Celia's Getaways

Mystical England
September 20 - 29, 2010

Join Celia on this fascinating journey of Britain. You will visit some of the most
spiritual sites in England. This is a great combination of self-exploration and
scenic discovery.

Wednesday, 19 September: Independent flight to London Heathrow for morning arrival.

Thursday, 20 September: Upon morning arrival London Heathrow, you will be escorted to
your hotel in
Marlborough. Rest and relax before dinner and have an early night. D
Overnight Marlborough.

Friday, 21 September: After breakfast, start the day in Marlborough and its former Castle,
the white horse hill figure, renowned College and Arthurian Legends of Merlin’s tomb. Thru
the valley of
River Kennet, we pass Devil’s Den and Piggledene. Stop at The Ridgeway,
Britain’s oldest road, to see the seven barrows and
The Sanctuary stone circle. Step inside
West Kennet Long Barrow burial tomb over 3500 years old and marvel at the monumental
Silbury Hill, the prehistoric man-made mound. After an included coffee break, enjoy a
walking tour of
Avebury Henge and Stone Circles, with time to absorb the aura and harmony
of nature. After an independent lunch, you will have a walking tour of the village, including the
church, the Manor Gardens and the
Alexander Keiller Museum.  BC Overnight Marlborough.

Saturday, 22September:  Drive this morning through the Iron Age Hill fort of Oldbury, Calne
and
Chippenham, both former ‘wool’ towns. Then into Wells for a short walk through the
medieval streets which concludes with a tour of the magnificent 12th Century Cathedral and
the
Bishop’s Palace, with its famous swans. Free time to further explore this wonderful city. B
Overnight Marlborough.

Sunday, 23 September: We begin with a walk within the circular henge of Woodhenge, where
the original wood structure is now marked by concrete pillars; you will also see the earthworks
of an ancient British village. Then, visit
Stonehenge, standing sentinel to the extraordinary
people who mapped the course of the sun and moon, to build their ceremonial centre around
2700 BC. Explore the mysteries of the surrounding monuments and consider their impact on
the physical and spiritual lives of early man.
B Overnight Marlborough

Monday, 24 September: Next, Glastonbury and a short walking tour before an independent
lunch. After lunch, tour the awe inspiring ruins of
Glastonbury Abbey, the gravesite of King
Arthur
, the Lady Chapel, the Great Church and Abbots Kitchen dating from 1186. Walk to
Wearyall Hill where legend tells of Joseph of Arimethea placing his staff on the ground
which took root and continues to flower twice yearly, marking the birth and resurrection of
Christ. Onwards to
Chalice Well where it is said Joseph of Arimethea hid the Chalice of the
Last Supper beneath the water, since then the water runs red; the Well is reputedly a sacred
place and site of miraculous cures. Afterwards, ascend
Tor Hill to the tower at its summit and
look out across the mysterious Somerset Levels from this island refuge. Return to
Marlborough via the historic market towns of Shepton Mallet, Frome and Devizes, each with
its own interesting tale to tell.
B Overnight Marlborough.

Tuesday, 25 September:  Next, walk in Old Sarum, a massive Iron Age hill fort used by
Romans, Saxons and Normans, then a flourishing settlement in medieval times. Visit the ruins
of the castle and the old cathedral to learn of the struggle between them, which led to the
relocation of the church in New Sarum, or
Salisbury as we know it today. Included is lunch in
the
Refectory Restaurant, followed by a tour of the 13th Century Cathedral, a beautiful
Gothic building of grace and tranquility, built between 1220 and 1258, with the spire added
later, rising to a height of 404ft. Its treasures include one of only four copies of the
Magna
Carta
. A tower tour provides breathtaking views of the nave and surrounding water meadows.
After an English Cream Tea at the
Polly Tea Rooms, a guided walk of Cathedral Close and
Mompesson House. Return to Marlborough via The Winterbournes and Ludgershall. BLA
Overnight Marlborough.

Wednesday, 26 September: Leave Marlborough for Malmesbury and walk to the imposing
Norman Abbey and visit the Abbey House Gardens. Absorb the sights, scents and sounds
of this very special garden and retreat to a still and quiet place where the only sound are
birds and the tranquility of rippling water, providing time for meditative reflection. Onwards to
Bath and a visit to the Abbey and Roman Baths. The group will then take afternoon tea in
the Pump Room. There will then be a walking tour, which will pass the Thermae Bath Spa,
Theatre Royal, Queen Square, Royal Victoria Park, Royal Crescent, The Circus and the
Assembly Rooms. Return to Marlborough via Bradford upon Avon, Melksham and Calne.  
BA
Overnight Marlborough

Thursday, 27 September: After breakfast, you head to London. Check into your centrally
located hotel and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Try
Fish! for a great dinner. B
Overnight London

Friday, 28 September: Today is free for independent sightseeing and shopping. Discover
Greenwich Observatory and the Fan Museum. Evensong in Southwark Cathedral and a
fantastic dinner at
Roast are the perfect end to your day! B Overnight London

Saturday, 29 September: Airport Transfers for afternoon flights. B
       
Package includes: Round trip airport/hotel transfers from London Heathrow,
accommodations, daily full English breakfast and other meals per itinerary, sightseeing and
coach transportation per itinerary, service charges, and porterage of one medium suitcase
per person, plus one small carry-on.

B, Breakfast. A, Afternoon Tea. C - Coffee, L -Lunch, D -Dinner

Round trip airfare is available upon request.

Tour Fee of $3440 per person, land only is based on a minimum of 10 passengers. Single
Supplement is available at $560 per person. Should final numbers on the tour fall below 10
passengers, the per person tour price will increase.

Note: Hotels and Itinerary are subject to change. Booking deadline: June 1, 2010.

Not Included: Airfare, Travel Insurance which we highly recommend, personal expenses, tips
& gratuities, entrances/sightseeing other than in the itinerary, or coaching/guiding other than
specified above.

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