city of Great Britain.